- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 16, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250166678
- ISBN-13: 978-1250166678
- ASIN: 1250166675
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A refreshing setting and characters combine with Felicity's offbeat occupation to create a sweet story of meaningful relationships." ―Library Journal
"Christmas at the Chalet is the most sparkling and glamorous of all Anita Hughes’s wise and gorgeous books." ―Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding
"Christmas at the Chalet is a breathtaking glimpse into the glittering and magical world of St. Moritz. Part romance, part Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Hughes gives her readers a beautiful story about the meaning of true love, peopled with charming and endearing characters. This is a refreshing novel destined to create cravings for hot chocolate in front of a blazing fire, and make us all believe in Christmas miracles." ―Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Falling
"The glam of St. Moritz is the stage for this modern fairy tale...Anita Hughes's Christmas at the Chalet sparkles with Christmas miracles." ―Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Sugarhouse Blues
"The magic of the season is on full display in Christmas at the Chalet…In the best Christmas present of them all―a beautiful and authentically heartfelt tale―Anita Hughes reminds us of the true miracle of Christmas: love." ―Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
"In gorgeous detail, Anita Hughes paints a vivid picture of blossoming love amid the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes in the opulent setting of St. Moritz. This enchanting love story will leave you pining for the winter holidays. I loved every page." ―Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know
"Anita Hughes does it again! Christmas At The Chalet hits all the right notes―a beautiful backdrop, a budding romance and a little Christmas magic to help it all come together. A wonderful holiday indulgence!" ―Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow
"Another delicious treat…Christmas at the Chalet transports readers to a world of glamour and romance, and reminds us that a fairytale wedding isn’t just about the dress. It’s about making sure the right Prince Charming is waiting at the end of the aisle." ―Barbara Davis, bestselling author of When Never Comes
"Christmas at the Chalet reminds us of why we first fell in love with reading. Escaping in the pages of picturesque St. Moritz and the glamorous world of bridal fashion, culminating in the fairy tale that every girl dreams of…a dazzling read." ―Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter
"If you need to escape during the holidays, read this book. No, really. Read it. Your in-laws, your stress, and your to-do list will all go away as you head to St. Moritz for a sweet romance." ―Cathy Lamb, bestselling author of The Man She Married
About the Author
ANITA HUGHES is also the author of Christmas in London, Christmas in Paris, Emerald Coast, White Sand, Blue Sea, Santorini Sunsets, Island in the Sea, Rome in Love, French Coast, Lake Como, Market Street, and Monarch Beach. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, and lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.
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How to begin this review. First of all, I found the book interesting and fairly well written. I did find it difficult to understand how anyone could, like Felicity, confide intimate thoughts and ideas, so regularly with a stranger like Dr. Gabriel Innes. The doctor was a great guy, but, come on, he is a total stranger, and one does not usually confide such personal stuff to a stranger. Then, Felicity does it again and again. I began to wonder just what sort of person she was and to imagine how Adam felt when he kept reading about his girlfriend and the strange doctor in awkward meetings on social media. Again, what sort of person constantly confides her personal thoughts and actions/reactions to someone she has just met? Then there was Nell. Her parents were acting like a couple of immature kids, refusing to even be in the same room with each other. To complicate matters, Nell really had no good plan when she invited the both to St. Moritz, without each knowing the other was coming. Both Felicity and Nell came across as immature whiners, who kept finding things go wrong but could not begin to maturely figure out what to do about them. Sometimes, it seemed like the only sane, mature guy holding it all together was Felicity’s partner Raj who also appeared to be the brains behind most things. I also thought Felicity’s boyfriend Adam was a bit immature and could not understand how or why anyone would stay with such a commitment freak. Dr. Gabriel Innes was likewise a fairly strong and good person, who, it looked like, got himself caught up in something he never really figured would happen at the start. The book presents a good picture of life at this famous resort, with lots of descriptions and discussion of the skiing and the surrounding mountains. One other thing I wondered about was how, after falling and hurting her ankle, Felicity could almost immediately be up and about, as if nothing had happened, even skiing some of the harder slopes in the area. Either she hurt her ankle and needed to stay off of it, or she did not, and she was, almost the next day, up and about as if nothing had ever happened. The book is set in the Christmas time frame, but there is not much about the holiday in it, except for the time frame and a few mentions here and there, so do not expect a Christmassy story. If you enjoy good romances and quirky takes on them, this is a good book for you. The ending was obvious to me almost from the start, but that did not diminish the reading, as I kept with it to see if things would turn out like I imagined or differently. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.
Felicity Grant of Felicity Grant Bridal, is preparing for her winter collection bridal show. She has chosen the venue of this hotel in St. Moritz and the week between Christmas and New Year’s for her show. Her business partner is Raj and he has encouraged her to do this show in St. Moritz instead of New York.
Felicity’s boyfriend is Adam and they have been together for six years. Hoping that he will finally propose, she was very hurt and disappointed when he did not give her a diamond ring for Christmas and he was quite frank about not being ready to get married. They had a fight about it just before she left for St. Moritz. Feeling bad about it, Felicity decides to venture out and buy him a nice gift and overnight it to him. Slipping on the ice, she sprains her ankle. Dr. Gabriel Innes helps her up and insists on buying her dinner while wrapping her ankle in ice to reduce the swelling. They run into one another here and there and enjoy sharing a meal. Unfortunately, Felicity is recognized and pictures of her are posted on Instagram. Adam sees the pictures is gets jealous.
Nell is one of the models whose parents are divorced. Nell is planning to get married soon and, of course, wants both of her parents to be at her wedding. But they despise one another and refuse to be in the same room together. They want her to have two weddings allowing each of the parents to attend one. Nell’s mother and father are both in St. Moritz to see the bridal show. Now, Nell has to find time to see both of them without the other one knowing.
The days count down to the show and everyone has their own problems to deal with. Will the show go off well with no set-backs?
Oh dear. The story is a good one, but Nell’s whining mother is a royal pain. Both parents needed to grow up. Felicity is a wimp when it comes to Adam. She should have kicked him to the curb years ago. I like Gabriel and the clever fairy tales he told Felicity. The saving grace for this book are the descriptions of the scenery, the dresses, and the food. I have read a number of this author’s books and enjoyed some very much. She tends to write in the style of Danielle Steel which isn’t bad, but it just some good editing.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.