Emma can’t believe her luck when she finds an open pawnshop 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 innkeeper 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 cash flow. It will take a miracle to save her heart and the inn. And that just might be what Fate has in mind.
Title: Christmas in Vermont
Author: Anita Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 15, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 stars
I believe we all have had, at some point in our lives, a special person that we will always wonder “what if…” about after a breakup. We rarely get a second chance to find out what might have been if things had been handled differently, yet that is exactly what Emma and Fletcher are going to get in CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT as coincidence in the form of one pawnshop and a gifted watch will send Emma to Vermont to see if “what if…” is really possible.
I enjoyed Emma and Fletcher’s story, while not perfect (a few details that “got to me”) it’s still a heartwarming, enjoyable second chance at love during the Christmas holiday season. Most of what you’d need to know before picking up CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT is in the Cover Description. What doesn’t translate from there to the actual story is the feeling of being at the inn with these characters in a lovely small town that embodies all that is beautiful about the New England area. The emotions are real, the story engaging, and aside from those few minor details, I had a fun time with this story. Anyone who loves a good Christmas Second Chance Romance will enjoy this one.
*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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