Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

A sweet holiday love story about the magic of synchronicity and fate set at a quaint Vermont inn during the week after Christmas. 

Emma can’t believe her luck when she finds an open pawn shop on Christmas Eve in Manhattan. She’s there to sell the beautiful bracelet her ex-boyfriend gave her when a familiar looking watch catches her eye. It’s the same engraved watch she gave her college boyfriend, Fletcher, years ago. On a whim, she trades the bracelet for the watch and wonders at the timing.

Practical Emma thinks it’s just a coincidence, but her best friend Bronwyn believes it’s the magic of synchronicity that caused Emma to find the watch. Fletcher was the one that got away, and somehow Emma never quite moved on.

When Bronwyn finds out that Fletcher is in snowy Vermont at a romantic inn for the week, she can’t help but give synchronicity a push. She signs Emma up to help the inn keeper as the children’s activity coordinator. Emma agrees that a week filled with quaint shops and maple syrup would do her good… and maybe Fate really does have a Christmas gift in store for her. That is until she sees Fletcher with his daughter and fiancée.

Suddenly, the fairytale trip seems doomed to fail… much like the innkeeper’s dwindling cashflow. It will take a miracle to save her heart and the inn. And that just might be what Fate has in mind.

Christmas in Vermont is a delightful and charming love story about the magic of second chances during the most festive time of year.

My Review:

An enchanting second chance tale set to the beautiful backdrop of Vermont at Christmas time.

Synchronicity plays a big part in this book.  It all starts when Emma breaks up with her fiancé and goes into a jewelry store to sell the bracelet that he had given to her for Christmas.  Then she comes across a watch that she had given to Fletcher, her college boyfriend from twelve years ago.  Emma’s best friend, Bronwyn, is the one who believes in synchronicity and sets the ball in motion for Emma and Fletcher to meet again.  But they had a few hurdles to tackle before they could get their happily ever after. 

This book had all the elements of a memorable Christmas story.  It was visually stimulating with all the details of the little Vermont town it was set in and characters that I just couldn’t get enough of.  I especially liked Lola, Fletcher’s daughter.  She was well above her years in the way she thought and did things.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves holiday romance and women’s fiction.   

Thank you to St Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC of this book. 

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