Saturday, February 2, 2019

Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes


Christmas at the Chalet is a delicious love story about a bridal designer showing her new collection in the Alps during the magical week of Christmas where hijinx of the heart ensue.

It's the day after Christmas, and Felicity Grant is at a gorgeous ski chalet in St. Moritz for the biggest fashion show of her career. Felicity is a rising star on the bridal design scene, and this is her best collection yet. But when her boyfriend gives her a spa day instead of a diamond ring for Christmas, she has to face the possibility that she may never walk down the aisle in one of her own stunning designs.

And then there's Nell, the top model headlining Felicity's show. Nell is planning her dream wedding to her wonderful fiancé with one catch: her divorced parents can't stand each other and threaten to no-show if the other is there.

Add to that Felicity's race against the clock to create a special gown for a prestigious bridal salon, and what both girls need is a Christmas miracle. What better place to find one than in the Swiss Alps with its dark forests and sparkling vistas?

But for Felicity it's hard to recognize a miracle even when it's right in front of her, and for Nell one miracle might not be enough to fix the past. Can dreams really come true or is that the stuff of Swiss fairytales?

Anita Hughes's Christmas at the Chalet is full of romance, gorgeous gowns, and the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps. It's about love and forgiveness, and creating one's own miracles during the most festive time of year.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆
I really like the idea behind this book, and if I were to tell someone the storylines, I think they would agree. It certainly does a great job of explaining what St Moritz is like and the style of food, the shops, the visitors, and of course, the skiing. But I found that the devices used to tell the story were a bit clunky, and it lacked the seamlessness that makes such time shifting effective.

Three couples' stories are interwoven into the text, and whilst there were some comparisons to be made, there felt like a strong lack of love in one, one was post-divorce, and the last we mainly only hear about rather than see. So, there was a lack of romance and more a talking about what it was or wasn't. It is difficult to explain what was missing.

The build up to the fashion show, the outings to increase interest, and the shifting of the truth by the reporters (or was it?) was very interesting and gave the reader an idea of how a successful campaign may really work. It also gave an indication of how normal issues still affect beautiful people. The solution to Nell's dilemma was fun, and that reveal, even of just the idea, was done really well.

So, a sweet set of stories in a story that I enjoyed reading, but could have been really good after some judicious editing.



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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Christmas at the Chalet by Anita Hughes to read and review.

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