Friday, June 12, 2020

Book Review - Girls of Summer; Nancy Thayer

AUTHOR:  Nancy Thayer
PUBLISHER:  Ballantine
PUB. YEAR: 2020
Setting: MA
Format: eGalley
Rating - 3.5/5

Lisa Hawley has been single for over twenty years. Her husband left her and their two young children, Juliet and Theo, for another woman.  Devoting her life to her young children who are now grown and out of the house, she runs a popular boutique on Nantucket and never thought much about dating.  Over the years she's neglected keeping up with maintenance on her big old house and when the ceiling begins to crumble, she has no choice but to get repairs started.  She calls Mack Whitney, and island contractor with a good reputation.  Mack is rugged, a handsome widower with an adult daughter; he's also ten years younger than Lisa.

Can you see where this story is headed? Yes, romance blooms on the island but, not just for Lisa and Mack.

I loved the beautiful island setting, a story of summer romance and second chances.  I enjoyed the beginning of this story but, it jumped twenty years so fast, I felt cheated. I wanted to read a bit more about her first marriage and children when they were young.  The story felt rushed and some of the characters undeveloped.  This was not a favorite for me by this author but, still a decent light, quick, summer read from my summer reading list.

NOTE: eGalley provided by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.


  1. Too bad is wasn't all that good, we'll take the beach though.

  2. I enjoy reading books with a beach setting during the summer. It's unfortunate that this one didn't quite live up to its promise.

  3. Sounds good and I love the cover!

  4. Oh dear. I am so impressed with much of the fiction coming out recently but so disappointed in the rest of it.


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  6. Hi Diane,
    I will definitely read this one, but I think I'll read Surfside Sisters first, on your recommendation. I really loved Thayer's Heat Wave, if you haven't read that one.

  7. It sounded promising but the rushed part I would not like either. I really love these beachy type settings.


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