A Vineyard Christmas Book Review
A Wonderfully Charming Christmas Mystery
This Christmas story, A Vineyard Christmas, has all of the essentials every great Christmas story should. The setting just off Martha’s Vineyard is absolutely gorgeous and full of old-school charm. The little island of Chappaquiddick is overflowing with people who know how to take care of each other. The characters come alive page after page. All of that is awesome but the best part is that this Christmas story also is a mystery. My favorite!
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What Is A Vineyard Christmas All About?
A Vineyard Christmas is about an author who has moved to the quaint little island of Chappaquiddick. She settled into a rental house and is making soap while avoiding writing her next novel. The author, Annie Sutton, is suffering. She has lost her parents, her best friend, and both her first and second husband. So Annie has plenty to deal with over Christmas.
But then one night during a great blizzard she hears strange noises on the porch. Annie gets up to discover a baby girl named Bella tucked into a basket on her front porch. And that’s really where this story gets started.
Who does the baby belong to? When will the mother return? How much trouble is Annie in for not turning in her to the police? What should she do?
What I Loved About A Vineyard Christmas:
- I adore the setting. Having grown up a small-town New Englander myself, the setting ignites beautiful memories of my own Christmases past.
- The characters are pure charm. Winnie, the Native American potter who helps Annie out again and again and shows the value of true friendship in her every word and action is my favorite among these pages. Annie Sutton herself, the mystery writer, deals with so much sorrow and grief and loss, and yet is still determined to save Baby Bella from any type of harm. Earl the fatherly figure who looks after Annie and the whole island as though everyone is family. The cranky and ruthless Claire, Earl’s wife, who we love to hate and then learn to love. Murphy, Annie’s best friend forever who has just passed, is still alive to Annie and her presence, her humor, and her wit come through page after page. And so many more… The characters are well developed and fun.
- I love a good mystery and this one had me looking in the wrong direction on more than one count. Enough said.
- The happy ending. I love a happy ending and this one ties up so many loose ends that it’s a work of art in its conclusion.
From the Book Jacket of A Vineyard Christmas
It’s taken a long time and a little heartache, but Annie Sutton is finally following her dream of living on Martha’s Vineyard. She fell in love with the island’s singular beauty while using it as a setting for two of her novels. In her cozy rented cottage on Chappaquiddick, she’s settling in for her first Vineyard winter—complete with a fierce nor’easter on the way, forecast to bring high winds and deep snow. But the blizzard also brings something unexpected to Annie’s front porch: a basket, encircled by a ribbon, containing a baby girl. The note reads: “I named her Bella, after my grandmother. Please help her, because I can’t.”
Adopted as a child, Annie is grateful for wonderful parents who raised her as their own. Yet she also hopes to spare little Bella the feelings of abandonment that still haunt her. And so, rather than take the baby to the police, Annie decides to keep her and try to find the birth mother, giving her a chance to change her mind.
But it’s not easy keeping a secret in a close-knit, island community, especially amid the bustle of Christmas. Before the holiday ends, there will be revelations, rekindled hope, and proof that families—the ones we are born into and the ones we claim for ourselves—are the gifts that truly matter . . .
About The Author of A Vineyard Christmas – Jean Stone
Jean ran her own award-winning advertising agency for 15 years before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard and has been writing bestsellers for over twenty-five years. You can view her site here.
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