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Monday, December 30, 2013

A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer

Holidays on this Massachusetts Island are nothing short of magical, and 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 arm’s 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.

Nantucket Christmas holidays are a site to see. Off season for tourists but not for the full time residents. Nicole is ready to celebrate the season and welcome her step daughter, Kennedy. All is not smooth sailing and there are a few surprises along the way.

I thought the heartwarming family life way in which this is written is charming. Lots of lessons of bringing a family together no matter what the situation. Beautiful descriptions of the island decorated up and the traditions that have carried on for years.

I liked the descriptions of walking around town and seeing all the little shops decorated for the holidays. Also the bond of the townspeople and how they help one another and survive tough times.

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