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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages - that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.

To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives. And if that weren’t problematic enough, their mothers descend on the island. When yet another visitor drops by the house with shocking news, the past comes screaming back with a vengeance. Having all the women from his life under his seaside roof - and overseeing the subsequent drama of that perfect storm - Rory Randall might just be enjoying a hearty laugh from above.

Nancy Thayer’s novel insightfully illustrates how the push and pull of family altercations make us whole. It’s how the Randall sisters come to forgive, and learn to open their hearts to love.

©2013 Nancy Thayer (P)2013 Random House

Critic Reviews

"Nancy Thayer is one of my favorite writers, and Island Girls is one of her best. The Randall sisters are like your own family members or your best friends: funny, smart and emotional, infuriating and good-hearted. Here is a book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life." ( New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs)

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Very good

Also very good narrator.
The only thing is, for me your stories usually have too many people. Almost always, even by the end I haven’t kept them all straight!
Like in this one, why not 2 sisters rather than 3? That would cut down a lot as so many enter in with each sister. Thanks!

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loved the narration, story was loving and enchanting. makes you wish you could actually visit Nantucket, to that specific location.

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Summer read

This is a good beach read, where everything works out perfectly. It is one of those impossible, too good to be true stories; it definitely works if you need a feel good book.

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Fun summer read.

Fun summer read with a few surprising twists since we're staying at home this summer.

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Great read!

I loved this book! I had never read a book by this author before but saw it in a Mini-Library box and decided to take it! Such a good, fast read! I didn’t see the ending coming, great twist!

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Perhaps a better read than listen.

I'm a fan of Nancy Thayer and was excited for another perfect summer book. Much to my disappointment, the story couldn't hold my interest and I stopped listening into Chapter 22. I didn't enjoy the narration at all. The male characters were stilted and robotic and the sisters were unlikeable.

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Touching and moving

I really enjoy the books by Nancy Thayer. I am hoping this one has a sequel. Her story lines are very enjoyable and help you daydream about experiencing Nantucket.




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This book was easy reading. It did not captivate me like most of Thayer's works. It was decent though. Thanks

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Truly enjoyed this read! Great summer read!!

What made the experience of listening to Island Girls the most enjoyable?

I love the setting of Nantucket and I loved this storyline!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Island Girls?

Several..one Jenny with her father. The sisters being together.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Arden and Meg wanted to buy a house with Jenny. Jenny's father going to see Jenny!s Mother definitely could make a sequel to this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Exciting and emotional.

Any additional comments?

I love Nancy Thayer's books because the storyline is meaty and always a beautiful setting!!

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Typical summer fluff. Not too bad, but the narrator's voice was so annoying! I still finished it, but she took a lot away for me.