Thanksgiving

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When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.

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Overview

When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060598808
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 169,572
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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Thanksgiving


By Janet Evanovich

HarperCollins

Copyright © 2006 Janet Evanovich
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-06-059880-8


Chapter One

Megan Murphy scuffed through a thick layer of autumn leaves in her round-toed, black leather, gold-buckled shoes. Regulation colonial clodhoppers, she thought happily, bending over to pick leaves out of her buckles. Especially stylish with her blue-flowered thermal underwear and thick gray woolen socks. Yup, she was a real eighteenth-century sex goddess. But hey, it was cold out. Besides, what did the average slovenly trollop wear back then? Silk teddies and designer panty hose?

She did a little tap dance in her big black shoes and kicked at the leaves. When she was a child the leaves in her yard had been immediately whisked away. They were packed in leaf bags, sucked into leaf suckers, or pulverized by the mulch maker, but they were never scuffed through or jumped into or simply enjoyed. That was one of the things that had drawn Megan to Colonial Williamsburg. In its effort to recreate the eighteenth century, Williamsburg had slowed to a walking pace. There was time to enjoy leaves. Even Megan Murphy, who had a strong tendency to hurtle through life at warp speed, found tranquility in the back alleys of Williamsburg.

She scuffed past Raleigh Tavern and along Duke of Gloucester Street to the public garden behind the Prentis House. She settled down on her favorite bench and opened the waxed paper bag containing a cup of hot cider and two sugar cookies from the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop.

It was November, past the season of peak color for the foliage, and only a few hardy leaves remained on the trees. The new wintery image of lacy bare branches pressing against a brilliant azure sky caught Megan's attention as she tilted her head back, hoping for a few rays of warming sun on her face. A beautiful day, she decided, adjusting her mob cap. In fact, it was better than beautiful. It was perfect. A perfectly beautiful day.

A horse-drawn carriage rumbled down Botetourt Street, and the clop, clop, clop of horses' hooves stirred her imagination. Who had sat on this bench two hundred years ago? she wondered. Maybe it was someone just like herself, basking in the sun, gobbling goodies. Some brazen strumpet, she thought. If she were transported in time she would definitely be a brazen strumpet.

She finished her second cookie and drained the last drop of cider from her cup. She brushed the crumbs off her white linen apron and gaped in horror at her ankle-length, royal-blue woolen skirt. A huge, floppy-eared brown rabbit was eating a hole in it.

"Holy Toledo!" she shouted, jumping to her feet and wrenching the skirt away from the rabbit. She held the skirt up for closer examination and made a disgusted sound at the ragged hem. The rabbit looked at her with wide chocolate-brown eyes and twitched its nose.

"You miserable beast," she said. "Just look at this. How am I ever going to explain this? A rabbit ate my dress? Good grief."

She glared at the rabbit and decided it was the fattest one she'd ever seen. Extraordinarily cute, too. Big and fluffy, with soft brown fur and droopy ears. And it was smiling. Yes, she was sure of it. The blasted thing was smiling at her.

She knelt down and stroked its glossy back and soft ears. Two large shoes appeared beside the rabbit, white tennis shoes that had seen better days. The laces were broken and tied in knots, and the left shoe was stitched together with what appeared to be surgical sutures.

"Trying to steal my rabbit, huh?" a voice said from far above her.

Megan looked up. She could have picked him out of a crowd as the rabbit's owner, she thought. He reminded her of the rabbit. He didn't have big, floppy ears, of course. He had nice little ears that lay flat against his head and were begging to be nibbled. And he wasn't fat. He was just right, in faded jeans and a leather jacket with a red wool scarf wrapped around the neck. But he did have the same incredible chocolate eyes, and his hair was brown, just like the rabbit's, and just as strokable. He wasn't handsome. He was ... cute. Slightly upturned nose and wide, smiling mouth. A few laugh lines fanning from his eyes. Definitely very cute. And very huggable-just like the rabbit.

"Is this really your rabbit?" she asked.

He scooped the animal up and held it in the crook of his arm. "You bet. We're roomies."

Megan pressed her lips together and swept her skirt out for his inspection. "Well, your roomie ate my skirt."

"Are you kidding me? I hope he doesn't get sick." He narrowed his eyes at Megan. "Bad enough you tried to steal him, but feeding him your skirt! You should be ashamed of yourself."

