“A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer …

I have been waiting, rather impatiently, for it’s release.  What a joy to be able to read it early.  Obviously, I love weddings…and I love Nantucket.  Sadly, I have never been; but oh, a visit to Nantucket is on my bucket list!  And that desire has been created by reading the delightful, sun-kissed beach reads, by my all time favorite author, Nancy Thayer.

A Nantucket Wedding was everything I’d hoped, and come to expect, from Thayer.  It’s as rich and as sensual as a warm piece of chocolate molten cake. But first, before my review…a blurb from Barnes and Noble…

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“Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.

A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.

As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?
      
Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.”

If you’d like to order A Nantucket Wedding for your own, you can click on either link below and be directed to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. The book appears in book stores, or on your personal reading device, April 3, 2018 – but you can pre-order!

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Most often, I devour books.  I must get to the end as soon as I can.  I had that same compulsion with A Nantucket Wedding, but I forced myself to hold back.  I hate when I finish Thayer’s books.  They are such an escape, such a delight, I feel bereft when I finish one.  So I savor the read, and make it last as long as I can. But alas, A Nantucket Wedding DID come to an end.  But don’t worry, it was such a treat, I enjoyed every word.

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Not only does Thayer give a most glowing description of her beloved island, (and yes, you’ll feel like you know it, even if you’ve never been there! I included a map of the area above, in case you’d like to get a little perspective), she also hits just the right notes of family dynamics, new relationships… and yes, sigh…red hot romance! Her characters are identifiable, just like people in your own lives.

Thayer is a master at incorporating familial multi-generations in her novels.  These books are for everyone.  I love them, as do my teen and young adult daughters.  Her novels are of problems solved and new beginnings; feel good books for sure. A Nantucket Wedding is no exception.

Nancy Thayer has many, many books to her credit set in Nantucket.  She also writes a delightful series – The Hot Flash Club Series – Yes…you read that right!  🙂  They are a kick! (A link from amazon is included below if you’re interested)

The Hot Flash Club Series  – Amazon

Below, the beautiful Nancy Thayer

And what about that beautiful island?  Well the wedding was held at the fabulous Wawinet Resort on Nantucket.  I have included some photos from the resort’s “Toppers” Restaurant Instagram for your enjoyment.

How about that for a spread…and the view!

A wedding cake made on site by the Resort’s very own pastry chefs.

I can most definitely see myself here!

Arrive at Toppers Restaurant via the complimentary cruise “Wauwinet Lady”

What a sunset…I’m in love, I imagine you will be too.  I’ll get back to you after I made my pilgrimage to Nantucket this summer.  I just must…  🙂

More Wedding Options at The ‘Hotel Del’

There are so many Wedding Venue Options on site at the Hotel Del.  The Wedding Specialists’ goal is to make your day a once in a lifetime experience, whether you are hosting four or four hundred.  They have the specialized locations and experienced staff to accomplish this.  Think about it.  When you go to a wedding, you have a wonderful time.  You eat delicious food, drink good wine, dance to fun music.  Easy, right?  No…to pull off an elaborate affair such as a wedding, countless hours go into the creation.  I know this from the stand point of a ‘mother of the bride’ and a professional wedding planner.

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The Vista Walk, ( photo from the Hotel’s own website), is a lovely wedding venue for a party under 100.  The top photo shows it all decked out for a wedding with a rather eclectic theme.  Below, my own photo, on an average day, waiting to be transformed…image

Below, the Garden Patio, my own photo, in it’s everyday attire. Isn’t the grass lush?  It so impressed me, especially with the drought California is experiencing.  Then I walked on it.  My heels didn’t sink in!!  What?!?  Yup…it’s turf.   And the best, most realistic turf I’ve ever seen.  What a wonderful, ecological choice for the resort to make at this delicate time in California’s climate crisis.

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Next photo showcases the garden patio ready for a wedding!  This venue also hosts a smaller group than say, the Crown Room, or the Windsor Lawn.  The venue is intimate without being cramped.

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Garden Tea Room – (photo, hotel website).  Feeling in the mood for an indoor affair?  I visualize this space used by a bride with a late-morning, early afternoon wedding.  It feels light and airy.

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Beach (Hotel website stock photo)

And really..can you get any better than a celebration on the beach like the one above?  It IS the Hotel del Coronado, after all…

Illumination of the Hotel Del…and More!

