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Family Reunion

By: Nancy Thayer
Narrated by: Tanya Eby,Whitney Dykhouse
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Publisher's Summary

A longtime Nantucket resident is trying to make the best of a lonely summer. Her spirited granddaughter is learning what she wants out of life. Unforgettable surprises await them both in this magical, multigenerational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

“Readers come to Nancy Thayer novels for the idyllic Nantucket beaches and lifestyle, but they stay for the characters.” --New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe

Eleanor Sunderland loves living on Nantucket, in a gorgeous cliffside home that has been in her family for decades. Yet this year she can’t help but feel a bit isolated, even as the island begins to come alive with summer tourists and travelers. Her best friend has skipped town on a last-minute cruise, leaving Eleanor feeling lonely and nostalgic about her family’s weekend trips to the island, made less frequently in the years since her husband’s passing. Now, her money-driven children contact her mostly to complain and to beg her to sell her beloved home for a steep payout. Hoping to kick the season off on a good note, Eleanor decides her seventieth birthday may be the perfect occasion for a much-needed reunion. 

Fresh off the heels of her college graduation, Eleanor’s dear granddaughter, Ari, has just ended an engagement that felt less like true love and more like a chore. She longs for a change of scenery and to venture far from her parents’ snobbish expectations. Taking advantage of her newfound freedom, she heads to Nantucket to clear her head before graduate school, moving in with her grandmother and taking a job at the local beach camp. As she watches Eleanor begin to form a bond with an old acquaintance, Ari herself becomes completely smitten with a friend’s charming older brother. But just as grandmother and granddaughter fall into a carefree routine, a few shocking discoveries throw them off course, and their ideas of the future seem suddenly uncertain. 

Eleanor and Ari make exciting connections, old and new, over the course of an unpredictable, life-changing few months, and learn to lean on each other through every new challenge they face in life and love, in this tale filled with Nancy Thayer’s signature Nantucket magic.

©2021 by Nancy Thayer. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great story, terrible narrator!

The story was great but the narrator sounds like a computer! It made the story hard to listen to and follow. She has weird pauses and doesn’t finished sentences to the periods. It’s sound like she ends at the end of a line verses sentence.

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Narrator detracted from story.

Something was just off on narrator’s voice/tone. Seemed somehow bored. Gram was 70, yet voice portrayed as about 90.

Love the author.

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Just a nice easy delightful read

It was nice to just get away from all the turmoil in the news and tune out to fun happy ending book. I though the narration was excellent and i could picture myself at many of the landmarks because the description was perfect.

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No meat to this book

I enjoy reading Nancy Thayer books, but this one has no meat to it.
I did not like the voices of the narration either.

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Overall good

What prevented me from leaving a better review was how irritating the mother character was. The character had mental health issues, spoiled beyond belief and obsessed with selling her own mother's home . I almost put it down because that aspect was so offensive. Several characters were obsessed with money and age and it was annoying. Also, I do agree with other reviewers the narrator was subpar.

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Love the story

Love the story and the read of it.
So warm and brings you to Nantucket.

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fantastic

This novel was Spectacular! I cried with such a great ending. can't wait for the next one

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AWFUL!!

I have never, ever not been able to finish an audible book. The narrators for this book were absolutely painful to listen to. The storyline was stupid and just not even worth my time. I don’t think I’ll ever get Nancy Thayer audible again if these are the narrator she uses and the kind of stories she writes. Not worth your time or your money

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Worst narration ever

Although this story wasn’t bad, I was so terribly distracted by the narration. It sounded like the voice was mechanical/computer-generated. It’s just hard to rate this book any higher than I did.

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The book was disappointing.

The narration and the character Alicia were annoying. It was difficult to finish the book.