Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas by Bryan Mooney
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released on October 20, 2015.
Overall Rating: 3 (xoxo)
Quick & Dirty summary: Marine Jack Reynolds and teacher Hope meet in the most difficult of circumstances. Holding onto one another, Jack and Hope save each other’s lives, but they are separated for over three years. When Hope gets the opportunity to return to Jack’s hometown of Woodstock, Vermont, she looks forward to experiencing a white Christmas. When Jack and Hope unexpectedly meet, they get to know each other delivering misplaced Christmas cards, creating special holiday memories for themselves and the citizens of Woodstock.
This is a sweet, sweet book. If you love reading about Christmas, service men, and soul mates, then you will love this book. There is zero sex in this book, so it’s also a great one for young teens and folks who love romance novels for the romance rather than the sex.
Jack and Hope are both very sweet characters, but the way the narrative is written makes it difficult to feel connected to them. While the dialogue is believable, there isn’t a lot of emotional context for where the characters are coming from. On the other hand, the landscape is beautiful depicted and the snow seems to be another character in the novel.
The major characteristic of this novel is that it rambles around and gives small snippets of insights into secondary characters as Jack and Hope deliver Christmas cards. Some people will find this annoying and boring, but I think there is value in these side stories. They are like the Christmas cards that get delivered. You never know what another person or family is going through, but you also never know what small gift you can give (a kind word, a shared memory) that will brighten their day and maybe even change their lives. It’s a beautiful thing to see and it’s why I love stories.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
This is a steep price for a book that is less than 200 pages. The good news is that it is a Kindle Unlimited book, so you can read it for free if you are a member.
Something else you might enjoy:
This isn’t a traditional Christmas recommendation. I love Christmas, but I don’t have a favorite holiday romance novel, so if you’ve got one, please let me know. Instead, I will suggest Penny Reid’s Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance. Part of the novel is set around the holidays, and it is such a good book. I recommend reading the entire Knitting in the City series though, and Beauty and the Mustache is book 4.