Girls of Summer: A Novel (Hardcover)

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"Location, location, location! Nantucket is the quintessential location for an all absorbing summer read. Nancy Thayer's latest, “Girls of Summer” is just what the doctor ordered during these challenging times. It is no secret that Nantucket possesses magical powers. In the “Girls of Summer” those special powers heal the fractured lives of two somewhat different island families. As you become engaged in their struggles and their hopes you are transported 30 miles off shore to island life. The mere mention of the island restaurants had my senses in high gear and I could imagine myself in a different place and time. If you are looking for an escape I prescribe Nancy Thayer's “Girls of Summer”, a comfortable reading spot and your beverage of choice. By the way, one of my favorite lines is from the acknowledgments section but you will have to buy the book to find out why it thrilled me!"

— Fran Ziegler

Fran writes: "Location, location, location! Nantucket is the quintessential location for an all absorbing summer read. Nancy Thayer's latest, “Girls of Summer” is just what the doctor ordered during these challenging times. It is no secret that Nantucket possesses magical powers. In the “Girls of Summer” those special powers heal the fractured lives of two somewhat different island families. As you become engaged in their struggles and their hopes you are transported 30 miles off shore to island life. The mere mention of the island restaurants had my senses in high gear and I could imagine myself in a different place and time. If you are looking for an escape I prescribe Nancy Thayer's “Girls of Summer”, a comfortable reading spot and your beverage of choice. By the way, one of my favorite lines is from the acknowledgments section but you will have to buy the book to find out why it thrilled me!"

— From Fran's Recommendations

Description


One life-changing summer on Nantucket brings about exhilarating revelations for a single mother and her two grown children in this sensational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

Lisa Hawley is perfectly satisfied living on her own. Having fully recovered from a brutal divorce nearly two decades earlier, she has successfully raised her kids, Juliet and Theo, seeing them off to college and beyond. As the owner of a popular boutique on Nantucket, she’s built a fulfilling life for herself on the island where she grew up. With her beloved house in desperate need of repair, Lisa calls on Mack Whitney, a friendly—and very handsome—local contractor and fellow single parent, to do the work. The two begin to grow close, and Lisa is stunned to realize that she might be willing to open up again after all . . . despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior.

Juliet and Theo worry that Mack will only break their mother’s heart—and they can’t bear to see her hurt again. Both stuck in ruts of their own, they each hope that a summer on Nantucket will provide them with the clarity they’ve been searching for. When handsome entrepreneur Ryder Hastings moves to the island to expand his environmental nonprofit, Juliet, an MIT-educated web designer, feels an immediate attraction, one her rocky love life history pushes her to deny at first. Meanwhile, free spirit Theo finds his California bliss comes to a brutal halt when a surfing injury forces him back to the East Coast. Upon his return, he has eyes only for Mack’s daughter, Beth, to whom he is bound by an unspeakable tragedy from high school. Can they overcome their past?

As the season unfolds, a storm threatens to shatter the peace of the golden island, forcing Lisa, Juliet, and Theo to decide whether their summer romances are destined for something more profound. Nancy Thayer dazzles again in this delightful tale of family, a reminder that sometimes, finding our way back home can bring us unexpected gifts.

About the Author


Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Surfside Sisters, A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, and Island Girls. Born in Kansas, Thayer has been a  resident of Nantucket for thirty-five years, where she currently lives with her husband, Charley, and a precocious rescue cat named Callie.

Praise For…


PRAISE FOR NANCY THAYER

Surfside Sisters

“Readers who appreciate a busy, uplifting tale of friendship and romance will enjoy spending time on Thayer’s Nantucket.”Publishers Weekly

“An engaging tale about how childhood expectations can be transformed on the journey through adulthood.”—Kirkus Reviews

A Nantucket Wedding

“A delightful beach-town tale about family relationships and second chances.”Kirkus Reviews

“Thayer’s latest Nantucket confection does not disappoint. . . . A Nantucket Wedding is a Nancy Meyers film in book form and should be recommended accordingly.”Booklist

Secrets in Summer

“Infused with warmth and heartfelt, tender moments . . . Authentic, endearing characters will keep readers turning the pages.”RT Book Reviews

“This breezy tale is at once nostalgic and hopeful . . . filled with sweet moments of unlikely female connections.”Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524798758
ISBN-10: 1524798754
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2020
Pages: 320