Let It Snow: A Novel

Let It Snow: A Novel

by Nancy Thayer

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Overview

A Nantucket shopkeeper discovers that Christmas is the perfect occasion to make unexpected friendships . . . to warm the coldest of hearts—and maybe even find love.

Christina Antonioni is preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop, unpacking last-minute shipments and decorating for her loyal Christmas shoppers. But when her Scrooge of a landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent, it seems nearly impossible for Christina to continue business on the wharf.

Even so, Christina hopes there is a warm heart underneath Oscar’s steely exterior. When she bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn’t so cold after all. And with the help of Wink’s uncle, who happens to be a charming and very handsome bachelor, this may be the best Christmas any of them could have ever imagined. Nancy Thayer’s enchanting Nantucket setting provides the perfect backdrop for this holiday love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524798680
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 349
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Surfside Sisters, A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, and Island Girls. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Thayer has been a year-round resident of Nantucket for thirty-four years, where she currently lives with her husband, Charley, and a precocious rescue cat named Callie.

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1

Christina Antonioni could spot a shoplifter with her eyes blindfolded and both ears stuffed with cotton. You didn’t run a toy shop for five years without developing a certain intuition. Right now her own private alarm system was pinging all over her body.

The girl was about nine years old, a cute child with messy blond hair falling into her shifty blue eyes. On this cold early December day, she wore sneakers, jeans, and a shapeless wool sweater.

“Merry Christmas!” Christina greeted her with a smile.

“Merry Christmas,” the girl mumbled sullenly. She didn’t look at Christina. With her thin shoulders hunched, she slunk around the little shop, casting a brooding glance at the wooden ferry replicas, lighthouses, books, fairies, and mermaids.

She paused at the mermaid book. Christina knew she would. She knew what girls her age liked. The most fabulous item there, a huge embossed book about mermaids with a faux jewel glittering in the middle, was too big for the girl to steal, and so was the ten-­inch, beautifully made mermaid doll on a nearby shelf.

Christina bent down to put something in her glass display case. Through the glass she saw the girl swiftly slide a small mermaid sticker book into the pocket of her jeans.

It was only a five-­dollar item. She wanted to let her have it, poor child.

But children should be taught not to steal.

“Please put the sticker book back,” Christina ordered in a firm voice.

The girl jumped. She glared at Christina with her mouth bunched up in defiance. Then, to Christina’s chagrin, her face turned red and she burst into tears.

“It’s not fair!” she wailed. “I only took a little thing.”

“It’s still stealing,” she quietly reminded the child.

“It’s Christmas!” the girl blubbered. “My parents are getting divorced, and my mom and I are staying with my grandfather and I don’t have any toys or dolls here and we don’t even have a Christmas tree! I just want something!”

“Oh, honey.” Christina could tell the girl’s grief was genuine. She stepped out from behind the counter, approaching her as if she were a wounded wild animal.

Perhaps the child thought Christina was going to wrench the sticker book away from her. She jerked it from her jeans pocket and threw it toward the shelf. “There!”

“What’s your name?” Christina asked gently.

Warily, she muttered, “Wink.”

“Wink, thank you for returning the sticker book. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Tell you what. If you’ll come back later today, around three o’clock, I’ll give you a job. The UPS man arrives then and you can help carry the boxes into the shop. I’ll pay you and you can buy yourself a present here. I’ll give you a discount so you can buy something nice.”

Wink stared at her as if she’d just grown another head. “What if you have the police here?” Her voice quavered and she flushed at the telltale anxiety in her voice.

“You didn’t steal the stickers. You put them back.” Something in her wanted to give this girl her dignity. “Wink, this is a serious offer. I need the help.”

She chewed on her lip, thinking. “Okay,” she agreed. “I’ll be back at three.”

She sauntered out of the shop, her shoulders just a little bit straighter.

At noon, Christina put a will return in thirty minutes sign on her door, locked it, and went across the brick avenue to Mimi’s Seaside Souvenirs. Mimi Mattes, Jacob Greenwood, and Harriet Colby were already there, gathered in the windowless back room where Mimi had set up folding chairs among the cardboard packing boxes.

They comprised an informal group they called the Shedders because they each rented one of the weathered, shingled sheds on the wharf that extended out over the water.

