Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

by Janet Evanovich

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ISBN-13: 9780060598808
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 313,622
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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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...)



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Thanksgiving 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Unlike other reviewers, I found the first part of the book the most interesting and fast moving. About midway, the main character's continuous childish thinking and behavior seemed ridiculous and became thoroughly tiresome. Very predictable and somewhat disappointing. It's an OK read if you have nothing better to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Having just met the small town of Williamsburg¿s new pediatrician (Dr. Patrick Hunter) with the corky sense of humor, Megan Murphy was stunned that a young girl would assume she was his wife and drop a baby (Timmy) off. Deciding to give the young women a few days to come back, Megan `agreed¿ to help take care of the child. Patrick was surprised at how quickly he became attached to Megan and Timmy. The more he thought about it, her realized that he was not in the position to take a wife, and child on, no matter what his or her parents thought of the idea during their joint Thanksgiving Day. She had already turned his joking proposals down, maybe she was right but Patrick could not let her ex have her back.Janet Evanovich has a way of making it all so much fun. From the first time the bunny rabbit nibbled on Megan¿s skirt to the last proposal (there were several), this was a fun and lighthearted story even through the few serious moments for them and the poor horse. A quick and enjoyable read, better than a dart in your backside if you know what I mean (it`s in the book). This is an older story, it was originally published in 1988 but is part of Janet Evanovich¿s re-releases, bringing happy reading to a new generation.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Strangers, artist-temporarily-employed-as-a-historical-reenactor Megan Murphy and young doctor Patrick Hunter are left holding a baby for the holidays. Now they're battling sleepless nights and a growing attraction - and their families are about to descend expecting a old-fashioned, traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. A re-issue of one of twelve romance novels Evanovich wrote prior to the success of her Stephanie Plum series. The outcome is predictable - read it for the hilarity that ensues along the way to true love.
tipsister on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I'm digging these quick Janet Evanovich books as bedtime books. They are light and fluffy and don't make my head spin when I'm trying to sleep. I'm glad I have several more to read. I'm also sharing them with my mother who is enjoying the quick reads as well. She's a much faster reader than I am so I have to stay a few ahead of her!Thanksgiving is a cute book. It's one of the 9 fluffy romances that are being re-released. Thanks to a wayward rabbit, Megan Murphy, an artist, meets Patrick Hunter, a pediatrician. Sparks fly of course. When a young single mother leaves her baby boy with Patrick and who she thinks is "Mrs. Hunter", Meg and Pat are forced to work together to take care of the baby with their competing schedules.The book takes place around Thanksgiving which is only a catalyst to get both families together to start planning the wedding. The only problem is Patrick isn't sure he's ready to get married and Megan doesn't want to get married. Ever.It's not going to go on any "best of" lists but if you are looking for a book to read on the long drive to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner, this is a good one.
bitemeeric on LibraryThing 27 days ago
A quick, easy, light hearted, and comical read about a potter and a pediatrician. Megan and Pat get stuck taking care of a baby and are responsible for Thanksgiving dinner for thier families. One thing leads to another and suddenly they are considering marriage...only both have thier doubts about being an adoptive family for the baby and being a great spouse for the other. Thier relationship takes a turn when Pat verbalizes his fears followed quickly by a visit from Megan's ex fiancee, who wants her back. Strongly recommend this and all Evanovich's books.
ConnieJo on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I was quite disappointed with this story after enjoying Smitten in its way. It's hard to pick on it though, because the problems I had with it were all things that I could avoid simply by not reading this type of romance novel. I suppose it wasn't as funny as the other Evanovich novels I've read, which is a fair comment.I hated the element of the infant, because I knew the mother would come back for it in the end. And when that happened, I thought the female's emotional fallout was really bizarre.I've read three of these books now, and this has been the case with every single one of them, but I'm still always taken aback when the mutual attraction between the male and female happens within the first few pages. Then the rest of the book is about the week or so it takes for them to decide they need to spend the rest of their lives together. Again, my dislike of this probably has more to do with the fact I shouldn't be reading these types of romance novels.I did like the Colonial Williamsburg setting. That was a nice touch, and a lot of detail went into the descriptions and with the characters interacting with the town.I also kind of hated the families forcing the pair into a relationship. It just seemed odd everyone was so gung-ho about them getting together after they hadn't known each other for more than a few days.
waeschle on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Not like her other novels. It was a Romance.
miyurose on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I seem to be into theme reading this year, since I picked this up shortly before Thanksgiving. It is your typical Evanovich screwball romance, so it¿s hard to find anything wrong with it. Both the male and female lead are more cute than sexy, making them perfectly suited for each other. This is not quite as hot as some of Evanovich¿s romances, but there¿s still a little bit of steam. And Megan goes a little bit nutsy at one point, but it all works out okay in the end. This is good quick read for a cold night when you want to feel like you¿ve accomplished something.
Wuzzlicious on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book has senses of Evanovich's trademark humor, but you can tell it's one of her earlier works. It lacks the same punch that the Stephanie Plum series offers and the romance is a bit trite. She has certainly put out better work, but it was a good quick read nonetheless.
DebR on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Yaaawwwwn.I really enjoy Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels and have enjoyed some of the reprints of her early books, but unfortunately this wasn't one of them.It was all too clear that this was a very early effort by Evanovich and it's one I think should've been left in the land of out-of-print and best-forgotten.
kckellner on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I read this in a little over 2 hours up at the National Park Inn at Longmire. I was curled up in front of a huge fireplace so the setting was right for a great read. Sadly, this was a sub-par offering from Janet Evanovich. (I didn't have much of a choice at the gift shop.) The characters lacked any real depth and I was constantly wondering why the heck they would do what they did. Light and easy read, but Evanovich can (and has) done much better.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Thanksgiving is a pre-Plum romance by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. Megan Murphy is a potter who supplements her income dressed in period costume in her colonial home town. When she rescues a floppy-eared rabbit with strange appetites, its owner, paediatrician Patrick Hunter is entranced by this quirky redhead. But despite the attraction between them, neither wants to get involved: Megan is thrice-bitten and therefore involvement-shy; Pat is in no position to support a wife or the children he would love to eventually have. Sweet, sexy and funny, but just a touch too drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, light read, but rather predictable
AngelaQ More than 1 year ago
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.
Ivylandeyes More than 1 year ago
A little dissapointing coming from such a well-know writer.
Casper_Mom_of_5 More than 1 year ago
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.
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