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One life-changing summer on Nantucket brings about exhilarating revelations for a single mother and her two grown children in this sensational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

Lisa Hawley is perfectly satisfied living on her own. Having fully recovered from a brutal divorce nearly two decades earlier, she has successfully raised her kids, Juliet and Theo, seeing them off to college and beyond. As the owner of a popular boutique on Nantucket, she’s built a fulfilling life for herself on the island where she grew up. With her beloved house in desperate need of repair, Lisa calls on Mack Whitney, a friendly - and very handsome - local contractor and fellow single parent, to do the work. The two begin to grow close, and Lisa is stunned to realize that she might be willing to open up again after all...despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior.

Juliet and Theo worry that Mack will only break their mother’s heart - and they can’t bear to see her hurt again. Both stuck in ruts of their own, they each hope that a summer on Nantucket will provide them with the clarity they’ve been searching for. When handsome entrepreneur Ryder Hastings moves to the island to expand his environmental nonprofit, Juliet, an MIT-educated web designer, feels an immediate attraction, one her rocky love life history pushes her to deny at first. Meanwhile, free spirit Theo finds his California bliss comes to a brutal halt when a surfing injury forces him back to the East Coast. Upon his return, he has eyes only for Mack’s daughter, Beth, to whom he is bound by an unspeakable tragedy from high school. Can they overcome their past?

As the season unfolds, a storm threatens to shatter the peace of the golden island, forcing Lisa, Juliet, and Theo to decide whether their summer romances are destined for something more profound. Nancy Thayer dazzles again in this delightful tale of family, a reminder that sometimes, finding our way back home can bring us unexpected gifts.

©2020 Nancy Thayer (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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🙄🙄🙄

Don’t waste a credit on this ridiculous and completely predictable book. Not even worthy of being called a “light summer read”.

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Meh...

A weak story with no definitive purpose. I never expect an earth shattering plot from Nancy Thayer, but I usually enjoy her books. Unfortunately, this one was especially banal.
On a better note, however, the story was light and without angst—so not terrible to listen to while driving or doing laundry. 🤷‍♀️

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Anticlimactic

This story went no where. There was no climax. There were only bad, premature marriage proposals. Boo.

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Decent but the narration is terrible

I could barely get through this book because of the narrator. Yikes! Gets in the way of how you see the characters.

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Eh.

Eh. Not much character development and too matchy happy and fitting together too perfectly to be believable. Not one of the better books I’ve listened to, but an easy listen that doesn’t require any thought or paying attention.

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Story better than audio

This story would have been more enjoyable for me if the audio had not been so stilted and monotonous. The story had some interesting dynamics set in a beautiful part of the country, but the instalove was not at all believable. Who meets a person and asks them to basically marry you after one date... nobody. The most realistic part of the book was the past high school romance.

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I was happy when it was over

I am not really a fan of this book. The characters were not relatable. The story was far to unrealistic for my taste. The setting was nice and the author did a good job of describing things so you can easily picture it but not over describing so it drags on. I do think it was performed really well. All in all I have to say I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend. I was happy when it was over and a bit sad I spent the money on it.

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Just ok

This book seemed to follow a receipe and it was a bland one for sure. The characters were shallow, their relationships tepid at best. I only finished it because people told me the end was "so good". For me the ending was predictable and very vanilla.

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Clunky and cringy

I have never cringed and shrugged my shoulders up in being so grossed out in how absurd and awful the writing is. It’s not anything I could buy into, the bizarre dialogues and the complete soap-opera like back and forth between the “couples” with absolutely no foundation to make it believable ... if you’re into watching daytime soaps you’ll love this, anyone else should save their time and look for another author.

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Loved it!

I lived this book! The story was very engaging and the characters had depth and were well developed.

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Predictable and unbelievable, don’t bother!

This is one of those books that it is so unbelievable, it’s laughable. Each character had life a little too easy and I feel it made women seem like they need a knight in shining armour to be happy! Also the narration was very robotic. Don’t waste your time on this book.