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Christmas at the Chalet: A Novel

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Christmas at the Chalet is a delicious love story about a bridal designer showing her new collection in the Alps during the magical week of Christmas where hijinx of the heart ensue.

It's the day after Christmas, and Felicity Grant is at a gorgeous ski chalet in St. Moritz for the biggest fashion show of her career. Felicity is a rising star on the bridal design scene, and
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Published October 16th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes is a 2018 St. Martin’s Griffin publication.

Felicity has arrived at the beautiful chalet in St. Moritz for the biggest fashion show of her career, thus far.

But Felicity is a bit distracted by the disappointing developments in her personal life. Adam, the man she has been seeing for six years, fails to give her a ring for Christmas, giving her the gift of a spa day instead. When she confronts him, he once again puts her off, prompting her to take stock of
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes is a contemporary romance story that of course takes place at the time of the Christmas holiday. Having read several of Anita Hughes books already I somewhat knew what to expect out of the story which for me is normally an amazing setting but a so-so romance and this one wasn’t an exception to my feelings in that regard.

As someone that loves to virtually travel through the books I read I cannot ever go wrong picking up one by Anita Hughes. Her settings are
Susan Kennedy
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I really didn't want to stop reading it except for the one part where the parents of Nell ticked me off that they would not BOTH go to her wedding because they could not exist in the same air. Oh my goodness, that just made me extremely angry.

I loved Felicity and Nell; Felicity being the main protagonist, but Nell right there with her with a great story line. It was fun getting to know these two and then the Nell trying to figure out why her parents divorced. I was able to en
Mellie Antoinete
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
***#earc thanks to #netgalley, @stmartinsgriffin and @anitahughes in exchange for a fair review***

This one was kind of a hot mess, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The best thing about this book is it had good bones and a talented writer parlaying that into a cozy read. But, technically speaking, I think it tried to cover too much ground. Following three different story lines, a Christmas wish, an awkward, repetitive bit about fairy tales and the gorgeously breathtaking scenery of St. Mor
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I love a good Anita Hughes romance set in a gorgeous locale - and this one was great and got me totally in the winter spirit!!

Thank you to St. Martins for an advance copy.
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes

Glitz and glamor and sparkle. Name dropping of the most elite brands.

This book has two different stories running. Partially three.
Nell is engaged and wants both of her parents at the wedding. Their divorce is bitter so they refuse to attend and if the other does. Flashback scenes tell of the romance and marriage of Patty and Todd, her parents.

Felicity wants to get engaged but Adam isn’t ready. She commiserated and gets advice from Gabriel, the local docto
The author employed an interesting (at least to me) storytelling technique in this story. There are basically 3 characters "lives" being told throughout this book. There is Felicity (the true main character); wedding dress designer, Nell, Felicity's top model for her designs; and Nell's parents, Patty and Todd. The current story setting is St Moritz during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Raj, Felicity's business partner, decided to have the fashion show in St Moritz on New Year's Ev ...more
Deanne Patterson
I think I fell in love with the setting in this book. Taking place at a ski chalet in the Swiss Alps the descriptions are just breathtaking. Felicity is a bridal designer hosting the most important show of her career. A fairy tale,light romance in a beautiful location. Nell,one of the gown models is getting married and she invites both of her divorced parents. Can she keep them apart or do they still have feelings for each other? The author pulls you right into her story.
Pub Date 16 Oct 2018
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We are off to visit St. Moritz, Switzerland for
the winter collection Bridal Show!!
This is the where Felicity Grant has planned
to introduce the Felicity Grant Bridal winter
collection. She is accompanied by her top
models and business partner.
The show will take place during the week
between Christmas and the New Year.
Adam, Felicity’s boyfriend did not accompany
them to Switzerland. They have been dating
for six years but no engagement ring. So
does he really want to settle down with her??
The Lit Bitch
I think I mentioned this earlier this month when I reviewed another Christmasy novel…..I normally hold all of my holiday reading until after October.

October is all spooky, mystery novels for me and I normally don’t read or review any other holiday books until November. But there are a few authors who are known for Christmasy reads that I will gladly make an exception for and one of those is Anita Hughes.

