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Nona’s generosity to Charlotte, secretly her favorite grandchild, doesn’t sit well with the rest of the Wheelwright clan, however, as they worry that Charlotte may be positioning herself to inherit the entire estate. With summer upon them, everyone is making their annual pilgrimage to the homestead—some with hopes of thwarting Charlotte’s dreams, others in anticipation of Nona’s latest pronouncements at the annual family meeting, and still others with surprising news of their own. Charlotte’s mother, Helen, a Wheelwright by marriage, brings a heavy heart. She once set aside her own ambitions to fit in with the Wheelwrights, but now she must confront a betrayal that threatens both her sense of place and her sense of self.
As summer progresses, these three women—Charlotte, Nona, and Helen—come to terms with the decisions they have made. Revisiting the lives and loves that have crossed their paths and the possibilities of the roads not taken, they may just discover that what they’ve always sought was right in front of them all along.
I’ve kept the photo albums of her as a young woman with my father, an officer in the Army in WWII. Through the years I’ve read and reread Daddy’s letters to my mother, written to her from Germany, and Belgium, and secret places. My parents were just ordinary people, from Kansas, and yet they had a glamour that fascinated me.
I loved my family—my extended family of aunt and uncle and cousins, too, although they always seemed annoyingly perfect to me, never as messy as my own family. Yet, as I grew up, I longed to rebel, to escape from the definition of myself as part of any family. I wanted to be my own person. I wanted to make my own choices. And I made them. And believe me, I made a few mistakes.
When I was in my thirties, my parents confided a secret to my sister. Not to me, to my sister! Of course, she immediately phoned me to share the news. I was stunned. And hurt—why hadn’t my parents told me first? I was the older sister!
These events and emotions are the catalysts for Summer House, about three women in a large, close-knit family.
Charlotte is 30, rebelling against her family’s goals for her life, and privately atoning for a terrible mistake she made.
Helen, 60, has overheard a conversation that brings her agony—and a chance to understand her place in the family.
And Nona, at 90, knows the time has come to reveal the most profound secret of all.
The family gathers at Nona’s summer house on Nantucket, where the tranquil surface of the beautiful island can not hide the consequences of desire and betrayal, and also of forgiveness and love. —Nancy Thayer
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I love everything Nancy Thayer writes. This book is another example of her great writing.Published 1 month ago by Marilyn J. Grant
I really enjoyed reading this book! It had a lot of interesting characters! I would definitely look for more Nancy Thayer novels!Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Nusbaum
If you have something time consuming coming up over the next couple days don't start this book. Hard to put down, rich dysfunctional family meets on Nantucket for Grandma's 90th... Read morePublished 5 months ago by janberg
Easy read. Would have liked a little more of Nona's life explored...and maybe a little more of Oliver and Owen.Published 5 months ago by Claire Phillips
Summer House was a good light read. It kept my interest from the start and I liked certain characters, but at the end there wasn't an ah ha moment. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robi
When I finished, I wanted to spend more time with the family of characters Thayer had created.Published 5 months ago by carol