6 – Once Upon a Tour (An LDS Romance)

Once newfront cover cropped 6 x 9 VER 2Creepy castles, exotic sights, and flirty foreign men—it’s no wonder ALINA, a starry-eyed Mormon girl, is in love for the third time in three weeks. When a guided tour of Eastern Europe repeatedly reveals her naïve choices, she must decide whether her love is real or only imagined.

Alina knows that she sees the world through fairy tale-colored glasses—after all, she writes sappy romances and collects old fairy tales. But why stifle her overactive imagination when there’s romance all around? Unfortunately, in her short stories, as well as her real life, her romances don’t end well.

Once Upon a Tour follows Alina as she first meets DANIEL, a cute Swiss frequent-flyer, and then ALEXI, an amorous Romanian tour guide who pursues her around his country, romancing her at every step. Trying to watch out for her, the young, over-protective tour company owner, ERIC, keeps getting in the way.

Luckily, God has a plan for her; only He knows which romance that began Once Upon a Tour will finally survive.


My LDS Romance, Once Upon a Tour, mirrors the locations in Eastern Europe that I toured in May, 2010.  So I finally have some stamps in my passport. Not everyone has a mother who takes them on an all-expense-paid trip to Easter Europe. Luckily, I do. Obviously, a humongous thank you was in order. So I decided to give mom one of her favorite things–a Romance novel. Maybe now she’ll take me with her to Spain.

Dracula’s Castle – Brasov, Romania


Here are some of my favorite sites on the tour:


Revolution Square – Bucharest

Houses with “eyes” – Sibiu, Romania
Gypsy beggar boys – Sighisora, Romania


Hunyad Castle – Hunadora, Romania

Plague statue Vienna, Austria
Rathaus – Munich, Germany


Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany


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