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Island Girls

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  8,730 Ratings  ·  824 Reviews

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 daughters, all fro
Published June 18th 2013 by Random House Audio
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Deb Cornell
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like, gave-up
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
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Nancy Thayer books!
Lois Tucker
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, fiction
Cute story! Enjoyed the story of sisters Meg, Jenny & Arden. They must live in the family home on Nantucket for 3 months following the death of their father, Rory, in order to benefit equally in the sale of the property. All 3 women have only Rory in common since they each have a different mother and have been estranged since childhood due to a childhood occurrence. I enjoyed seeing how the story played out. Very good!
Anne Wolfe
Dec 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly, this is escapist fiction. Escaping that I thoroughly enjoyed. I always enjoy a virtual trip -via Nancy Thayer - to Nantucket. I partially read in book form and audiobook. Both were satisfying.
3.5 Stars

Cute story, I liked the characters. I enjoyed it much more than the 1st Nancy Thayer book I read.

Perfect summer beach read!
Ozlem Ogutveren Gonul
It was a pleasent beach book. The different stories of three women were intertwined with their joint story in a nice way.
For a synopsis of the plot for Island Girls by Nancy Thayer, follow the GR link.

I must admit that I really struggled with the start of this book. It was hard to keep the three sisters and 3 wives separated in my mind. Maybe it was just me, but the first third of this book was just okay. However, it really saved itself from being a 2♥♥ book. Once I could keep everyone straight, I loved watching the blending of women not just as half and step sisters but as friends. It's never easy even in a "trad
Denise Jo
This was a good one. I have read other Nancy Thayer books and this one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the ending which sometimes on books is in As Good As the book itself
Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
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
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
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
absolutely awesome book. The weaving of the story was so intriguing . Three women with the same father but different mothers come together to mourn the death of their father and to repair their fractured relationships. When some of the secrets were revealed the girls understood why their relationship was so strained
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Completely absurd.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just another typical and predictable story about sisters who despise each other but after spending time together on a beautiful island they learn to love and forgive. Blah, blah, blah!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, light and frothy beach read. Nice characters with some depth to them. Story is not too complicated, but it's interesting. Worth reading! 4 stars
Kathy Mermiges
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book!!! I loved all of the character and the story made me feel so good!! I love the stories of the summer and revolving around Nantucket Island.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give it 2.5 stars.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had very low expectations. I wanted a fluffy beach read and that’s what I got.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Lydia Laceby

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
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
Farrah Johnson
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
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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