Secrets in Summer

Secrets in Summer

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"The queen of beach books" ( The Star-Ledger ) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.


Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It's also Darcy's chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

Praise for Secrets in Summer

"Full of rich details about life on Nantucket, this breezy tale is at once nostalgic and hopeful. . . . The story is filled with sweet moments of unlikely female connections. An easily digestible, warmhearted tale of eye-opening friendships." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[Nancy] Thayer's latest is a lovely and heartwarming contemporary read with its blend of humor and emotion set against the beautiful backdrop of Nantucket Island. Her well-crafted plot is infused with warmth and heartfelt, tender moments. Darcy is a strong, independent yet vulnerable heroine who will appeal to readers. Thayer's engaging storytelling and authentic, endearing characters will keep readers turning the pages." -- RT Book Reviews

"Thayer's beachside novel brims with themes that women's-fiction readers love, and the plot skims important issues--infidelity, fear of commitment, grief--while maintaining its focus on Darcy's personal growth and the intergenerational friendship between the four women." -- Booklist (starred review)
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101967072
Branch Call Number: FIC Thaye
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 20, 2017

Easy, summer read, yet intriguing... I agree with both comments below.

Jul 18, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't "great" or "hard to put down". All of this author's books are thoroughly readable and enjoyable.

Jun 17, 2017

Nancy Thayer is the perfect summertime read!
I love all her Nantucket books; her descriptions of the Island make me want to jump on a plane and visit......perhaps to not return?
In this book, as always, her characters are believable and loveable, and the plot, though predictable, moves along keeping the reader enthralled.

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