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3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  9,730 Ratings  ·  403 Reviews
When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1988)
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Thanksgiving is a pre-Plum romance by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. Megan Murphy is a potter who supplements her income dressed in period costume in her xx town. When she rescues a floppy-eared rabbit with strange appetites, its owner, paediatrician Patrick Hunter is entranced by this quirky redhead. But despite the attraction between them, neither wants to get involved: Megan is thrice-bitten and therefore involvement-shy; Pat is in no position to support a wife or the children he w ...more
This is such a cute story. The whole story takes place in Williamsburg,VA. He is a young pediatrician with a curious rabbit. She is a potter/historical greeter who ran away from her hometown to start over. The two of them are as cute as can be when they have to take care of a little baby for awhile. The babies mother just dropped him off and ran away to go figure things out. She said she'd be back, but didn't tell them where she went or when she'd be back. They both fall in love with litte "Timm ...more
Sep 07, 2007 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
Shelves: chick-lit
This is a fun, light-weight, easy read. I loved the fact that it was set in Colonial Williamsburg, which is a wonderful place to visit. Since I'd been there, I could envision what was going on in the story with greater clarity than most books I've read. the story itself is nothing exciting or new, and the interaction with the baby, as in any of her books, doesn't seem very realistic. but it's a cute thing to read when you don't want to think too hard and want to have that warm and fuzzy feeling ...more
I have read many books by Janet Evanovich and the one thing I know I can look forward to is the humor. This book does not disappoint. If it doesn't make you laugh, it will definitely make you smile.

Dr. Hunter's pet rabbit keeps escaping and wandering around Williamsburg. Of course, the rabbit just loves to nibble on Megan Murphy's clothing. Megan is convinced that Dr. Hunter is an irresponsible pet owner and is irritated with him. Then a random woman leaves her baby with them, mistaking her for
Nov 24, 2015 Delta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2015
I think this is only the second book I've read by Evanovich, and I'm not totally sure what all the hype is about. Once you realize that most of this book takes place over the course of about a fortnight, you start to realize just how ridiculous the story is. Within these two weeks, the main characters meet, are given a baby, kiss, "fall in love", sleep together, pretend to be married, have family over for Thanksgiving, plan/not plan on getting married, lose the baby, try to get pregnant, fight, ...more
I don't know how I forced myself to finish this book.

Megan was the worst protagonist I've read in an adult novel, okay Anastasia(FSoG) is #1 but Megan is #2. She acted like a whiny preteen. Pat was just as bad. None of the characters were likable, I was sitting, waiting the story to get better but it never did. This really has me worried about Evanovich's other works, I'm not sure I want to read them if they're anything like this book.
Having just met the small town of Williamsburg’s new pediatrician (Dr. Patrick Hunter) with the corky sense of humor, Megan Murphy was stunned that a young girl would assume she was his wife and drop a baby (Timmy) off. Deciding to give the young women a few days to come back, Megan ‘agreed’ to help take care of the child. Patrick was surprised at how quickly he became attached to Megan and Timmy. The more he thought about it, her realized that he was not in the position to take a wife, and chil ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, my-reviews
Megan Murphy is a potter living and working in Colonial Williamsburg. A chance encounter puts her in the company of Dr. Patrick Hunter, the town's new pediatrician. Another freak encounter puts the two of them in charge of a baby. (That would be the romantic literary device of "putting the main characters into an improbable situation that forces them to remain in each others' company.")

It pains me to give Janet Evanovich so few stars. I love the Stephanie Plum series. I've re-read them multiple
Nov 24, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Plum fan, but like to read out of the series too. This book was OK and I could see some of the sense of humor that shows up in the Plum series. It was a really quick read and I will look for other early books by JE.
Cheryl Gatling
I had to suspend about a couple tons of disbelief to swallow the premise that an MD who was handed a stray baby would not call social services. I understood that it was necessary for the plot that this man and this woman care for the baby themselves because it will draw them together, but the doctor would at least have filed a report or something. That fact alone made me think this one of the stupidest books I ever read. I was only able to tolerate it by viewing it as an old comic movie, maybe w ...more
3.5 stars

I liked it, in the way that I occasionally like to watch Hallmark movies because they are light and cheesy and they make me smile. This is, by no means, a literary classic, but I was in the mood for something lighter to read. I enjoyed the colonial Williamsburg setting, and I am definitely counting down the days to Thanksgiving now. Megan and Pat had me laughing with their antics, although I will admit that I did start to get frustrated wondering if they were ever going to get together.
Andrea Guy
I've lost a lot of interest in the Stephanie Plum series, mostly because its 20 books in and I think its time for the characters to move on. That's why I love reading these reissues. They feel fresh, even though they were written well before Plum.

Evanovich writes funny so well and she did romance pretty well too, which makes me wonder why poor Stephanie has such issues.

