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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Thayer Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187287
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Abbie Fox hasn't seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which time she has jetted around the world and experienced life, if not love. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent e-mails begging her to return home to Nantucket. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, emotionally devastated after the loss of her high-powered stockbroker's job and a shockingly unexpected break-up with her fiance. Also, Lily is deeply worried that Marina, the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is renting their guest house, has set her sights on the sisters' widowed father, Jim. The Fox girls closed ranks years ago after the haunting, untimely death of their mother, but seeing their dad move on with his life forces each of them to take stock. Over the course of the summer, the sisters' lives grow as turbulent as the unpredictable currents encircling Nantucket. When Abbie encounters an incredibly appealing married man, she breaks her own rules in the name of love, fearing all the while that she'll regret it. Meanwhile, type-A Emma learns a new definition of success, and strong-minded Lily must reconcile her dreams with reality. Even Marina, who has come to Nantucket to forget heartbreak and betrayal, faces an astonishing turn of events that will find her torn between fate and freedom. At summer's end, these unforgettable women will face profound choices and undergo personal transformations that will surprise even themselves. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thayer illustrates sibling bonds and rivalries with insight and compassion. Each of the three sisters is compelling, and their stories emotional. The novel moves quickly, with a mix of current action and backstory reflection. The Nantucket setting is perfect for summertime reading.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • The themes of sisterly support and personal healing are heartwarming and will appeal to fans of women's fiction, especially those who read Debbie Macomber and Elin Hilderbrand. Library Journal
  • “As each search for fulfillment (and a man), they encounter vexing villains, class struggle, and good old-fashioned romance. Thayer gives narration duties to each sister and Marina in turn, keeping the proceedings fun and engrossing.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/15/2014

    " So ridiculously predictable I found myself laughing in parts! The story could have been ok, but the character development was so poor that it really hindered the plot. Bummer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/8/2014

    " This book (and others by this author and Elin Hilderbrand) make me want to visit Nantucket so bad! Besides that, I enjoyed this book because it was dramatic and suspenseful. Cheesy, slightly mindless chick lit at its best, I love reading about how women, especially sisters, confide in, pick each other up, and help one another out through the messiness of life. Not sure why? It made me appreciate my own life, simple things that make it great- like the beach! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/6/2014

    " A good, quick read - would be ideal for the beach. An engrossing plot, but it makes me realize what a great author Elin Hilderbrand is...same setting (Nantucket), same subject matter (family drama), yet something was missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/1/2014

    " Very predictable, but a cute ending! It's a quick, easy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed this. It was a quick and satisfying read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Marie | 1/15/2014

    " This book was pretty much what I expected it to be--a fast, light summer beach read. The characters didn't have much depth and the plot was a bit too predictable, though the author did throw in a couple of twists that I didn't expect. Overall, if you just want a fun and engaging chick-lit style page turner, this is a good choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaimie | 1/12/2014

    " Fun, light read. I love books about Nantucket and this one did not disappoint. Really enjoyed the dynamics betweeen the three sisters and how their lives played out. Great summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marysa | 1/9/2014

    " There were so many characters in this book, a lot of drama, and the ending was kind of convenient. It was ok, but I ended up skimming because I was waiting for something unpredictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Very well written, I liked the set-up of the chapters (each one focused on a different person but the storyline continued forward). The story focused on a family in Nantucket and each character is dealing with a different type of loss (job, significant other, etc). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/31/2013

    " I could relate to the book as I have four sisters and grew up motherless. But life usually doesn't have everyone living happily ever after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 12/19/2013

    " This was typical chick lit a good read for the beach. It was OK, not great and not terrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Briel | 12/18/2013

    " This book was fine. I just didn't think that it was very interesting. A little (lot) predictable. A good beach read, and it has a nice happy ending, but... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/5/2013

    " I read this book sometime last year. I remember it being difficult to get into, but once I got connected to the characters, I didn't want it to end. Looking forward to reading more by this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/23/2013

