A Nantucket Wedding

A Nantucket Wedding

by Nancy Thayer

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ISBN-13: 9781101967102
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 43,697
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives on Nantucket.

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Reading Group Guide

1. At the start of the novel, it is clear that Felicity and Jane live in different worlds. Felicity is constantly busy with her children, while Jane prioritizes her work as an attorney. Over the course of the summer, they begin to find common ground, confiding in each other about their marital issues and developing a more trusting relationship. Have you ever reconnected with someone you had grown apart from? How did your relationship change?

2. Alison is excited that her fiancé’s home on Nantucket can be a place where their soon-to-be blended family can grow closer. Do you have any longstanding traditions in your own family, or have you ever started a new tradition? If so, what makes them meaningful to you?

3. Cynthia, the wife of one of Noah’s colleagues, tells Felicity of Noah’s affair with Ingrid. Do you agree with this course of action? If you were Cynthia, would you mention the incident to Felicity?

4. Jane is distraught when Scott goes to Wales without her, and their marriage is reaching its breaking point. Yet when she rushes to his bedside later on, Scott tells her that he has had an epiphany and now wants to have children. Have you ever experienced an unexpected event that altered the course of a relationship or friendship?

5. Felicity notes that it is “awkward” watching Poppy discipline Luke, but she brushes off Poppy’s remarks to him for the sake of remaining cordial. Think about Felicity’s and Poppy’s parenting styles. How do you think their personalities dictate the way they approach parenting?

6. When Felicity confronts Noah about his fling with Ingrid, he attempts to justify his behavior, citing the pressures of building his company. How do the standards that Noah sets for himself make him a better or worse partner? Can you sympathize with him on any level, given his actions?

7. Jane and Scott’s marriage is based on their common interests: their shared love of the outdoors, their professions as lawyers, and even their initial aversion to having children. Think about the most important relationships in your life. What makes them so significant to you, and how did they begin?

8. Poppy clearly struggles with her father’s impending nuptials, not to mention the future of English Garden Creams. When David tells her that he plans to include Alison, her daughters, and her grandchildren in his will, she is appalled. Is her reaction justified? Discuss.

9. For Alison, her marriage to David signifies the beginning of a new life, six years after the death of her first husband. Think about finding happiness after loss. What do second chances mean to you?

10. At the end of the novel Felicity and Noah are still at an impasse. She notes that, going forward, she is “free to change. She could leave Noah, but she didn’t want to” (page 290). What do you think is in store for Felicity and Noah’s marriage?

