Jilly is all about family, and she can't wait until her daughters Felicia and Lauren, as well as Lauren's family, come home for the holidays. Felicia is bringing her fiancee' Archie and getting married to him on Christmas day. Lauren is bringing Felicia's wedding dress as well as the dresses for the rest of the bridal party. Things are not going according to Jilly's plans for Felicia--NOTHING is going according to Jilly's plans in spite of all she can do. Jilly thinks her next door neighbor Steven is a better match for Felicia and plots accordingly.
Christmas on Chestnut Street reads more like a journal than a novel--a journal of happenings that Jilly is having trouble processing. Nancy Thayer has written a book of very believable characters with everyday failings and foibles. She enhanced the plot with conflicts and adventures and injuries and near misses to round out the whole scenario. She also threw a monkey wrench into Jilly's plotting and planning so that Jilly would have to see that Archie was, in fact, just right for Felicia. A bit of mayhem was injected with the insertion of a rather skittish cat named Rex. All in all, it makes a seriously entertaining and quick read. A strong four stars.
I was provided a galley copy of this book by Random House in exchange for this review. No other remuneration was offered or given.