A Nantucket Wedding

“She leaned against the refrigerator, eyes closed, just listening to her two daughters chatting away as they went up the stairs. It had been a long time since the three of them had been together like this, and she wondered if they could make it through this weekend without some spat or disagreement and hurt feelings.”

A Nantucket Wedding
By Nancy Thayer
Published: April 2018
Source: Advance review copy

Alison Jones and her fiancé, David are in the middle of planning their wedding but for the middle-aged couple, blending their families will take some persistence and understanding. They have their work cut out for them but there’s nothing like a summer on the beach that won’t help smooth the course.

Alison’s daughters, Felicity and Jane, may be worlds apart in temperament but both are happy that their mom has found love again after the death of their father. If only they could also lean on one another to help deal with their current life situations.

Felicity could enjoy the summer helping her mom plan the wedding but she can’t stop thinking about the state of her own marriage. She’s tired of not connecting with a husband who seems more interested in work. Similarly, Jane is going through a rough patch with her husband because now she realizes she could easily trade-in her high power career and jet-setting lifestyle for being a mom but her husband isn’t on the same page.

Enter into the picture, David’s grown children. Ethan, who is separated from his wife, but loves to flirt with both Felicity and Jane. And, Poppy who David had decided would soon be running his successful company but now isn’t too sure she’s quite ready for the job.

I initially thought this novel was going to be more about Alison and David finding love later in life but the adult children are the ones that take center stage. I thought all four had some serious growing up to do and let their parents enjoy their new life. Very light read and not surprised by the quick resolution to all the crises created by the children. Best part of the novel was the setting and thinking how wonderful it would be to spend every weekend of the summer in Nantucket.

Library Visit

My library visit this weekend was a bit of a bust. I went to pick up a hold and was thinking I’d browse the new book shelves but I saw that the new books shelves were reduced to a small section. It seems that the “holds” section has overpowered the new books. What?

When I went to check out I asked the librarian and she must have been having a bad day because all she said was, “I guess all the new books are checked out.” I wanted to point out that no, they just moved the new books to another much smaller area. Oh well, it’s not like I need to browse new books at the library as I have so many books to be read but it was just a bit of a bummer to see that and to get that response. Maybe I’ll just find another library to go visit as I do have a couple of other branches somewhat near me.

So all I got was my hold, The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon. I won’t be making it to my September book group meeting but this is the book we’re discussing in October. I figure I might as well as get it now and be ready. I’ve read several of the Commissario Brunetti books and really like the main character so I’m looking forward to seeing what case the Commissario will be involved with in this installment.

I noticed there’s a wonderful map on the end papers (what’s up with the library sticker though?) but I also was surprised to read that this is the 27th installment. Yikes. The last book I read in this series was #5 so I guess I’m way behind. Now I really wonder what’s in store for me when I read this book.

Anyway, hope you all had a great weekend! Let me know if you’ve picked up anything at the library recently.

Currently Reading

When September began I was reading three books and those are all now on the backburner. I haven’t forgotten about them but none of them were quite grabbing my attention. The only one that I was really into was my audiobook, The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, but the loan ended before I finished it. Now I’ll have to wait until the book is available again.

Anyway, I decided to move on and am so glad I have because I’ve found two books that I’m really enjoying and wish I could devote even more time too.

First, The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons. I had heard about this one for a while and thought it would be a good R.I.P. read after all a spooky house? I’m all in it and yes, it’s creepy so far even if I’m only 75 pages in.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo is my current audiobook and I am really enjoying this on my commute. It’s about two college students who meet during 9/11 and how their paths continue to cross throughout the years. Gabe and Lucy love each other but will that be enough to keep them together?  I think this will be a good love story.

The other two books I’m still reading are The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver and America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo. I’m not ready to call it quits on these as there is something about each one that is still keeping me interested but it may take me a bit to finish them.

I hope you all have a great book to look forward to this weekend. I’m hoping to finish at least one of these and I think I see a library visit in store for me this weekend. Happy weekend you guys and more book talk soon!