Monday, December 2, 2019

Review: Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Christmas in Vermont
by Anita Hughes

Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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 fiancĂ©e.

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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Emma has recently broken up with another wrong guy and while purging some of the boyfriend things, she stumbles upon something from her past and through the help of a friend she may stumble back upon the guy that got away.  

With me and Anita Hughes books, I either really love them or not so much and I usually know pretty quickly into reading, so I was so excited when from page one I was swept into this story.  

Emma was such a fun character to follow and this book just reminded me of all of the perfectly cheesy Christmas movies that are great to watch during the holidays.  The ups and downs that Emma and Fletcher go through in this book were just at the right moments and this book had just that bit of Christmas magic!

I loved that in this book one of the big plot things that happens in romance happened in this book two - right when you think things will go right there is a twist and the characters have to make the final decision whether they will fall in love or part ways.  I love in a romance book when this happens and am always intrigued as to how the author will throw a wrench in things and then how will the characters overcome it to get to the happy ending - love it!

I hope that there are more books just like this one in Anita Hughes' future!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 51 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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