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The "New York Times" bestseller and ultimate beach read from the author of "Second Chance"
Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who's not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors' pools when they're away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make dr...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Cathy
The more books Jane Green sells, the worse her writing seems to get.

The story in "The Beach House" was diverting enoug but the devil is in the details, and the details are where Green fails. She is a British author, and this is her first book set entirely in the US, and she makes absolutely no attempt to rid herself of certain "Britishisms" -- the dates are given as 30 July, instead of July 30; people "get on" instead of "get along." I found several spelling and grammar errors -- a jeweler uses...more
Alison
Her books are going from bad to horrible. My pleas to Jane Greene:

1. The characters are from the US - we do NOT say things like "I'm having a row with my husband."

2. Fire your editor - we may be Americans but we can see glaring grammatical errors!

3. Stop writing books with 10+ main characters

4. Stop switching points of view of said 10+ characters every paragraph

5. Please, please, please stop writing about cliche topics like infidelity and divorce in EVERY SINGLE BOOK.

Jemima J, Bookends and Baby...more
Jeanne
So, like Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green has changed her focus from chick lit to women's lit. I didn't know what to expect from The Beach House, but I was definitely not disappointed! It sort of felt like a juicier Maeve Binchy novel, but set in the United States.

Nan is 65 and the local eccentric in Nantucket. She owns a fabulous old house on the bluff (named Windermere) and has recently discovered that her finances are not so great. What's an old gal to do? How about taking in boarders for the summ...more
Melisa
this was one of the most poorly edited novels I've read in a long time. had a lot of potential but I really felt like the author didn't put a lot of thought into character development or plot. felt like all of the characters were on similar journeys through different circumstances and it ended a little too perfectly.

I finished the book, but this novel turned me off from reading anything else by this author.
Danielle
I would have given this one more star had there been more careful editing and attention to language. Green is British, but her story and characters this time around are American. Too many British phrases snuck past the editors, who should have known better. Some of the dialogue is awfully wooden, too. Interesting story, but I couldn't get past the easily fixable mistakes to enjoy it fully.
Gabriella
This was the perfect end of summer read- the characters and their stories were set up spectacularly- I have loved all of Jane Green's books.
Norabee
Aug 15, 2008 Norabee rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nantucket enthusiasts
Jane Green’s depiction of Nantucket life and the surrounding history is a fine backdrop from which to tell the tale of Nan Powell. Nan is the 65 year old year-round resident of the famed island. Years ago, Nan was left a young widow after her husband, Everett, committed suicide and in his wake, left a load of gambling debts that rendered her and their young son, Michael, in dire financial straits. The solution came when Nan decided to sell off some of the prized property at Windermere and keep o...more
Beth
Really enjoyed reading this author for the first time, I like how she has different plots and they are twisted into each other. It's a quick read, light and summery. Perfect if you are having seasonal depression and you will definately want to visit Nantucket after reading this!
Jeana
It is rumored that Nan Powell is a witch, but the majority of the Nantucket residents agree that she is at the very least, eccentric. She lives in a rambling beach house, skinny dips in her neighbor’s swimming pool, chain-smokes as she bicycles around the island, and pretty much does as she pleases.

Despite seeming to have an ideal existence on the island, the 65-year-old widow finds herself in a financial predicament—thanks in part to her dead husbands gambling debts and a string of bad investm...more
Adrienne Miller
This book could easily be made into a Hollywood movie. It'd be a nice drama, somewhere in the neighborhood of The Family Stone meets Evening. The book is filled with the current cultural views on relationships. We all know that the reason a marriage ends is because, ultimately, that person was never our soulmate, (like we thought they were in the beginning), and in hindsight, we realize that we never really were happy, were never being true to ourselves while we were in the relationship, and now...more
Sarah Franjoine
This book is about as light as it comes, and at best it CAN be entertaining. There is one surprising plot twist that I suppose gave it a little worth. However, it bothered me in many ways.
1) It was poorly written - and I read and devoured Twilight, Hunger Games, and all the Shopaholic books (those aren't really poorly written, but they are light).
2) The writer was British and gave all the characters a British dialect. I could tell before even reading the author bio. I doubt everyone would pick...more
Joan
Reading (or in this case listening to)this book reminded me of speed dating. I'd sit down with one set of characters and begin to see what problems they were dealing with and DING - time to switch partners - meet and begin to know another set of characters; start to get comfortable with them. DING - switch to another set of characters; begin to know them and understand their concerns. DING - a new set of characters; begin to know them. DING back to the second set of characters with no warning. A...more
Joy H.
Below are my comments about this book. The comments were written at my GR group:

I found a good book when I randomly plucked the following book off the shelf at our library: _The Beach House_ by Jane Green. I'd say it would come under the heading of "chick lit". I felt compelled to keep reading it because the plot swept me along. This doesn't happen to me too often. So I was pleasantly surprised.

The writing style isn't fancy; it's straight forward. However, what makes the story interesting is the...more
JoAnn/QuAppelle
Books like this are the reason for half-stars! I would give this 2.5 if possible. It wasn't AWFUL or I would not have finished it. But it was an audio and it was the only one I had for a long car ride.

The thing that attracted me to this book was that it was set on Nantucket. I love that place. But I wasn't far into the audio when I realized that was the best part of the book!

