Summer House: A Novel

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Helen barely suffers and yet all it takes is a few minutes reading stories from people in her position and you know that nausea, sobbing, uncontrolled outburst are every day occurrences. She could have given us more personalities. And last, Worth was given a secret that would make it difficult for him to not know sooner. This book is too shallow to recommend. One person found this helpful. It took me a couple tries to get into this book. The writer introduces us to the whole family very quickly and I was just too tired the first two evenings I tried to start this book.

However, I am OCR obsessive compulsive reader and had finish. The third time was the charm. I started before I was too sleepy and was able to "meet" the whole family and move on past the first few chapters. From there out it was a quick read. The book reflects different points of view and does have flash backs which several reviewers did not like, but I did not feel this was a negative. Without spoiling the book, the story line follows an extended family through a summer at the vacation house and the family history that brings us here.

It is your typical so called "dysfunctional" family, which seemed relatively normal to me. There are some twists, but no earth shattering drama. It was somewhat predictable, but I did jump to a couple wrong conclusions. The story was left open and while I would welcome a sequel, I am happy to finish the story on my own. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. The Wheelwright clan is one of New England's oldest families, whose matriarch Anne, known to the family as Nona is celebrating her 90th birthday. Amidst great personal drama, her children, grandchildren and two small great grandchildren converge on Nantucket for the summer.

Among the festivities to be celebrated are Nona's birthday and the annual family meeting. Even though Nona has two children, most of this books is focused on her son, Worth, his wife Helen and their family. Her daughter Grace's family, in comparison, is rather boring giving all of the drama and controversy surrounding Worth and Helen's children. Charlotte, their oldest, runs Beach Grass Garden, a local, organic food source for the residents of Nantucket, on a parcel of land owned by Nona.

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Grace's family is up on arms - viewing this as favoritism toward Worth's children, and since Charlotte is making a profit, they are worried that their inheritance of the land is in jeopardy. Oliver, Helen and Worth's oldest son, and his partner Owen are planning to get married on Nantucket, then returning to their lives in San Francisco, far away from the Wheelwright clan.

Teddy, their youngest, who has always struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, shows up for Nona's birthday party with pregnant Suzette in tow, claiming her as his wife. Throughout the novel, each family member, even Nona, is harboring an important secret, that once revealed, will surprise the reader.

Thayer wraps the plot up very nicely, leaving the reader with a satisfying, and entertaining story! Great for summer reading! I felt like the ending left me hanging I usually love Nancy Thayer, but I felt that this book ended too abruptly. I actually thought my Kindle screwed up because I couldn't believe that beach scene was the end of the book It needed just a little more to tie everything up. I checked for a sequel, but there isn't one. She spent A LOT of pages going into such deep detail, and then just stopped. Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase.


I thought this was an excellent story. So interesting, went too fast! The narrator, Emily Durante is also excellent! A pleasant surprise, as I think such good narrators are so hard to find, and they make or break these audible versions. I loved this story of a large family who's lives center around the family home on Nantucket. One grandaughter Charlotte, has started a small organic farm on the family land while living with the aging but very sharp grandmother.

The rest of the family is insanely jealous of her success and her relationship with the grandmother. I loved reading about the family member's personality quirks, issues and efforts to manipulate each other. You will recognize your family in this story. See all reviews.

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