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Christmas in Vermont

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  791 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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I love stories about chances, serendipity, synchronicity - call it what you will - the idea that two people are meant to be together and that fate will make it happen. It's naive, I know, but it's wonderful to imagine. Christmas in Vermont is all about second chances and fate.

When Emma goes into a pawn shop on Christmas Eve to sell the bracelet that her ex gave her, she discovers an engraved watch that she once gave to Fletcher, the "one who got away." Sentimentally, Emma purchases the watch for
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes

synchronicity: When chance lines up for a specific event.
A sweet contemporary romance of chance, coincidence or fate. Whichever is your belief, acting on that moment can change your life.
In this romance, Emma is reminded of her lost love when she finds the gift she gave him years ago in college. With the help of her best friend, Emma is spending her Christmas vacation in a picturesque inn exactly where Fletcher will be.

Lola, Fletcher’s daughter is adorable an
Lisa Zetes
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to thank St Martin's Press for an ARC of the book. I loved this New England Christmas Love Story set in Vermont. I could especially relate since I am a New Englander myself. So Emma goes to a pawn shop in NYC and notices a watch that she gave to a college boyfriend 11 years ago. Emma buys the watch and ends up in an Inn in Vermont where this College boyfriend, his fiance and his daughter is. And things come together that may change Emma's destiny. This was a well written love story and ni ...more
Lindsey Gandhi
Christmas in Vermont is just a cozy, delightful story. This is a book you will want to wrap up in a blanket by a cheery fire with a steaming cup of hot chocolate to read. I don't think I have ever heard of synchronicity before or at least I haven't experienced it, but this book makes me a believer!! In addition to that, it will make you a believer in second chances.

Around the holidays we all like those warm, fuzzy, feel good stories. And just like a Hallmark movie, this is one of those stories.
Kelly  (UnshelvedEdition)
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Do you enjoy those Hallmark Christmas Movies? I used to slightly rebel against them whenever my wife asked me to watch them with her, especially when we had 70 on the DVR, but now I love them

This book is exactly like one of those movies. It is sweet and romantic and gives you all the warm fuzzies you need for the holidays. Reading this book felt like watching a movie, all the details were clear and I felt like I was just another guest at the inn and I absolutely loved the meddling little girl

Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma lives in Manhattan and is a successful advertising agent. She has two beautiful godchildren, and a best friend but can’t keep a relationship. Oh, it’s not them, it’s all her. She ends them before they can propose. After ending her current relationship and attempting to give back a beautiful bracelet, she finds herself in a pawnshop and that is where she finds the watch she gave Fletcher. The one man she gave her heart to….

Her best friend calls it synchronicity and Googles Fletcher. When she
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
(DNF due to extremely poor research and patently awkward story-line for this day and age). I love romances but this one I would have had to suspend too much reality to finish.

I would have read on to see how this book was going to turn out but gave up very early in it for the simple reason that I am tired of so many authors doing sloppy research. But this one took the cake.

When an author can't do research into something so simple as to Norman Rockwell's birthplace (my very favorite artist BTW) or
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

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
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
Christmas In Vermont reminded me of a wonderful Hallmark Christmas movie. Full of interesting characters, CIV has a fast-paced storyline following main character Emma who has a long history of ending her relationships as they near their first anniversary.
Emma pawns a gift given to her from her latest ex-boyfriend, and sees a watch under the glass she had given to the ONE guy she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with, Fletcher. Her BFF Bronwyn believes in synchronicity, a group of meanin
Donna Hines
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Fate, Coincidence, Synchronicity, Romance, Heartbreak, Courage to Conquer Fears and LOVE!
This is an action packed romance that will lead you from the heart of Manhattan to the quaint beauty of Vermont.
What occurs is not what you might expect as it may seem dumb luck to some while to others it it's magical.
I love the characters especially Emma upon finding her ex boyfriends watch at a pawn shop which leads us on this journey to find her long lost love from college -Fletcher-a man whose captured h
Sharon Huether
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It all started with an engraved watch, Emma found at a pawn shop in New York City. It was the same watch she had given to Fletcher, a boyfriend she had eleven years before.

