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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
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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, Flet
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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.
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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 li
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Dianne
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
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Janet
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 bracel
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Tammy
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
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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 ma
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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 an
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Elaine
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
Ann
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
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 o
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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 what they wanted.

There was a character
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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
Toni
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
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Jodie
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.
Jackie
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!
Gaele
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
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Melissa
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
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BookGypsy
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After a break up with her boyfriend. Emma heads to the pawn shop to cash in her bracelet. Once there she sees a watch. The same engraved watch she gave Fletcher, her first love eleven years ago. Emma gets the watch. Her friend is working the Christmas magic when she signs Emma up to go to snowy Vermont and help the Inn keeper. Eleven years is a long time but she sees him, yes! Fletcher her first love. But he is with his fiancee and his daughter. This was a deeply moving story. I could relate to ...more
Nicola Short
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet, fun Christmas story. I love Christmas stories and this was a perfect read for me. As you read this story, it will remind you of a Hallmark movie♥
Likeable characters, a small town in Vermont, romance, second chances, Christmas time....makes for a sweet, cozy read.
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and give my honest review about this book.
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BookAddict
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a read to put you in the holiday mood, look no further! With a strong, kind heroine, a hero who needs to sort himself out, and a precocious ten year old who tries her hand at matchmaking, this story will make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and get you ready to celebrate the holidays with those you love.

Emma can't seem to make a relationship work. When things hit the one-year mark, she always seems to find a reason to call it quits. But there may be a reason
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Arlena
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Christmas in Vermont
Author: Anita Hughes
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"Christmas In Vermont" by Anita Hughes

My Rationalization:

What an enjoyable Christmas read filled with 'synchronicity/coincidence' was something that 'appears in your life when you least expected it and in the end made your dreams come true.' This is exactly what happened to Emma as it was for her to lose love, hop
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Anna
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I love literary fiction, but I also love Hallmark movies. This book falls in the latter category. Halfway through this book I realized I’d read another Anita Hughes book: Christmas in Paris. I didn’t love it. It was unrealistic and cliches...even MORE cliche and unbelievable than a Hallmark movie.

This story, however, was just pretty much charming. Emma has never gotten over her college boyfriend, and she had dated and dated and been haunted by the less-than-a-year curse s
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Erin Lewis
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 star review of  Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes
 
I love any story that is centred around Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together, celebrate and reflect.
 
This was a fun, quick read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked Anita Hughes’ style of writing and felt as though I was a part of the magic of Vermont.
 
Have you ever wondered about the “one” who got away? That’s what happens to Emma when she stumbles across an old gift she gave to her c
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Mikaela (Booklover1974)
I really wish I could say something nice about this book but the only thing nice about it is that the story takes place in Vermont, which seems wonderful.

The characters are shallow and unlikeable. Fletcher sucks as a father...I'm wondering what kind of father leaves his nine year old alone at an inn to have some alone time with fiancee and stays away for five hours. Oops, sorry we just kind of stopped to have a five course lunch. Idiot.

Emma was also clearly stupid who fell for Fletcher. Don't
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Susan Peterson
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is there any place more romantic at Christmas than a quaint Vermont Inn? It was the perfect setting for this second chance love story. Emma is spending Christmas alone after breaking up with her boyfriend, when she walks into a second-hand shop and finds a watch she gave to a boyfriend 11 years ago. Is it fate, or just a weird coincidence? Her best friend tracks the former beau down, and arranges a reunion for the couple at a snowy mountain inn. The characters were charming and loving, the setti ...more
Kathy
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet romance about second chances and fate. I really enjoyed the setting. I don't like the cold but love reading about it! LOL! So it was nice to imagine being at the inn during Christmas time. The characters were likable, esp. Lola. She's a very rambunctious little girl and I love how she just takes action. The romance was sweet but predictable. All in all, a really good read.
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher and voluntarily chose to rev
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Serena Soape
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the moment I picked up “Christmas in Vermont” I could not put it down. I had to know if it ended the way I had hoped it would.

Anita Hughes tells a story of the relationship between Emma and Fletcher.

Emma was a sweet character with a heart of gold. Fletcher was her ex-boyfriend from college, who was just as kind as she was.

When they cross paths again, what does destiny have in store for them?

I loved the characters and how their personalities we
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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