Once Upon a Christmas Legend

A Beauty and the Beast Sweet Small Town Holiday Romance

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Pub Date 01 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2023

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Audrey Blythe searches the globe for rare books but longs for "Once Upon a Christmas Kiss," the legendary tome of eternal love. On her 28th birthday, she resigns herself to spinsterhood until a clue leads her to hot-tempered hermit Ramen Johnson.

Ramen, scarred and isolated, is drawn into Audrey's quest. Together, they hunt for the elusive book, facing Christmas chaos and their own pasts. Audrey's determination and acceptance break down Ramen's barriers, leading to a heartwarming holiday tale of love and rediscovery.

Audrey Blythe searches the globe for rare books but longs for "Once Upon a Christmas Kiss," the legendary tome of eternal love. On her 28th birthday, she resigns herself to spinsterhood until a clue...


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All due to a book and a legend. This is quite a different, yet adorable, take on Beauty and the Beast. Audrey and Ramen have so many of the same character traits, stubbornness possibly being the main one. Yet, he absolutely did not trust her thinking she sought him out because she is a reporter. Sweet Audrey is just trying to find the legendary book so she will find her own true love.

Both of them have been horribly hurt; Audrey, by her former fiancé and former best friend; Ramen, by a lion that attacked and disfigured his face. After they are literally snowed in, then, kept together due to illness, they begin to open up and accept that neither of them is out to hurt the other. Healing begins, friendship develops, and love grows.

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A great read, the story of Audrey and Ramen. She is supposed to just be passing through town, but the she tracks him down and needs him to give her a second chance in her career. He has been hiding away so will he give her a chance. I liked how it is told from both points of view.

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This was such a wonderful and enjoyable read!!!! I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre. Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Such a lovely, wholesome book! No spice at all, and lots of cute moments between the two main characters as we see their relationship develop over their time together.
Set in a small town over the build up to Christmas, the vibes of this book are just all out cosy! This is the perfect book to read on the build up to Christmas with a hot drink, and it’s also not an overly long read. This can definitely be finished in a day!
A beauty and the beast retelling, and the commentary on how the two MCs see each other and how they come to terms with their physical and emotional scars was written well.
I also loved the Christmas legend aspect of this.
Will definitely be recommending!

My review will also be posted to my Instagram page on the 23rd October, @readingrosies

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A great festive read. I.liked how it was told from both points of view. Looking forward to more books in this series.

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This book was so good, I loved it. Beauty and the Beast retellings are my favorite of all. Amd this one was fantastic. Audrey was a stubborn girl but in a good way, thank God, she wanted that book and she wanted Ramen. She liked him so much, she just wanted to be with him, nothing else mattered. She didn't care what anyone thought, inclunding himself, she liked and she was gonna show him that. Ramen had been pushed to the side and looked over simply because of his scar. But we can see that his biggest enemy is himself. People will always be mean, but how you respond to them is what defines you. He hide himself from the outside world but the moment Audrey entered, he knew things would never be the same again. He really liked her too and thought he was doing the right thing for her but he wasn't. They belonh together, never apart, they both lifted each other up. I just wish the book didn't end so abruptly, I would have liked to see them in her ex's wedding, that would be something

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Once Upon a Christmas Legend is such a charming Beauty and the Beast retelling. It was such a cute and cozy read! I read this in one day, I could not put it down. This book is small but mighty exploring mental and physical wounds the characters are facing in their own life. I absolutely adored Audrey and Ramen’s story and feel like the dual POV did a lot for the story. This book was made for me with a countdown to Christmas, forced proximity, grumpy sunshine, and small town. If you are looking for a small town cozy holiday read with no spice this is for you! This was my first Ciara Knight book but it will not be my last!

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Thank you netgalley for opportunity to read and review this book. It was such a sweet take on a beauty and the beast tale. Loved how they both had to work through their scars, the visible and invisible, on their quest forward. Always nice having a clean Christmas romance story and opportunity to find out if it is truth or legend.

