REVIEW: “Thresholds” by Kate Canterbary

Kate Canterbary’s eighth installment in her Walshes series is definitely not a stand-alone book.  It is a delightful holiday treat for all the rabid Walsh fanatics.  This gift’s constructed of vignettes in the point-of-view of particular Walsh sibling, in-law, family member, or even a mere acquaintance.  I recommend this book only to those familiar with the series because of it’s “snap-shot”-like nature.  The action takes place just over 48 hours Christmas Eve Eve, Christmas Eve, and part of Christmas Day.  Mainly the point of view is from the Walsh men, Erin’s husband, and delightfully Shannon’s mother and father-in-law.  The two funniest chapters are from the Commodore’s point-of-view.  Oddly enough a grouchy newcomer, the new doctor who works with Nick and Riley’s girlfriend, gets his own hysterical chapter.

This book’s an “After-the-Happily-Ever-After” with uncertainty regarding one couple’s future versus an exciting next step for another.  Then you have one couple’s uncertain newness juxtaposed with a couple’s rut.  Kate Canterbary balances the tension, comedy, sexiness, brilliantly like a perfectly decorated Christmas tree.  The garland has the proper drape, the ornaments are a fabulous mix of color and texture, and the symmetry’s on-point.  Because the book’s made up of various scenes during a holiday weekend it spreads the focus perfectly.  It allows the reader to remember why they love each character.  But honestly the Commodore and Judy steal the show.  Keep an eye on the new doc … if he isn’t found in an alley compliments of Patrick and Will.  There’s no Magnolia but an exciting and riveting appearance by a not-often-seen-family-member will whet your appetite for more.  Thank you Kate Canterbary for this lovely Christmas treat from Boston with Love.

I’m giving “Thresholds” 5 Lightning Bolts and a Small Craft Advisory.

This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.

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