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Heat Wave: A Novel Hardcover – June 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345518314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345518316
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR NANCY THAYER

“Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”—Elin Hilderbrand

Beachcombers
 
“Walk along the shore with [these] girls. . . . Beachcombers hits home for those of us women who have loved, lost and forgiven ourselves and others in the quest for love and serenity.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank
 
 “A charming and fun summer read. Readers will love this story of family and love.”—The Plain Dealer
 
Summer House
 
“This well-wrought, appealing book [is] packed with literally down-to-earth charm.”—The New York Times
 
“Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families.”—The Miami Herald
 
“Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.”—Houston Chronicle

About the Author

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, and The Hot Flash Club Chills Out. She lives on Nantucket.

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Just a little bit too neat.
Lori Caswell
As always she has created a set of characters who are real, warm and very likeable as they grapple with life, love and a variety of relationship problems.
Booklover
Very much enjoyed all the characters in this book and the plot twists the story took -- add in the Nantucket feel to it all and it was a nice read...
J. Tebbe

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 4, 2011
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With over twenty books published and a name that you see in bookstores everywhere, I would have thought I would have read something by this author before - but I hadn't. When I had the opportunity to pick this up from the VINE program, I jumped at the chance since it seemed to be just the nudge I needed to finally see what made Ms. Thayer so popular. I do like summer themed books that take place on islands or coastal areas (Erin Hillenbrand is someone I have come to truly enjoy) so I was very hopeful to find another author to add to my growing list of people to read.

In this novel, our primary character is Carley Winsted, a woman in her early thirties who has just lost her young husband to a heart attack and finds herself with two young daughters to raise and no obvious means of financial support. A fairly typical "set-up" I was anxious to see what Ms. Thayer did with the story and found myself fairly pleased. I don't want to give the plot away and spoil it for you (I hate when reviewers do that), but the solution is creative and sets up additional plot lines that add interest for the reader. Carley and her daughters live on Nantucket which gives us the island/water setting so conducive to some of the best summer reads. Complicating matters is the fact her in-laws also live on Nantucket and the death of her husband has an impact on her relationship with them. Also populating this novel are Carley's two closest friends who have their own plot lines which intersect and cause additional tension.

As I was reading, I kept thinking this was a fairly linear novel --- you pretty much get what you think you are going to get without a lot of surprises. That held true until near the end when a plot twist totally caught me off guard and left me surprised.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Cynseer Booklover on May 4, 2011
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Having been a longtime fan of Nancy Thayer, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the advanced copy of Heat Wave, on sale June 21, 2011. This book was filled with warmth, both in characterization and in plot. Ms. Thayer has a way of making her books real as life is for each of us.

It is a novel that explores the challenges that life brings to several different women who are friends and how they deal with those changes that are wrought by actions of loved ones. Well written, beautiful insight on human frailty as it faces and overcomes life's obstacles. I loved this book. It made me laugh, made me somewhat angry, and then made me cry. In the end it made me sigh with joy and fulfillment on behalf of one lady's courage to begin life anew.

I highly recommend to readers who love women's fiction to buy this book and fall in love with the talent of Nancy Thayer and her wonderful storytelling.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joan W. Johnson VINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
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Nancy Thayer has the ability to bring her characters to life without getting mired down in physical and environmental details. This story is not new - husband dies, wife finds herself in financial difficulties, wife falls in love again - but what is new is the amount of life Thayer breathes into her characters, and the depth of feeling she is able to establish through her writing style.

HEAT WAVE, unfortunately, has no surprises for the reader. The end is exactly what you think it will be throughout the book. While the reader becomes attached to the characters, the lack of depth of the plot leaves a bit to be desired. The ending to the story gave me the feeling the publisher called up and said "Your deadline is next week -- can you be done?" and Thayer set to ending the story with an "Epilogue" rather than truly playing out the plot of the story.

Still, it's worth reading and particularly good for beach or deck reading this summer. Though the plot won't hold surprises, the characters will hold your interest and you'll be sad to leave them at the end of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimmy D on July 19, 2011
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The story could have been interesting if the characters were fully developed. The characters were shallow and unbelievable, with alot of 'fluff' between plot lines. The premise could have worked if the characters were relatable and showed any kind of real emotion. I lost interest about halfway through the book, and began skipping pages until the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Spoiler on July 10, 2011
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I have read several Nancy Thayer books and really enjoyed them all to a certain degree...why I don't know. First off, I'm an African-American, MATURE, woman, not poor, but certainly not wealthy, beautiful, caucasian, ivy league college educated nor young, as all of her protaganists seem to be. Yet I'm sucked into these Nantuckians lives as if I really know them, I don't really want to be one of them, do I and it's just playa hatin' that makes me critical of the book????? Anyhoo, I read for entertainment and not necessarily realism, however; I do have to say that one friend keeping the secret of the adulterous relationship of the other friend's husband with the third member of the "best friend" trio was a bit hard to take as entertainment, especially when the friend (I use this term loosely) having the affair still wants to be BFF's with the woman whose husband she's having the affair with. Confused???? So am I.

I'm like one of the other reviewers and wonder why the title "Heat Wave", because when the heat wave did come, it was here and gone in an instant. Reeeely, super wealthy people on Nantucket with no central air because it would cost bazillions of dollars to install, yet take off at the landing of the private planes to fly off to Boston to stay in a "posh" hotel where they do have central air, the rich are different, I suppose. Wouldn't it make more sense to install central air, but that's just a poor ladies way of thinking.

My last complaint about the book and not really a complaint, just an observation, what did happen to the inlaws, were they eaten alive in Guatamala, did they die, the epilogue neatly ties up everyone's lives except the inlaws. And oh yeah, really, one more child.....
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