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The Island House: A Novel Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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Praise for The Island House
“Thayer’s latest should be filed under a Best Beach Reads of 2016 list. . . . The characters are complex and their struggles and concerns feel real. . . . Thayer has a really wonderful ability to showcase the meaning of family.”—RT Reviews
“A perfect book to read while sticking your toes in the sand this summer!”—Bookish Devices
“A touching story about friendship, family, and the uncertainty of love.”—Bustle
Praise for The Guest Cottage
“A sweet book with romance, laughter, and love after loss . . . Thayer knows her Nantucket history, and it shines in this book.”—RT Book Reviews
“It’s a pleasant escape to a state of mind in which rebuilding a life is as simple as pitching an umbrella and spreading out a towel.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Nantucket Sisters
“Thayer obviously knows her Nantucket, and the strong sense of place makes this the perfect escapist book for the summer, particularly for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.”—Booklist
“Thayer keeps readers on the edge of their seats with her dramatic story spanning the girls’ childhood to adulthood. This wonderful beach read packs a punch.”—Library Journal
Praise for Island Girls
“A book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.”—Susan Wiggs
“Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful.”—Romance Reviews Today
About the Author
Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives on Nantucket.
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Another thought was how willing to help everyone was. No matter what task they were given (with all the guests in and out of the house) everyone was happy to help. No grumpy responses, no complaining, they all worked together fabulously in the kitchen. The mother of the house was super-mother Susanna, who never once got tired, or complained and was just happy to be cooking for anyone who showed up at her house.
Then there is Robin, a 30 year old woman, still living at home, not working, and happy to help her father (who she said she did not love in the first few chapters) write his memoirs.
My last irritation, was when they were frantically preparing for 100 people for the party at their home, they managed to get to the beach " to swim and tan".
If you want a "readable "book, with several sappy love stories and "secrets", then this is the book for you.
I loved Nancy Thayer's "Hot Flash Club" books, but she seems to have jumped the shark with her last several books.
I also didn't enjoy how much the story jumped around in the beginning between past and present. This doesn't normally bother me when the storylines are interesting enough to pull a reader in, but this wasn't the case here.
I was really looking forward to this book because it sounded so much like an Elin Hildebrand novel, where the sweet island setting pulls you in and the characters seem real and believable, but this book did not deliver.
It reminded me of Long Island N.Y. IN the summer. I enjoy family stories the way people interact etc.
I too am bipolar. I admired how Henry's family handled his bipolar episodes with compassion & understanding.
I also know the frustrations of managing one's disease.
The whole extended family is fun to read too.
Watching everyone grow & evolve is amazing.
I think everyone will enjoy the way the story twists &turns & has a few surprises.
Great summer read.
I feel compelled to expand on my review. I was interested in the story throughout the book. Every part of the story was compelling. Yes, I purchased the book (Kindle edition ), and I've always enjoyed Thayer's novels. The story line was more interesting than some other of her books, but at no time was it boring. I had trouble getting my nose out of the book (just ask my wife ), wishing it wouldn't end. Thank you, Nancy, for putting this particular story together.