Friday, December 20, 2013

A Nantucket Christmas
by Nancy Thayer

Publisher: Ballantine
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  Nicole is the main character and the most outsider of the group, she married into this crazy dysfunctional family and this is her first Christmas in their mix.  She takes quite the emotional beating while still keeping a game face on - I was extremely proud of the abuse she took, I couldn't have done it!  

Nicole mostly deals with a grown step daughter who even as an adult with parents that have been separated for awhile dreams of her family reuniting.  I found her to be the most frustrating and each time she spoke, I cringed.  

The other part that was weird/confusing were the parts that were narrated by the very young grandson and the others by the dog; I am not sure I was a fan of throwing in these chapters, I get why they were done, but I didn't love it.

With a few annoying characters, I probably would have loved this more if a few more pages would have been devoted to them realizing that they weren't the most lovable of people.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more


Ebook 2013 Challenge: 77 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from edelweiss.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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