Contemporary Novella Review: Novelly Upon a Time: A Novella

Publisher's Description

"Author Harper Jones prides herself on the impeccable research she does for her novels, so when early reviews come pouring in claiming her romance reeks of inauthenticity, her editor suggests pulling her nose out of her books and getting some real-life smooching experience. But her plans to do just that are thwarted by her archnemesis from high school who has recently returned to town. Now she’s left with an impossible decision—kiss her worst enemy or kiss her three-book contract goodbye."

*Click here to purchase a copy of this novella for yourself. 

My Review

Novelly Upon a Time: A Novella, by Sarah Monzon, is the third book in the Book Nerds and Boyfriends Collection. It is a sweet and slightly sassy little book full of wit and charm. Written in the first person point of view, it is truly an engaging story right from the start. The quick pacing, unique plot, and entertaining characters easily grabbed and held my attention page after page. 
The humorous scenes within this novella are refreshingly funny and endearing, but this book also contains authentic, meaningful themes of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. There were certainly scenes that made me laugh out loud, but there were also moments of deep feelings and relevant emotions that truly touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

Ms. Monzon is a gifted writer, and her storytelling talent is on full display in Novelly Upon a Time. This delightful work of fiction has everything many readers desire: laughter, tears, second-chances, romance, and faith. Even though the page count may be slim, this story is remarkably full and unforgettable. I eagerly recommend it. 

*I was given a copy of this novella by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

My Reflection 

I especially appreciate the diverse characters that Ms. Monzon faithfully and naturally includes in her stories. In Novelly Upon a Time, she thoughtfully explores the experiences of Japanese Americans in the United States during and after WWII. I am always thankful to have books that include characters and cultures that differ from me and my own experiences. This is one reason, among many, that Ms. Monzon’s novels and novellas consistently appeal to me and enrich my experience as a reader.

About the Author

"Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance." --Biography from Sarah Monzon's author page on

*Note: Novelly Upon a Time is also available as part of a set in Book Nerds and Boyfriends: A Novella Collection, by Sarah Monzon. This collection also includes Bookishly Ever After and Literarily For Keeps.

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