"Herein lies the persistent theme of the novel: it is not circumstance that gives value to life, but character and how one chooses to respond. Destiny and purpose lie solely in God's hands; the solution to life's hurdles is not in man's strength, but in His outpouring."
"Once Upon a Winter's Heart will revive anyone who's given up on romance and wants a happy ending."
"Bauer's characters experience remarkable growth throughout the novel. When Charlotte's grandkids first arrive, she's constantly anxious, desperate to keep a happy face for the grieving kids. At first, Charlotte bases her parenting style on how she raised her own kids, but she comes to realize that she can make some changes this time . . . "