Number one best-seller Jane Green - author of Straight Talking and Mr. Maybe - tells a heart-warming story of life, family and relationships in the captivating novel The Beach House. Nan, a widow whose family has flown the nest, is an independent, free-spirited woman who couldn't care less what people think about her living alone in her beloved ...
Number one best-seller Jane Green - author of Straight Talking and Mr. Maybe - tells a heart-warming story of life, family and relationships in the captivating novel The Beach House. Nan, a widow whose family has flown the nest, is an independent, free-spirited woman who couldn't care less what people think about her living alone in her beloved beach house. But when she discovers that money is running out and she might lose her home, she knows it's time for a drastic change. Nan decides to rent out rooms for the summer and people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, laughter and tears. Among them is Daniel, a recently divorced father, who's struggling to find out who he really is, and Daff, the single mother of a truculent teenager who blames her mother unreservedly for her parents' divorce. As the house comes to life again, Nan finds her family growing. Her son comes home for the summer and an unexpected visitor turns up, turning all their lives upside down...Compelling, absorbing and poignant, The Beach House is a story of friendship, love and those moments that can change your life. Best selling author Jane Green has captured the imaginations of readers in the UK and the US with novels that are perfect beach reads. Other titles also published by Penguin include The Love Verb (published as Promises to Keep in the USA), The Other Woman, The Patchwork Marriage (Another Piece of My Heart), Jemima J., Babyville, Girl Friday (Dune Road), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Spellbound (To Have and to Hold), Second Chance, and Bookends.
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Jane Green?s depiction of Nantucket life and the surrounding history is a fine backdrop from which to tell the tale of Nan Powell. Nan is the 65 year old year-round resident of the famed island. Years ago, Nan was left a young widow after her husband, Everett, committed suicide and in his wake, left a load of gambling debts that rendered her and their young son, Michael, in dire financial straits. The solution came when Nan decided to sell off some of the prized property at Windermere and keep only the main house and a few acres for herself and her son.
Many years pass, fairly uneventfully, although Nan has become the town?s eccentric ? you see she helps herself to other people?s hydrangeas, swims naked in their swimming pools when no one?s around and while everyone in town knows Nan, no one really ?knows? her. So it seems as though Nan finds herself, once again, under some financial difficulties when she discovers that the ?hedge funds? that her financial portfolio have consisted of have not performed well and it seems that she may be broke and that Nan may finally be forced to sell her beloved Windermere.
Eventually, she comes along a solution that will not only help her financial situation, but also breathe life into Windermere again. When Nan was a young wife, this home was the backdrop of many parties and a main fixture in the social hey-day of that era. Through the years, she has found that not only has it been difficult to maintain Windermere esthetically, but time has also drained the home?s spirit. After an unsuccessful attempt to sell the home?s much loved, but also uncared for furniture, she decides to rent rooms and turn Windermere into a summer boarding house. After reviewing answers to her ad, she decides to rent to Daniel, who is on the run from a marriage that he no longer understands, but afraid to pull away from the daughters he loves dearly. Recently divorced Daff finds that she suddenly has a free summer to roam Nantucket?s beaches and old shops, while her teenage daughter spends some time with her father. Nan?s son Michael also returns to Nantucket that summer, fleeing from a misguided romance with his boss?s wife and he hopes to answer some questions about his choices in the affairs of love.
Although brought together for different reasons, the residents find themselves getting to know each other and reveal a few secrets among them. Along the way, they receive visitors ? Dan welcomes his daughters and his ex and answers some questions about his marriage. Michael gets a visitor from back home and learns that it?s not that easy to just walk away ? sometimes your troubles can follow you. Even Nan gets a an unexpected visit from someone from her past and the answers to deeply hidden secrets evolve and threaten to destroy everything that Nan has worked so hard to sustain. I think that I was expecting something light, more chick-lit in nature and I found that it took me a while to get into this story. As I continued to read this novel, I began to catch wind of Green?s style - her use of words that create a picture in the mind of the reader ? and realized that this story winds much deeper and entertains at a much higher level than I was originally expecting. I think that this was an enjoyable story and gives an insider?s view to summer life in Nantucket.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-28 What begins as edgy and smart gets stuck in the sand in popular chick lit author Green's (Second Chance) soggy beach read. Richard and Daff separate after Richard has an affair, which plays havoc with their daughter, Jess. Bee and Daniel, who go to therapy to bridge their emotional gap, wind up facing the uncomfortable truth of what really separates them. Middle-aged Michael keeps finding all the wrong women, and Michael's dotty and endearing mom Nan, facing flagging finances, raises funds by letting rooms in her venerable Nantucket beach home, only to have to ward off ravenous developers. There's enough upheaval to keep the tale humming until the cast lands on Nan's doorstep, where, with unrelenting good humor and wisdom, the troubles with couples, families, kids, singles and sexual identity are predictably resolved before the Labor Day exodus. Unfortunately, the payoffs diminish as the story wears on. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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