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The Beach House: A Novel
by Jane Green

Published: 2009-05-26
Paperback : 341 pages
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From the author of Jemima J and Falling comes the New York Times bestseller about finding your place in the place you call home.

Ever since her life took an unexpected turn, Nan Powell has enjoyed living alone on the sun-drenched shores of Nantucket. At sixty-five, she’s just as likely ...
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Introduction

From the author of Jemima J and Falling comes the New York Times bestseller about finding your place in the place you call home.

Ever since her life took an unexpected turn, Nan Powell has enjoyed living alone on the sun-drenched shores of Nantucket. At sixty-five, she’s just as likely to be found at Windermere, her beach front home, as she is skinny dipping in her neighbor’s pool.  But when the money she thought would last forever starts to dwindle, Nan decides to do something drastic to keep hold of her free-spirited life: open up Windermere to strangers. 

After placing an ad for summer rentals touting water views, direct access to the beach, and a sexagenarian roommate, Nan’s once quiet house is soon full of noise, laughter, and the occasional bout of tears. Between her eclectic new tenants and the sudden return of her son, Nan gets a taste of what life is like when you have someone to care for besides yourself. But just as she starts to happily settle in to her new existence, the arrival of a visitor from her past threatens to turn everyone’s lives upside down...

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Who was your favorite character and why?
How did the Beach House change each characters perspective on their lives? Or did it?
The characters seemed to become like "family". Do you think they stayed in touch after the summer?
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by nuthatch903 (see profile) 08/31/15

 
  "The Beach House"by Sanderella (see profile) 06/26/13

Ho Hum. An OK beach read. Some parts are completely unbelievable. I loved the main character, but disliked and disapproved of many of the others. There seemed to be little to no consequence for their... (read more)

 
  "Great Summer read!"by pmw1022 (see profile) 07/16/10

Enjoyed the different characters and how they interacted.

 
  "Slow beginning..."by jdjennib (see profile) 01/11/10

Good book. Easy summer read. I thought the beginning took too long for the author to establish the characters and bring the plot together (when they all come together in Nantucket). It touched on a variety... (read more)

 
  "The Beazch House"by denyse (see profile) 08/07/09

I felt that this book was a great book for the summer while sitting on the beach. It was easy to get into the characters of the book and I felt their heart ships. I recommend this book to o... (read more)

 
  "Good,light read"by clwoodman (see profile) 10/10/08

The plot in this book is a little bit too tightly wound around itself, so that in the end almost all of the characters become involved with each other in either subtle or overt ways. This was a detriment... (read more)

 
  "Refreshing Read"by teatime (see profile) 10/08/08

Fabulous book. The lives of very different people and families come together in this wonderful beach read. Terrific writing. Will choose more entertaining books by Jane Green.

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