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The Guest Cottage: A Novel
by Nancy Thayer

Published: 2015-05-12
Hardcover : 336 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie ...

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Introduction

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing in graceful, knowing prose matters of the heart and the meaning of family.

Praise for The Guest Cottage
 
“[The Guest Cottage] will make readers want to hop on the next ferry to seek out their own dreams and romance.”—Laurie Higgins, Cape Cod Times
 
“[A] delightful beach read.”InStyle 

Praise for Nancy Thayer

Nantucket Sisters
 
“Thayer obviously knows her Nantucket, and the strong sense of place makes this the perfect escapist book for the summer, particularly for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.”Booklist
 
“Thayer keeps readers on the edge of their seats with her dramatic story spanning the girls’ childhood to adulthood. This wonderful beach read packs a punch.”Library Journal
 
Island Girls
 
“[A] book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.”—Susan Wiggs
 
“Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful.”—Romance Reviews Today
 
Summer Breeze
 
“Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books. . . . All [these characters] are involved in life-changing choices, with all the heart-wrenching decisions such moments demand.”—The Star-Ledger
 
“An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

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Book Club at the Lake
by phesselbart (see profile) 06/07/16
We met at one of our members lake cottage for this book. Discussion the book lakeside was the perfect setting and the girl's day away was fun. We had fish tacos inspired by the book and had Nantucket Martinis too!

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by Frog2016 (see profile) 07/21/17

 
  "A Great Summer Read"by phesselbart (see profile) 06/07/16

Everyone in our club enjoyed this one as a light, summer read. It ended happily and read quickly. After reading some "heavier" books lately this was a breath of fresh air.

 
  "The Guest Cottage "by Debsbookclub (see profile) 12/04/15

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was an enjoyable, atypical, falling- in- love story about two people who have set out on a getaway to rebuild thei
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