An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer
Published: October 28, 2014
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
As Christmas draws near, Felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding: the snow-dusted streets, twinkling lights in the windows, a gorgeous red and white satin dress. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Jilly’s also worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker.
As the big day approaches and Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high. With the family careening toward a Yuletide wedding disaster, an unexpected twist in Nancy Thayer’s heartwarming tale reminds everyone about the true meaning of the season.
This is another winner from Nancy Thayer this one focuses on a Christmas wedding. Felicia comes home to marry her fiancé in a big wedding which either one wants except her mother Jilly. Felicia is an outdoorsy girl who loves the simple things in life and that doesn’t include an over the top wedding which is starting to put a wedge between her and her fiancé. Her mother Jilly has other plans which include trying to push her new neighbor Steven and Felicia together days before the wedding. Little does Jilly know that Felicia isn’t Steven’s type…at all!
A wedding and Christmas all rolled into one…talk about stress! This read has some great characters and storyline plus it’s very fun and witty. I love that it focuses on family and also on how Felicia tries to figure out what she really wants in life. While at times I found Jilly a little overbearing I know that some people could really relate to a mother like that. As much as she is pushy I know she only comes from a place of love, but at some point she must learn to let go and realize her children knows what is best for them. All in all this is a great quick story of family and love during the holiday season.