It’s taken a long time and a little heartache, but Annie Sutton is finally following her dream of living on Martha’s Vineyard. She fell in love with the island’s singular beauty while using it as a setting for two of her novels. In her cozy rented cottage on Chappaquiddick, she’s settling in for her first Vineyard winter–complete with a fierce nor’easter on the way, forecast to bring high winds and deep snow. But the blizzard also brings something unexpected to Annie’s front porch: a basket, encircled by a ribbon, containing a baby girl. The note reads: “I named her Bella, after my grandmother. Please help her, because I can’t.”

Adopted as a child, Annie is grateful for wonderful parents who raised her as their own. Yet she also hopes to spare little Bella the feelings of abandonment that still haunt her. And so, rather than take the baby to the police, Annie decides to keep her and try to find the birth mother, giving her a chance to change her mind.

But it’s not easy keeping a secret in a close-knit, island community, especially amid the bustle of Christmas. Before the holiday ends, there will be revelations, rekindled hope, and proof that families–the ones we are born into and the ones we claim for ourselves–are the gifts that truly matter . . .

Title:  A Vineyard Christmas
Series:  A Vineyard Novel
Author:  Jean Stone
Genre:  Christmas, Women’s Fiction
Published:  September 25, 2018
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

A Vineyard Christmas is one of those stories that will have you blanketed in feelings… on more than one level.  It’s full of Christmas-y good feels as well as a surprising discovery, a bit of a mystery, a look back at the past and a glimpse of what the future may hold.  I enjoyed myself very much, and I believe you would as well.

Successful author, Annie Sutton, has managed to fulfill a closely held dream of living on Martha’s Vineyard.  And while the road to her cozy rented cottage might have taken a while, and not a few tears along the way to make her dream a reality, now she can sit back enjoy the Christmas season and get ready for her first official blizzard on the island.  The last thing Annie would have ever expected was to discover a baby in a basket on her porch as the nor’easter bore down on them.

I was easily drawn into A Vineyard Christmas.  Yes, in reality Annie should have contacted the police, yet I understood why, with her history, she decided not to.  I never got the impression that was an easy decision, but one that felt right in the circumstances.  With memories swirling, life long regrets at the forefront of her mind and determination, Annie set out to do the best for Bella even if it was far from logical.  The result is a charming, heartwarming novel that will produce a few tears, a few chuckles, an adorable baby and a community that cares… because it’s impossible to keep a baby a secret for long.  Add a touch of mystery into the mix and you have a story to fall into in front of a warm fireplace that will completely entertain you… and maybe have you wondering what you would have done differently.

A Vineyard Christmas is a well written, smooth novel with characters that come alive on the page.  You’ll be emotionally involved, and that is definitely a good thing.  I enjoyed myself in this world and would recommend this one to just about any reader who can see that love is always the most important gift of all.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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