I wanted to read A Very Nantucket Christmas because it is now time to get into the holiday spirit. This book is made up of two holiday novels, although I would call them novellas. The first is A Nantucket Christmas and the second, An Island Christmas both by Nancy Thayer.
I enjoyed the second story in this book more than the first. The reason for that was Kennedy, in the first story, was driving me up the wall. I understand that was her purpose, but she was acting more like a ten-year-old about her parents divorce than a grown woman who was married with children herself. The last chapter of that story was my favorite part when the characters finally start showing some Christmas camaraderie.
I did really enjoy how descriptive the narration was when talking about the island and how they decorate for Christmas. I was certainly unfamiliar with the idea of an island that gets a lot of snow dumped onto it because most islands I read about are tropical. The island of Nantucket, however, is quite the ferry ride away from the mainland so when it snows, they have to make do with what is available on the island.
This book is a little festive and a little romantic but it's all heart-warming, and if you're a pet lover, you will like these stories as well. Recommended to fans of Nancy Thayer and anyone looking for a couple of quick holiday reads.
Celebrate the holidays with New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer in this festive collection featuring two heartwarming tales set on Nantucket island.
A Nantucket Christmas
The Yuletide season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. But the cheerful mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s first Christmas with her new husband. Yet, in the season of miracles, holiday joy has a way of coming to all, both naughty and nice.
An Island Christmas
It’s Christmas time and Felicia has returned to her family’s home on the island to marry her rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every snow-dusted street and twinkling light is picture-perfect for a dream wedding. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy. With the arrival of Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, fueling tensions, and the family careening toward a wedding disaster, an unexpected twist reminds everyone of the true meaning of the season.