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The Beach House (2008)

by Jane Green

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    Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg (whimsicalkitten)
    whimsicalkitten: If you like Elizabeth Berg, you'll love the Beach House.
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    The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand (sandykaypax)
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I love light reads like this one! So predictable, but in a very comforting way, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Reminding me of a few other books I've read, it's a story of people coming together who may otherwise never have met, changing their lives as well as knitting them together. Nice summer read. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Actually 3.5.

* Nan is an eccentric 70 year old widow who lives in a huge beach front mansion in Nantucket that has seen much better days. Her husband Everett committed suicide by drowning himself being unable to pay his gambling debts....

* Her son Michael a perpetually single forty-something successful jewelery designer lives in New York and has just embarked in an affair with his "Highly stylish" boss Jordana....the affair proves to be too much for Michael and he moves back home to Nantucket....

* Daff & Richard seem to have the perfect marriage, until Daff sees Richard out to lunch with Nancy... Richard leaves Daff for Nancy, but Nancy has no intention of divorcing her husband. When Richard opts to return to Daff, Daff asks Richard to make a choice; fidelity or divorce. Richard refuses to make the choice so, Daff makes the choice for him. After Richard moves out, his new girlfriend Cassie moves in and so does his deeply troubled 13 year old daughter Jess. Daff eventually ending up in Nantucket...

* Bee & Daniel are in counseling, she is hoping to save their marriage. Although Daniel loves Bee & his daughters...he just doesn't love Bee the way a man loves a woman....when Daniel finally comes out of the closet, both he & Bee end up in Nantucket, but not together.

* Evan is Bee's father, who has a secret past, has fallen down and hurt himself, Bee brings him back to Nantucket to recuperate.

* Mark Stephenson is a sleazy land developer who is trying to cheat Nan out of home....

Everyone's lives intertwine and come to fruition in Nantucket.

I usually do not like this type of "chick-lit" as it tends to be too emotional....but I found this to be an entertaining read and I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. to finish it. I did find the ending a bit to "pat", but I can live with that. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Another sleeper - bargain book, picked up for a summer read and surprised at the complexity. Not deep or even literature, but a darn good interesting book. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Aug 27, 2015 |
A very light-hearted and easy to read novel. There was plenty of plot lines and a few twists and turns, but overall was a very easy book to read. I will be reading more of Jane Green's books in the future. ( )
  amme_mr | May 5, 2015 |
My first Jane Green novel. I enjoyed her ability to include several story lines and tie them all together. I did find the story to be a bit predictable so the twist at the end was much welcomed. I'd read another by this author. ( )
  BONS | Mar 24, 2015 |
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Fans might argue that books like this are “just for fun,” but I’d counter that trashy beach reads needn’t be logically inconsistent and devoid of surprises. This type of fiction must have a Lifetime Network/Desperate Housewives kind of so-bad-it’s-good appeal for her many readers, but for someone unaccustomed to “chick lit” dreck, it’s so bad it’s just bad.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670018856, Hardcover)

Nan, a widow whose family has flown the nest, is an independent, free-spirited woman who couldn't care less what people think about her living alone in her beloved beach house. But, when she discovers that money is running out and she might lose her home, she knows it's time for a drastic change. Nan decides to rent out rooms for the summer and people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, laughter and tears. Among them is Daniel, a recently divorced father, who's struggling to find out who he really is, and Daff, the single mother of a truculent teenager who blames her mother unreservedly for her parents' divorce. As the house comes to life again, Nan finds her family growing. Her son comes home for the summer and an unexpected visitor turns up, turning all their lives upside down ...Compelling, absorbing and poignant, "The Beach House" is a story of friendship, love and those moments that can change your life.

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Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn't care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn't she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach. Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside-down.… (more)

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