Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Anita Hughes comes to the blog today with a holiday romance set in the Vermont countryside with

Christmas in Vermont

syn·chro·nic·i·ty noun 1. the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. And this is the guiding premise of this story about reconnecting with lost loves and finding a new tomorrow.

Emma is a serial relationship ender – none of her relationships last longer than a year – in fact, she’s selling the bracelet from her latest ex instead of heading to the airport for a Maui vacation, when she spots a watch she had given to her first and college love, Fletcher. The one she can’t forget. But, believing herself incapable of a relationship, despite thinking she wants one, she’s content to spend Christmas between her best friend Bronwyn’s house with her goddaughters, and working on a lipstick campaign due in the new year. But, when Bronwyn hears of the watch, and decides after a quick google search that Emma must go to Vermont and stay at the inn that Fletcher is at – even better – a free-ish stay as Emma will run the “kids camp” each afternoon – Emma is bullied, cajoled and eventually relents – heading out to the country inn.

Fletcher, his nine year old daughter Lola and his twenty-something fiancée are staying at the inn. Fletcher using the time to spend with Lola and get his fiancée Megan and Lola to bond. It’s not happening – not like it should – mostly because Megan is angling for a part in Fletcher’s Broadway debut play that she isn’t suited for, and Lola is in possession of an adult’s outlook on the world, with a ‘friend’ who shares all of the ‘bits’ of being a child of divorce. Emma is still attracted to Fletcher- but she won’t overstep his relationship, Fletcher has always dreamed of Emma and sees her ‘everywhere” and with a ‘hands off” from his best friend Graham from London, he’s determined to make things work out with Megan, despite Lola’s objections and his own unease around her and her suggestions.

This was a sweet story that unfolded naturally, with both Fletcher and Emma picking up the chemistry and camaraderie from the get go – much to Lola’s delight and Fletcher’s confusion. The topic of synchronicity and HOW Emma came to be at the same small inn come up – and while the two are alternately amused and tickled by their connection, a simple truth from ten years earlier threaten to separate the two for good. It is only with the talent show that both are roped into helping by Lola – organized for the Inn owner’s benefit – do the two find their way together and clear the air – understanding that their connection is one that is meant to be. Set in Vermont with plenty of scenery, local attractions and new delights, the story is a wonderfully warm Christmas story about finding new opportunities in the present with love from the past.

Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

Title: Christmas in Vermont
Author: Anita Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed, Second Chance
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250315913
Published on: 15 October, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 304
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 54 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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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 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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Anita Hughes

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia and had a charmed childhood that included petting koala bears, riding the waves on Bondi Beach, and putting an occasional shrimp on the barbie. Her writing career began at the age of eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named "One of Australia's Next Best Writers." (She still has the newspaper clipping.)

She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College, and attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program.

She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family, where she interrupts her writing to watch the glorious sunsets.

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