One Small Secret Book Review

Monday, November 13, 2023

I grew up with him and bested him in practically everything we did together–debate, grades, mini-golf, you name it. So, I’ve built an immunity to his boy-next-door charm. Sure, sometimes I might accidentally type his name into my search engine, but his dimples, hotel empire and thirst-trap photos don’t tempt me. I’ve got my sights set on earning my way to the top of the Palmer Hotel empire, and nothing is going to get in my way.

Until my stepsister leaves her secret toddler with me before skipping town for three months. Now suddenly everyone thinks he’s mine, and instead of powering my way to the top, I’m struggling to not get fired. And instead of Ruben staying on the executive floor where he belongs, he’s invading my apartment, breaking dates with starlets, and looking disappointed that I decided to settle down with anyone except him.

But I know Ruben, and Ruben doesn’t settle down. So, there's no way I’m giving him my heart. Not even for Christmas.

**One Small Secret is inspired by the classic films, Bachelor Mother and Bundle of Joy, and is part of the Gift-Wrapped Romance series. Gift-Wrapped Romance Series:

Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week. Visit her at

Life Is What It's Called - What do you think your readers will like about One Small Secret?

Esther Hatch - I hope they fall in love with Ruben, and I think all the books in the Gift-Wrapped Romance series are the perfect length to keep you turning pages right until the end.

Life Is What It's Called - How is One Small Secret similar to your other books?

Esther Hatch - I think all of my books have some playful banter, some crazy situations, and great kisses. Even though I switched genres, those things are all still there!

Life Is What It's Called - How is One Small Secret different from your other books?

Esther Hatch - It's MODERN! Hooray! I've been wanting to write a contemporary romcom for a while, I started a couple a few years ago, but they were mostly for fun, and I kept going back to my historical work projects. It has been so much fun to have text conversations and a little bit more freedom on the kissing front.

Life Is What It's Called - What are you working on next?

Esther Hatch - I'm currently editing a book for my publisher. It is the forth in my Proper Scandals series, and I'm so excited to have another book in that world release.

Life Is What It's Called - Where does your humor in your writing come from?

Esther Hatch - All over the place. My kids, and my husband all have great senses of humor and in general, humor is really important to me. I work hard on the jokes and funny situations, reading them over and over to make sure they are hitting just right. Often, a lot of humor comes from either people feeding off each other in dialogue, or internal thoughts that are very different from what a character might be saying out loud. Humor was the very first thing that attracted me to my husband, and because of that I can't help but write humor into my romances. To me, it is an important part of falling in love.

Life Is What It's Called - What should readers know about you? 

Esther Hatch - I love reading and I'm so grateful to be a part of the book community. I'm still thrilled that I get to make writing my career. My hope with all my books is to put smiles on the faces of those reading them, and hopefully make them impossible to put down.

In One Small Secret, Cadence Crane returns from working on a new hotel in Vietnam. She finds that the Palmer Hotel empire has had some changes since she left. On top of that, her stepsister leaves a small bundle for her to take care of. Misunderstandings, miscommunications, and hilarious circumstances emerge in this fun new romance from Esther Hatch. I love the fun dialogue and chaotic situations that the characters find themselves getting into. This is a fun and enjoyable Christmas read. It was a cute, clean, and cozy romance that's perfect for the holiday season. To learn more, click here.

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