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by Nancy Thayer
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I listened to this book and it was hard to get into at first. There were so many different characters it was very hard to keep track of who was who. I almost gave up on the book. But I'm glad I didn't. This is a really good book about family dynamics and how families have lots of secrets. Not all of them are bad. I enjoyed this book.
Pleasant summer read.
Thirty-year-old Charlotte 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. Have read all Nancy's books - great cover and summer read!
Book was enjoyable. Would be a good summer read. It really shows a lot o about the 3 generations living in this summber house in Nantucket.
This well-wrought, appealing book will come as a pleasant surprise to those who’ve steered clear of Ms. Thayer’s “Hot Flash Club” series.
After years of wandering from whim to whim, thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche. The free spirit enjoys running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of her 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--particulary her handsome neighbor Coop--might be more of a challenge. Nona's generosity to Charlotte, secretly her favorite grandchild, doesn't sit well with the rest of the Wheelwright clan, however, as they worry that Charlotte may be positioning herself to inherit the entire estate. With summer upon them, everyone is making their annual pilgrimage to the homestead--some with hopes of thwarting Charlotte's dreams, others in anticipation of Nona's latest pronouncements at the annual family meeting, and still others with surprising news of their own. Charlotte's mother, Helen, a Wheelwright by marriage, brings a heavy heart. She once set aside her own ambitions to fit in with the Wheelwrights, but now she must confront a betrayal that threatens both her sense of place and her sense of self. As summer progresses, these three women--Charlotte, Nona, and Helen--come to terms with the decisons they have made. Revisiting the lives and loves that have crossed their paths and the possibilities of the the roads not taken, they may just discover that what they've always sought out was right in front of them all along.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.
Ofcourse she loves having her whole family nearby but as with any family, there is a lot of drama.
Under one roof: Nona, her son, her daughter, their spouses, 6 grandchildren, their spouses and their children.
Now, imagine this scenario. Your entire family under one roof for the entire summer. Good times and bad times too right?
With Nona's family, some dramas:
Her daughter thinks she's the least favorite kid
Her son and his wife are fighting
Her granddaughter Charlotte has made a major mistake she's trying to atone for
Her other granddaughters thinks she gives Charlotte more than she should
And then there's her grandson
I don't want to include spoilers, so I'm not going to say what the grandson's drama is but it's a biggie and it leads to a much bigger family revelation.
Interesting story. I can definitely see why these characters drive each other crazy but how they need each other too. ( )