Their shops were each a single quaint—and quaint was a compliment—room. Years ago, fishermen had tied up their boats to this wharf and lugged their catches into the relative shelter of these shingled buildings to clean and dress for sale. Later, the long pier was surfaced with bricks, the sheds were turned into shops, and the Hy-­Line ferry arrived, carrying people to and from the mainland several times a day.

Because of the ferry, the little sheds were great places for tourists to browse and find one last Nantucket gift to take home. The bad news was the sheds weren’t insulated or centrally heated. There was electricity, of course, and behind their counters the shopkeepers each had a small electric oil-­filled heater that made the fiercest winter days tolerable.

Mimi had the biggest shed so the Shedders met there for a quick lunch most days, exchanging gossip and helpful information. The chamber of commerce had a message system to alert merchants of potential shoplifters, and Christina wasn’t sure whether to inform them about the girl.

Huddled next to the heater, Christina described her confrontation with the child.

“Poor child,” Mimi Mattes sighed. In her fifties, widowed, Mimi was as round and cheerful as a snowwoman, with short, curly white hair and sparkling blue eyes. “You did the right thing, Christina. I don’t think we need to send out an alert.”

“I agree,” Jacob chimed in. He was in his thirties, an odd, handsome, yet somehow dorky guy who ran Nantucket Wind Man. Jacob sold kites, wind chimes, weather vanes, and scientific equipment such as barometers, thermometers, and anemometers. “In fact, I have an idea,” he continued. “Let’s give the kid a real Christmas. Let’s each put a gift in a bag. Christina can surprise her with it at the end of the day. I’ll donate a handheld electronic weather gauge.”

“Lovely, Jacob!” Mimi clapped her plump, dimpled hands. “I’ll give her a Christmas sweatshirt. Sounds like she can use it.”

Christina nodded enthusiastically. “You guys are the best. I’ll give her the mermaid sticker book she was drooling over.”

Three expectant faces turned toward Harriet, who gazed sourly back. Harriet was new to the wharf. She’d come from Connecticut, and one evening when they all went out together for drinks, she confessed she was there to find a wealthy husband. Her shop, Nantucket Couture, was a bit of a joke to those who lived on the island, since the island’s couture pretty much consisted of a bathing suit and flip-­flops. Still, people needed something for the summer parties, and Harriet made a killing then. This season she concentrated on clever gloves, shawls, and caps.

“I don’t carry merchandise for children,” she reminded them, shuddering delicately at the thought of the little savages. Harriet could get away with her attitude because she was gorgeous. Blunt-­cut blond hair brushed her shoulders, sea-­green eyes slanted like a cat’s, and her figure was exceedingly vavoom.

Christina admired Harriet’s looks, and some days she envied them; who wouldn’t? Still, Christina’s own abundant brown curls tumbled romantically down her back; she’d been told she resembled a Pre-­Raphaelite heroine. In college, she’d almost gotten engaged to a man she’d dated for a year, but at graduation they decided to go their separate ways. At twenty-­five, she’d dated a really good guy, Jamie Locke, but when he proposed to her, she turned him down, as nicely as she could. Christina believed in true love. She was holding out for what she privately called the Big Bang. If the universe could start that way, so could her married life. She wanted to meet The Man and know at once, with a kind of emotional explosion, that he was The One.

Harriet shifted on her chair. “All right. I’ll give her some money.” She reached into her Prada bag and pulled out a dollar bill. “Here, Christina.”

“A dollar?” Christina snorted with laughter. “Don’t go wild, Harriet.”

“Look, if I gave every pathetic kid a dollar, I’d be bankrupt,” Harriet argued.

“I’ll tell you what,” Christina said. “Give me another dollar. I’ll give you a discount on the mermaid sticker book and you can give her that.”

Harriet drew back in horror. “Well, I don’t want to see her!”

“You don’t have to interact with her,” Christina promised. “I’ll tell her it’s from you.”

“Whatever.” Harriet sighed, ferreting around in her bag for another dollar bill.

