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Nantucket Sisters

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Nancy Thayer, the New York Times bestselling author of Island Girls, tells the emotionally-charged story of two childhood friends on the tumultuous path to love and wisdom in this heartfelt ode to friendship.

When Maggie and Piper meet as girls on the Nantucket beach, they are instant best friends—even though Piper's mother would much prefer she play with the daughters of s
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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I've been thinking of alternate titles to this book. Maybe "An Island With No Condoms", "Wealth Is Its Own Reward", "Don't Hate the Rich Assholes, Because You Might Become One In the End", "Pregnancy Makes You Happy!", or "Being a Shrill Harpy Will Get You The Guy of Your Dreams".
May 15, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
Nantucket Sisters
Nancy Thayer

My " in a nutshell" summary... Emily...and Maggie...poor Maggie...are Nantucket sisters. They see each other every summer and spend all of their time together. This summer relationship maintains itself beautifully. Each summer when Emily returns to Nantucket...they start out together again as though they had never been apart.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Well...really's just not in me to not love one of this author's summer books. She
Brittany (brittanymariereads)
I received Nantucket Sisters from Goodreads First Reads last summer. I happened to be moving at the time and somehow in the chaos I completely forgot about it. Not only do I feel like a terrible person, I am so sad that I waited so long to enjoy this book.

Nantucket Sisters is the definition of the perfect summer read. It has everything you could possibly want. It was a wonderfully easy read that was quirky, fun, heartfelt and everything in between. I fell in love with Maggie, Emily, Ben and even
Judy Collins
Nancy Thayer’s THE NANTUCKET SISTERS, a story of two girls from childhood which meet again years later as adults for a complex friendship.

Set in Nantucket, Maggie and Emily meet as little girls on Nantucket beach and become best friends. They are from different worlds and backgrounds, where they meet every summer with a shared love of the island (one lives year round). The two imaginative friends, create a magical world of their own, dreaming and planning their futures.

Emma’s mom desire is for
May 02, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
This great summer read by Nancy Thayer tells the story about two young pre teens girls, Emily and Maggie. This book was inspired by Thayer's own life in Nantucket. Despite having different sociology-economic status, we explore and experience their Nantucket friendships.
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Oct 10, 2016 Bonnie Eldridge-labaff rated it it was amazing
Good book. Took me a while to read but I did enjoy the book
I started reading "Nantucket Sisters" as I was literally on the ferry back from the island with my sisters. I was very excited to read a novel about one of my favorite vacation destinations. However I was not impressed with this. It's basically a cheesy novel about two stupid girls/women told in short shallow sentences. Maybe if Nancy Thayer focused all her energy on writing a decent novel instead of hating on tourists I may have enjoyed it more. Instead, I never wanted to pick it up, I too easi ...more
S Vanorse
Jul 10, 2014 S Vanorse rated it did not like it
Not sure who does the editing for Thayer but this story starts as two young girls become friends on Nantucket Island, as the years go by they come to what I assume is present time. Thayer makes reference to a few things which could not have taken place or happened in that time frame, as in reference to a tv show, Elementary (began, 2012) jump 6 years which I assume is present time, sorry but I am nit picky about the details. The two main characters are so naive I could not stand it, reminded me ...more
A joy to read! If you're looking for a great, late beach read, this book is the perfect choice. Visit beautiful Nantucket with Emily and Maggie, as they go from island girls to women, sharing a friendship that endures first love, heartbreak, secrets, marriage, death and so much more. This was my first Nancy Thayer and it's safe to say that I'll be returning for more.

*Received an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.
May 10, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok
Many thanks to for providing the Advanced Uncorrected Proof of Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer in exchange for my honest review.

The author has a rare ability to paint vivid pictures with words of Nantucket Island. Her descriptions are so captivating that after reading the novel, I have added Nantucket Island to my vacation wish-list.

Unfortunately, the story itself was not as engaging as it's setting. The novel read like a young adult romance novel instead of adult fiction. Th
Apr 18, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Ballantine Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 17, 2014.

What a great read this was. A nice quick perfect for summertime girly read. The storyline was entertaining with just the right amount of drama and yet light enough that it could easily be read in an afternoon.

The story centralizes around Maggie and Emily who are best fr
Sherri Lewis
Apr 16, 2014 Sherri Lewis rated it it was amazing
There are 2 types of people on Nantucket.... summer people and those who live there year-round. Emily and her parents were summer people, Maggie and her family lived there all year. Despite their many differences, the two remained close friends growing up, spending every minute they could together each summer. This book allows us to watch the two girls grow up, grow apart, each find their place in life, and then renew their friendship. Because a summer friend is a friend for life.
Christina Nina
Instead of actually trying to express my opinions of this book in a well-composed review, I'll just make a list of all the things that were completely ridiculous about this book...

So in no particular order, here's my 'That's ridiculous!' list:

1. The insanely detailed descriptions of every outfit every character has ever worn. I mean...I get the author doing this once or twice, but really, I don't care whatsoever that Emily wore a red cashmere v-neck sweater on Tuesday and then a baby blue button
Jill Wallace
Mar 23, 2017 Jill Wallace rated it it was amazing
Such a great read!
Mar 24, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
First, I won this book in a giveaway with GoodReads...thank you, Goodreads, Allison Schuster (Random House Marketing) and Nancy Thayer.

This was one of the best books I've read this year!

