The Beach House

The Beach House

Book - 2008
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She's known as the crazy woman who lives in the big old rambling house on the top of a bluff in Nantucket, but at sixty-five-years old, Nan doesn't care what people think. If her neighbours are away, why shouldn't she skinny dip in their swimming pools? Her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, her family flown, and when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is running out and she may lose her beloved house, she knows she has to make drastic changes. Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise again, with laughter, and with tears. There is Daniel, recently divorced and a father of two girls, who is struggling to find out who he really is, and Daff, the single mother of a truculent teenager who blames her unreservedly for the divorce. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family extending. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor throws all their lives upside down.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780670064243
Branch Call Number: FIC GRE
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm


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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.

Jun 27, 2018

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

Dec 21, 2017

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

Jul 18, 2016

Great book, loved it.

Jan 20, 2016

Good beach read . . . I liked it!

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.

Nov 09, 2011

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

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!

Jun 04, 2010

Great summer read!

Nov 02, 2008

Great vacation book

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