Megan's mouth dropped open. He was joking, right?

He held out his hand. "Patrick Hunter. Nice to meet you, but don't do this again."

Without thinking Megan shook his hand and mumbled, "Megan Murphy. Okay."

She watched in astonishment while he gave her a funny sort of look, a quick appraisal that lingered for an extra moment at her mouth and ended with a boyish, almost embarrassed grin. He turned on his heel and sauntered away, disappearing behind the scuppernong-grape arbor.

Megan shook her head abruptly. Don't do this again? she repeated silently. Had he actually said that to her? Of all the nerve. She didn't care how cute he was-if she ever saw him and his rude rodent again, she'd tell him what for. She smashed the paper bag into the empty cider cup and stomped off to the gunsmith's shop. "Don't do this again," she muttered. Had he been kidding? She wasn't sure.

Patrick Hunter smiled as he opened the gate to his small, fenced-in back yard. Megan Murphy, he mused. He'd never met anyone so perfectly named. She'd looked like an apparition ...

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich Copyright © 2006 by Janet Evanovich. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Hard to get into at first.

    This was a hard one for me to get into at first, a little slow...but I ended up really enjoying this book. Just a sweet warm fuzzy feeling inside lol.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    Slow start

    I was bored to distraction by the first part of the book: will they/won't they/we should/we can't......ENOUGH get on with a plot - any plot just get the story going. The author needs to update her formula. It's entirely too predictable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    AN EXTRA HELPING AT THANKSGIVING

    If you're interested in something light and fun, this is the one. The same playfulness portrayed by her characters in the Stephanie Plum series, comes through in this book. Read it, you'll like it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    This book was really predictable, and not really that romantic. It is an easy read and a typical love story, but don't buy it if the cost is more the 99 cents.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Too slow....

    I had a really hard time getting into the storyline and the characters. Not her best or most entertaining books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Excellent light reading & funny

    The story is funny and sweet. It is an easy read. It made me just forget about life's problems & be entertained. I haven't found a book yet that Janet Evanovich has written that I didn't love. She has a way to make the characters seem real and make you laugh. I would recommend reading all of her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    fun, quick read

    similar to Plum books a fun read--portions are true to life (i.e., cooking skills of some) and other parts are more fantasy-like (the matchmaker rabbit). Great book for reading by the fire on a drizzly day!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Too full after Thanksgiving

    I love Janet Evanovich's books especially the Stephanie Plum series, however, I think she must have wrote this one after a huge Thanksgiving meal and she wasn't feeling up to par. The first two CD's went by very slowly, I almost put them away so I could start to listen to something other than two people eyeing each other and flirting. No substance to this book can't wait for the next Plum.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Enjoyed It

    If you love her other books, you'll love this one, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    FUN READ

    JANET EVANOVICH IS ALWAYS A FUN READ! GREAT TO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM YOUR CARES OF THE DAY.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book, it was light and fun. There is an aspect of pretending in it, which I think appeals to everybody.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    This romance sails right past madcap in manic. It is a ton of fu

    This romance sails right past madcap in manic. It is a ton of fun set in Colonial Williamsburg with a just out of med school Dr, a bunny, a baby,  jalopies, and  a  redheaded potter. Phew.




    I read a lo t of Janet Evanovich before the Stephanie Plum series and it is always a pleasure to revisit her category romances. 




    The sex is there but beyond closed door and towards the end the hero is just kind of a twit. It feels like the book ran out of breath but a good time is had by all. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Funny fasr F Cute

    Funny fast read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Anonymous

    Thanksgiving was a fun quick read. Read this book in 2 days. I laughed and could sympathize with the characters. When megan falls in love with pat its a whirlwind from the get go. Throw in the baby, both their families getting involved, and the marriage proposals and you'll be laughing right through this book. Reccomend if you want a fun read that is not to serious.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Recommend-great book to put you in the holiday season

    I enjoy historical fiction so I enjoyed the setting of Colonial Williamsburg in modern America. Easy read, with well developed main characters. Nice romance to get you in the holiday spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Fun Read

    Enjoyable, light read, but rather predictable

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Excellent

    Wonderful author, I think everyone should read everything she has ever written.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Short

    A little dissapointing coming from such a well-know writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Happyyyyyyy thanksgiving

    Fooooooooooooooooooooooood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    I would like second, please

    This was such a great read. Would love a second book.

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