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Once Upon a Christmas Legend by Ciara Knight is a sweet Beauty and the Beast Holiday romance.
This is my sixth title I’ve read and enjoyed by this author. And I’ve really liked them all.
Knights writing is captivating and she really draws the readers into the story. Watching the characters and their journey unfold was amazing.
A heartwarming small-town romance. That is packed with emotions and the connection Audrey makes with Ramen is special.
If you are looking for a sweet Christmas romance that definitely has Hallmark Channel vibes, then look no further. Ciara Knight's new Christmas book ticks all the boxes.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Author Collective 20 for the opportunity to read this ahead of its publication date in return for my honest review.

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Thank you to #NetGalley and #DefyTheDarkPublishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.This is a novella so it is a short,quick read.Loved how they both had to work through their scars, the visible and invisible, on their quest forward.

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I adored the clean and wholesome nature of this heartwarming Christmas romance. It was such a delightful change of pace from the usual stories I come across. What truly captivated me was the mystery that surrounded the origins of this tale. I wondered whether it was based on actual events or simply a product of folklore. This added a charming layer of intrigue to the story and kept me engaged until the end. Overall, it was a truly enchanting experience that left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Thank you to NetGalley and Author Collective 20 for allowing me to read and review this book.

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This is A Beauty and The Beast Sweet Small Town Holiday Romance and it is Audrey and Ramen’s story. Audrey spent her time looking for rare books and after finding her fiancé in bed with her best friend her life took a turn for the worse and then she found out that they were getting married so now Audrey is looking for a certain book called Once Upon a Christmas Kiss as the legend said that the person that holds the book during Christmas time will find there one true love so Aubrey is determined to not only find the book but also move forward with her life after the betrayal of the two people that was important to her so when she finds out that there is a man that may be able to help her find the book she is determined to find him and ask for his help. Ramen used to be famous because of his show called Truth or Legend and traveled all around the world but now he is a recluse and grump who likes to hide away from everyone after the accident that took everything from him leaving him so scared and no longer able to trust anyone. When Aubrey and Ramen meet everything goes wrong and he wants her out of his life but Aubrey is stubborn and one determined lady and she wants that book so no matter how hard he tries to push her away she is here to stay until that book is in her hands. Audrey and Ramen are so perfect for each other and have both gone through so much in there lives and even though they will have many ups and downs along the way and there is also a lot of push and pull they both deserve happiness and you find yourself hoping that they can eventually find there way back to each other. This was a beautiful and magical story that had you turning the pages because you just couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to read more books from this author in the future.

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Once Upon a Christmas Legend is a unique story by Ciara Knight. The hunt for the special Christmas true love book seemed silly to do. However, it was such an enjoyable story I didn’t even care that Audrey should find a more reasonable way to look for love. Her hurt and disillusionment was so strong and honest I couldn’t help but pull for her. In the end she learns to trust herself, her judgment and her feelings. That was wonderful in itself, but then Ramen Johnson’s self-loathing needed some help too. Former legend researcher TV star now scarred hermit also was in need of an attitude as well as a perspective change. All it took was the persistent Audrey showing up in his life.

I liked how it was not an overnight change for Ramen. His emotional scars were too deep for that but the positive did begin to evolve early on, even with some setbacks. An easy read story that may take place at Christmas but is not actually a Christmas story. It is as described, a Beauty and the Beast contemporary romance that happens during the holiday season. Also it is one I thoroughly enjoyed reading straight through in one day, so not very long (150 pages or so).

An ARC of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley which I voluntarily chose to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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A charming and touching modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

This story instantly captivated me with the talk of books, realistically flawed characters, and the poignancy in which a tough topic was dealt with.

Audrey is searching for a legendary book in small-town Cherry Creek, and ends up encountering the tortured soul that is Ramen.

Where do I begin with how much this book meant to me?

Some of the words that Ramen said about being unloveable due his scars sounded just like ones I had heard before too. Yet love doesn't see those scars, but rather allows to us to see into a person's true self. Beautifully written and handled to the point of happy tears in my eyes.

Thank you to NetGalley and Author Collective 20 for the opportunity to read this story for free and provide my honest opinion.

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Two things I love: Beauty and the Beast and holiday romances. Needless, to say when I saw this one--- a holiday retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I couldn't wait to check it out.

