CHRISTMAS AT THE RESTAURANT by Pamela Kelley

The Nantucket Restaurant Series, Book 2

From the publisher:

Nantucket’s famous Christmas Stroll is always the first week of December and this year sisters Mandy and Emma and Paul, the executive chef want to do something extra special for Mimi’s Place, the restaurant that they co-own. 

 It will be Emma and Paul’s first Christmas together as a couple and Mandy’s first holiday as a newly single and divorced mother of two. Although Mandy does have a promising new relationship, though she wants to take things very slow. 

Their sister Jill and her new husband, Billy, are planning to spend the whole month of December on Nantucket too, juggling working remotely for the executive search firm they own together in Manhattan and relaxing and spending time with family and helping out at the restaurant too. 

And Gina, their awesome bartender is spending her first winter on Nantucket and it’s a bit of an adjustment–winters on Nantucket are so much quieter than the city life she was used to. She’s even more confused when someone she had a major crush on back in the city moves to Nantucket. Suddenly her boring winter is starting to look a lot more interesting.


I recently found this series so I was excited to see that the second book was a Christmas story, just in time for the Christmas in July summer extravaganza. It was not meant for that, but it’s how it fell into my lap. So be it. It’s a fun read and a nice break from the Hallmark Channel movie bonanza. I don’t have as much patience with those movies, I can’t watch more than one a week at most. But books? I’m all in. This may even be a Hallmark movie, I didn’t check.

I loved reconnecting with the characters from the first book, but the romance is centered around the new bartender, Gina, and two men she starts dating. But I really enjoyed catching up with the sisters and seeing how their relationships were doing a year later. Nantucket in winter was fun, too, and while I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book, it was still an enjoyable read. If you need a little holiday magic in your summer, look no further!

7/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

CHRISTMAS AT THE RESTAURANT by Pamela Kelley. Piping Plover Press (December 10, 2020). ISBN: 978-1953060044. 216 pages.

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