The Beach House
By: Jane Green
(Women’s Fiction, Vacation style Setting)
Nan Powell is living her sixty-fifth year to the fullest in Nantucket. Due to her deceased husband’s debt, she has been living in the family’s vacation home, Windermere, for several decades and has become a staple in town. What little money she has managed to save has not been lost in an unstable hedge fund, so she decides to rent rooms in Windermere, not only to help with the finances, but to bring back some life into the old home. Daniel has just separated from his wife Bee and rents a room to be closer to his two girls over the summer. Daff is divorced from Richard and their thirteen year old daughter, Jess, has decided to move in with him, so Daff rents a room in hopes of rediscovering herself. Michael returns to his mother’s home after quitting his job and having an affair with his married boss. Windermere seems to still hold magic, as she helps her new tenants find peace, comfort and maybe even love.
Though this book starts out to be about Nan and her home, it quickly changes into a story about several couples who are having trouble in their love lives. The Beach House jumps between each character’s points of view, which makes it confusing at first for readers. The book starts out slow, but then morphs into a more delicate tale about accepting one’s self, before one can find true love. The book has many predictable, soap opera like scenes and foreseeable plot twists, along with several grammar snags in phrases. However, as the second part of the book begins, it becomes a faster and easier read, with a happily ever after for all. Recommended for readers looking to take a step back in time with the picturesque scenery of Nantucket and a simpler way of life.
Sophie Kinsella, Nora Roberts, Jill Mansell, Carole Matthews
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