When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give its careless owner a piece of her mind, but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long. Soon the two are making Thanksgiving dinner for their families.
So anyone who consistently reads Sand Between the Pages knows that I am just not a romance reader. But surprisingly, I do enjoy a good rom-com story on occasion. And I am a sucker for holiday themed stories. This is how I found myself reading Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich last month.
Thanksgiving is one of Evanovich’s first romance novels which were written before bringing us the Stephanie Plum series. It is a quick easy read and the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon overstuff with turkey and pie. Just know that Thanksgiving is not for someone interested in a serious romance or a novel with a complex plot.
The story is cute and contains a number of enjoyable Evanovich attributes. Quirky characters: check. Cute male character you can’t help but crush on: check. Over-the-top Evanovich antics: check. Well developed plot: not so much. Thanksgiving just lacks the well developed plots we see in her later works. The story jumps along too fast from plot point to plot point, with the relationship between Meg and Pat going from basic sexual tension to a real proposal in less than a month. So yeah, it can feel a bit unbelievable. Just keep this in mind when reading because there is a lot of unbelievable aspects of the novel besides the romance.
It is still a fun novel. I adore sweet Dr. Pat Hunter. His puppy dog personality is just so darn loveable. I mean the man has a pet bunny and sews up his tennis shoes. He is endearing and I like how honest he is about his feelings (the good and the bad) for Megan. I also emphasize with Megan’s stubbornness and self assertiveness. She has no problems standing up for her ideals, despite how everyone else views her decision. Plus, she is pretty straightforward when it comes to what she wants. I find that an impressive trait in anyone. The two fit well together and this made the read enjoyable. I found myself giggling at their antics throughout the story.
I definitely recommend Thanksgiving for rom-com fans in need of a light read. Sit back and enjoy the antics of the doctor, potter, their crazy families, a lost baby, a bunny, and a clueless ex-fiancé. Don’t take it seriously and let me know what you think.