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Monday, November 19, 2007

Review: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving
by Janet Evanovich

When Megan Murphy discovers a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she means to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter is too attractive to stay mad at for long.

As for Patrick, he wants nothing more than to play house with Maggie—and make Thanksgiving dinner for their families.

But Megan has wept over one failed love, and she's afraid to risk her heart again. Can the good doctor help heal her heart?


While Thanksgiving has some cute, funny moments, overall it’s a clich├ęd story that relies too much on coincidence, convenient plot devices, and cookie-cutter characters. The hero and heroine fall for each other immediately, and within twenty-four hours think they’re in love and can’t live without each other. Megan is a fiery redhead (of course) who’s working as a part-time aide in colonial Williamsburg. Dr. Patrick Hunter is a young, hunky doctor who, though new in town, already has half his neighbors swooning over him. The two meet thanks to a runaway rabbit (his) who likes to chew clothing (hers). That’s well and good, but after Meg returns the rabbit to Pat, we never see or hear from it again. Maybe that’s because on the very next page, Tilly Coogan, one of Pat’s young mothers, shows up on his doorstep and hands over her ten-month old baby.

The rest of the story revolves around Pat and Meg taking care of the baby together while making some half-hearted attempts to find the mother. Of course, the baby is adorable and endearing, and independent Meg finds herself craving marriage and motherhood even though she’s already been engaged three times and sworn off men for good. When Tilly comes back to reclaim her son, Megan is so blinded by hormones that she will do anything to force Pat’s hand into a marriage proposal – even though as a first-year doctor, in a brand new town, he isn’t ready for such a commitment.

Okay, there are a few funny moments, such as when Meg’s parents show up unannounced, or when the Thanksgiving turkey ends up on the floor. And the chemistry between Meg and Pat, though rushed at first, ends up being believable enough that you do hope they end up together at the end. The setting of Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the best parts of this story. It’s a charming, historic town, especially during the holiday season, and thanks to Evanovich’s descriptions, you can really picture the Christmas decorations and the cozy homes and the snow coating it all.

If you’re looking for a fast, entertaining holiday read, Thanksgiving might fill the bill. Just don’t expect to be blown away by the writing or the plot or the conveniently packaged happy ending.



Review by Dandelion

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