The narrative unfolds in a folksy manner, and the characters are limned perfectly as new relationships are fostered ... Thayer portrays her characters with a plethora of personality traits that bring each one to life and make the novel move along on a great trajectory ... captures the meaning of love, friendships and the notion that all can change for better or worse in the blink of an eye. It’s a terrific read that could become a Christmas classic.
... a wonderful, descriptive tale of romance and the harsh, cold winters that shows Nantucket in a completely different light than that of the summer months. One can sense the chilling, blustery winds, and pungent scent of the air, yet feel the warmth of love and friendship that make this a charming holiday read.
[Christina] attempts to talk herself out of the crush, relying on internal dialogue that she refers to throughout the story, somewhat artlessly, as her 'Inner Christina' ... As usual, Thayer’s novel is so full of details about life on Nantucket that the island becomes its own character. Several moments are so sweet they’ll make your teeth hurt, but the holiday feasts, caroling, and general Christmas spirit help the novel fall squarely within its genre of satisfying Christmas romances. Told in a plot-focused, accessible prose, the book maintains its lighthearted tone throughout, never delving too deeply into Christina’s feelings toward her own family, her friendships with the other shopkeepers, or the classist attitudes of her friends ... A wholesome Christmas tale full of adorable characters and unexpected kindnesses.