CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT – Bryan Mooney
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?
Jack, a marine, and Hope, a teacher, unknowingly form a “soul mate” bond after being attacked, injured, & trapped in Iraq together. Both were rescued and treated separately and wonder what happened to the other. Fate brings them back together years later in Vermont during the holidays.
While hand delivering lost Christmas cards and letters found from the previous year, Jack discovers that there are many in his former hometown that are in need and hurting during the holiday season. The cards serve to bring peace to some and motivation to others. Hope accompanies Jack on some of the deliveries and their bond strengthens during this time Mr.Mooney weaves their love story through these events. His descriptions of the town, the Christmas traditions of the town, and the people flow smoothly and vividly. A nostalgic and sweet read for the holiday season.