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Heat Wave: A Novel Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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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
“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
“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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I'm one of her early fans way back in 1984 when her first book "Three Women at the Water's Edge" was published in Germany. A year or two later, "Nell" was translated into German. So I collected all of her novels in German translations.
Unfortunately since the first Hot Flash Club book none of her later books got translated into German anymore :(. So then I started collecting her books in hardcover and in English.
In October 1988 I met Nancy in person for a few hours (this was the big highlight of my first long trip to the US East Coast) and since then we wrote letters and later e-mails once in a while.
1997, 2005 and in May 2010 we met again and I was able to introduce my husband André to her the last time.
You can imagine how thrilled we were when Nancy did let us know that we are mentioned in her new novel "Heat Wave"!
On page 211 we are B & B guests (hardcover version).
My husband read "Heat Wave" and enjoyed it, too, even though he prefers thrillers.
"Heat Wave" is a lovely novel set on Nantucket (no other author can describe the island as beautifully as Nancy does!) and of course I can't wait for the next novel to be published. Her books are the only books that I pre-order in amazon.com and that I purchase new and not used.
But when Gus dies unexpectedly from a heart attack, her life is turned upside down. Not only does she discover that she now has financial problems, due to her husband's bad investments, but her in-laws have displayed a tendency to try to control her life.
Living on Nantucket Island year round is a challenge. And trying to conjure up some kind of income, while staying at home, requires a lot of initiative and creativity. But Carley does manage to turn her beautiful old home into a Bed and Breakfast, and with her talent for homemaking and cooking, she has a winner on her hands.
I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially the friendships between Carley and her best friends Maud and Vanessa. But then something happens to create a rift between the three friends. How will the friends who define themselves as La Tres Enchiladas repair the conflicts? And what will Carley do when she begins a new relationship that is sure to raise some concerns from others in the small town?
Some unexpected twists in the plot had me grabbing some tissues, but I loved the way most of the story came together. I was curious about what happened to the in-laws, who had been a thorn in Carley's side at times. They seemingly disappeared from the canvas.
A fun story, Heat Wave: A Novel is full of great descriptions and settings, but with some loose ends. Four stars.
I've not been a big fan of her newer work. For example, I was bitterly disappointed in two books - Everlasting and Custody. If you've read Nancy's earlier works, the stark difference is remarkable. In her earlier work, she wrote with such feeling and texture along with an insight into the female psyche. She would not only tell the story in different ways. Bodies and Souls is a good example of how she differed in her story telling methods.
I cautiously bought Nancy's latest book - Heat Wave: A Novel because I wanted to remember the author fondly. I wasn't disappointed. Her book brings back happy memories of My Dearest Friend, Nell, etc but still lacked the depth of her earlier work. I would've liked to see more of the descriptions - for example more delving into the main character "Carly", and the supporting characters as well. But I loved the feel of Nantucket during the tourist time as well as the rest of the year. It makes me feel like I've actually been there and I love that.
I recommed the book. Even just knowing that the author has gotten back to her roots makes me happy. I just want her to write the kind of book that I'd want to read over and over and over again - like I did her first books.