I have read all of her Christmas novels and loved them! I know what I am getting whenever I r
Linda Zagon
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Christmas at the Chalet” by Anita Hughes St.Martins, October 16, 2018

Anita Hughes, author of “Christmas at the Chalet” has written an enjoyable, entertaining, heartwarming novel.The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Romance. Anita Hughes vividly describes the food and landscape in St. Moritz. I love the descriptions of the food in St. Moritz, (especially how the chocolate is used in several desserts), and how the snowy mountains, skiing, and sm
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes.
Felicity Grant has been in a relationship with Adam for about 6 years and was disappointed when he didn't propose. So Felicity leaves to go forward with working on her wedding dress designs. There she happens to meet a Dr who helps her when she falls. Pictures are taken of them along the way which Adam sees sparking his jealousy. Now choices are to be made for Felicity.
Enjoyed this Christmas Romance.
Susan Peterson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Christmas at the Chalet is the perfect book to escape with...a romantic story set in a beautiful locale, filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of the season! Cozy up to this book and get swept away to St. Moritz! It’s decadent, delicious and delightful!
Kate Olson
🥂 f r o t h y 👰🏼
Set in the rarefied world of St. Moritz, with the backdrop of a bridal fashion show and ski slopes and elite shops and the very very rich, Christmas at the Chalet is like reading cotton candy and champagne, if that were a possibility. Frothy, bubbly and so so sweet, it was delectable but then kind of started making me crave an apple and plain water (I know, bad analogy but it’s the best way I know to describe this one!). Oh, and it’s actually set during the week AFTER Christmas,
Pat Carlucci
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The author, Anita Hughes, described St. Moritz so beautifully that she makes the reader want to go there on vacation. I actually googled it to see some beautiful pictures!
The author is a wonderful writer and I liked the book but didn’t love it. The story with Felicity and Nell was good. There was so much of the story that I thought was very aggravating.
We have parents who won’t attend their daughter’s wedding because they are divorced and don’t want to be in the same room with each other. We h
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read one of Hughes's previous novels and enjoyed it - enough to where I happily dove into a Christmas novel in October. Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority with this one. It was a beautiful setting and nothing more: there are three storylines here and I found myself annoyed with all three of them. Felicity's goal is to get engaged, despite all signs that Adam isn't interested AND when she finally seems to get her wish she brushes him off. Her chemistry with Gabriel wasn't there for me, ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Another Christmas read completed! I have quite the stack of Christmas reads and have been enjoying every one of them!

Christmas at the Chalet, set in beautiful St. Moritz, is the story wedding dress designer Felicity Grant and her model Nell, as they prepare for an upcoming runway show. Will Felicity convince Adam to propose to her or will she fall for the young, hot doctor. Will Nell get the wedding of her dreams, with both her parents in attendance?

In some ways I really enjoyed this story. It
Donna Hines
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Never take life for granted as your blessings may truly be disguised.
St. Moritz is the setting of this fashion show extravaganza with Felicity as the rising star in designer fashion.
However, what she really wanted was a ring not necessarily fame.
Meanwhile Nell is assisting the show with one hitch - her divorced parents are a nightmare who love to bicker and threaten to not show for her special day as she prepares for marriage.
Can the happiness still happen among this nightmarish situation and wi
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This story had a lot going on. It had Felicity getting ready for her big bridal fashion show, fighting with her long time boyfriend and meeting a new gentleman. It had a story line of Nell and her parents, 2 more romance couples. I've read other books by Anita Hughes and I liked them a little more than this one. It switched from steamy to sweet and there was just too much going on. The setting was beautifully described and the characters were good. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
What I liked about this book is the way the author wrote about St. Moritz. She had me googling pictures and planning my vacation there.

Unfortunately what I did not like about the story is pretty much everything else. Immature characters with ridiculous problems they whined about relentlessly until I want to shake them, pointless flashbacks, some really bad love scenes and an ending for one of the characters that made me shake my head and wonder how I was supposed to believe it was a good idea c
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
* I am changing my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars because I am still thinking about this book a month later. I am someone who lives for summer but this book makes the idea of a ski lodge at Christmastime seem like a wonderful idea. Thanks for making the idea of winter more appealing for me.*

I got to read an early copy of this book through Netgalley, which meant that I read this wintertime book in the summer. I am someone who loves summer and hates when the weather turns cold. So, the fact that t
Rochelle Weinstein
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to St. Martin's Press. I received an advanced copy and am thrilled to share my review.

