A Nantucket Christmas: A Novel by Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Christmas: A Novel by Nancy Thayer

And another in the NetGalley November challenge!

Book Review: 

A short and seasonal novella set on the island of Nantucket, off the Massachusetts / Rhode Island shore, the spirit of the season comes alive as we share the family’s story.  Many of these types of stories are formulaic, with a family, blended or estranged, learning to come together with the help of the spirit of the season: this one is no different, but knowing that it will all work out in the end is also part of the magic and charm.  Nancy Thayer has used her skillful storytelling to create a story that speaks to the heart, and gives us some cleverly wrought characters to boot.

While the story is set to focus on newly married Nicole and her husband Sebastian.  Their first Christmas together as a family will include Sebastian’s adult daughter Kennedy and her husband and child.  While “adult” may be a stretch in describing Kennedy, her antics are so true to life and so eye-rollingly extreme for a grown woman with a child that your inner child will instantly identify, even as your adult is horrified.  Through her antics we also see how Nicole manages to exist with the stressors from the season, and the particular stress brought on by her situation: her  frustrations are both real and often cleverly written with a twist of humor.  When you add in the 3 year old Max, Sebastian’s grandson, and his antics, and a clever set of asides from the family dog’s perspective, there is enough information, emotion and character development to please everyone, a particularly nice addition in a novella.

We do, of course, have our own particular preferences for the holiday story, some want more romance, other’s wish for greater conflicts to resolve.  Me, I hope for a well-crafted story that will keep me interested and provide me an afternoon’s entertainment as it gives a much needed boost to that nugget of Christmas spirit that is often dormant until the last days.  This book managed to do all of the above, and provide me with a smile at the end.

A Nantucket Christmas: A Novel by Nancy Thayer

Title: A Nantucket Christmas
Author: Nancy Thayer
Genre: Holiday Themed, Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published by: Ballantine Books
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 145
Rated: four-stars
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Known for her heartwarming observations of family life, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer showcases her beloved Nantucket’s snowy off-season in this emotionally gratifying and utterly entertaining story.

Holidays on this Massachusetts island are nothing short of magical, from the jolly decorations on the Brant Point lighthouse to the much anticipated Christmas Stroll, in which merrymakers promenade through quaint streets adorned with Yuletide cheer. The season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. Their home is already full of enticing scents of pine, baking spices, and homemade pie.

But the warm, festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arms’ length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations. Nicole, however, is not about to let anyone or anything tarnish her first Christmas with her new husband.

Nancy Thayer’s wonderful tale reminds us that this is the season of miracles. Before the gifts are unwrapped, surprise visitors appear, and holiday joy comes to all, both naughty and nice.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Nancy Thayer

Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and have children she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year round for twenty-five years with her husband Charley Walters. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Nancy Thayer is the author of nineteen novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club series, Moon Shell Beach, Stepping, and Three Women At The Water's Edge.

Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships and the humorous adventures of growing older.

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