Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes

It's the day after Christmas, and Felicity Grant is at a gorgeous ski chalet in St. Moritz for the biggest fashion show of her career. Felicity is a rising star on the bridal design scene, and this is her best collection yet. But when her boyfriend gives her a spa day instead of a diamond ring for Christmas, she has to face the possibility that she may never walk down the aisle in one of her own stunning designs.

And then there's Nell, the top model headlining Felicity's show. Nell is planning her dream wedding to her wonderful fiance with one catch: her divorced parents can't stand each other and threaten to no-show if the other is there.

Add to that Felicity's race against the clock to create a special gown for a prestigious bridal salon, and what both girls need is a Christmas miracle. What better place to find one than in the Swiss Alps with its dark forests and sparkling vistas?

But for Felicity it's hard to recognize a miracle even when it's right in front of her, and for Nell one miracle might not be enough to fix the past. Can dreams really come true or is that the stuff of Swiss fairytales?

Anita Hughes's Christmas at the Chalet is full of romance, gorgeous gowns, and the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps. It's about love and forgiveness, and creating one's own miracles during the most festive time of year.

My Review:

I could almost feel the cool snow and picture the beautiful people and scenery. 

This book really transported me to another world.  I loved the setting of St. Moritz.  It’s a place I know I will never get to see in real life.  But, after reading this book, I felt like I had just gone there.  There are beautiful people, stunning scenery, fantastic sounding food, fun events and beautiful wedding dresses and clothing.

Wedding gown designer, Felicity Grant is in St. Moritz for the debut of her winter collection after having a fight with her boyfriend, Adam on Christmas day.  She wants to get married and he doesn’t.  Since arriving in St. Mortiz, Felicity has been struggling with her emotions and wonders what she should do to get Adam to see things her way.  When she takes a fall on the street, a handsome doctor, Gabriel Innes, is there to pick her up and help her.  But then a picture of Felicity and Gabriel ends up online claiming they are having an affair.  It was strange consequences that Felicity finds herself in other situations where Gabriel is there to help her when she needed it.  They end up forming a friendship and Felicity gets relationship advice from Gabriel.  But as more pictures turn up online, rumors start to spiral out of control.  Was it just coincidence that they always seemed to be in the same place at the same time?  But when Adam shows up, Felicity really has a big decision to make. 

A second story in this book was about one of Felicity’s models, Nell, who is planning her own wedding and wants both of her divorced parents to be there.  They both refuse to be in the same place at the same time.  Nell goes on a truth finding mission to find out why they really split up.  The reason will surprise you.  The reason never crossed my mind. 

All around, I loved everything about this book.  And it doesn’t even need to be Christmas time to enjoy it. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC to read in return of an honest review.

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