Christmas in Vermont by Bryan Mooney
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
My rating: 3
Buy here: Amazon
In the small town of Woodstock, Vermont, Christmas means white snow and warm traditions. For ex-Marine Jack Reynolds, it’s a chance to visit home and sort out his life. He’s engaged but unhappy, his brother is missing in action, and he often thinks about Hope, the beautiful teacher who helped him survive an attack in Iraq before disappearing. Unbeknownst to Jack, Hope is in Woodstock, having sworn to visit the hometown of the man who saved her life.
A chance encounter brings Jack and Hope together once more, and they instantly feel the same deep connection that sustained them in Iraq. When a long-lost bag of Christmas cards is discovered at the local post office, the pair sets out to deliver them. As the letters bring joy around Woodstock, Jack and Hope grow closer—but misunderstandings and uncertainty come between them. Can the cozy town’s Christmas spirit help them find the courage to follow their hearts?
This book grabbed me from the beginning. It started off with Hope running from terrorists through the school and Jack trying to save her and then the explosion where they both get caught under the rumble. I'm not going to lie. I teared up at this part.
Hope remembers Jack talking about the town he was from, so she sets off to find a job in Woodstock. After the organization Jack was working for in NY shuts down, he returns to Woodstock for his uncle's retirement party. That's where he runs into Hope. I really loved the letters they delivered from a year ago that the post office lost and just now found. These letters all came at the perfect time for the loved ones. The letters brought peace and hope and it was absolutely beautiful.
I will definitely be reading more from this author.