After three failed engagements, twenty-seven-year-old Megan Murphy has finally come to the conclusion that she is not cut-out for marriage. Sure, relationships can come and go, but she refuses to put on another wedding gown only to fall victim to disappointment, which is how she ends up in Colonial Williamsburg - to escape her past. Thirty-year-old Patrick "Pat" Hunter, on the other hand, has just finished his internship, and is attempting to establish himself as an old-fashioned pediatrician. A swell doctor who gets invited to his patient's weddings, and knows each and every one of them by name. When Pat encounters Megan, thanks to an incident involving his skirt-eating pet rabbit, Tibbles, her flaming red hair and playful personality capture his heart. However, she refuses his affections profusely, attempting to stay true to her vow to swear off men. But when eighteen-year-old Tilly Coogan, an unwed mother, and unemployed waitress, leaves her baby, Timmy, in the care of Pat and "Mrs. Hunter," the two are suddenly playing surrogate parents to the little fellow - who quickly wins a place in each of their hearts, despite his love of tossing strained beats and peas into their hair. Now, as Thanksgiving is approaching, and Pat's family is on their way to celebrate the season of giving with him, he begins contemplating a proposal to the elusive Megan. One that will tie the pair together, and leave an opening for a possible adoption of the little abandoned boy. But when Megan's pushy parents arrive in town, throwing both families together, all bets are off.
So few adult novels revolving around Thanksgiving are published, so when I stumbled upon Janet Evanovich's THANKSGIVING at the store over the weekend, I knew that I had to give it a try. As is her custom, Evanovich has created a pair of witty characters, whose banter and supposed dislike towards one another is charming; while the chemistry between them is absolutely enchanting. The scenes involving the Thanksgiving hoopla, and communication between family members and offspring is hilarious, and certainly reminiscent of Evanovich's crazy Plum family; while the constant talk of marriage between the two unwilling participants - Pat and Megan, of course - will lead you to believe that their parents are off their rockers, and consumed by wishful thinking. The descriptions of the fall weather, and quaint Colonial Williamsburg are refreshing, and truly make the reader feel as if they are walking along the leaf-strewn street, gazing into the antique shops, and small pubs; while the talk of traditional Colonial food, and Thanksgiving will make the reader salivate. A one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving romance that will leave you planning a road trip for the holidays!