My Review: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.
Ugh, this book was definitely lacking the charm and joy of previous works by this author. The characters were all misshapen in a way that made me dislike them - either because they were flippant about serious matters or changed convictions and personalities halfway through the book. I didn't enjoy this like I normally enjoy summer books set on Nantucket. It made me sad - perhaps it was too real? I'm not sure but I definitely wouldn't recommend starting with this one if you've never read a Nancy Thayer book before. You can read my review of this author's 2017 summer book, here, and 2015's summer book, here.
A Nantucket Wedding comes out next week on April 3, 2018, and you can purchase HERE.
She was deeply disturbed by what her daughters had shared with her. She'd sat in the kitchen, listening as Felicity talked about Noah's relationship with his person assistant and Jane spoke of her desire for children and Scott's adamant refusal to consider it. The old instinctive need to protect her daughters rose within her, a tide as natural and unavoidable as the surf swelling up the ocean. These men! These ridiculous, blockheaded men, who had vowed to love her daughters and were now making them miserable. But what could Alison do? They were grown men; they couldn't be scolded or cajoled or even bribed into changing. Oh, why in the world did people get married?