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Let It Snow: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
tttknits 3 months ago
The Christmas season is here and the “shedders” are preparing for the rush of last minute shoppers. All the streets and shops in Nantucket are decorated for the season. The only thing that would would make it perfect would be snow. Christina has her toy shop all stocked and is ready for the Christmas shoppers. Even though she has worked hard to get prepared for the season now that it is here she cannot get into the spirit. Christmas was always a special time in her family and with both her parents gone it seems it will be a lonely holiday. But when a little girl named Wink comes into her shop everything changes. A heartwarming story about love, giving and friendship. A must read Christmas book! Thank you Netgalley and Random House for a chance to preview this book.
kacoat 21 days ago
LET IT SNOW by Nancy Thayer was the first book of hers I've read and I loved it from the very first line. Her writing is simple and heartwarming. The perfect Christmas read. The story opens on Nantucket Island in December and the storekeeper, Christina Antonioni meets up with a nine-year-old girl, Wink Bittlesman, who is shoplifting in her store. Instead of reporting it, she has Wink work in her shop to earn what she stole. Turns out Wink is the daughter of one of the wealthiest women in town. When Christina meets Wink's uncle Andy Bittlesman, she feels an immediate attraction to him, but there's a hitch to their budding romance. Andy's father, Oscar, is Christina's landlord and he's raised the rent so high that Christina and the other shop owners will go out of business. Mimi, Jacob and Harriet, the other shop owners, along with a cast of islanders (native to Nantucket) give the reader a real feel for living on Nantucket Island.  As much as I enjoyed the book, I didn't feel like Oscar had any redeeming qualities, but I loved the book anyway and it has a sweet, perfect ending for a Christmas romance.
Sallieb 27 days ago
I would like to thank Net Galley for allowing me to read this advanced copy of this delightful book. The Publication date is October 15th I have voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As Christmas nears and we are looking for a great read you need look no further than this book. It is set in Nantucket as the holiday is fast approaching. Four close friends who run small shops on the waterfront have been alerted to the fact that their rents on their shops is about to increase by 10 percent. They fear this will put them all out of business. What are they to do? This book is full of island personality, characters you will love, relationships and all the things that we want in summer beach books. Plus, it includes the magic of Christmas. You feel yourself transported to Nantucket as you visit the sites of the town. Be prepared to want hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, a furry animal in your lap and a cozy blanket as you enjoy this story. #LetItSnow #NetGalley #Amazon #Barnes&Nobel #Goodreads
TheHarleqiun 28 days ago
*I received a ARC of this book for an honest review* This is the first book I've ever read for this author and I typically read books with a lot more of a steaminess factor for romance, but what the author did with her character and setting description was so rich it made up for it. I'm a New England girl and the small coastal town feel of this book during a holiday setting was perfect and I absolutely loved her characters. If you're looking for a cozy holiday read this is perfect.
Teri1957 28 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nancy Thayer can spin disaster into the best, most unbelievable story. Her characters are your neighbors, your friends or your family. Absolutely fantastic book! Enjoy!
Doreena Silva 28 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Ballantine for the ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. Wonderful. Whimsical Christmas story about a Woman who uses her inner strength to find love and success to keep her business going. A genuine heartwarming read with likable characters. I wouldn't be surprised to see this as a Hallmark movie someday.
kaitlynspet 28 days ago
Nancy Thayer's Let It Snow was a very refreshing Christmas story. On the island of Nantucket, everyone is not wealthy and it does not always snow in December. Christina and her friends the "shedders" have small shops near the wharf and suddenly are hit with a 10% rate hike in January. A new customer Wink has become a regular customer and as it turns out Wink's Grandfather, a modern-day Scrooge is the new owner of the "shedders" property. As Christina becomes more fond of Wink, Christina meets the rest of her family. A family that includes a nice bachelor uncle. This is a great Christmas story where in the end happiness wins the day. I would definitely recommend.
Anonymous 28 days ago
If you’re in the market for a very sweet Christmas romance featuring a plucky heroine, adorable little girl and her hunky, rich uncle, plus her Scrooge-like grandfather, then you’ll enjoy this story of a toy-store owner on Nantucket trying to make a living at Christmas while facing the threat that her landlord is going to raise her rents high enough to put her out of business. It doesn’t help that she’s attracted to his handsome son. Add in a very sweet granddaughter trying to cope with her parents’ marital difficulties and the ingredients are all there for a sweet, yet predictable romance. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Leslie5 28 days ago
Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy. A wonderful holiday story that will warm you up on a winters night about an unexpected love. Christina and her shop keeper friends love their little stores by the shores of Nantucket. With the height of the Christmas season upon them - they face the hustle and bustle of shoppers and Christina and unexpected new man in her life. It’s a great story of friendship, love of Nantucket and new love
Nana--- 28 days ago
Let It Snow is a book set in Nantucket at Christmas time but it is a book that can be read anytime. Life isn't always easy in Nantucket but the people always come together for each other. The shop owners along the wharf call themselves the Shedders because their shops are sheds. When the man who owns the property, Oscar Bittlesman who is a real Scrooge decides to raise their rent, Christina goes to see him and offers him a bet, spend one hour in her shop and she will pay the increase and if he doesn't stay an hour she won't pay the increase. He takes him up on her offer and they set up a time for him to come and work at the store for an hour. He was cold, didn't want to be there but he wanted money more. His granddaughter, Wink, who is 9 years old and Christina had become friends since Christina offered her a job in her store so she could buy presents after being caught trying to shoplift.. Wink said to her grandfathers, you don't need more money, because you have so much money, you need friends because you have none. Her grandfather told her to get out of his house and she left crying. The book will bring the town and the reader together to try to get Oscar to do the right thing for his tenents. It isn't about miracles, it is about everyday life and all that can happen when the small town comes together. It can turn the heart of stone into a heart that starts to beat to want to begin to be a better person. It can take two people who forgot what they really meant to each other and wanted a divorce to be a reminder that life together is what they truly want. It is about a 9-year-old girl who just brought life to those she met. It is a book I will remember and visit and revisit for years to come with the memories it left with me. I received an ARC from NetGalley but it is a book I am not only going to buy but buy some for friends and family as a gentle reminder that life can be better, not to let their struggles get in the way of what is truly important.
Texas109 28 days ago
Let It Snow is a sweet story highlighting the charms of Nantucket at Christmas time. The author has created a wonderful group of characters: four shopkeepers, a precious, precocious child, a curmudgeonly landlord and his adult children, all trying to capture the spirit and essence of the holiday while struggling with the realities of living. Can the shopkeepers remain in business? Can an estranged couple find common ground? Can a man who seems only to value the amount of money he makes ever change the way he sees the world? Can two people from different economic circumstances trust each other enough to fall in love? Readers should fall in love with this story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Highly recommend.
Cali-Jewel 28 days ago
Highly entertaining, heartwarming, emotional and engaging journey filled with exciting charters, heart string pulling twists and an enchanting holiday adventure...... was a great read from beginning to end. Excellent reading!
LHill2110 28 days ago
A holiday love story between Christina -- the owner of a Nantucket toy shop -- and wealthy bachelor Andy whose father happens to be the grinchy landlord of Christina's shop. A pleasant read but not one of my favorites. While it had the requisite romance happy ending, the characters were fairly insipid and I felt absolutely no chemistry between the romantic leads! The best part of the story for me was "Wink," Andy's 9-year old niece. I'm afraid the rest of it was completely unbelievable and far too saccharine.
lhill82125 28 days ago
I totally love this book! It pretty much makes you feel every one of your emotions and that’s awesome for a book. Nancy has never ever let me down in all the books that I have read of hers. If you have never read her books you really need to start. Thanks for the great book Nancy!
LawladyCase 30 days ago
A fun and uplifting Christmas story. Christina is a strong, independent woman who is very lonely. It is the first Christmas without her parents. Their deaths weigh on her particularly at this time of year. She decides not to do anything for Christmas but that changes when she meets nine-year-old, Wink, her mother, and her uncle, Andy. As Christina grows closer to Wink and Andy, she is conflicted when Andy’s crusty father raises the rent on Christina’s toy shop. Read to find out whether Christina and her friends at the wharf lose their shops. The relationship with Andy could (or not) be doomed over the rent hike. This is typical of Nancy Thayer’s books – fun, easy to read, entertaining, and romantic. It puts you in the holiday spirit, even if you are determined to be a Scrooge. One of the best Christmas romances this year! I received an ARC from Random House (Ballantine) through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion or rating. I am voluntarily submitting this review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was the perfect start to my Christmas reading season. I loved the characters; the story was engaging; the Happily Ever After couldn't have been better. I couldn't put this short heartwarming story down until I finished it. I read this book a couple weeks ago (right as my computer died and I couldn't easily write a review) and just thinking about it now is making me smile!! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lakelady-reader 3 months ago
