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Island Girls

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,217 Ratings  ·  661 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daug
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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Deb Cornell
Jul 17, 2013 Deb Cornell rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
***SPOILER ALERT*** Sorry, I think Ms. Thayer phoned this one in. Hard to find a plausible character. The now dead patriarch who married three times, fathers two daughters by two mothers and adopts the daughter of his third wife leaves a proviso that these three young women must spend the summer together in his Nantucket house before they can sell it and split the proceeds. I tried to like these "sisters" but they come off as incredibly naive at best, but more often as plainly stupid. How they s ...more
Lois Tucker
Jun 29, 2013 Lois Tucker rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This slight book is the opposite of a Gillian Flynn novel. Characters are sincerely, earnestly good, and helpful. Major spoilers: Psychological flaws are overcome with a friendly pep talk and a make over, after which dreamed-of career advancement happens along with true love fulfillment. One character does something toweringly nasty that truly wrecks several lives over more than a decade, but all is resolved with wine, hors d'ouevres, Kleenex (on the page, not mine), and a few paragraphs, includ ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Joanne rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read from this author but I will definitely read more of them. This was an excellent book. I won it on Goodreads and got to read an advanced uncorrected proofs edition. There were a few obvious typos but they didn't interrupt the flow of the story for me. The way the author introduced and described each character was very helpful so I didn't have to look back very much to see who someone actually was in the story. It is the story of three sisters (step and half siste ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Berit rated it really liked it
This book made me want sisters and a summerhouse, And I have neither! Three sisters all with the same father and different mothers were forced to spend the summer in their summer house together in order to receive the proceeds from the sale of the house. The girls had not spent much time as adults together, so of course there was drama.then they began to learn more about one another and started to like each other. Secrets were revealed, problems were solved, and love was found. I think this book ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Maureen rated it did not like it
So he asks her out for a date, taking her sailing. Afterward, he says, "here's the deal. You're a total babe. I like hanging out with you but I'm kind of off women. Romantically, I mean,"

Seriously, this is a guy in his 30s and we are supposed to believe he actually said, "You're a total babe."

I had my doubts almost immediately after I started reading the book Which is filled with stereotypical characters and horrible dialogue. It honestly sounded like a story my 14 y/o daughter would write, not
Anne Wolfe
Dec 17, 2013 Anne Wolfe rated it did not like it
Can you spell contrived? Okay, you know from the genre that it will have a happy ending, but for everybody??? Three half/step sisters and their three mothers too? I can see Nancy Thayer writing this novel in about two weeks on Nantucket. She doesn't bother to keep track of what she said in previous chapters. (Case in point, Arden,the oldest sister, has only brought high heeled shoes with her. Yet, at the first party, she is wearing strappy sandals.)

In spending the three summer months living toge
Lorri Steinbacher
Jul 21, 2013 Lorri Steinbacher rated it it was ok
I am of two minds on this book: firstly, that this was over the top, flat-out love and money porn. Unrealistic, horrible female characters, not one man who isn't straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad. It's not a genre I like, but even as an example of its kind it felt over the top. I'm a librarian, though, and there are definitely people to whom I would recommend the book. If you are on vacation and do not want to have to think too much, if you are looking for sitcom-worthy entertainment, then I wou ...more
I had read many reviews about this book before reading it and it was frequently rated low due to the characters being described as flaky, money-hungry, greedy, and without personality. This was not the case at all. The three sisters ended up caring quite a bit about one another and actually went out of their way to be fair with their father's inheritance with not only themselves, but with all three mothers, and a pop up mistress. I find those reviews to be quite unfair. I think this was a great ...more
May 15, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
What a great book! I wasn't sure when I started how it was going to go, but quickly fell in love with the creation of the relationshipsame between these sisters, and eventually their mother's and romantic intetests. Thanks to this author and Elin Hildebrand, I foresee a trip to Nantucket in my future.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Rory Randall is a bit of bit of a womanizer; he has married three times and has two daughters from different wives and an adopted daughter. He died unexpectedly and in his will he states that he will give his Nantucket home to his three daughters under one condition: they must live there together for one summer. The problem is the three sisters don't necessarily get along, thanks to some drama that occurred there as children involving Rory's third wife. Rory's first daughter, Arden, was a bit of ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Dannelle rated it it was ok
One word to describe this book: forgettable. Nancy Thayer writes a book about 3 stepsisters who are forced to live at the family beach house for a summer after their father dies if they want to inherit the money from the million dollar home's sale. Arden, Meg and Jenny have a complicated history and are dreading living together for 3 months. This book is at best predictable and unrealistic. I am a sucker for a happy ending but everything became too happy too easily for the characters of this boo ...more
Farrah Cole
Jun 09, 2014 Farrah Cole rated it it was ok
This is my first Nancy Thayer novel I've read, and likely my last. This is a summer read; it has women living in an impossibly expensive beach house, men who are one dimensional characters and some good descriptions of a lovely Nantucket. However, the depiction of female relationships was just terrible and awful.
The plot: Arden, Meg and Jenny are the spawn of Rory Randall, a man who suddenly passes away. The "island girls" are half sisters and step sisters; they are forced to live together for t
Island Girls is a standalone novel by author Nancy Thayer. This is the first book I have ever read from this author and I enjoyed it! This story portrays the complications of a blended family. Three sisters, half-sisters/step-sisters, who never really had strong relationships to begin with are brought together as adults after the death of their father. Their situation requires them to live together in their father's house on Nantucket for three months. I enjoyed watching the women's relationship ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Carla rated it really liked it
I think if one wants to lose themselves this summer in the perfect beach read - this is it. A remarkable, intricate woven tale set in Nantucket.
Rory Randall has passed away leaving behind an assortment of women, from his wives to his children. A stipulation within his will has his three girls staying in the Nantucket home in order to sell and split the monies between them.
Arden is eldest, born from his first wife, Nora, has made great achievements and has a tv show of her own - which could be i
Lydia Laceby
Jul 13, 2013 Lydia Laceby rated it it was ok