I don't read a ton of fairy tale retellings, but when I do, I am looking for those that have enough elements of the original story that I can recognize it as such... but also be a unique story all on its own too. I think in many ways, that can be a rather difficult balance to create but the author of this story did it wonderfully. Audrey is searching for a legendary book that promises it will bring true love. This leads her to Ramen who had been a TV host for a show about legends until facial scarring led him to become a hermit, considering himself a beast. I don't want to give too much away... but there is definitely a great blend of both the new and the familiar to capture my interest. I found this to be a really fun holiday romance and one that I certainly enjoyed.


**I received a copy for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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I can never say this enough but I love Ciara Knight!! Her books are so good and easy to read. This was a nice take on Beauty and the Beast. I love that movie so this was extra enjoyable for me. This was a really fun holiday read and I would definitely recommend this book.


Thank you NetGalley and Author Collective 20 for allowing me to read this ARC in advance for my honest opinion.

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This was such a fun modern day twist on Beauty and the Beast. I really love Christmas romances and this one was the perfect one to get me in the Christmas mood.

Audrey Blythe is on the hunt for a special book but this time it is not for one of her customers. She is looking for the book Once Upon A Christmas Kiss. The legend says if a person is in possession of this special book at Christmas time then you will find your true love. And Audrey wants that more than anything.

Audrey is told that the elusive former Truth or Legend show star, Ramen Johnson, has some leads on the magical book. Ramen is hiding out in the small town after a run in with a real legend left him with scars and nightmares. Audrey convinces Ramen to help her search for the book. Read it to find out if they find the book and fall in love.

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I can never say this enough but I love Ciara Knight!! Her books are so good and easy to read. This was a nice take on Beauty and the Beast. I love that movie so this was extra enjoyable for me. This was a really fun holiday read and I would definitely recommend this book.

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This the cutest short story. You root for the couple the whole time. Even if it isn't Christmastime, this book is really good for year around. I would highly recommend it.

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I loved this story! It was the perfect cute little re-telling of a modern Beauty and the Beast. Even though it wasn’t that long I never felt like the pacing was to quick, which I was very impressed by.

I highly recommend it and it would be a perfect read for the start of December. It has a few winter and Christmas elements, but it wasn’t a full on Christmas book, which is also the only negative thing I have to say about it.

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Once Upon a Christmas Legend, by Ciara Knight, is an interesting tale with shades of Beauty and the Beast. Audrey, a rare book dealer, is in search of a special volume of Once Upon a Christmas Kiss, which legend states the person who has it in possession at Christmas will find their one true love. Having been cheated on by her former fiancé and best friend, Audrey has set out on a quest to find this rare book, not for a collector but for herself.

This quest has brought Audrey to the small town of Cherry Creek in the Smoky Mountains. Seeking the last known folks to have had the book, Audrey ventures to first an empty school with some cheerleaders selling old books, or is it information, which then leads her to the Cherish Cafe on Main Street. Upon meeting owner Scarlet and her fiancé Duke, Audrey learns that they believe it was this special book that brought them together just a year ago. However, after that the book was put back in the Free Library outside the cafe. Duke states he knows someone who might know more and offers to take her in his truck since her small car would never make it up the gravel road. Putting her fears aside, Audrey agrees. Once they arrive at the remote location, Duke smoothly gets Audrey to leave his truck, quickly apologizes, and takes off. And now the story becomes more complicated as Audrey meets former host of a show debunking myths and legends but now complete recluse, Ramen Johnson. However, Ramen is the victim of a myth he could not debunk and wears the disfiguring evidence to prove it.

This is a beautifully written story showing the pain, the fragility, and the promise of mere humans. Ms. Knight has written a moving holiday story. I very much enjoyed this book and I do recommend it.

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A Christmas quest for a fabulous book. Sounds perfect for the changing of the seasons. Plus it was short and sweet and everything I need. I loved how the MCs had to kind of go on a scavenger hunt of sorts to find this precious book. I loved it so much also very unique plot and that’s hard to do with holiday books

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This is a sweet retelling of the classic beauty and the beast tale. The details were different enough to keep you interested in reading even though you knew how it was going to end. Reading this book was a wonderful way to spend a cold afternoon!

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This is such a cute, sweet book. I loved reading Audrey and Ramen's. It's has just the right amount of emotions to keep you turning the pages. This book is a delightful read that you don't want to miss.
I received a complimentary copy from Author Collective 20 via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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