Friday, November 8, 2013

On Tour and a Giveaway! A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Ballantine Books

Known for her heartwarming observations of family life, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer showcases her beloved Nantucket’s snowy off-season in this emotionally gratifying and utterly entertaining story.

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.

My thoughts about A Nantucket Christmas ~~

Ahhh, another warm, wonderful Christmas story. I love this time of year when all the Holiday stories are highlighted and available to read. It really gets me in the mood to enjoy the season. Reading this story made me want to travel to Nantucket to experience the magic of the season at this place that sounds so fabulous.

Nicole just wants to have a nice, quiet Christmas with her new husband and family. As you can guess, that's not what she gets. I really connected with Nicole because I, too, like to imagine that a nice, quiet Christmas is possible. But Kennedy, her new husband's daughter, comes to Christmas with an agenda - to get her mom and dad back together. She does what she can to sabotage any kind of relationship with her new stepmother.

I loved the character of Nicole. I also loved Kennedy's young son, Maddox. What a warm, innocent, loving little boy. Throughout the book, we also see the world through the eyes of a once loved, now forgotten dog. That aspect of the story was a nice touch to all the drama, and hustle and bustle everyone else was experiencing, as well as giving us a look at unconditional love. I loved the dog too!

A Nantucket Christmas is a beautiful holiday story with wonderful characters. It was just the right thing for me to read to escape my busy life and to remind me of what is important, not only this time of year, but all year long.

About the author

Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and have children she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year round for twenty-five years with her husband Charley Walters. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Nancy Thayer is the author of nineteen novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club series, Moon Shell Beach, Stepping, and Three Women At The Water's Edge.

Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships and the humorous adventures of growing older.

In 2008, Redbook magazine chose her novel Moon Shell Beach for their "Hot Summer Read." Nancy's work has been translated into more than 14 languages, including Polish, Hebrew, Russian, and Serbo Croatian. Her novels have been condensed or excerpted in several magazines, including Redbook, Good Housekeeping, England's Cosmopolitan, Holland's Viva, and South Africa's Personality.

She has published a commissioned three-part mystery novella in Redbook, and short stories in literary reviews in the United States, Canada, and Spain. Her first novel, Stepping, was made into a 13-part series for BBC Radio. Her ghost novel Spirit Lost was produced as a movie by United Image Entertainment. Her novel Everlasting was a Main Dual selection of the Literary Guild in 1991.

Connect with Nancy

Check out the other stops on MB's Book Tour
for A Nantucket Christmas

November 1st My Home of Books

November 3rd Melina's Book Blog

November 7th Griperangs Bookmarks

November 8th The Book Bag

Giveaway Time!! 

This giveaway is for the advanced uncorrected proof that I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. It looks different from the finished product but it reads just fine. I know you will enjoy it!

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  1. I love reading books about Christmas, and this one sounds really good. It sounds like just the thing to get a person in the spirit for the holiday season. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  2. Great review! Thanks so much for joining the Tour!

  3. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I really love reading holiday books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!!!
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  6. Looks so good, I really like a holiday book or two this time of year!

  7. Looks great, can't wait to read this one! :)

  8. I love comments, too, when folks are generous enough to take a moment in their day and say hi on my blog. I, too love Christmas books (usually novellas) for their sweet, warm-fuzzy nature.

  9. This book sounds like a lot of fun to read, I love books about Holidays and A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer, sounds like a great read and it will be interesting to follow and find out about Nicole and her Christmas with her new husband and his daughter.


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