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A Nantucket Christmas

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  2,281 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
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 Christm
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 16, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok
2 stars.

A Nantucket Christmas is the story of a boy, Maddox, meeting a dog. But before he does, Thayer tells us the individual stories of the boy and his family, and of the dog and his plight.

This book meandered and wandered, describing Nantucket in its Christmas glory, and describing the personalities and quirks of Maddox's family members. Unfortunately, the direction of the plot (boy meeting dog) wasn't clear midway through. I was left wondering, What ABOUT this boy and his family? What is t
Angela Holland
Oct 24, 2013 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that it is hard to put it into words. It is a heartwarming story that pulls you in from page one and does not let you go even after you are done. This is the fist Christmas book I have read this year and the first by Nancy and I have to say it puts you in a good mood and makes me want to find more books by her. The only part of the book that I did not like was the story line with Snix/Pooh, but I totally understand why it had to be told in the way it was, it just really ...more
Julie Barrett
Oct 19, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer
The island is decked out with Christmas attire and the day of the Stroll has begun. Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived on the island via the Coast Guard and
the kids will climb onto Santa's lap and tell them of their wishes.
Nicole has married Sebastian and his married daughter Kennedy and her husband, James and child Maddox will spend the Christmas holiday on the island with them.
Nicole has helped the Stroll by baking cookies and her best friend Jilly has hot
Oct 29, 2013 Cortana rated it it was amazing
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On Nantucket, the Christmas season is different. And A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer is a different and charming Christmas story which is down to earth, and so thoroughly enjoyable. It is the story of building relationship, the delicate intricacies and dynamics of a broken family. It is also the story of an abandoned dog and a boy, and how they bring about a change in the family. It is moving story about love and loss and the Christmas miracle.

The story opens with Sebastian and Nicole, bot
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
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I guess the thing to do around Christmastime is to write a book that you can hype for the Christmas season.

This is a long winded bore. And a little bit weird.

Kennedy and James have a three year old son going on thirty who thinks things like, "This was awesome, too. Maddox rarely got alone time with his daddy, who was always working." What three year old thinks about things like "alone time?" What three year old says things like, "No, thank you. I want to make a fort out of the picnic table and b
Sep 22, 2013 Kimberly rated it liked it
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Honestly this story is just sad. Yes it has a happy ending but most of it is just down right depressing. First it starts with Nicole and Sebastian who are an older couple finding second love and then Kennedy (Sebastian’s grown daughter) makes for trouble on the first Christmas for the older couple.

Kennedy is a spoiled brat. She acts like a child wanting her divorced parents to get back together and doing everything to drive away the new wife. For a grown
Oct 04, 2015 Susanchitter rated it liked it
It was a short quick read that read like a Hallmark movie. It did make you want to experience the town's Stroll at Christmas time. Nicole and Sebastian were very happy in there late second marriage. Living on the island his very pregnant (spoiled) daughter, husband and three year old son (who spoke nothing like a three year I know) came for Christmas. She was determined to get her mother and father back together. Interwoven was a story of an abandoned dog. Of course it ended happily.
Nov 30, 2014 J rated it it was amazing
Short, sweet, heartwarming, and cheesy in all the right ways. Just the way a Christmas book should be.
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Oct 03, 2013 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit fans, especially those that like the ones set during the Christmas season.
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Melissa
A Nantucket Christmas takes place, as you can guess, on Nantucket Island. Retired nurse Nicole and her new husband, Sebastian are two people who met later in life and fell in love. Their Christmas plans include a visit from Sebastian's adult daughter, Kennedy, her husband, and their three-year old son Maddox. To call Kennedy and adult, though, is using the term loosely. Kennedy is spoiled, rich, self-centered, and, to top it all off, 8 months pregnant. You can probably guess that combination is ...more
Margaret Madden
Oct 28, 2014 Margaret Madden rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
The winter season on Nantucket is very different to the busy summer time. The summer crowds have returned to the mainland, the sun has tucked itself away and the storms are brewing. The rental houses empty out and the year-round residents get ready for their Christmas visit from Santa and MrsClaus, who each year, arrive by ferry with great excitement from the islanders.
This year is going to be different for Nicole. Recently married to Sebastian, she is about to host her first Christma
Jul 12, 2013 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: own, netgalley, christmas
This is a sweet story of a nontraditional family dynamic working out their issues and celebrating a Nantucket Christmas. With multiple point of views, including an abandon puppy and a young child, you get many perspectives on this holiday storyline. Thayer's attention to the holiday details makes you taste the chocolate chip cookies and feel the warmth of holding the mug of the homemade hot chocolate. Nantucket Christmas is a touching read to sit by the crackling fire and enjoy.

I received this A
Apr 17, 2014 Ruth rated it did not like it
I am a long time Nancy Thayer fan and have read just about everything that she has written. My favorite was Stepping. I looked forward to getting this book and don't mind reading a Christmas tale in April. I was very disappointed, however.

Nicole and Sebastian are newly married and this is a second marriage for Sebastian, who has a grown daughter and grandson. Nicole eagerly looks forward to having James. pregnant Kennedy, and 3 year old Maddox join them for a special Nantucket Christmas. What we
Nicole R
The reading slump is deep and dark. Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. Queue up the cheesy Christmas reads. Yes, I know it is March. But I need a Christmas reading miracle.

