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Secrets in Summer: A Novel
By: Nancy Thayer
List Price: $27.00
Your Price: $15.71
(as of: 06/21/18)
Manufacturer: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 1101967072
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
Release Date 2017-05-16
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Product Description:

“The queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.


Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

Praise for Secrets in Summer

“Full of rich details about life on Nantucket, this breezy tale is at once nostalgic and hopeful. . . . The story is filled with sweet moments of unlikely female connections. An easily digestible, warmhearted tale of eye-opening friendships.”Kirkus Reviews

“[Nancy] Thayer’s latest is a lovely and heartwarming contemporary read with its blend of humor and emotion set against the beautiful backdrop of Nantucket Island. Her well-crafted plot is infused with warmth and heartfelt, tender moments. Darcy is a strong, independent yet vulnerable heroine who will appeal to readers. Thayer’s engaging storytelling and authentic, endearing characters will keep readers turning the pages.”RT Book Reviews

“Thayer’s beachside novel brims with themes that women’s-fiction readers love, and the plot skims important issues—infidelity, fear of commitment, grief—while maintaining its focus on Darcy’s personal growth and the intergenerational friendship between the four women.”Booklist (starred review)

Three years after her divorce from Boyz Szweda, Darcy Cotterill is feeling settled in her home on Nantucket Island. She loves her dream job at the local library, and she’s made friends in the community, even been dating. But that peace is shattered when Boyz and his new wife rent the house next door for the summer.

Darcy is soon involved with Boyz’s stepdaughter, Willow, and as the days go on, her affection for the teenager grows. Willow loves having another adult in her life, and Darcy introduces Willow to many others in the neighborhood and town, helping the teen find a summer job or two guaranteed to keep Willow busy – and out of trouble. In the meantime, Darcy is busy with her community projects, work, and her handsome boyfriend, Nash.

As time moves on into the dog days of summer, Darcy’s involvement with some of her neighbors takes on a different cast, and at times she wonders about how she has become the holder of so many secrets, so many lives that intertwine and intersect in both good and bad ways. An error in judgement on Darcy’s part could cost her what she holds most dear, and she’s not certain that she can fix her own problems as readily as it seems she fixes everyone else’s. She’s not one to give up without a fight, even if it means giving up that which she holds so very, very dear.

Secrets in Summer is classic Nancy Thayer – set in Thayer’s own home, Nantucket, and revolving around strong, interesting and dynamic women. Darcy hasn’t had it easy, but she’s worked hard to get where she’s at, and readers will root for things to work out for the best. The situations Darcy finds herself in are complex yet believable, and call for an emotional strength that Thayer is adept at providing to her characters. Secrets in Summer is a perfect vacation read; even if you aren’t heading for the beautiful islands off the coast of Massachusetts, this book will take you there!

By: Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com

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