Girls of summer A novel

Nancy Thayer, 1943-

Book - 2020

"From star-crossed matches to unexpected love triangles, summer on Nantucket always holds the promise of romance in this sensational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer. Lisa Hudson feels more alive than she has in a long time after hiring hunky carpenter Mack Whitney to renovate her old Nantucket home. There's no denying the spark growing between them--despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior. But her twentysomething children, Juliet and Theo, on the for the summer, worry that the new relationship will only lead to Lisa's heartbreak. Yet Juliet and Theo are in for tangled love stories all their own. When dreamy Ryder Hastings moves to the island to pursue a new environmental venture, Juliet feels an unwelcome attraction, her rocky romantic history pushing her to steer clear of love. Theo only has eyes for Mack's daughter, Beth, with whom he was bound by an unspeakable tragedy in high school--but can they overcome their past? By August, when an impending storm threatens to shatter the peace of the golden island, everyone discovers what they can and cannot control. Nancy Thayer dazzles again with this new tale of a magical summer."--Provided by publisher.

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New York : Ballantine Books [2020]
First edition
Physical Description
xi, 303 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Nancy Thayer, 1943- (author)
Review by Kirkus Book Review

A single mother and her adult children reconnect with each other and explore complicated romantic situations during one eventful summer on Nantucket. Lisa Hawley has been living on Nantucket year-round for decades, since long before her husband left her for another woman. She raised her children on her own, opened a successful women's clothing shop, kept a warm home, and swore off dating. Now that her kids are grown and flown, she finally has time to focus on the physical deterioration her house has suffered over the years. When the local restoration expert, Mack Whitney, walks into her home to inspect it, sparks fly. There's only one problem: He's 10 years younger than Lisa. Even so, Mack convinces her to go to dinner with him, and their chemistry can't be denied. It can, however, be interrupted: first by the arrival of Lisa's daughter, Juliet, who's come home to nurse a broken heart, and then by Lisa's son, Theo, who's returned home to recuperate after a surfing accident in California. As Lisa's children consider their mother's budding relationship, they too discover love interests on the island. First Juliet is enticed by a newcomer and then Theo learns his high school crush is back home. Crazier still, the young woman is Mack's daughter. Can Lisa's relationship with Mack move forward without destroying her son's chance at happiness? As the chapters alternate among Lisa's, Juliet's, and Theo's perspectives, the author deftly builds each of the characters' complex personalities by showing them through the eyes of others. A central concern of the story is the preservation of Nantucket as a sanctuary for both people and wildlife, and it's full of information about the island's weather, topography, and landmarks. Although the romantic relationships develop at a fast, and perhaps unrealistic, clip, the sentiments described are so sweet that readers might forgive the characters their hasty emotions. Told in straightforward prose, the story is both wholesome and hopelessly romantic. A formulaic but engaging story about how one family handles summer love. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.