Once Upon a Broken Heart (Hardcover)

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Once Upon a Broken Heart is a love letter to fairy tales (and villains!). Evangeline’s wholehearted belief in true love and happily-ever-afters will turn you into a believer, which, in this day and age, is an extraordinary gift.”
— Isabella Ogbolumani, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY


Once Upon a Broken Heart marks the launch of a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after from Stephanie Garber, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game — and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy...

About the Author

Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. She is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Caraval series.

Praise For…

A Most Anticipated Book of the Year (Goodreads, BuzzFeed.com, Culturess.com, Frolic Media, BN.com, and more!)
An Indie Next Pick!

“A sugar-crusted, poison-spiked romp through a vibrant world of fairy tale intrigue, tangled romance, and forbidden magic.” —Cassandra Clare

“An explosively rich fairy tale that takes place inside an intricate world that’s weaved with fast-paced plot and intriguing twists. Garber continues to show up with lush, atmospheric writing and charming characters that we can’t help but want to journey with until their final scene.” BuzzFeed.com

“Garber enchants readers with exquisitely imagined worldbuilding and her trademark heady romance. Evocative prose adds to the tale’s dreamlike feel.” —Publishers Weekly

“Richly imagined and mysteriously atmospheric . . . This twisty, dreamy tale is perfect for fans of fairy tales and fairy tale retellings alike.” —BN.com

“Garber will no doubt have readers flocking to this new series. The potential for the coming installments is huge, as the glimmers of a larger world introduced in this volume are sure to stoke reader curiosity.” —Booklist

“A lushly written story with an intriguing heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A dazzling mix of mystery, romance, and magic.” —Karen M. McManus

Once Upon a Broken Heart confirms that Stephanie Garber is the queen of fairy tales. I stepped into her world and got happily lost in the delicious magic, deceit, and passion.” —Mary E. Pearson

“Enchanting, intriguing, and delightfully whimsical, Once Upon a Broken Heart grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Evangeline is a cunning heroine, and Jacks never stopped surprising me. I couldn’t put it down.” —Brigid Kemmerer

“It’s hard not to be enchanted by any tale Stephanie Garber chooses to write, with her masterful storytelling, and her infuriating way of fooling with our pulse rates. A guileless, heartbroken heroine plays with fate incarnate—the bad boy Jacks—in the dreamy, topsy-turvy world of the Magnificent North. Once Upon a Broken Heart casts a spell that you won't soon want to be broken.” —Stacey Lee

“Shimmering with magic, Once Upon a Broken Heart is a wondrous story about my favorite thing: kissing. Not only is Jacks the swoony villain you’ve always dreamed about, but the decadent world will leave you breathless.” —Isabel Ibañez

“A wildly imaginative, romantic story where true love and deadly kisses collide and bargains with the Prince of Hearts come with a steep price. Once Upon A Broken Heart is an unputdownable fairy tale where Garber’s imagination sparkles like the magnificent North. Readers will delight in each whimsical and thrilling page.” —Kerri Maniscalco

Praise for the Caraval series:

#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Indie Next Pick
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
YALSA Teens’ Top 10 Pick

“Impressive, original, wondrous.”USA TODAY
“A spellbinding tale of love, loss, and hope.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Readers will want to line up yet again for the next game to begin.”The Bulletin, starred review
“A twisty, terrifically fun page-turner.”School Library Journal
“I lost myself in this world and never wanted to come out.” —Sabaa Tahir
“Beautifully written.” —Renée Ahdieh
“Shimmers with magic.” —Marie Rutkoski
“Darkly enchanting.” —Kiersten White

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250268396
ISBN-10: 1250268397
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Once Upon a Broken Heart