I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
Published by Ballantine Books on 10/29/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
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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.
While A Nantucket Christmas is a cute read, it was not my favorite. It’s told in 3rd-person, with varying point of views, beginning with a dog. Yes, a dog. And while this could be unique and fun, the dog didn’t really do much for me, honestly. The poor mutt is just trying to make his way to a safe place after being dumped on the side of the road after a summer spent with a family on Nantucket Island.
We then meet Nicole Somerset, newlywed to a divorced attorney and father. Nicole is new to Nantucket, marriage – and family drama. Her husband’s spoiled brat daughter, Kennedy, pregnant with her second child, is coming to visit with the family for the holidays and Nicole is desperate to impress. She’s made the Nantucket home cozier, less sterile than it was before, and she’s really determined to make a great impression on Kennedy and her family.
Kennedy couldn’t care less and as far as older children go, I found her to be really unlikeable. She constantly asked “Daddy” when he was getting back together with her mother and basically just displayed what I like to call quintessential only-child rich kid syndrome throughout nearly the entire book. She acted like her son was an inconvenience and did a lot of little things to undermine Nicole, who was very sweet. I’m not sure how her husband was married to her.
But the dog and Kennedy are not why I didn’t really like the story. I just felt like it was kind of hokey. The plot was pretty slow and the ending was incredibly predictable. I knew exactly what was going to happen about 30% in to the book. I like surprises in books, not knowing everything that is going to happen next. A Nantucket Christmas wasn’t terrible, don’t get me wrong, but there are better Christmas stories out there. However if you’re looking for a book that has an HEA, this one is for you.