The illumination of the Hotel Del Coronado is more than just a way to light a room…it is a work of art.  Not only was great thought, detail and expense put into the lighting of each public room, there is also a fascinating bit of trivia about one special room…

Who among us AND our children has not seen “The Wizard of Oz”?  I’d wager to say.. almost no one.  But do we know who the author was?  Probably my mother does, as she read each and every book. He is none other than L. Frank Baum.  And he has another grand distinction.  He loved Coronado Island!

According to sandiego.com

“Four years after publishing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a children’s book that would become the first in a beloved series of 14, L. Frank Baum checked into the Hotel del Coronado for a wintertime respite. He and his wife would do so every year but one until 1910, during which time he wrote three more “Oz” books and parts of another. Later, the Baums would winter at a house not far away from the hotel, on Star Park Circle. The house, like the storied Victorian hotel, still stand today. Baum passed away in 1919, but his memory and his legacy in San Diego cultural history live on…So fascinated by the hotel was Baum that he volunteered to design the lighting in what would be renamed, in tribute to his vision, the Crown Room.”

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hoteldel.com Sunday Brunch in the Crown Room.  Look at those gorgeous hanging “crowns”!

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hoteldel.com Coronet Room, an auxiliary room off the Crown Room.  I do not know this for fact, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say Baum designed the fixture in this room as well.

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The fixtures in the Ballroom are exquisite.  A bride would almost require no more decor than to have these lovelies hanging down from their noble perch!

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Windsor Complex

And how about these art deco creations from the Windsor Complex?  While not my favorites, no one can deny their elegance.

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And the Grande Dame of them all, the gigantuan chandelier from the main lobby.  I adore this!

And a last bit of trivial…The Hotel Del Coronado has bragging rights to the oldest continuously running elevator in the United States.  Always run with an attendant, and most often by the famous, gem of an employee, “Andrew”.   He’s been with the resort 40+ years.  Andrew knows more about the Hotel Del than any reference guide.  It was my pleasure to ride with him.  You know a company’s a ‘good one ‘ when an employee chooses to stay so long.

Destination Weddings

 

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Come on…we’ve all thought about it… inviting only your nearest and dearest, and taking off for an exotic local for your wedding.  Could it be more romantic?  Probably not.  Today I begin a series on destination weddings.  Now, it is not a discussion on the “Pros and Cons” of destination weddings, but just the beauty of the option.

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I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days at the incomparable Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California. (The photo above is the iconic main building of the resort). What and where is Coronado, you may ask?

Well, according to Wikepdia, Coronado, also mistakenly known since the 1980’s as Coronado Island, is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across and around San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego.[8] Its population was 24,697 at the 2010 census,[5][6] up from 24,100 at the 2000 census. It is part of the San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Coronado lies on the geographic combination of an island and a tombolo connected to the mainland called the Silver Strand. Coronado is a tied island, connected by a tombolo. In 2012, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research, ranked Coronado Beach as the best beach in the United States.[9]æ

Now that the facts are stated…just let me say, it’s a magical place.  A land of fairy tales.

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Above is the view from our room.  Truly, one couldn’t ask for more. Not only is Hotel Del, as it is affectionally called, beautiful, it is filled with history.  Notice the black roofed building to the very right of the photo.  That is the summer home Wallis Warfield Simpson shared with her second husband Ernest Simpson. (Remember, the English King Edward XIII gave up his throne to marry this twice divorced lady?).  It was a few miles down the road, but the Hotel Del recognized it’s great historical value and had it moved to it’s current, coveted location.  It is presently a part of a private club on the resort.

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While the beaches are pristine and luxurious, much can be enjoyed from a room’s balcony, (if you’re lucky enough to have an ocean view!), – as evidenced by my two lovely models.

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No time of day is less than perfect at the Hotel Del.  After dinner one evening, we took a stroll, and snapped this breath-taking scene.

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I can’t write about all I wish in just one post.  My “Destination Wedding Series” will have to follow the “Hotel Del” series!  So much to share.  Tomorrow, I’ll fill you in on the benign ghost that legend says haunts the resort…

With the exception of the iconic “personal stripped beach cabana” photograph, all photos are mine.  You can see the magic and beauty are true  🙂  It’s not the product of photo enhancement.