Nantucket, Romance and Christmas - another Nancy Thayer winning combination. ‘Let It Snow’ is an easy and enjoyable read with very relatable characters all set in a beautiful Fall/Winter Nantucket scenery. As an avid Nancy Thayer fan, I highly recommend all readers to take this literary journey alongside Christina ( Toy Shop Owner), Wink (lovable nine year old girl) and Andy (gorgeous, rich uncle) through the off season of Nantucket. (You won’t be disappointed).
4GranJan 3 months ago
Warm Christmas Romance This heartwarming Christmas romance takes place on Nantucket Island and features a toy store. It is a perfect setting for a sweet and clean Christmas romance. The author has made this book read like a Hallmark movie. This book has no faults that I could see. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest opinion.
C_Beddow 3 months ago
This was such a good read. Nancy Thayer knows who to write wonderful stories. Four very different friends have businesses in sheds on an island that it gets very cold in the winter. They find out an older gentleman bought them all and raised their rents (which none of them could afford). The way they go about solving their problems was ingenious. Plus there was alot of romance in the air and island that was sweet. Even Harriet at times was sweet. I got this book from from NetGalley for an honest review. I loved it
Terri_C 3 months ago
I'll be honest. I had a hard time getting into this book at the beginning. I was probably a quarter of the way through it before I got really interested in the story. The setting did intrigue me. Christina owned a little, tiny shop in a shack on the wharf in Nantucket. Being from the Mid-West, that is totally foreign to me. When Christina meets Andy because his niece is stealing a toy in her shop, it's your basic girl meets billionaire. I'm not a huge fan of super rich characters, but Andy certainly had redeeming characteristics. He really wants to live in the little, tiny town and wants to do good for the community. My favorite part of the story was Christina's friends working the other little shops. They were fun and interesting. This isn't a deep story, but it's a great light Christmas story. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
sjillis 3 months ago
I’m a sucker for holiday books, snow, and anything beach-related (especially Nantucket), so Let It Snow checks a lot of boxes for me. Christina lives in Nantucket year-round, running a toy shop on the harbor. Both her parents recently died, and although she inherited a large house, she is struggling, both financially and emotionally. Meeting Wink, a poor little rich girl who attempted to shoplift stickers, introduces her to her wealthy landlord and his two children—attractive bachelor Andy; and his sister and Wink’s mother, Delia. Christina suspects she’s falling in love with Andy, but their relationship is complicated when his father raises her rent. This is a simplistic, formulaic romance. Andy seems too good to be true, and I kept waiting for a major revelation (other than the beautiful ex-fiancée and greedy father). The novel is saved by the appealing main character, Christina, her friends/fellow shopkeepers, winsome Wink, and the surprisingly nice Delia. A perfect novel for a snowy afternoon to get you into the holiday spirit—light and fluffy like a snowdrift or the whipped cream in your hot chocolate. #NetGalley #LetItSnow
WildFlowerBookBlogs 3 months ago
A delightful, Nantucket holiday story that delivers a warm helping of the Christmas spirit along with some good salty sea loving. 5/5 stars for an enjoyable, merry romance.
KristenLaJ 3 months ago
This is an enchanting Christmas story, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit! Delightful characters and an idyllic setting make this a captivating tale of the bonds of friendship, the magic of childhood, and the power of love. A wonderful read!
bmrawlins 3 months ago
Experience Christmas in Nantucket, a perfect backdrop to a sweet, cozy, holiday romance. Christina is strong woman who loves her community. When a young girl, Wink, learns a tough life lesson in her store, Christina comes face to face with her very wealthy family, the Bittlesman’s. As part of a community group of shopkeepers called the Shedders, Christina gets nominated to take on the patriarch of the family with the hopes of saving their shops from a devastating rent hike. Along the way, Christina makes a new friend, falls in love, inspires others to be true to themselves, and helps her community band together. I love the infusions of Nantucket culture and glimpses of what life in this sea town might actually look like. A perfect feel good story to snuggle up with under a cozy blanket next to a glowing Christmas tree. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.*
Susan Peterson 3 months ago
Let it Snow is the perfect story to read snuggled up to a cozy fire, with a sparkling Christmas tree nearby! Completely entertaining and charming, you will fall in love with Christina, Andy, Wink and all of the other wonderful characters. The setting of Nantucket is perfect, adding a fun layer to this story.