The Guest Cottage

The Guest Cottage

A Novel

Book - 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house--and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what's missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he's leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what's next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo--smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother's death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they've mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons' Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing in graceful, knowing prose matters of the heart and the meaning of family.

Praise for The Guest Cottage
"[ The Guest Cottage ] will make readers want to hop on the next ferry to seek out their own dreams and romance." --Laurie Higgins, Cape Cod Times
"[A] delightful beach read." -- InStyle  

Praise for Nancy Thayer

Nantucket Sisters
"Thayer obviously knows her Nantucket, and the strong sense of place makes this the perfect escapist book for the summer, particularly for fans of Elin Hilderbrand." -- Booklist
"Thayer keeps readers on the edge of their seats with her dramatic story spanning the girls' childhood to adulthood. This wonderful beach read packs a punch." -- Library Journal
Island Girls
"[A] book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life." --Susan Wiggs
"Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful." --Romance Reviews Today
Summer Breeze
"Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books. . . . All [these characters] are involved in life-changing choices, with all the heart-wrenching decisions such moments demand." --The Star-Ledger
"An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence." --Wichita Falls Times Record News

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9780345545510
Branch Call Number: FICTION THA
Characteristics: x, 321 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 15, 2019

Not impressed at all!! Read more back in the day from "True Story" magazine when I was a teenie bopper. Appears like a book had to be put out due to a contract and substance was not an issue. I understand that it is supposed to be an escapism and have read books by other authors which did meet that standard. But I have read 2 other books by Thayer and all seem to be of the same caliber- find a theme, location is Nantucket, food is on priority list and decide on a predictable ending. Oh well, it does pay the bills. This will be my last reading of a Nancy Thayer book.

Mar 16, 2018

Very nice story which make us believe that sometimes chances , serendipity, fate, the stars in alignment , blessings or miracles are not words of fairy tales but they do exist in this real world.

Jan 12, 2018

A nice story based on Nantucket :-)

Sep 05, 2017

Good summer read! Light book that easily keeps your attention

jeanniesangster Dec 25, 2016

On a scale of 1-5, I give it a six!

Jun 10, 2015

Good book. Nice for summertime reading.

caj1222204441801 Jun 04, 2015

This author just keeps getting better. A story about relationships with love and heartache. Amazingly told.

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