Nantucket Sisters

  • Filename: nantucket-sisters.
  • ISBN: 9780345545497
  • Release Date: 2014-06-17
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Friendship takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer’s captivating, emotionally charged novel featuring all the tenderness and wit, drama and romance that readers have come to expect from this insightful, much-loved writer. When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie McIntyre and Emily Porter become fast friends—though Emily’s well-heeled mother would prefer that she associate with the upscale daughters of bankers and statesmen rather than the child of a local seamstress. But the two lively, imaginative girls nevertheless spend many golden summers together building castles in the sand, creating magical worlds of their own, and forging grand plans for their future. Even as Emily falls for Maggie’s brother, Ben, and the young women’s paths diverge, the duo remain close friends. Then the unthinkable happens: Handsome, charismatic, charming, and incredibly sexy Wall Street trader Cameron Chadwick upends both their lives and disrupts their friendship. Struggling with the tough choices they must make and the secrets they must keep, the two young women discover that the road to love and fulfillment is full of bumps and twists. And while true love may be rare, Maggie and Emily find that friendship is even rarer—and more valuable still. 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 Nancy Thayer Beachcombers “Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank “A charming and fun summer read . . . Readers will love this story of family and love.”—The Plain Dealer Summer Breeze “Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books. . . . All [these characters] are involved in life-changing choices, with all the heart-wrenching decisions such moments demand.”—The Star-Ledger “An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News 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 From the Trade Paperback edition.

Nantucket Sisters

  • Filename: nantucket-sisters.
  • ISBN: 9781472216007
  • Release Date: 2014-06-17
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

The irresistible summer read from the New York Times bestseller. When Maggie and Emily first meet as young girls on a Nantucket beach they immediately become friends, spending many happy summers together. Now in their twenties, Emily has almost finished her studies, while Maggie is pursuing her dream of being a writer. When the charismatic Cameron Chadwick bursts onto the scene, their lives are upended in ways they never could have imagined. As Maggie and Emily fall under the spell of the charming newcomer, their friendship soon feels a long way from the idyllic, care-free days of their childhood. Life-altering decisions must be made. And at the heart of it all, both women must struggle to face the choices they make, the secrets they keep, and the futures they dream of. Can their friendship survive the tests that lie ahead?

Island Girls

  • Filename: island-girls.
  • ISBN: 9781472216076
  • Release Date: 2014-04-10
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

New York Times bestseller Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in this moving, entertaining tale of three sisters reunited. Perfect for readers of Santa Montefiore and Barbara Delinsky. When charming ladies' man Rory Randall dies, he leaves one last trick behind. If his three daughters - from three marriages - hope to inherit their Nantucket family home, they must spend a summer living in it...together. But can the sisters put years of tension and misunderstanding behind them? TV presenter Arden hasn't returned to the Island since she was a teenager; college professor Meg just wants to get on with her writing; and secretive Jenny is grappling with questions about her identity. As the three women discover newfound sisterhood, there are challenges still to come. And when a visitor drops by to deliver shocking news, the past comes back with a vengeance. Can the Randall sisters finally learn to forgive, and move on once and for all?

The Guest Cottage

  • Filename: the-guest-cottage.
  • ISBN: 9781472216014
  • Release Date: 2015-05-12
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

Sometimes a fresh start is all it takes... When Sophie Anderson's husband leaves her, her world crumbles instantly. On impulse, she rents a cottage on Nantucket Island with her children for a family holiday, minus one. Still raw after his wife's death, Trevor Black is learning how to be a single parent to five-year-old Leo. Hoping a quiet trip to Nantucket will help him reconnect with his son, he leases a house for the summer. Plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor discover they've rented the same place. They agree to share the house but, as summer unfolds, it becomes clear that the guest cottage might not be all they want to share... Is it too soon for love to bloom?

