• A Vineyard Christmas

  • By: Jean Stone
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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A Vineyard Christmas

By: Jean Stone
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
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In the midst of a Christmas blizzard: a baby on the doorstep. 

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....

©2018 Jean Stone (P)2018 Recorded Books

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So Heartwarming and a Bit of a Mystery

A cozy Christmas, a mystery to be solved and a blooming romance. I lived in Brunswick, Maine for a time with my toddler son when my husband was deployed with the Navy. A southern girl alone in the neighborhood and so welcomed
by my nearby neighbors. I know they watched over me as people did in this story.
When a reunion of a mother and daughter occurred toward the end, chills ran up my arm. I feel this could be a continuing series on PBS and wish it was so I could continue following their lives.
Christmas is in the story but not the main theme.

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A Vineyard Christmas by Jean Stone

This was a really good mystery. I highly recommend for lovers of good reads or in my case listening. Thank-you.

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Christmas and a baby!

This book was a surprise to me. The baby on the doorstep, the story of adoption from the viewpoint of the adoptee.
I am adopted and much of the story was relatable. It did get a little draggy, or maybe I was just tired of listening. The resolution was a little unexpected, but thank goodness it was not a cliffhanger. She has many more in this series and I became a little worried.
The narrator was good, I did turn the speed up a little. Her “up East” accent was believable (hey, I am in the south, who am I to say?!

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MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED

I READ A LOT, AND THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS I READ MOSTLY COZY MYSTERIES. I THOUGHT THAT WAS WHAT I WAS DOING WHEN I BEGAN READING A VINEYARD CHRISTMAS, BUT IT WAS SO MUCH MORE. THE DEPTH OF THE WRITING/STORYTELLING AND OF THE CHARACTERS IS MORE AKIN TO WOMEN'S LITERATURE, WITH A DASH OF MYSTERY (NOT MURDER) A SMIDGEN OF ROMANCE WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF THE STORY. AT FIRST, I THOUGHT ABOUT STOPPING IT AND MOVING BACK TO A COMFORTABLE COZY, BUT SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BOOK JUST WOULDN'T LET ME. IT DREW ME IN AND HELD ME FAST, TO THE VERY END. NOW, I HAVE PURCHASED THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES.