Published by Ballantine Books on April 3rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.
A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.
As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?
Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.
A Nantucket Wedding was such an enjoyable read for me, following this blended family wasn’t without some drama though. It can be a little tricky when it comes to having adult children, who also have their own children when remarrying a man who also has his own grown children as well.
Allison and David have falling in love, they might be in their 50’s, but they act like a young couple madly in love. Deciding to get married seemed perfect to them, now they just had to introduce all of their children to each other. The house on Nantucket Island was a great place for this to take place, they would have the space and time to get to know each other. It really didn’t go as well as they were hoping would though. Allison’s daughters relationship was always filled with jealousy of one another, maybe the summer together will help. while David’s children have been brought up with money and privilege, one is supportive while the other not so much.
There are quite a few characters in this story, while Allison is our main one, she is a wonderfully strong women and I just adored her. Her daughter Felicity is married, a stay at home mother of two children, but there are issues with the marriage, which comes to light within the story. While Jane the other daughter, is a married and both her and her husband are pretty successful attorneys and even with all the success she feels that ther is something missing from her marriage, something her husband wants no part of. These two sisters are quite different, and yes they might bicker but I after learning more about both them, it was clear they did love each other dearly and wanted each other to be happy.
David’s children were a little different, Poppy is a little uptight, but very protective of her father and I don’t think she was a fan of Allison’s. Allison tried her hardest with Poppy and I have to give her that, I would have probably wanted to give a time or two. Poppy was a handful. Ethan on the other hand, was more laid back, and even a little on the flirty side and I really like him though. David seemed to be a good man, but I would have liked to see him deal more with his grown children, espeically where Allison was concerned. Thayer wrote each of these characters with their own very distinct pesonalities, and it was easy to get pulled into their lives, flaws and all and want to root for them. Mix in some grandchildren and different parenting ideas, and the upcoming wedding, you have a house full of tension and drama.
The story moves at quick engaging pace, but this families journey wasn’t without heart break, but also brought some enlightenment to a few of them. The wedding of Allison and David brought their very different families together, and it warmed my heart to see how everything worked out them all. This would make for a wonderful summer beach read, and I can’t recommend reading this enough, it was truly a beautiful story.
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