Emma had her second chance at love when went to Snowberry Inn in Vermont, at her best friends advice, for Christmas and New Years.

Fletcher was there too with his daughter Lola and Megan his fiancee. In a surprising turn of events, Emma gave Fletcher the engraved watch again.

A lovely story and a page turner too.

I won this wonde
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
When Emma walked into the pawn shop right before Christmas, she didn’t expect to see a ghost from her past. Still, the engraved watch she gave her ex-boyfriend, Fletcher, way back in college seems like just a coincidence—but her best friend Browyn would argue synchronicity led her there. So when Bronwyn discovers that Fletcher is celebrating Christmas in Vermont, she volunteers Emma for a holiday position at the inn where he’s staying. The thought of a cozy inn and a snowy backdrop does have app ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've spent nearly every Christmas in my life in Vermont, but never have had a week-long experience like Emma did in Snowberry, Vermont. I didn't want to love the quintessential Vermont experience during the holidays Hughes created, but I did. I didn't want to love the nine-year-old who talks like a 35-year-old (who uses the words like "linger" and read how-to columns in Good Housekeeping!?), but I did. This book was as sickly sweet as drinking a mug of cocoa and eating a plate of pancakes with m ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
11 years ago you thought you had the love of your life but when he doesn't tell you about a letter... and you then tell him something that's not true it cost you all those years in your life what you could have had what you should have had but things happen for a reason.. finding Fletcher's watch in a pawn shop in Manhattan leads to a whole new Journey for Emma... Christmas in Vermont was a beautiful story this was the first book for me by this author and I was lucky enough to win this book from ...more
Deanne Patterson
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanne by:
Absolutely full of holiday charm, Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes is her latest holiday book to hit shelves. Grab a copy today, "magic of synchronicity and fate set at a quaint Vermont inn during the week after Christmas. "
Emma never stays in a relationship for more than a year and when a Christmas Eve occurrence has her finding a what she thought was a long gone item could it be a coincidence or is it as her best friend calls it, the magic of synchronicity .
The one that got away, of her pa
The Lit Bitch
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Every year this happens. I block out the entire month of October for strictly Halloween reading (mysteries, horror, thrillers etc), but then all the holiday romances start coming out and next thing I know it’s like Christmas in October on my blog!

I am one of those closet holiday movie fans. There is something so fulfilling about a feel good romance set around the holidays, and I can’t say no to a holiday romance novel to save my life!

I have read all of Anita Hughes’s holiday romances an
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma visits a pawn shop on Christmas Eve to sell a bracelet from an ex boyfriend. She plans to donate the money to charity but sees an old watch she had purchased for her college love and does an exchange. It motivates her to search for him and finds him and his daughter at an Inn in Vermont. She signs up to be a children's activity director for the holiday and see if they still have sparks. A nice Christmas romance that is a little predictable and seems to end rather abruptly. A very enjoyable ...more
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
Copy received from St Martin's Press via Netgalley for an honest review

I am a sucker for a Christmas story, and a Christmas story with a second chance of love story included is the best.

Emma and Fletcher's tale is serendipitous in that a chance finding at a pawn store leads our lovelies on a journey to reconnect, and to realise they never stopped loving each other.. swoon.

Of course there are hurdles to jump, however I liked that it wasn't all easy peasy for our lovelies. They had to fight for wh
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction
Emma walks into a New York pawn shop and finds the personalized watch she gave her ex-boyfriend years ago. Although she’s never forgotten Fletcher, she’s startled to be reminded of him like that and wonders if it’s a sign. Fresh off a breakup, she decides to look Fletcher up online, and she eventually tracks him down to an inn in Vermont. She decides to take a holiday vacation there to see if sparks will still fly between them. Unfortunately, when she arrives, she sees Fletcher happily enjoying ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a cute story overall, but definitely took me a very long time to read because there was so many points I just didn't want to pick this one up. I liked the story just fine, but I felt like there could have been more interesting parts to pull me in.

