Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas

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As Hope Caldwell fought for her life beneath the rubble of a bombed-out building, it was the thought of Christmas in Vermont and the snow-covered mountains that kept her going.

For Jack Reynolds, the mountains of Vermont have always meant something special. Now he has returned home from the big city to spend Christmas in Vermont and help celebrate his uncle's retirement from the postal service.

When packing up his uncle's office, they discover ...

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Overview

As Hope Caldwell fought for her life beneath the rubble of a bombed-out building, it was the thought of Christmas in Vermont and the snow-covered mountains that kept her going.

For Jack Reynolds, the mountains of Vermont have always meant something special. Now he has returned home from the big city to spend Christmas in Vermont and help celebrate his uncle's retirement from the postal service.

When packing up his uncle's office, they discover a bag of lost Christmas cards. Jack volunteers to deliver them for his ailing uncle. He soon sees the joy that a card can bring to a lonely grandmother, a heartbroken father, a disabled veteran, and others as he delivers their belated Christmas mail.

Will the snows of enchanting Vermont work its magic again at this wonderful time of year and help Jack find...

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-22
A jolly portrait of the perfect New England Christmas.In this latest offering from novelist Mooney (A Box of Chocolates, 2014, etc.), miracle upon Christmas miracle visits the small town of Woodstock, Vermont. Jack Reynolds, a native son returning home for the season, is an Iraq War veteran mourning his MIA brother and struggling with his needy, big-city girlfriend. Hope Caldwell, meanwhile, is a schoolteacher with a new job in Woodstock, where she has come to sort out the broken pieces of her past. Soon, the two team up to spread Christmas magic throughout the town, beginning by delivering a batch of misplaced Christmas cards from the year before. Serendipitous coincidences and holiday clichés abound: Every card happens to hold monumentally good news for its recipient, and between them, Jack and Hope carry out just about every good deed imaginable, from preventing a suicide to rescuing a doomed puppy. The story is so thoroughly saccharine that a happy ending seems predestined from the start, and any attempts at narrative conflict—the trouble caused by Jack's insufferable girlfriend, for example—feel too manufactured to generate much suspense. Similarly, the writing often strays into triteness, especially in the voices of down-home characters. In one instance, Jack smiles and thinks to himself: "That's the way it is in Vermont, neighbors helping neighbors." The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout, painting a simplistic picture of a storybook town where nothing ever changes and all wrongs are righted by the wonders of a traditional New England Christmas. Mooney succeeds, however, in conjuring a vivid sense of a town at its most joyful, and his captivating descriptions of Woodstock and its celebrations are a notable strength. Additionally, the realistic, nuanced depictions of veterans and their struggles provide the story with some much-needed gravity. While lacking in overall narrative depth and character development, the book remains a charming glimpse into an idyllic winter wonderland, which will likely please readers looking for a feel-good holiday escape.Pretty as freshly fallen snow, and just as fluffy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494808839
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2014
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 349,046
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    wonderful Story

    Our Book Club chose this book for the Holiday month. What a perfect choice.

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