Island Girls

Author:  Nancy Thayer
Publisher:  Ballantine Books                                      

Pages:  320
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads:   “Nancy Thayer is one of my favorite writers, and Island Girlsis one of her best. The Randall sisters are like your own family members or your best friends: funny, smart and emotional, infuriating and good-hearted. Here is a book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.”—New York Timesbestselling author Susan Wiggs

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.
Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages—that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.
To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives. And if that weren’t problematic enough, their mothers descend on the island. When yet another visitor drops by the house with shocking news, the past comes screaming back with a vengeance. Having all the women from his life under his seaside roof—and overseeing the subsequent drama of that perfect storm—Rory Randall might just be enjoying a hearty laugh from above.
Nancy Thayer’s novel insightfully illustrates how the push and pull of family altercations make us whole. It’s how the Randall sisters come to forgive, and learn to open their hearts to love.

Ope’s Opinion:  Well, in my opinion, Nancy Thayer hit another one out of the park!  This is such a great story of sisters who become friends.  I am sure anyone who reads this will be able to relate to at least one of the characters.  Their personalities and their situations are true to life and interesting.

                                        The setting is the beach, which is one of my favorite places in the world to be, so of course I enjoyed that part of the book.  Spending an entire summer at the beach would be a dream.

                                         The plot kept moving.  It kept my attention throughout the whole book.  At the end of the book a character, who was not introduced previously shows up.  It is a little awkward and didn’t really fit with the rest of the story.  But in spite of that, it was a good read

                                         I am left wanting more – a sequel!  Please!!

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

                 FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelweiss. 
            I was not required to write a positive review
                 in exchange for receipt of the book;
         rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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