This story follows a woman named Emma, who had just broken up with her boyfriend, Scott, and decides to take a bracelet that was given to her by him to a local pawn shop in exchange for this watch she miraculously finds that she gave him back
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wishes to escape to New England especially for the holidays.
A delightful Christmas story set in in the visually stunning state of Vermont. Emma and Fletcher met and fell in love at Colby College in Maine, but at graduation, life got in their way. Anita Hughes’ Christmas in Vermont has Emma’s best friend in NYC many years later explaining to Emma the theory of synchronicity, and gives Emma for Christmas a trip to The Smuggler’s Inn in Snowberry, Vermont. Against her better judgment, Emma leaves NYC-destination The Smuggler’s Inn, Snowberry, Vermont, and w ...more
Meagan (Meagansbookclub)
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely adored this book! Christmas in Vermont is your classic cheesy "Hallmark movie." You know the type, likable characters, swoon love story, and a predictable happy ending that you just crave so badly around the holiday time. I especially loved the writing style of Anita Hughes. Beautiful descriptions but nothing too lengthy and the storyline never felt drawn out. This was my first by her and it won't be my last. I fell in love with every single character (except Megan), and could not get ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma should be walking on the beaches of Maui with Scott right now instead of walking the streets of Manhattan on Christmas Day. It’s clearly her fault, she knows, but five days ago she just knew he was about to propose when he gave her this beautiful bracelet she’s about to sell if she could only find an open, second-hand Jewelry store. She had to break up with him; Scott was a great guy, but she wasn’t ready to marry him!

As Emma entered the only shop open today, the older gentleman behind the
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
Emma has a history of ending romances as they near their first anniversary. Having just ended a romance and wanting to pawn the bracelet her ex had given her, she happens upon a pawn shop where she finds the watch she’d given her college boyfriend Fletcher - perhaps her one true love. When she reveals this to her best friend Bronwyn, Bronwyn convinces Emma this is synchronicity - a group of meaningful coincidences. Bronwyn discovers via the internet that Fletcher will be spending the week betwee ...more
Sara Jo
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was not at all impressed with the writing in this story. Every scene was staccato short and poorly developed. Lola was cute at first, but soon became the most irritating child. The author merely used her to drive the plot forward instead of having the adults be adults. Fletcher and Emma both were ridiculously immature and I didn’t like either of them for a moment.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect Christmas read! Filled with real emotional life's struggles. Loss, love and never giving up. I loved the way it all came together! A fast and heartwarming easy read! Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest review!
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Ashley Houser
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Looking for a cheesy Christmas romance in the vein of Hallmark or a Netflix original? Well, here you go.

Christmas in Vermont was exactly what I expected it to be. It was cliche and predictable. One of those books where you know the ending from the very first pages. But I think there is a market for those types of book, so if that's what you're looking for, it would be right up your alley.

I personally had a hard time with quite a few things in the story that caused me to rate it lower:
1. A 9 ye
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it

I wanted to love this one. I adore Christmas and a storyline about a second chance at love in an idyllic winter wonderland sounded great. While I expected a predictable storyline, for me, books like this are all about the journey and this one wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.

The characters were my major problem with this book. I felt many of the characters were one-dimensional, but my major character problem was with the 9-year-old that was given dialogue as if she were an adult. It made it very diff
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is one of the silliest, fluffiest, thinly written books I've ever read. It's reading stuff like this that actually gets published that makes me think I ought to at least be able to write a little better than this myself. The characters in this are SO BAD. I think the book mostly exists so she can describe this Christmas town in Vermont, but at least come up with a decent conflict for the main romance. It would have been better if the guy was a widower- the fact that he was going to marry a ...more
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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, and CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT published by St. Martin's Press. ROME I ...more

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