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Island Girls: A Novel Hardcover – June 18, 2013
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“Nancy Thayer is one of my favorite writers, and Island Girls is one of her best. The Randall sisters are like your own family members or your best friends: funny, smart and emotional, infuriating and good-hearted. Here is a book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
“Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful.”—Romance Reviews Today
“In this touching summer read, forgiveness benefits both the person bestowing it and the recipient.”—Kirkus Reviews
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“Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide. Read Moon Shell Beach and get swept away.”—New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand
“A beautifully textured story about love, friendship, and forgiveness, a great beach read. It will make you want to pack your bags for Nantucket.”—New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah
“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
“Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books. . . . All [these characters] are involved in life-changing choices, with all the heart-wrenching decisions such moments demand.”—The Star-Ledger
“An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
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"Island Girls" had a wonderful premise and I just wish that Thayer had invested some more time (it's a slim book) into elaborating more on the relationships of the sisters, the father and the mother, and even the love interests. There was a lot of wasted potential here.
I've come to look forward to Nancy Thayer's books each summer as they are perfect summer/beach reads for me. Last year's novel, Summer Breeze, wasn't quite up to snuff but I think part of that was due to the lake setting instead of Nantucket. I was excited when I saw she was returning to the island this year.
While the book didn't live up to Beachcombers and her earlier works for me, it still was a decent beach read that I'll be recommending to friends that like fluffy beach ready books. Most of the novel is an easy wind that is enjoyable to read and the relationships I really got into. Each sister has their own quirks and qualities and I enjoyed getting to know them all, even if the ending of the book was a bit predictable.
The major downfall in this novel comes in the last act of the novel. A character is introduced at the very end and the whole plot involving her just seems to be pointless and the story didn't seem to need it. Without that extra bit I feel the story would have done better overall. It didn't ruin the book but did give it a WTF quality if that makes sense.
I still recommend this read to those looking for a book to take with them to the beach or pool this summer, just try to ignore the blip at the end ;)
Island Girls is very well written.
Rory Randall is a thrice-married man with a daughter by each of his wives. The sisters don't always get along and are fairly estranged overall. When he dies, he leaves them all a house in Nantucket with the proviso that they must all spend a summer living there together before they sell it. Of course, the sisters aren't thrilled about it but they agree so that they can get their inheritance.
The ending is sort of a foregone conclusion, but as you read, Thayer doesn't make it so. Of course, the sisters all wind up happily in love and of course they wind up continuing to have a relationship. Thayer writes the story so beautifully that you overlook that because you want to know what happens to get them there.
I liked the women in Island Girls, even when they weren't terribly likable. Like real women, the characters are sometimes wonderful, sometimes petty, sometimes petulant and occasionally maudlin. Yet, they never seem to go over the edge to ridiculous. There are some stereotypes: the single woman obsessed with her career to the exclusion of anything else, the insecure-beyond-belief-yet-highly-accomplished woman and the youngest who "hates" her business rival until they are forced to work together. There are lovely surprises, too. There is a younger rival whose behavior isn't typical, an "other woman" who also wasn't what I suspected and the mothers of all three of the main characters were not what you'd expect.Read more ›
And while the author seems to feel the biological daughters banning from the house when they were young teens is a sort of cute, misunderstanding kind of moment. It's actually unspeakably cruel and awful and I can't imagine how any mother could ever have asked for such a thing, or how any father could have agreed to it and let this woman remain his wife! (And all over a supposed, totally unproven, theft. Because a ring is more important than your daughters?) Just, ewwww!
A drilling down into feelings, jealousies and past transgressions between blended families, could have made the centerpiece for a good book. Instead, this story uses it as a plot device with little payoff, taking the (potentially) most interesting element of the story nowhere. Instead we focus on the stepdaughter, the only one who even seemed to see the dad more than once a year, finding her 'real,' a.k.a. biological, father.
There are no real emotional stakes in this book at all. It's all light and fluffy and witless. The romantic set-ups can also be seen coming, roughly, 10,000 miles away (by chapter 2, at the latest, I could tell you who each sister would end up with) and as each character is introduced you can instantly see where their the story is headed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an easy, quick read...a"beach" novel. It was sweet, had some humor, some love, some teary moments and good for that "nothing serious, nothing hard to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by kathy dean
First of all, I thought I was downloading this book through the library. I am new to an iPad and kindle. The book was one of the worst I have ever read... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book, as I have read other books by this author. It's fast moving and a make you feel good book.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Not sure who came first in writing stories set in Nantucket, but Nancy Thayer and Elin Hildebrand are similar in their writing styles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Lemay
This book pulls you in to feel like you're at the beach. You're experiencing every breeze and the heat and humidity right along with them!Published 1 month ago by blondeyellowbug
"Island Girls" is the first Nancy Thayer book I have read. I really liked the plot, the characters, and the pace. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Walter Baran