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

The premise of Island Girls snatched my attention immediately when I read the synopsis, and I was eager to dive into this book. A story about estranged sisters forced to live together in order to inherit their father’s estate per his wishes, sounded fabulous. The novel touches on a family that is far from average and three sisters who have very little in common. A easy, read, this novel might suit your beach bag if you’re looking for a something light to read
Aug 02, 2013 Martha rated it it was ok
Apparently, Nancy Thayer is a well regarded author, setting many of her stories on the island of Nantucket and feature stories involving the relationships and bonds between either sisters or girlfriends. This is the first book I have read by her, so I can't really comment on how this book compares to her other works.

This story is about three sisters, each with their own career and all in their early to mid-30s.. They are actually step or half sisters that through the years, have become estrange
Oct 21, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
This is a fun, vacation read and as usual, I love the descriptions of Nantucket in the summer. You can almost hear the waves lapping on the shore and the gulls calling. That said, the story is rather unbelievable. This is the tale of three girls living together on Nantucket in the house owned by their recently deceased dad. That doesn't seem unusual or unbelievable until you find out that the father was married three times and each of the girls has a different mother. Dad's will states that the ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
2 1/2 Stars

As a fan of many of Nancy Thayer's books, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Island Girls. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, Island Girls was just, at best, okay.

Following the death of their mutual father, three estranged sister inherit a house on Nantucket--with one condition--they must share the house for the entire summer before it is actually theirs to sell.

While the premise worked, sisters coming together after the death of their mutual father, dealing with emotions, rese
Rory Randall dies and leaves his Nantucket home to his three daughters. His will includes the stipulation that the three daughters, all from different marriages and barely on speaking terms, must live together in the house for three months before selling it and splitting the money. Although tensions run high at first due to long-standing resentments and feuds, the women eventually start to bond. Because this is a chick-lit, there of course are men thrown into the mix, as well as the three mother ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
Fun, summer read set in Nantucket.
Aug 23, 2015 JT rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful!! Great characters with great stories and I literally felt like I was in Nantucket while reading; it was so descriptive! Great read!!
Wanda Gibbons
Aug 17, 2015 Wanda Gibbons rated it really liked it
Just a fun summer read. The kind I like where the reader follows the lives of numerous women as they mature and change. Does have some twists and turns that create interest but fit in well to the story.
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New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one
Jessica Hubbard
Aug 12, 2015 Jessica Hubbard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A TRUE page turner

I've never before read a Nancy Thayer novel. I just recently became obsessed with Elin Hilderbrand, and so finding a new novel based on Nantucket and the "island life" is what drew me to Island Girls.

I have to say, I definitely will be finding more Nancy Thayer books to devour after having been immersed inside her world with Island Girls. Her writing is spot on and the characters she creates are full of life. It's easy to become enraptured by the lives of the women she writes
Oct 13, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Wouldn't we all love if someone told us we had to stay in a beach house in Nantucket for free for three months?

Sounds like a great idea. But it's not quite that simple. When their dad Rory dies, he says in his will that his three daughters have to share the family beach house for three months before they can sell it and split the money.

There is a lot of family drama in their past. Arden is the oldest daughter, her dad left her mom for another woman and they had Meg together. Then, he left Meg's
Helen Gaye Brewster
Sep 07, 2015 Helen Gaye Brewster rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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Jul 27, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me. Arden, Meg and Jenny have to spend 3 months in the family house on Nantucket. Arden, Meg and Jenny are sisters. They have the same father but different mothers. Arden and Meg and the biological children of their father Rory. Jenny is the adoptive sister.

All three mother's were married to Rory at one point. Jenny's mother exiled Arden and Meg one summer and since then there has been a rift between the girls. This summer after the death of their father it is in their
Laurel Valenti
Jul 07, 2014 Laurel Valenti rated it it was amazing
Next Nancy Thayer beach book. This one is about three sisters, now in their early thirties but with a past together. Arden, Meg and Jenny are three daughters with the same father but different mothers. Arden is the daughter from Rory Randall's first marriage; Meg is the daughter from his second marriage; and Jenny is the daughter of Rory's third wife, adopted by Rory when he married Jenny's mother. Rory died of a heart attack. He stipulated in his will that the three sisters had to share his Nan ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Island Girls is a perfect summer book, easy and quick to read, enough happening to keep you turning pages. I finished it in a day and a half. The plot line is clever, three daughters, each from a different marriage of their father, are forced to live together for a summer in the family's Nantucket Island home. They will then inherit it and can sell it and pool the resources.
I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book where the young women get together and find they have a lot in common and can be
Jul 25, 2015 Myrna rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Nancy Thayer. It was an easy read, much like other books that take place in a shore town. I liked this story because it's about strong women. Rory Randall is the father of the three women who have three different mothers. Rory Randall's will includes a clause mandating that his three daughters must spend a summer living together in the house where they spent part of their childhoods. They are to sell the house at the end of the summer and then divide the amount in three ...more
Kelly Noyes
Feb 25, 2015 Kelly Noyes rated it did not like it
This book is about three half-sisters who are "forced" to live together in their dead father's house for a summer on Nantucket to get the payout from the sale of the house. It sounded like a juicy premise, but it fell completely flat. The conflicts between the sisters and the "surprises" were very minor. There were handsome men everywhere and no romantic tension or problems, and the characters were spoiled with boundless money and time. Everything worked out in the end for each of them. In short ...more
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Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and have children she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year round for twenty-five years with her husband Charley W ...more
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