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A Nantucket Wedding: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple book about second loves and blended family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book so much! Fun watching the families, as they each faced their own set of problems, come together as one family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too negative for me. Thought a summer wedding book would be more up beat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It ended too soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not sure why she wrote this. There is nothing to it. And the writing is juvenile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just plain boring. Get this from the library if you must. I keep trying, but it's not a fun happy wedding story. Just drags on and on.
Donna 6 months ago
Great book. Loved the characters and the beach setting. Very interesting story. I didn't want to put it down.
SunnyCarolinaGirl 11 months ago
I enjoyed the characters and the setting of this book. I love the stories about Nantucket and liked the interaction between Alison and her grown daughters, Jane and Felicity, and how they got to know David, Allison's fiance, and his grown children Ethan and Poppy. I like a story that deals with problems that happen regularly in real life and enjoy seeing how they resolve them. This was a wonderful beach read. Thank you Ballantine Books and NetGalley for this e-book. This did not influence my review in any way.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
An OK Read for me. I won this book as part of a prize pack and had not read any books by Nancy Thayer before, however it was the first book I wanted to read since the description sounded so enticing and just what I was looking for. However I have to say that I did not care for any of the male characters very much, David was fine though he rarely made an appearance, and the women seemed to be either pushovers or snotty, even Alison lacked some backbone. Now despite all that I still found parts of the book enjoyable, and informed my husband that just as soon as we win the lottery we need to buy a home in Nantucket since the Author painted such a lovely picture of the island and I have never been in this part of the states. I definitely will check out other books by this Author and just hope to like the characters more.
_NormaJean More than 1 year ago
This is a second chance at love story set on beautiful Nantucket Island. Alison and David were both widowed. When they meet and fall in love they are eager to blend their families into one big happy family. As in all families, there are problems. David’s daughter has no intention of becoming one of Alison’s family. She resents Alison and makes no effort to hide it. Alison’s daughters are both married, but each marriage has its own unique problems. When both families spend weekends on Nantucket, the tension is so thick it could be cut with a knife. All Alison wants is for everyone to be as happy as she and David are. As the wedding approaches, tensions increase. Ms. Thayer has written a delightful book. It held my interest from the first chapter to the very end. I didn’t want it to end. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good contemporary read. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As June approaches, love and weddings start to be on people's minds. If you don't have a real June wedding to attend, take some time to spend a fictional summer on Nantucket and be a guest at a wedding there. David and Alison are a middle aged couple who have found love after their spouses died. Their relationship is sweetly portrayed. The drama in the novel comes from the intricacies of their adult children's relationships. There are Alison's children. First is Jane who is married to Scott; both are hardworking but are they right for each other? Then we have Felicity and her husband, who spends a lot of time at work with his assistant. Will their marriage survive? Does Felicity want it to? Then there are David's children; pregnant Poppy and her playboy brother. Poppu wants to take over her father's company but is she prepared? She does not want to welcome Alison in to family. There is also Poppy's playboy brother who may create a lot of havoc. Read this novel to find out how all of these dramas play out. Along the way, you will be treated to a generous and lovely slice of life on Nantucket. Enjoy!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Thayer doesn't disappoint with her latest book, A Nantucket Wedding. This is the story of a blended family and all of the challenges that go with it. There's nothing like a wedding to bring a family together, for better or for worse. Thayer's smooth style and wonderful descriptions of Nantucket Island make this one a perfect beach read. Readers looking for a book that delves into family relationships and bonds will truly enjoy this one! What I liked: Nancy Thayer's books always make me want to visit the area she is writing about. Nantucket seems like a such a picturesque place. Sometimes the setting of the book can take on the semblance of an actual character in the story and I think that happens in this one. Could the same tale have taken place somewhere else? Sure. But Thayer's attention to detail and her vivid descriptions are so captivating and engaging. It just makes the story that much more poignant. Alison is my kind of lady. She has suffered loss in her life but she doesn't let that keep her down. When she opens her heart to love again, she finds it with David. I thought their relationship was just wonderful. There are certainly challenges when it comes to blended families and after reading this one i'm not sure it's better if the children are already grown or not lol... Alison always seems to keep a level head and try to be the peace maker of the group. I liked that she believed her wedding would bring everyone together in more ways than one and in the end it really did. The relationship that begins to develop between sisters, Jane and Felicity was honestly my favorite part of the book. When the story starts they are quite distant from each other, but as it goes on they start to see each other in a different light. They begin to appreciate the struggles that each one of them is having and they relate to each other in unexpected ways. Sisters should be close. But that's often a very difficult road. I loved the fact that Thayer is able to show the situations and challenges of life with this one and how family can help. The interactions between the adult children of Alison and the adult children of David, get a little complicated. Poppy, David's daughter is poised to take over his company and she and Alison don't exactly see eye to eye. Ethan, David's son is quite a flirt and his interactions with Jane were interesting and filled with uncertainty. Jane is struggling with her desire to have a child and her husband is not budging. Felicity's worries involve her workaholic husband. There are just so many things going on. I loved the whole dynamic of this blended bunch. What I didn't like: There is generally one character that doesn't make a reader warm and fuzzy. In this case, the husbands of both Jane and Felicity, might get under the readers skin. It will have nothing to do with Thayer's writing, it's just the circumstances of the story. But conflict must come from somewhere if you want a good read. P.S. one of these guys I still didn't like by the end. *wink* Bottom Line: This a great beach read. Or even on a day when you just don't want to venture out into the wide world. Snuggle up with a blanket, a good cup of Joe and devour this one. I loved the relationships that developed throughout the book and as usual Thayer stuns with her captivating characters and wonderful descriptive writing. A must read for Thayer fans and everybody else.
Ruza65 More than 1 year ago