I have never commented on the production of an audio book - I guess because most are well done. But this one...the narrat...more
Yulia
Chick lit is comfort food with little nutritional value, but this is chick lit that I believe most therapists would consider safe for one's self-image and path to mindfulness, as it proves to be rather validating and wise, however predictable the lessons. For this, I applaud Jane Green.

What makes this book a page-turner is that it follows the lives of half a dozen well-developed characters, each at a crossroad in his or her life. There's Nan, a free-spirited woman in her 70s who finds herself s...more
Michele
Aug 05, 2008 Michele rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beach read, light stuff
A Tidy Little Story
The setting is Nantucket in summer. The characters are well drawn and the set up of their individual stories takes up the first half of the book. In the second half they come together in unpredictable ways, with everything playing out full circle.

Nan, the widowed white-haired, bicycle-riding matriarch is the center of the story and her grand hilltop estate with ocean views (Windermere) is the "beach house" to which the title refers. It's a dramatic backdrop to a variety of dr...more
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Linda
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Shelley
This was an excellent easy read. Although the topics presented can be a bit controversial, it really does touch places inside.
Tracy
Jul 28, 2008 Tracy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Debbie
Recommended to Tracy by: Wendy Cross
Easy breezy summer read. Makes me miss Cambria!
Connie N.
What a wonderful introduction to Jane Green! This book is warm and friendly, all about relationships and their ups and downs. I was drawn in immediately to the characters, all inherently good people but with vulnerabilities and problems that they need to face and overcome. A variety of people randomly end up renting or living together in a home on the beach in Nantucket. Nan is the "matriarch" of the group as the owner of the home and forced to rent out rooms. Daff is fresh off a divorce, Daniel...more
Angela Spores
I hated this book. It is one of the most poorly written books I've ever read. If I start reading a book, I have to finish it. I almost didn't finish this book. That's how bad it was. The author kept switching voices sometimes in the same paragraph. First you'd be reading and the story was being told in the 3rd person by a narrator. Then it would be told in dialogue by the characters. Then it would be the characters talking about themselves in the 3rd person. Didn't this author have an editor. An...more
Susan
Aug 14, 2012 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Hockessin Public Library Chick-Lit Book Club
Shelves: hpl-book-group
I really enjoyed this book!

When I first started it, I had trouble keeping all the characters straight and the fast-paced switching from one person to the other made me pause and say "Wait- who is this?". Then I wrote down their names and a word or two to remind who was who but once I was into the story, the characters became real, and I no longer needed the paper.

There was something about the writing style that bothered me, and there were some things that slipped past the editors. Nonetheless,...more
Marika
I have read (and enjoyed) other "chick lit" books by Jane Green (Jemima J, Babyville, The Other Woman), but I think she's gotten lazy and lost her stuff. I felt the same way about the last book of hers I read (Second Chances).

In The Beach House, I was super distracted by the un-Americanized "Britishisms" running rampant, which is supposed to be entirely set on Nantucket and in which all of the characters are American! Americans, for instance, don't "fancy" things and don't call Mom "Mum." As a...more
Susan
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the descriptions of Nantucket, about the older homes, and the peaceful visuals of Summer on the beach that were clear in my mind while reading this book. I also loved the references to a simple life -- old bicycles and older homes and their special charms and value over the new and latest and greatest types of things a majority of people seem to seek out in modern times.

I enjoyed reading about the relationships, life situations and feelings of the different t...more
Mo
I think this book was trying to be too much and failed at pretty much all of it. There was supposed to be a tangle of romance! But it turned out to be a bunch of characters 'flushing' at every little flirtation and in the end all of the relationships were anti-climactic. It was set on a beach! But really more of the story was set in the city than on a breezy coastline. There was drama! But really most of the characters were just kind of...well...dumb.
I disliked the main character, Nan, who was...more
Lisa
I liked this book. It was a "learning" book (per se), as in life lessons, forgiveness and mental adjustment. I didn't clamor to get back to it, but when I did it made me feel good. I loved Nan!! She was so down to earth and positive that she just made my heart feel so whole. But yet, she was real enough to live in the now, not a fantasy world! Also, I have never read a book where so many people have so many problems! Ok, maybe I have...but it was problems that were so fixable, but to the person...more
Raiveran Rabbit
Beware the beginning of this book. All it is is a cavalcade of human shortcomings and miseries, sicknesses of the modern era. As you no doubt can guess if you've read more than 2 of these types of books, everyone sorts out in the end. There isn't enough focus on one character that you can more or less use as a guide through the trainwrecks of the others' lives, since the focus keeps bouncing around. It's dizzying and schozophrenic, and not much is presented to make you feel that these characters...more
Suzanne
Where has the Jane Green who wrote Bookends, Mr. Maybe, Babyville and The Other Woman gone? After reading all of the less than favorable reviews about Dune Road, I was hesitant to pick up any of her latest titles. Seeing that The Beach House got fairly good reviews, I decided to give it a try, but was sorely disappointed. I gave this three stars because it isn't totally awful, but parts of it are just not good. Case in point, the vapid relationship between Michael and Jordana...The relationships...more
Katrice
Marian Keyes will always be my favorite Chick lit author but until she starts writing again, I think I might fill the gap with Jane Green.

This is the second book have read from Green, the first being "Bookends", which was set in London. Green herself is British, though she apparently now resides in the U.S. Though she may have relocated, and the setting of "Beach House" is now in the U.S. - Nantucket to be precise, she still retains some of the droll wit that tends to be a trademark of British w...more
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