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The Beach House

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  33,030 ratings  ·  2,671 reviews
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 drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summe ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 07, 2008 added it
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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Have you ever stayed at a quaint little bed and breakfast where your time with the other guests feels a bit like home? I have and, for the exception of one very awkward interaction (yeah...I'm not going there), it was a pleasant experience. This book reminded me a little of this memory.

In The Beach House, author Jane Green offers multiple characters, each with individual stories, who eventually end up at a beach house in Nantucket. My favorite character was the house's owner, Nan. Her own p
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Nantucket is a magical place, so many people say. Where good things happen to good people. When Nan discovers that her finances aren't that great, she decides to rent rooms in her large home on Nantucket for the summer to help earn some money. The people who decide to rent from her are all in some sort of deep turmoil in their life and spending the summer in Nantucket and with Nan, will help them to sort all of that out.

First we have Daniel and Bea. Married for close to 7 years with two young g
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reads
Well, this was a disappointment. I gave it 2 stars because I finished it. I had never read anything by this author, but picked up this book at a used book sale because it is set on Nantucket, so how bad can it be?

Don't ask.

It has a totally predictable plot, the characters are barely one dimensional, and I doubt the author has ever been to Nantucket since there is absolutely no sense of place. (My guess is that she read Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer books and felt she could just get a sense
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
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. ...more
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 4&1/2 stars if I could. It is a wonderful book full of storylines that all seem to mesh together by the end of the book. Nan is a woman in her 60s who lives in a great old house on the beach in Nantucket. She is having money problems so she decides to rent out rooms. The reader learns Nan's story as well as her renters' along the way. I enjoyed the characters and their back stories and the resolutions. This book will make the reader laugh and cry and wish for more. Jane Gr ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Adrienne Miller
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Angela Spores
Jun 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sarah Salamon
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Delightful summer beach read. The individual stories of the families who come to stay with Nan, an older energetic woman, become entangled with the characters engaging and supporting each other during their summer together.
Amanda Wiseman
Jul 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dnf.... pretty much like a soap opera in book form. All of the characters were awful and I didn't care about them in the least. None of them had any morals, too much divorce and cheating. I didn't even care enough to skip and read the end. ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

This is my first Jane Green book. Personally, I found this book to be intriguing and a refreshing break from my usual YA fantasy reads. But while I did enjoy it, I found many faults and criticisms with the execution of the book. It was an intriguing concept, but of cheap quality.

The Beach House is a mildly amusing drama filled with multiple affairs, broken marriages, betrayals, and insta-love. The novel follows a wide variety of characters, which takes it's (fricking lon
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
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Three couples, a tangle of cheating relationships and an old beach house in Nantucket, scene of much healing and new beginnings. When I say that in my head I sound pretty snarky. Perhaps I was expecting something a bit more clever, funny even - definitely something with more heart. Instead I got a cold, robotic story about awful people and their woe-is-me midlife crises - written in present tense, no less, which is guaranteed to annoy me.

Nan is an ageing widow living in a big old house on 9 acr
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, fiction
This is my second attempt to read a story by this author. I am definitely not attracted to her writing. The storyline swings from sophomoric to banal. I do not plan to give it another try. I prefer the writing of Fiona Davis.
Ali Bartow
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
So much potential, yet so disappointing. A lazy effort (the author’s name is larger than the title on the cover! Beyond arrogant) with inconsistent plots, one-dimensional characters, an abundance of British slang from a 100% American cast, and zero imagery describing the magic that is Nantucket. The lack of imagination and the repetitive over explained character backstories are insulting to the reader. And it takes over 100 pages until the focus is on the beach house! The combination of every re ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this is an addendum to my review I am going to put it first.
I came across a page marked where, I believe it is Michael’s thought expressed Dash “like all woman, Jordana is something of a Chamaeleon, able to adapt to whoever her man wants her to be.“
I, and I believe any woman, I should take great offense at the statement. There were and are many of us who believe that a man must take all of who I am, in truth, or I will consider myself lucky to have been rejected.
It’s more wander that a
Carol Gallivan
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. A couple of surprises. Entertaining.
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Originally posted on Dreaming Of Happy Endings

With plenty of changes and misfortunes in the lives of a group of strangers, they each decide to escape their day-to-day lives for a summer on the island of Nantucket where infamous resident Nan is renting her home as a house share. When the group are thrown together in Nan’s home, friendships form and the group must help each other through the trials in their lives.

For me, this was just an okay read. I found it to be a fun read but nothing particula
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
An easy comfort read. 4 different families whose lives have been turned upside down and were brought together by a house that provided peace, laughter, refuge, love and new found family among strangers. The more I got into it, the more I liked it.
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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