Alison never thought she'd fall in love again, but she did five years after her husband's passing. While planning her wedding to David in Nantucket she is trying to bring two (2) families together, adult children and grandchildren. There is so much heart, love, trials and tribulations during the telling of this story. I had a hard time putting it down to go to sleep, but I did and picked it right back up in the morning. A Nantucket Wedding is a great read. I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGallery and volunteered to write a review.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
David and Allison are getting married and because this is not the first marriage for either of them, it comes with the unique challenges of trying to blend all the different personalities. It not only tells the story of them preparing for their wedding, but also delves into the lives of their children and all that they are dealing with. I am a huge fan of this author's books and this one did not disappoint. This will make a great beach read!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story. The reader has to pay attention though because there is a lot of back and forth between characters but it's really enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read an ARC of Nacy Thayer's A Nantucket Wedding in exchange for a fair review. I love Nantucket Island and felt very much transported as I read about this blended family getting to know one another during summer escapes to the beach house. It had everything I could want in a beach read, a geat location and characters I cared about. Of course, my rinky hotel stays could never compare to David's luxurious beach house. Hmm, that's why I read. A nice escape
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer is sweet story of two families brought together by a Wedding. Alison, who lost her husband a few years ago, never thought she would find love again; but when she meets David, who also lost his spouse years before, she has another chance at happiness. When David and Alison decide to get married again, they begin to plan a wedding in Nantucket. Both have married and grown children, and grandchildren. Alison wants her daughters to meet David’s family and try to bring them all together during the summer at David’s Nantucket mansion. We get to meet Alison’s two daughters, Jane and Felicity, who have been somewhat distant over the years. Felicity has two children, and her husband is a workaholic, who doesn’t have time to spend with them; and Felicity begins to suspect that he is having an affair with his personal assistant. Jane is happily married, with both being successful lawyers, but she finds herself changing as she grows older. She and Scott never wanted children, only to work and have fun travelling. Now Jane finds herself yearning for a child, and her husband is dead set against it. When the girls arrive in Nantucket, both Felicity and Jane begin to grow closer, and enjoy being able to talk about the things in their lives that is causing trouble. As the family continues to get together each weekend, prior to the wedding, we learn about each of their own problems. Jane and Scott’s marriage slowly begins to fall apart, neither agreeing on the subject of children. When Jane insists that he go to Nantucket, Scott will refuse, and leave for a hiking trip, with a hint of a possible divorce. Felicity confronts her husband about his assistant, and though she managed to bring him one weekend to Nantucket, he came away with bitter and jealous thoughts of the rich family Alison is marrying into, and continues his workaholic ways, ignoring the family. Though this disrupts their lives, Jane and Felicity become so much closer, as sisters should be. Poppy will confront Alison as interfering with her takeover of her father’s business, but Alison will prove that she has Poppy’s best interest in mind, especially since Poppy is pregnant. This will somewhat makes their relationship a little better. As the wedding gets closer, things will happen that will change things for all. Rather than me spoil it for you, I suggest you read this book. A Nantucket Wedding was a nice storyline of families, issues and angst dividing them, relationships built, and a wedding that brings them all together. I did like Alison, David, Jane and Felicity. I thought at first Ethan was cute, and nice; but by the end he was just a flirt, who had no serious intentions. Noah was a jerk, Scott was too stubborn, and Poppy wasn’t very likeable. But overall, I thought this was a very good story that kept my attention throughout. This makes a perfect read for the beach or when you have a day to yourself just to read.
RIQuarterly More than 1 year ago
This book has a beautiful cover within which is a similarly beautiful story of family, marriage, fidelity and temptation. Widowed Alison is about to remarry the wealthy David, and her daughters – both also married – are excited for her. But a summer on Nantucket tests their relationships, reveals deep flaws in almost every, very human, member of this soon-to-be blended family and takes us along for the very engrossing ride. – Maura Tan * This review appears in the April 2018 issue of Romantic Intentions Quarterly.
Patsy-S More than 1 year ago
Read A Nantucket Wedding to escape life for a while. Join Allison as gets ready to marry again. She is joined by her two daughter as different as their fathers were. She is also getting to know her new stepchildren. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we discover how hard it can be to combine families. Everyone secrets and hidden motives will come out. I love that the main character is a more mature woman who has discovered unexpectedly found another love. Her wedding makes all her children look at their own marriages and what they may need in the future.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was my second book by this author. Again, entertaining and a great beach read. Nothing that really blew me away, but I do have a couple of comments on some of the annoying characters. Poppy - What a beatch! Alison - Please, please, please take a chill pill. Her whining was really starting to irk me. Ingrid - Sorry, but what a BORING name especially for someone who seems to be the "bad girl" at first. As I said, a decent read. Not as good as the first one I read, but still good. Thanks to Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story about love and family. Alison and David are not your everyday engaged couple. They both have been married before and lost there partners too soon. Both thought that love would not find them again. This to me was a very entertaining read. The family dynamics of trying to blend both grown married children and grandchildren, had it's ups and downs. I loved the characters, especially Alison and David. They both were so loving and giving. The grown children with their very different personalities, well, some you like more than others. Throw in two precocious little ladies and a couple of rambunctious boys, it made for a very busy summer. The author details beautiful Nantucket so well, you want to spend a vacation there on the island. I recommend this book. If you let her Nancy Thayer will take you on an incredible journey. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
I've read books by Nancy Thayer in the past and always enjoyed them. A Nantucket Wedding by Ms. Thayer hasn't disappointed me. I've enjoyed the beach setting, the combined families storyline and the great characters. A great beach read. Look forward to reading more books by Nancy Thayer.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A fantastic story of family, love, and changing relationships. Two sisters and their mother spend one memorable summer planning the Mother's wedding. Meeting on the weekends in Nantucket and getting away from their everyday lives gives them each a chance to reflect. While the sisters had never been close before, the summer brings them together and has them both looking at their own relationships and not completely liking what they find. I was completely absorbed by this story. It's wonderfully written and the characters are fascinating. The twists in the lives and relationships of the sisters will tear at your heart. Put this on the must read list. I highly recommend it.