This book was just, eh. Sebastian and Nicole have gotten married later in life. Sebastian moved from a controlling, perfect wife and a demanding, high-profile job to a warm, loving, and a bit chintzy Nicole. He couldn't be happier. Nicole is looking forward to having Sebastian's pregnant daughter Kennedy, h
Sep 08, 2013 Audra rated it did not like it
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

While reading the summary of the book, I mistakenly assumed Nicole's step-daughter, Kennedy, was a spoiled child or teenager. But, no, she turned out to be a grown woman who was married, had a young child and another on the way. I have very little patience for children like that and absolutely none for adults like that. Even in fiction. Kennedy annoyed me the entire book.

The book was plagued with stilted, awkward writing. I no longer have the book bec
Maureen Timerman
Nov 29, 2013 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed this quick evening read. I read a lot and was able to figure out how the story might end, but there were definitely some surprises.
Unfortunately, there is a side story to this, and it begins with the prologue. The taking of a cute puppy, loving, feeding, cuddling it. Then when it is a few months old, and a gangly teenager, abandon it. So begins this story, a poor soul who waits on the side of the road for his family to return to him. Breaks my heart at the cruelty.
Nicole has married a
Oct 28, 2013 Melina rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast heartwarming story. It is a story about a family, that is sadly like so many families today. The story starts out from the perspective of a dog, Snix, that has been abandoned on Nantucket by his owner. It progresses through the different perspectives of Sebastian, Nicole, Kennedy, and Kennedy's son Maddox. The family is spending the week leading up to Christmas at Sebastian and Nicole's Nantucket home, and there is lots of tension as Kennedy wants her mom
Dec 06, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, rcftci
Story 4.25, Narration 4.25

This is a story of family, love and how dysfunctional a Christmas can be with a blended family. 8 month pregnant woman wants her parents to reconcile and is irrational in her need to make it happen, she's very unsympathetic as a character. But a woman would cut her a little slack if they've ever gone through a pregnancy. This is not a state that brings out the best in a woman emotionally, at least that was my experience.

Anyway, both her parents are in committed relatio
Jan 06, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
One of the best ways of grabbing someone's interest is to start a book in a different way. That's what Nancy did with this one. As I started to read, it was about a family with a dog and I wondered if I had the wrong book. I could have strangled the girl for leaving the dog to fend for itself. Then, it got into the main story and I loved every page of it. I could feel the emotions of each character and instantly loved a few and disliked a few.
I truly enjoyed reading about Nantucket, a place I wi
Dec 05, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 18, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
It's the Christmas season on Nantucket and Nicole's adult stepdaughter comes for the holidays with her husband and young son determined to break up her father's marriage. Threading throughout is the tale of a small abandoned dog Snix who is struggling to survive. Then suddenly Katya, the first wife who had run off with a tennis pro who has now deserted her shows up at the Nantucket home for Christmas. Not exactly a comfortable situation. But because it's Christmas everything works out in the end ...more
Barbara James-Richardson
Dec 29, 2014 Barbara James-Richardson rated it it was amazing
A beautiful family story. It is about a dysfuntioncial family which had conflicts from a spoiled daughter and ex-wife and new baby and a dog. It turned out good. A new baby fixing the love in the family by bring love to new wife of grandfather and spoiled daughter. The new wife of grandfather was nurse. She brought the new baby into the world on Christmas Eve. The boy and the dog had ran away and were found. A beautiful story.
Oct 06, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
I am a Nancy Thayer fan, but this wasn't my favorite. Kennedy was so obnoxious; acted like a spoiled child instead of an adult...and it grates on my nerves to here a grown woman call her parents "Mommy" and "Daddy." I know she was pregnant, but wow. Katya was awful, too. And Sebastian coddled Kennedy, which was bad, too.
Jul 13, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was a great Christmas story about finding love - both human and dog. The characters were well developed and I felt for each of their Christmas problems. I loved Maddox, the little boy and Snix/Pooh. I'm a sucker for dogs. All in all a great Christmas read.
Nov 03, 2014 Mihail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Малък и сладък коледен разказ за коледните чудеса по празниците.
Dec 06, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
This is such a good Christmas story, and a quick read with a cup of coffee and a couple of cookies and one of my little dogs on my lap.
Oct 07, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
A simple Christmas novella with a warm and fuzzy ending. Pretty predictable, but nice holiday reading.
Jan 23, 2017 Michelle rated it liked it
Nicole is looking forward to her first Christmas in Nantucket. She has recently married, and her husband has a grown daughter, Kennedy, who has a son, Maddox, and another child on the way. Kennedy has never accepted her parent’s divorce and is hoping to disrupt things during their visit with her father for the holidays. Maddox delights in his visit, particularly when a homeless puppy moves into the fort he created in the backyard. Nicole struggles to be gracious with Kennedy, but becomes frustra ...more
Samuel Allen
Jan 01, 2017 Samuel Allen rated it it was ok
It wasn't good, but it was what I needed it to be. (Christmas mush).
Grace Pflazer
Nov 26, 2016 Grace Pflazer rated it really liked it
Nice Christmas story about a blended family and little Boy and a left behind end dog
Dana Jacobs
Feb 26, 2017 Dana Jacobs rated it it was amazing
Could not put down. kept me on the edge of my seat.
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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 W ...more
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