Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
All Nicole wanted was a nice Christmas with family surrounding her. Her new husband's previous family is not welcoming her to their inner circle, but she hopes this holiday will make it better.
Ballentine Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review (thank you). It will be published October 29th, so you can pick up a copy at your local bookstore then.
When Nicole finds out the ex-wife never had a tree in the home in Nantucket, she just has to go find a big one that will make the house more Christmasy. She buys lot of presents, lots of food, and prepares everything she can ahead so she'll have an opportunity to meet her new step-daughter and her family.
Maddox is young and loves everybody. The son-in-law is very pleasant and appears to be easy to like. The step-daughter immediately complains because a piece of furniture has been removed from the entry way and plants her body on the living room couch. She demands Nicole serves her and cleans up after her. Nicole is trying to be nice, but it's beginning to be difficult. Kennedy is not lovable.
Kennedy wants her father and mother to get back together again. She doesn't believe they don't have any interest in each other anymore, she just thinks Nicole is in the way. So she begins a campaign to make her father see how "bad" Nicole is. She's pregnant, so she can get away with a lot.
There's a lot of conflict in the story and it doesn't get better when Mom shows up on the doorstep because she's had a big fight with her live-in boyfriend. Especially not on Christmas Eve...
Despite all the drama, the conclusion of the story is calm and all works out well. Just like most family Christmases do.