The Island House

  • Filename: the-island-house.
  • ISBN: 1683240197
  • Release Date: 2016-07-01
  • Number of pages: 500
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Center Point

"Every summer since college, twenty-nine-year-old Courtney has traded the familiarity of the Midwest for the allure of Nantucket. Now an established university professor, she finds herself caught between two lifestyles and two very different men. This summer has taken an unexpected turn and now she must decide what she really wants"--

An Island Christmas

  • Filename: an-island-christmas.
  • ISBN: 9780553393880
  • Release Date: 2014-10-28
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

In this enchanting holiday novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer, family and friends gather on Nantucket for a gorgeous winter wedding with plenty of merry surprises in store. As Christmas draws near, Felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding: the snow-dusted streets, twinkling lights in the windows, a gorgeous red and white satin dress. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Jilly’s also worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker. As the big day approaches and Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high. With the family careening toward a Yuletide wedding disaster, an unexpected twist in Nancy Thayer’s heartwarming tale reminds everyone about the true meaning of the season. Praise for An Island Christmas “A wonderful contemporary novel with lovable, sweet characters . . . [Nancy] Thayer weaves a magical Christmas story with the description of the island and its history without being over the top.”—RT Book Reviews “For fans of domestic fiction, Thayer vividly depicts the joys and frustrations of family life against the beautiful Nantucket backdrop.”—Library Journal “Filled with the quintessential chaos of a family full of characters and unexpected scenarios that keep you on your toes, you’ll love curling up with this holiday novel that reminds you what the season truly celebrates.”—Spa Week Daily From the Hardcover edition.

Heat Wave

  • Filename: heat-wave.
  • ISBN: 9780345518330
  • Release Date: 2011-06-21
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

Lyrical, emotional, dramatic, and packed with Nancy Thayer’s trademark warmth and wisdom, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again. After her husband’s sudden death, Carley Winsted is determined to keep her two daughters in their beloved home on Nantucket. To ease the family’s financial strain, she decides to transform their grand, historic house into a bed-and-breakfast. Not everyone, however, thinks this plan prudent or quite respectable—especially not Carley’s mother-in-law. Further complicating a myriad of challenges, a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed, will undo families and friendships. And her late husband’s former law partner is making Carley confront an array of mixed feelings. Then, during a late-summer heat wave, the lives of Carley and her friends and family will be forever changed in entirely unexpected ways. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.


  • Filename: beachcombers.
  • ISBN: 9781472216045
  • Release Date: 2014-01-02
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

New York Times bestseller Nancy Thayer tells the compelling story of a bittersweet reunion set over one exhilarating Nantucket summer. Perfect for readers of Santa Montefiore and Barbara Delinsky. Jet-setting Abbie Fox hasn't seen her family for almost two years. But when her sister Lily starts sending urgent emails begging her to come home, she knows it's time to return. Devastated by the loss of her job and break-up with her fiancé, their sister Emma has taken to her bed, with little sign of progress. To make matters worse, Lily has concerns that the glamorous woman renting their guesthouse has her sights set on their widowed father... The sisters' lives soon grow as turbulent as the waters surrounding their Nantucket home. And as they strive to pick up the pieces around them, each will undergo transformations that surprise even themselves...

Summer Breeze

  • Filename: summer-breeze.
  • ISBN: 9781472216069
  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

New York Times bestseller Nancy Thayer tells a captivating story of unlikely friendship during a summer on New England's Dragonfly Lake. For readers who love Santa Montefiore and Barbara Delinsky. Thirty-year-old Morgan O'Keefe is ready for a change. Though she loves many things about raising her young son at home, she longs to return to her career as a scientist. Artist Natalie Reynolds is thrilled to escape New York and house-sit for her aunt on Dragonfly Lake. Especially when a handsome neighbour turns out to be her unexpected rescuer... Bella Barnaby must return home to support her family while her mother recovers from an accident. While a handsome architect has designs on her, Bella harbours long-held dreams of her own. Three women, each at their own crossroads. As their paths intertwine, it's clear Dragonfly Lake has much in store that will take them to the most unexpected of places.