Megan and Pat are an unlikely couple, thrown together by a runaway rabbit and a young mother who takes off without explanation.
Oct 27, 2015 Riki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Megan is a potter and part-time historical greeter who has run away to Williamsburg, Virginia to escape a string of bad relationships culminating at being left at the altar. She wants nothing to do with men as she enjoys the picturesque town and its holiday charms. But one day Megan discovers a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, and is determined to give the owner a piece of her mind. But the rabbit’s owner, Dr. Patrick Hunter is just too darned cute to stay mad at for long. Wh ...more
Kendall Daley
Apr 23, 2015 Kendall Daley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite one yet!
Martha Groeber
Megan Murphy is recovering from a failed engagement when she meets Patrick Hunter, the new pediatrician in town. Almost immediately, one of Patrick's patients thrusts her baby at them and disappears. Suddenly Megan and Patrick have to deal with taking care of a baby as well as their growing feelings for each other. When the baby's mother returns and reclaims him, Megan and Patrick must decide whether they truly belong together.

This is one of Janet Evanovich's early romances. I enjoyed the Coloni
Nov 03, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: quit-reading
Awful, just awful. I've been growing increasingly disappointed with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books as none of the characters have shown any growth. I love holiday themed books, however, and since there aren't too many centered around Thanksgiving, I thought I'd give this one a try. I couldn't even finish it. Obviously, most stories require a little suspension of belief, but this requires a whole lot of it! This young mother leaves her baby with baby's pediatrician, and this Doctor keeps ...more
Angela Holland
Nov 05, 2010 Angela Holland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good quick read. It is also the first book I have read by Janet. I really liked how the characters connected and jumped right in to take care of the baby. I loved the pretend family. I was a little frustrated with Pat and that he would not just hurry up and marry Meg. I liked the ending of the book as well.
Lindsay Boitnott
So anyone who consistently reads Sand Between the Pages knows that I am just not a romance reader. But surprisingly, I do enjoy a good rom-com story on occasion. And I am a sucker for holiday themed stories. This is how I found myself reading Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich last month.

Thanksgiving is one of Evanovich's first romance novels which were written before bringing us the Stephanie Plum series. It is a quick easy read and the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon overstuff with turkey a
Dec 08, 2008 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly one of my all time favorite "smut" novels...just absolutely hilarious. I remember I was lying on my side reading it and had to sit up b/c I was laughing so hard. Ms. Evanovich signed my copy at a book signing back in the 90s at Waldenbooks at Mongtomery Mall. That was pretty cool.
Peggy Huey
I picked up this book because I have enjoyed reading Janet Evanovich's series featuring Stephanie Plum and Lizzy Tucker. The seeds of Evanovich's humorous banter that is so well developed in these later series are definitely in this book!

Megan Murphy life is going along smoothly as a potter and re-enactor in Williamsburg, Virginia, when a big floppy rabbit nibbling on her wool skirt introduces her to pediatrician Patrick Hunter. Then one of his patients leaves an 8-month-old baby in his care an
May 11, 2009 Darcy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, romance
I really like the Stephanie Plum series so thought I would give this book a try. I thought this one was very hokey and predictiable. Had I not been stuck in my car listening to it on CD, I wouldn't have finished it. It was painful.
Mar 21, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2012
Quick 2 hour read. Like all of her books Thanksgiving was light hearted, fun, and sweet. :)
Nov 09, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book! Laughing out loud in spots! Easy, light read. Just what I needed.
Listened to....awful!
So, imagine those Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies. This book is exactly that. Predictable and unrealistic but a decent romance non the less. Thanksgiving is a formulaic romance book Evanovich wrote in the late 1980's, with a mix of some American Holiday chaos.

The romance between Megan's and Pat starts with a runaway bunny (Pat's), a baby (young Tilly's boy left to Dr Pat while she runs off for 2 weeks without contact) and then a horse giving birth (Megan's Aunt's horse). All unbelievable s
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Nov 12, 2008 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in historic Williamsburg. Megan Murphy works part-time there and meets Patrick Hunter who recently moved there and is a pediatrican. When they first meet, one of his clients drops her baby off and disappears, leaving them to care for him for two weeks. They fall in love with each other and the baby, their parents get into the middle of match-making, and old boyfriend pops in........

I really didn't care for this book. It's just not my kind of book. I guess because I have limited
May 30, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This short lighthearted story is about Megan Murphy, a potter, horse sitter and a weekend aid in Colonial Williamsburg who meets Patrick Hunter a pediatrician who just finished his education and is now starting a practice in town. The two meet when Patrick’s escaped rabbit finds her sitting in a park and begins eating her colonial style dress. The connection they share develops quickly when one of Patrick’s patients, a young mother leaves her son with Patrick and Megan. The three become an insta ...more
Dec 23, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-series
LS # 289
Danielle Mccoy
Jul 04, 2016 Danielle Mccoy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked up this book because I enjoy Evanovich's Plum series and it has a pet bunny in it. I have a rabbit and feel the are highly underused in fiction. This book was one of her first and you can tell. The story is all over the place - she could have stayed with the rabbit but threw a baby in and suddenly the rabbit disappeared. The characters are flat. The funny unexpected actions that are common in Janet's books doesn't show up until the last 2 chapters. All in all it wasn't horrible but I co ...more
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