    " The characters were a little one dimensional and there was very little description. The ending was too perfect, for me, anyways - everything wrapped up in a neat little bow, which was a little annoying. But it wasn't the worst thing I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jazzie077 | 11/16/2013

    " Great beach read. Loved the characters! Was a fun book to get lost in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusha | 10/18/2013

    " This book starts out interesting, with different and interesting characters that draw you in and make you want to read more. However, it ended up a little too unrealistic for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/14/2013

    " It was just ok. No real character development, it was too short. Just got to know the characters and all of a sudden it was over. Could be a perfect read for a day at the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Armstrong | 5/21/2013

    " Very pleasant book to read. About a single father who lives on Nantucket and his adult daughters who all come home for a life-changing summer. Very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Lester | 5/15/2013

    " A really good book, I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/18/2013

    " I liked this. The audio book narrator was very good. I'm a sucker for books set by the ocean. I had a little trouble initially keeping the sisters straight. There was enough variation in plot to keep it from being totally formulaic, so I'll probably read or listen to other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Cantrell | 1/1/2013

    " It was a pleasant, easy read if a bit unrealistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/1/2012

    " Bravo, bravo, bravo!!! If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Excellent fast read. Now on to her next one!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 10/19/2012

    " Good summer/vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darsha18 | 10/5/2012

    " V good...v dreamy...v girly... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/27/2012

    " Fast summer read. Loved all the characters. Once again needs a disclaimer for some cussing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/10/2012

    " Sisters return to Nantucket when one gets fired, loses all her money and her husband leaves her. Their Mother committed suicide, and they fear that it will happen to one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcie | 3/4/2012

    " This book really frustrated me. The characters made choices that seemed very out of the ordinary for them or things that seemed outside of their normal decisions. And it seemed all very simplistic. Jump into this releationship after leaving a relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiley | 10/11/2011

    " sometimes corny and predictable but a fine no-brainer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 + Dragonfly+ | 5/12/2011

    " Sisters come together again after a time apart, each dealing with there own worries, get to know each other again and their dad. Perfect summer type of book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 5/8/2011

    " This is a great sister story. I love how they love and respect each other, but still have their issues. I also liked the loyalty they have to their father. It is a great story with a few twists that you don't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffanie | 4/11/2011

    " loved this book. very touching. happy endings are how i like my books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Afie | 4/5/2011

    " Can I give it a half of a star? This book must have been written by a twelve year old. Bad characters, bad plot, bad message to women everywhere. Have I made my opinion clear? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 3/28/2011

    " So ridiculously predictable I found myself laughing in parts! The story could have been ok, but the character development was so poor that it really hindered the plot. Bummer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 3/12/2011

    " Not great as far plot/writing. Characters very transparent, no depth to them. Still couldn't put it down, something about the island kept calling me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/12/2011

    " great book about three sisters and their return to their childhood home in Nantucket. Very easy to read and i enjoy books about families and their trials and tribulations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/9/2011

    " The first time I've reach anything by Nancy Thayer. she portrayed the dinamics among the 3 sisters very well. I thoroughtly enjoyed this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 3/7/2011

    " Light read! I wish I had sisters... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 3/6/2011

    " About 3 sisters who come back to their childhood home in Nantucket. Each chapter is only a few pages long and switches back from not only the three sisters but also some other characters that show up in the book. It's a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 3/6/2011

    " ok....all the girls predictably ended up with the guys,. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/23/2011

    " Great story about three sisters who are all very different, but very much sisters. The book started off a bit slow, but once the book got going, I really liked and how each girls summer changed their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/19/2011

    " Great book for a long, cold night. First time I have read this author and will be looking for more of her books as I thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/18/2011

    " It was a pleasant, easy read if a bit unrealistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/9/2011

    " Sisters in Nantucket and their complications. Light, summer book. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Thayer

Nancy Thayer is the bestselling author of The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club Chills Out, and Between Husbands and Friends. She lives on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.