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Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Christmas in Vermont (edition 2019)

by Anita Hughes (Author)

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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 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.… (more)
Title:Christmas in Vermont
Authors:Anita Hughes (Author)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2019), Edition: Advanced Reader Copy, 304 pages
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In “Christmas in Vermont,” magic and synchronicity appear to be at work for several people. Emma and Fletcher, former college sweethearts, meet at a Vermont inn for an after Christmas holiday. Chance meetings and coincidences bring them together repeatedly and allow them to rediscover their friendship, maybe more.

The child Lola, Fletcher’s daughter, is utterly delightful. She displays personality and talent throughout the book. Fletcher’s fiancée Megan provides enough snarkiness for readers to dislike her, and to cheer for Emma and Fletcher. A side bar story about the innkeeper also adds interest to the plot. Although this book is quite predictable, readers will enjoy the happy ending.

I received this book from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Nov 9, 2019 |
Anita Hughes, author of "Christmas in Vermont" has written a delightful, and entertaining novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Romance. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The setting for this story is primarily in Vermont. The author describes her characters as complicated and complex.

Emma usually breaks up with her boyfriends before their relationship reaches the year mark. On Christmas eve, Emma finds a Pawnshop open and intends to sell the bracelet her ex-boyfriend gave her, and give the money to charity when she spots a special watch. It is the same watch that she bought her very first boyfriend. She decides to trade her bracelet for the watch. Her best friend, Bronwyn calls this "the magic of synchronicity".

Emma has thought that Fletcher, her first love was in London. Bronwyn checks social media and finds that Fletcher is in Vermont. Bronwyn, such a special friend gives Emma a gift of a vacation in Vermont. Is there such a thing as "the magic of synchronicity" or fate? Emma is certainly in for some surprises.

I appreciate that the author describes the importance of family, friendship, loyalty, honesty, communication, love, and hope. This is a story of forgiveness, second chances, being kind and helping others. I would recommend this charming and emotional novel to readers that enjoy a romantic story. ( )
  teachlz | Oct 23, 2019 |
Title: Christmas in Vermont
Author: Anita Hughes
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Christmas In Vermont" by Anita Hughes

My Rationalization:

What an enjoyable Christmas read filled with 'synchronicity/coincidence' was something that 'appears in your life when you least expected it and in the end made your dreams come true.' This is exactly what happened to Emma as it was for her to lose love, hoping to find it again and then finally finding love. Yes, this was a second chance love that was presented to Emma in Snowberry Inn in Vermont during the Christmas holiday.

I found this quite interesting where Emma finds a watch at a secondary jewelry store that she had once given to her college sweetheart many years ago. Then what happens next that Emma's best friend Bronwyn does was quite something that brings this story altogether with the gift she gave. This was definitely one of those 'fate, kismet, synchronicity' things that happen just for Emma. Now, to find out what all this is about you will have to pick up "Christmas In Vermont" to see how well this story comes together. I found some of the characters quite interesting especially Fletcher's daughter Lola, Betty, Stephen however, I didn't care much for his friend Graham.

What will happen when Emma after eleven years sees her once loved Fletcher [college sweetheart] and finds out about his daughter and fiancee, Megan who was now in Snowberry for the holidays? This will definitely be one of those heartwarming stories that the reader will find it hard to put down even though it may be somewhat predictable at times it was a good holiday fun read.

Thank you, Net Galley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  arlenadean | Oct 15, 2019 |
Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes
Starts with Emma and she's pawning her ex's jewelry he had given her a week ago as he jetted off to Hawaii for Christmas holidays, without her.
Her bestie gives her a week long stay in VT and she has nothing to do in town so she heads up there from NY. Lovely descriptions of the area and activities to do.
She's agreed to take over 'kids club' at the inn for room and board. She runs into her first love-Fletcher who is there with his daughter and new fiancee.
Chapters go back in time to when they first met and the things and places they'd go. Then you are back to the present and then the past...
Cool winter activities to do and with Fletcher's help they can run a fund raiser for the inn owner who is struggling to keep it open. Like all the discussions about overseas locations, can't wait to visit myself.
Rather predictable how this is gonna work out by the end.
Synchronicity and fate make this story work.
Received this review copy from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion. ( )
  jbarr5 | Oct 15, 2019 |
Sweet contemporary romance.

Overuse of characters “wondered”. ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Oct 14, 2019 |
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