Summer House

Nancy Thayer's Summer HousePublisher: Ballantine Books (2009)
Available: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

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.

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Praise for Nancy Thayer

“a well-wrought, appealing book packed with literally down to earth charm.”
Janet Maslin of The New York Times

“Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments, inside stories and shared histories that build families. . .Summer House reminds us that life is complicated and that the simple pleasures of family togetherness are too precious to take granted.”
The Miami Herald

“Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”
Elin Hilderbrand