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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Thayer Narrator: Emily Durante Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After years of wandering from whim to whim, thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche. The free spirit enjoys running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of her land on the family’s seaside compound to get Charlotte started. Though Charlotte’s skill with plants is bringing her success, cultivating something deeper with people—particularly her handsome neighbor Coop—might be more of a challenge.

Nona’s generosity to Charlotte, secretly her favorite grandchild, doesn’t sit well with the rest of the Wheelwright clan, however, as they worry that Charlotte may be positioning herself to inherit the entire estate. With summer upon them, everyone is making their annual pilgrimage to the homestead—some with hopes of thwarting Charlotte’s dreams, others in anticipation of Nona’s latest pronouncements at the annual family meeting, and still others with surprising news of their own. Charlotte’s mother, Helen, a Wheelwright by marriage, brings a heavy heart. She once set aside her own ambitions to fit in with the Wheelwrights, but now she must confront a betrayal that threatens both her sense of place and her sense of self.

As summer progresses, these three women—Charlotte, Nona, and Helen—come to terms with the decisions they have made. Revisiting the lives and loves that have crossed their paths and the possibilities of the the roads not taken, they may just discover that what they’ve always sought out was right in front of them all along.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide.”

    Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This well-wrought, appealing book…is packed with literally down-to-earth charm, what with a central character who escapes her family of starchy bankers by lovingly tending her vegetable garden.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angela Mcvay | 2/20/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this one. I thought I'd try a new author and something different. It was hard to keep up with so many characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maryellenmrphy | 2/19/2014

    " Good beach read-interesting family dynamics and enough suspense and allusions to family secrets that will make you want to keep reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emmie | 2/13/2014

    " A fun Nantucket summer read, but not a great work of fiction. This book will please Nantucket lovers but probably not a wide audience otherwise. I enjoyed it because I am on island and love reading anything about Nantucket! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anne | 2/4/2014

    " very similar to elin hilderbrand, nantucket families "

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