Publisher: Ballantine Books (1984)
Available for the first time as an eBook, this beloved novel by bestselling author Nancy Thayer tells the uplifting story of a single mom seeking independence and struggling to find her way.
Nell St. John is not living the life she imagined for herself—not by a long shot. She was once a glamorous young actress married to influential director, Marlow St. John. Together, the A-list couple was the toast of the town. But then Marlow’s star fades and tensions at home skyrocket. Marlow takes up with another woman and abandons Nell, leaving her to pay the bills and raise their two boisterous young children. A string of attractive suitors is not the answer to her lack of fulfillment, but what is?
When she’s offered a job at a posh clothing boutique on Nantucket, Nell uproots her young family and moves east. Nell falls in love with island life and its gentler pace. She also captures the attention of an eccentric man about town. And in that carefree, romantic summer of tender passion, she looks within and discovers much more than she ever dreamed possible.
Praise for Nancy Thayer
“The queen of beach books.”
“Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”
“Thayer’s gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters [is] captivating.”
“One of my favorite writers.”
“Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families.”
The Miami Herald
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”
Dorothea Benton Frank