Summer House

Summer House

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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 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.

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 decisions they have made. Revisiting the lives and loves that have crossed their paths and the possibilities of the roads not taken, they may just discover that what they’ve always sought was right in front of them all along.

Baker & Taylor
Bringing together three generations of strong-willed women, each wrestling with life-changing decisions, Thayer's luminous new novel shows that no matter where life's path may lead, love always finds a way back home.

& Taylor

Follows the lives, loves, and fortunes of three generations of headstrong women as they convene at their Nantucket homestead where they are forced to come to terms with their life choices and the meaning of family.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345498205
Branch Call Number: FICTION THAYER
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 09, 2019

Nice book to read with some hidden family history of world war 1. The story depends on some female characters which holds it really well and make it interesting . I always enjoy the description of Nantucket Island and its buzzing life in Nancy Thayer's books.

Aug 09, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this book. Character development was great. Loved that it shows how money doesn't buy everything, and everyone has skeletons in the closet.

samdog123 Oct 02, 2014

Nancy Thayer is always an enjoyable author. Her books are easy to read and there is great character development. In this book, three women, Charlotte, Helen and Anne, work through various life and family issues at the family's Nantucket summer house. Nice modern edge to this storyline.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

Good read


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