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October 11, 2019

Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Did you know that Nancy Thayer wrote Christmas books? I love her summer books set on Nantucket, so when I saw Let It Snow at NetGalley I had to pick it up (though I already had too many ARCs for October). It is just as wonderful as any of her beach reads. Now I don't know if I want to visit Nantucket in the summer or in the winter.

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October 2019; Ballantine Books; 978-1524798680
audio, ebook, print (272 pages); holiday romance
I was totally psyched to see a Christmas book from Nancy Thayer. She is one of my favorite authors, but I thought she only wrote beach reads. I absolutely love Christmas stories. So finding Let It Snow is like finding the golden ticket.

And I have to tell you, it lived up to all my expectations. It has the wonderful characters that Thayer is known for creating. The descriptions of Nantucket are detailed without bogging down the story. It is sweet and romantic, just as a Christmas story should be.

It is also a quick read. I read it in two evenings. I just couldn't put it down, but I didn't have to stay up way past my bedtime either (which is a good thing at the beginning of a workweek).

Let It Snow is a bit of a modern-day Scrooge retelling with some themes from It's a Wonderful Life thrown in. Christina and her 3 friends rent sheds on the wharf for their shops. Wealthy Oscar Bittlesman, who has recently become an island year-arounder, has decided to raise the rent by 10%. Christina, who is alone after losing both parents in the past year or so, has fallen in love with Oscar's 9-year-old granddaughter Wink who helps out at Christina's toy shop some times. She also thinks Oscar's son is The One. But can she really be with a man whose father is going to force her to close her shop after the holidays?

Christina isn't the only one who fell in love with Wink. She is adorable and really adds something to the story. She is the character that pushes the story forward with her honest, and often blunt, observations and questions.

Though I'm a decade older than Christina, I could definitely identify and sympathize with her. I know what it is like to be alone at the holidays. I still have my parents, but we live so close to each other that I still come home to an empty house on Christmas Eve. But the story isn't all bittersweetness. There are some funny moments between the characters. As well as joy, particularly when Christina decides to invite friends to a Christmas cookie decorating party and then inviting friends to decorate the tree with her.

Let It Snow is a definite must read this Christmas season.

Buy Let It Snow at Amazon

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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