20 Days of Christmas – Day 7
Christmas In Vermont – Bryan Mooney
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 20, 2015)
Women’s Fiction/Holidays/Family Life
(reviewed: December 17, 2015)
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.
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?
“So sweet it should be a Hallmark movie!” – Goodreads
“A jolly portrait of the perfect New England Christmas.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Mooney is magnificent in Christmas in Vermont.” – Amazon Reviews
“The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout… a traditional New England Christmas.” – Kirkus Reviews
“…a heartwarming story.”- Amazon Reviews.
“…starts out as a pulse-pounding thriller turns into a great love story with lots of interesting characters. – Goodreads Reviews
“… charming!”- Shelfari
“The complexities of the plot rival the skill of Nicholas Sparks and James Patterson.” – Amazon Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bryan Mooney was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and was one of nine children. He left home at an early age to travel and see the world visiting over sixteen European countries by the time he was nineteen. It was this travel that initially inspired him to start writing. Upcoming books will draw upon his early years and his lust for travel.
The writer describes himself as a hopeless romantic and writes of lost love, found love and lasting friendship. The message apparently resonates with his readers pushing his books to consistently rank in Amazon’s top twenty category.
Look for his bestselling books on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and wherever fine books are sold.
Connect with Bryan at www.bryanmooneyauthor.com.