Friday, August 7, 2015

Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer

Nantucket Sisters

Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer
Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Ballantine Books

Friendship takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer’s captivating, emotionally charged novel featuring all the tenderness and wit, drama and romance that readers have come to expect from this insightful, much-loved writer.

When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie McIntyre and Emily Porter become fast friends—though Emily’s well-heeled mother would prefer that she associate with the upscale daughters of bankers and statesmen rather than the child of a local seamstress. But the two lively, imaginative girls nevertheless spend many golden summers together building castles in the sand, creating magical worlds of their own, and forging grand plans for their future.

Even as Emily falls for Maggie’s brother, Ben, and the young women’s paths diverge, the duo remain close friends. Then the unthinkable happens: Handsome, charismatic, charming, and incredibly sexy Wall Street trader Cameron Chadwick upends both their lives and disrupts their friendship.

Struggling with the tough choices they must make and the secrets they must keep, the two young women discover that the road to love and fulfillment is full of bumps and twists. And while true love may be rare, Maggie and Emily find that friendship is even rarer—and more valuable still.

My thoughts about Nantucket Sisters ~~ 

If you've followed me at all, you know that I love stories about women, whether they are related or not, who come together and support each other through tough times. Sometimes the tough times happen in spite of the fact that they are friends or sisters.

Emily and Maggie are from different worlds but they spend their summers together on Nantucket. They are very close, as close as sisters could ever be and nothing can tear them apart or ruin their friendship. 

'In some ways, it's like it's always been, the two of them together, Nantucket sisters, so attuned to one another they scarcely need words to communicate. Sometimes they collapse into laughing fits that last until they are gasping for breath. Sometimes they discuss sad movies and dissolve into tears.'

The two of them are so connected and vow to remain friends forever. Then Cameron enters their lives and things can never be the same. 

Nantucket Sisters captured my heart from the very start. I instantly loved the relationship between the 11 year olds, Emily and Maggie, as they start another summer together. They have been best friends since they were 5 years old and we get to join them at the beginning of another wonderful, fun-filled summer. We watch them grow up and eventually grow apart. 

This story is full of happiness, love, friendship, heartache, laughter, tears, and secrets. Lots of secrets. This is the first book I have read by Nancy Thayer and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these two wonderful women. And I am definitely going to be reading more of Nancy's stories.

About the author

Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and have children she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year round for twenty-five years with her husband Charley Walters. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Nancy Thayer is the author of nineteen novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club series, Moon Shell Beach, Stepping, and Three Women At The Water's Edge.

Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships and the humorous adventures of growing older.

In 2008, Redbook magazine chose her novel Moon Shell Beach for their "Hot Summer Read." Nancy's work has been translated into more than 14 languages, including Polish, Hebrew, Russian, and Serbo Croatian. Her novels have been condensed or excerpted in several magazines, including Redbook, Good Housekeeping, England's Cosmopolitan, Holland's Viva, and South Africa's Personality

She has published a commissioned three-part mystery novella in Redbook, and short stories in literary reviews in the United States, Canada, and Spain. Her first novel, Stepping, was made into a 13-part series for BBC Radio. Her ghost novel Spirit Lost was produced as a movie by United Image Entertainment. Her novel Everlasting was a Main Dual selection of the Literary Guild in 1991.

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  1. Oh I loved this book!!!! I think I read it about a year ago - I gave it 5 stars!
    here's my review -

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I popped over and read your review. I felt the same way about this book. It's my first Nancy Thayer book. Have you read others by her? Are
      they all this good?


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