Summer House

  • Filename: summer-house.
  • ISBN: 0345515218
  • Release Date: 2009-06-23
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

BONUS: This edition contains a Summer House discussion guide and an excerpt from Nancy Thayer's Island Girls. Thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche, running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of land on the family’s seaside compound to get Charlotte started. Though Charlotte’s skill with plants is bringing her success, cultivating something deeper with people—particularly her handsome neighbor Coop—might be more of a challenge. Now the entire Wheelwright clan is making its annual summer pilgrimage to the homestead, including Charlotte’s mother, Helen, who brings a heavy heart as she confronts a betrayal that threatens her sense of place and her sense of self. Bringing together three generations of strong-willed women, each wrestling with life-changing decisions, Nancy Thayer’s luminous novel shows that no matter where life’s path may lead, love always finds a way back home.

A Very Nantucket Christmas

  • Filename: a-very-nantucket-christmas.
  • ISBN: 9781101885147
  • Release Date: 2015-10-27
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

Celebrate the holidays with New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer in this festive collection featuring two heartwarming tales set on Nantucket island. A Nantucket Christmas “As sweet and warm as a fresh-baked cookie.”—RT Book Reviews The Yuletide season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. But the cheerful mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s first Christmas with her new husband. Yet, in the season of miracles, holiday joy has a way of coming to all, both naughty and nice. An Island Christmas “Thayer vividly depicts the joys and frustrations of family life against the beautiful Nantucket backdrop.”—Library Journal It’s Christmas time and Felicia has returned to her family’s home on the island to marry her rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every snow-dusted street and twinkling light is picture-perfect for a dream wedding. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants. Worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy. With the arrival of Jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, fueling tensions, and the family careening toward a wedding disaster, an unexpected twist reminds everyone of the true meaning of the season.


  • Filename: barefoot.
  • ISBN: 0316007269
  • Release Date: 2007-07-02
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Publisher: Little, Brown

It's summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a local boy, home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women--two sisters and one friend--make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her husband's infidelity and then her own pregnancy; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vickie, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more, while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures. eBook now includes a preview of Elin Hilderbrand's The Island.

Summer Sisters

  • Filename: summer-sisters.
  • ISBN: 9781405517478
  • Release Date: 2012-09-27
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Judy Blume
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

For a moment it's as if they've never been apart. They're still Vixen and Cassandra, summer sisters forever. The rest is a mistake, a crazy joke.' Vix Leonard is twelve when she meets dazzling, reckless Caitlin Somers. Invited to spend holidays on Martha's Vineyard with Caitlin and her eccentric, mysterious family, Vix is welcomed into a life totally unlike her own. As days of bold adventure give way to nights of shy discovery, she and Caitlin come together in the complications of growing up; the refuge of belonging; the pact to Never Be Ordinary . . . Until one devastating summer when a local boy changes everything. Years later life has driven them apart, but the bruise of their friendship remains. When Caitlin begs Vix to return to the Vineyard for her wedding, Vix knows she will go. She wants to understand what happened that last shattering summer - and why her best friend still has the power to break her heart. An unforgettable story of two women, two families and the friendships that shape a lifetime from Judy Blume, the author who shaped our teenage selves.

Summer Secrets

  • Filename: summer-secrets.
  • ISBN: 9781447258674
  • Release Date: 2015-07-02
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Jane Green
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Summer Secrets by Number One bestselling author, Jane Green, is a gripping tale of recovery and redemption. June, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that. June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.

The Dress Shop of Dreams

  • Filename: the-dress-shop-of-dreams.
  • ISBN: 9780749018771
  • Release Date: 2015-08-20
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Menna van Praag
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby

Since her parents' mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta's dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta's charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passers-by, but the colourfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel- toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta's needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman's deepest desires.

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