Monday, December 23, 2019

Advent Reads Day 23: Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer

Welcome to Advent Reads!
This is an event I have had on my blog for several years running now.  Each evening I feature a different holiday themed book. Think of it as your Book Advent Calendar! I post a variety of holiday books including romance, children's, middle-grade, mystery, paranormal, and I try to find some that are other holiday celebrations than Christmas too. I hope you will stop by each evening to see what new book I have for you!

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley

Synopsis: "A Nantucket shopkeeper discovers that Christmas is the perfect occasion to make unexpected friendships . . . to warm the coldest of hearts--and maybe even find love.

Christina Antonioni is preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop, unpacking last-minute shipments and decorating for her loyal Christmas shoppers. But when her Scrooge of a landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent, it seems nearly impossible for Christina to continue business on the wharf.

Even so, Christina hopes there is a warm heart underneath Oscar's steely exterior. When she bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn't so cold after all. And with the help of Wink's uncle, who happens to be a charming and very handsome bachelor, this may be the best Christmas any of them could have ever imagined. Nancy Thayer's enchanting Nantucket setting provides the perfect backdrop for this holiday love story."

My Review: I have never read any of Nancy Thayer's books, but I have always wanted to pick one up because of the local setting. So what better way to kick off my reading than a holiday book?! Admittedly, I have never been to Nantucket, but I am familiar with the small isolated island setting with the huge class difference. I really appreciated the spin that Thayer put on the billionaire romance and the scrooge element as well. It was fun to see those familiar tropes twisted a little. I really enjoyed Christina's character she was sweet but had a level of determination I love for my female characters. Andy was great but just a little lackluster for me, he almost felt like a side character. The bright light in this one was without a doubt, Wink, she just brings that brightness and positive Christmas feeling to the story. This was a great book full of a variety of characters who really grew throughout the story.

My Rating: This was a great holiday read with some interesting twists on familiar romance and Christmas tropes.  While the characters were a little flat, the setting really stood out.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

I received a complimentary copy of Let it Snow via Netgalley. The following is my honest review and opinion.

To found out more about Nancy Thayer and her books, check out her Goodreads or Website.

Let It Snow was released early this fall so you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or check with your local library or bookstore.

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