The story of Maggie, Ben (Maggie's brother) and Emily flows from the heart. Maggie and Ben are "Islanders" on Nantucket and Maggie returns every summer. They've known each other "forever" and are each others "Nantucket Sisters". For anyone who has a summer friendship, a lifelong best friend, this story covers th
Mar 20, 2014 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Nancy Thayer, the New York Times bestselling author of Island Girls, tells the emotionally-charged story of two childhood friends on the tumultuous path to love and wisdom in this heartfelt ode to friendship.

When Maggie and Piper meet as girls on the Nantucket beach, they are instant best friends—even though Piper's mother would much prefer she play with the daughters of senators and statesmen than a seamstress's kid like Maggie. But after many golden summers spent building sandcastles and shari
Sep 12, 2015 Books rated it really liked it
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Nantucket Sisters is a gripping, often touching, yet extremely relaxing read. Best friends, Emily and Maggie, who spent all their summers together on Nantucket, find their friendship slightly compromised as they reach their late teens and early twenties. In the end circumstance ensures that, after all, they do need one another
very much.

The synopsis of Nantucket Sisters hinted at a love triangle, something that almost put me off reading this book entirely. Fortunately this is not the case at all
Lisa Driscoll
May 21, 2014 Lisa Driscoll rated it really liked it
Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer is a great summer read. The novel is quick and light and it's perfect for a beach weekend! I really loved this novel and look forward to other things by Nancy Thayer. I have a blogging friend who also likes her books.

Nantucket Sisters is about the ins and outs of a childhood friendship between two little girls as they grow up. Maggie and Emily are from different paths of life in nearly every way.

Maggie is from a poor family and a broken home. Maggie resides on
I won this book through Librarything's Early Reviewers program. I found the story very cute. The characters are Emily, Maggie, Ben, Tyler and Francis. Emily is a young girl of a rich family that visits Nantucket during the summer. Maggie, Ben, Tyler, and Francis are all island people. They live on Nantucket all year.

Francis is the mother of Ben and Maggie. She is a single mother that sews clothes for the locals and those that come during the summer. Tyler is Maggie's best friend on the island. E
Apr 01, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-thing
This was a nice, light beach read. The characters came to life on the page and you loved them for both their strengths and their weaknesses. I thought the story line had a nice pace and it was an easy read that kept you turning pages.

The story is set in Nantucket and there are two kinds of people who live there. There are the wealthy summer people and the people who live there year round. This story focuses primarily on the latter type but draws on a friendship of two girls that spans their chi
Apr 27, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer is a perfect book for the beach. Thayer can be relied upon to deliver a good story with characters that are relateable and sympathetic. Nantucket Sisters is the story of two somewhat unlikely friends. Maggie McIntyre is a native of Nantucket, daughter of a single mother who works hard to make ends meet. Emily Porter is a New Yorker whose wealthy family has a home on Nantucket where they spend their summers. Despite their differences the girls have formed a fast ...more
Michele Coleman
Jun 04, 2014 Michele Coleman rated it it was amazing
Nancy Thayer is always at the top of my list when someone ask me to recommend a good light woman's read. She just has a way with writing that never gets old and is entertaining book after book. Again Thayer has delivered a story filled with great characters and a beautiful location. You will not want to put this one down and will get caught up in the lives of the 2 little girls, one rich summer visitor and one poor islander who become Nantucket sisters by their deep friendship and journey with t ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Peg rated it really liked it
I won this Advance Uncorrected Proof on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I really enjoyed this novel by Nancy Thayer. She made me wish I was on Nantucket as much as Elin Hilderbrand does in her novels. This book was about friendship and how it can endure through the years despite things that happen in our personal lives.

Fast-paced, romantic, and interesting family relationships make this a book to take to the beach. It would be a great summer read. The two protagonists ar
Oct 29, 2014 Marnie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, drama
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May 27, 2014 Jeri rated it it was amazing
I won an advanced copy of this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a fantastic beach read or road trip read. You can almost smell the ocean while you're reading it. The characters are very true to life. They make you laugh, cry and shake your head at some of the decisions they make. But if you were put on a page who wouldn't do the same thing about your life?! I definitely recommend picking up this book to read during your summer or even
Mar 22, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
A beach book that isn't a beach book, since it's locals... but a beautiful setting on Nantucket. It was a nice change of pace to read a book set on Nantucket that talked of something other than the tourist areas. It was well written in an easy to read style, but I felt that the plot line was a bit of a stretch, and a little too pat of an ending for my tastes.

Review based on ARC provided by the publisher
Apr 09, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
Other than Elin Hilderbrand, nobody does Nantucket better than Nancy Thayer. While you read this book, you are in Nantucket, feeling the sun and the waves on the beach. Although a bit predictable, the story of Emily, a rich girl who summers on Nantucket, and Maggie, an Island girl year round, pulls on your heart strings. This is a great summer read.
Lesley S.
Jun 27, 2015 Lesley S. rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!! It follows the relationship of 2 girls from childhood up until early 40's. The author develops the characters beautifully. The story takes place on Nantucket thus another by the beach read!!
Aug 07, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
This is definitely a "beach read." Very easy read and very predictable. In fact, the book ended and I was surprised at how neatly all the stories were tied up and with very little strife. I could have used a little more turmoil.
May 27, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Easy beach read! The descriptions of the island made me want to visit Nantucket!
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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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