This book reminded me of why I first fell in love with reading. The breathtaking location, the charming characters, the gorgeous scenery, and scrumptious food, all set against the glamorous world of bridal fashion. At the very heart is a love story, well, actually, a few love stories, and if you haven't already fallen in love with Hughes' exquisite attention to detail: the snowflakes, the festive hol
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andra

Title: Christmas at the Chalet
By: Anita Hughes
ISBN: 1250166675 (ISBN13: 9781250166678)
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Christmas at the Chalet is a delicious love story about a bridal designer showing her new collection in the Alps during the magical week of Christmas where hijinx of the heart ensue.

It’s the day after Christmas, and Felicity Grant is at a gorgeous ski chalet in St. Moritz for th
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grab a hot beverage, a cozy blanket, and maybe a box of tissues for this sweet and savory read.

Anita Hughes did an amazing job making St. Moritz, Switzerland come to life in every possible way, inside and outside of her book. The cover brings a sense of peace and calm to the mind that no winter-lover can deny! I love every aspect from the thick feet of snow on the roofs, to the glow of fireplaces inside the chalet, the blue hue of the mountains, the twinkling trees... it looks magical and
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ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is my first read by Anita Hughes, and whilst I liked it, I didn't love it.

I could almost hear that Robin guy who was the voice-over man for "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" as I was reading. It was kind of hard to connect when every single person was uber-successful and beautiful - no plain Jane office workers in this one - but this could just be me.

I loved the setting of St Moritz, and snow at Christmas time is just something we see on TV
Jennifer Ritter
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christmas at the Chalet is the latest offering by author Anita Hughes. Bridal dress designer Felicity Grant, her business partner Raj Patel, and their stable of top models are spending Christmas week in St. Moritz in anticipation of the unveiling of the Felicity Grant Bridal winter collection. During the week Raj has set up events and photo opportunities. This premier would be a dream come true for Felicity had she not left New York on the heels of an argument with long time boyfriend Adam.

Erin Lewis
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anita Hughes was a new author to me. As my favourite holiday of the year is Christmas, I was interested to read this story.
There are several stories woven throughout this book. Firstly there is Felicity Grant, her best friend Nell and then there is the back story of Nell’s parents.
After an intense few days building up to her Christmas bridal fashion show in St Moritz, Felicity expects that her boyfriend is about to propose. Imagine her shock when she gets a spa voucher instead.
Nell is not only
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
**RATING 3.5**

CHRISTMAS AT THE CHALET by Anita Hughes is a solid Christmas read with a setting that will take your breath away.

Felicity Grant and her bridal designs are beginning to hit the big time and a star-studded fashion show in stunning St. Moritz the day after Christmas will be the rocket that launches her into greatness. Everything she ever wanted is at her fingertips but when her long-term boyfriend suggests that they take a break because he is unsure if he wants to get married, it thro
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this enough to read through to the end, but it wasn't an engaging read for me. The descriptions of the places around St. Moritz, the bridal gown designs and fabrics, and the food were superb and drew vivid pictures in my imagination. Unfortunately, I found the multiple story lines to be distracting and competing, rather than intertwined. The lead character development was too slow and shallow for my taste; I didn't get the backstory that I needed in order to attach to any of them enough ...more
Cindy Roesel
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anita Hughes is the author of over a dozen novels that take readers to exotic locales such as Paris, Rome, St. Barts, Monarch Beach, the Hamptons and this Christmas season we jet off of to St. Moritz, Switzerland. In CHRISTMAS AT THE CHALET (St.Martin'sPress), New York bridal designer Felicity Grant is showing her eighth and most glamorous bridal collection at the five-star, Badrutt's Palace Hotel.

CHRISTMAS AT THE CHALET takes place over the seven days before the event. It's a blur of mouth-wate
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Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, EMERALD COAST, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON and CALIFORNIA SUMMER published by St. Martin's Press.