Friday, September 10, 2010

SUMMER HOUSE by Nancy Thayer

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: June 2010
ISBN: 9780345498212
Women’s Fiction
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

A family reunion, three generations of the Wheelwright women and their families come together in Nantucket. Anne is the matriarch, also known as Nona. Grace is Anne’s daughter, Helen is Anne’s daughter-in-law and Charlotte is Helen’s daughter. Throughout the events happening, Nona reminisces about her life as a wife and mother. Charlotte is clearly Nona’s favorite grandchild as Nona donated a portion of land to help Charlotte start her organic gardening business. Her cousins are not too happy with Charlotte’s success. Never mind that, it seems that there are two love interests in her life to keep her on her toes. Charlotte’s mother, Helen gave up a lot to fit into the Wheelwright family. She is now facing a pivotal moment in her life that could throw her off balance.

This is another light read from Nancy Thayer. After reading three of her books, it seems that this is the type of fare she offers her readers. I am sure there are those of you out there who really enjoy this type of story. I am more used to darker, deeper stories that have me on the edge of my seat. Still, for an afternoon at the beach, or in the park, this is the perfect book to take along. Of the three books I’ve read, I enjoyed this one the most. There was more going on and I enjoyed the back-flashes of Nona’s life. There are jealousies, tempers flaring, a gay marriage, some drug-abuse and betrayal within the pages. Ms. Thayer wraps it all up well and it’s a light, easy read.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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