Title: Let It Snow
Author: Nancy Thayer
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Page Count: 272
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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.
The holiday season is almost upon us once again and with that time of year comes lovely contemporary romance Christmas stories. Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer is my first seasonal review and what better to start with than an established author who I expected to have a lovely story.
Let It Snow features Christina Antonioni who is a toy shop owner in Nantucket who has an encounter with a little girl who tries to shoplift. Catching Wink in action Christina feels sorry for her and offers to give her a job to help her during the holidays instead of turning her in.
Little did Christina know that her act of kindness wouldn’t be appreciated by Wink’s mother who is the daughter of the wealthiest man in town and also the landlord of the shops. Unexpectedly Christina finds herself building a relationship with Wink’s uncle that will be in jeopardy when his father threatens to raise the rent and put Christina out of business.
I’m not sure what it says about people when one of the most well known Christmas characters happens to be Scrooge but regardless Let it Snow has it’s own grumpy old version. It’s a cute story with bringing together the rich and poor, making one little girl feel special at Christmas, melting Scrooge’s heart and so on. Nice way to start getting into the Christmas spirit.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Surfside Sisters, A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, and Island Girls. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Thayer has been a year-round resident of Nantucket for thirty-four years, where she currently lives with her husband, Charley, and a precocious rescue cat named Callie.