The Guest Cottage

Author:  Nancy Thayer
Publisher: Ballentine Books            guest
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source:  Netgalley



Goodreads:  The New York Times bestselling author of Nantucket Sisters whisks readers away to the island of Nantucket in this delightful story about two single parents who accidentally rent the same house one sunny summer.

Wendy Anderson is 35, the mother of two children, and happily married—until she discovers her husband Zack has cheated on her. Confused, angry, and lost, she rents a house on Nantucket for two summer months. When she and her children arrive at Isle Stay, she discovers that Trevor Black, 30, recently widowed, and his son Dylan, 5, have also rented the house. Neither one is willing to give up their much-needed vacations, so Wendy and Trevor devise a plan to share the house for the summer. Preparing meals in their one kitchen, Wendy and Trevor become friends, and chemistry builds throughout the seabreezy summer. But the house is full of their children, and neither is sure they’re ready to move on after recent heartbreaks. Over the last sun-soaked weekend of the summer, as chaos reigns and emotions run as high as the temperatures, Wendy must decide where her heart truly lies.

Ope’s Opinion:  This story started out very slowly. I felt like Trevor and Sophie’s thoughts were on constant repeat.   At first I thought the pace was appropriate – a woman with children contemplating divorce, not wanting to jump into a new relationship seemed like it should move slow. As I kept reading I wanted the story to move along a little faster.  All of a sudden the story took off, then ended.  

The subject of divorced was dealt with so casually, as if it’s no big deal.  Neither Sophie nor her children were very upset about the pending divorce.  

The story was good, the pace just seemed off for me.

Rating: 3 – I like  book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

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