The Beach House

The Beach House

Book - 2008
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Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn't care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn't she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach. Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside-down.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780452295384
9780670018857
0670018856
Call Number: GREEN
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Widows -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Bed and breakfast accommodations -- Fiction.
Nantucket (Mass.) -- Fiction.

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jchenson
Jan 21, 2019

A very good choice for losing yourself into a book for hours at a time. This was my first Jane Green novel and the author described Nantucket and the cottages so well if made you feel like you were there. I enjoyed the numerous characters that came with their life struggles and the plot twists to accompany them.

I chose this book as a light vacation read that I could pick up and put down at whim. Instead I found myself glued to the page, wanting to know what experiences were in store for the families who had joined Nan Powell at her Nantucket boarding house.

Nan is eccentric in an amusing way: skinny dipping in a neighbour’s pool and generally confounding her neighbours with her behaviour. She is surprised to learn that, due to financial woes, she may lose her home. Since Windermere is a large older home, Nan decides to open it to paying guests. The people who join Nan in her home are as interesting as Nan is eccentric.

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beaches4evr
Jun 27, 2018

Loved it! Inspiration for getting through Life's tough moments to the hidden blessings.

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brooklynheart5
Dec 21, 2017

Really nice book. Really enjoyed it. I love Jane Green's characters.

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22950006105266
Jul 18, 2016

Great book, loved it.

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Gayle100
Jan 20, 2016

Good beach read . . . I liked it!

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CLScheidies
Jul 22, 2014

This was a pleasant read. I wasn't really surprised in the end but it turned out to be happy. I pretty much love all of Jane Green's books.

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greenacres
Nov 09, 2011

If you like happy endings, this one's for you.

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jquickmsw
Jul 04, 2011

An okay read, nothing truly memorable, but pleasant enough, especially the first half. What I fail to understand is why reviewers so often try to summarize plot. A summary is already available (and usually more complete) in the book catalog description. What other readers want is candid evaluation, not summary!

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amzster
Jun 04, 2010

Great summer read!

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