Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them ! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.
This week I’m picking a book I read years ago and loved!
Every time I read one of Nancy Thayer’s books set in Nantucket, I want to pack my bags, and head to the place she writes so beautifully about.
THE GUEST COTTAGE introduces you to Sophie Anderson who’s world has just been turned upside down by her husband, Zack. He tells her he is in love with a younger woman and wants a divorce. Sophie is shocked and thinks a two month vacation on Nantucket would be the perfect thing to fix all of the family problems. Sophie’s friend has offered up their family beach house for her to rent.
Well, of course Zack doesn’t want to go. He wants to move in with his girlfriend. So Sophie packs up the kids and heads over to Nantucket. The beach house is perfect, plenty of room, and just what she and the kids need.
Recently widowed Trevor and his young son, Leo also decide to rent the same house from the other owner. Well, isn’t this going to be interesting?
After a trial run of one week, Sophie and Trevor decide they can all stay in the house together. The kids all get along and Sophie and Trevor hit it off quickly. Yes, they are attracted to each other, but Sophie is older than Trevor and she has a problem with that. The two adults work out basic rules and spend a somewhat uneventful summer living in the same house, as friends and relatives come and go visiting them. As the summer passes, both families grow closer and learn to accept and enjoy each other in the house.
THE GUEST COTTAGE is full of interesting and fascinating twists and turns as the days pass. It paints a fascinating picture of a life that moves in totally unexpected ways across the summer. As they get to know one another, some interesting things are revealed. These revealations will keep you turning the pages rather quickly. Everyone wants to know what is happening after the book ends and there is an epilogue to hopefully, give you the answers you are looking for. I really appreciate it when the author adds on to the story, and THE GUEST COTTAGE does not disappoint.
In addition to the beautiful and magical setting in THE GUEST COTTAGE, Nancy Thayer has a way of creating characters that readers can relate to. It is the characters and their personal journeys that keep us coming back to the books of the wonderful and talented author. I instantly fell in love with the characters and wanted to be on the beach with them playing in the sand.
THE GUEST COTTAGE is about family, and discovering what makes a family. It’s about two people finally forced to honestly face their own past. It’s a romance between two broken souls, discovering there is life after the first love of your life has been taken away or moved on.
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.
Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: the supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.
Also minus one is single parent Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person he would think could raise a little boy like Leo by himself at any age, much less at thirty. Leo’s a sweet, smart boy, but he grapples constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.
But best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve accidentally rented the same house. Determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.
Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing matters of the heart and the meaning of family in graceful, knowing prose.
Have a great day and thanks for reading!💖😊