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The Guest Cottage

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  9,904 ratings  ·  978 reviews
Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders whats missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Kayla I am also pretty sure when Sophie is telling Trevor about her kids' grandparents, she told him that Zack's dad lives in Florida with the newest…moreI am also pretty sure when Sophie is telling Trevor about her kids' grandparents, she told him that Zack's dad lives in Florida with the newest girlfriend. But later she talked about Zack's dad living in Massachusetts...(less)
Pat Hello Judy!
Oh THAT what you got from the book? Maybe they paid twice, but in the end, look at the finish. They both got a better deal than…more
Hello Judy!
Oh THAT what you got from the book? Maybe they paid twice, but in the end, look at the finish. They both got a better deal than they expected. Aunt Fannie would have been tickled! Maybe they would have a little girl and name her Fannie....or Twins and name them Fannie and Colin. I used the audio version so I am not sure of the correct spelling for either name. I hope not Hester and Colin....but we could mull this over for a long time. (less)

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Sharon Redfern
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read one of Ms. Thayer's Nantucket books, I want to grab my charge card and book a trip there. Since that isn't going to happen, reading her book is the next best thing. In the latest book, Sophie has been blindsided by her husband asking for a divorce. Even though the tow have drifted apart, she is shocked and decides to take her two kids to Nantucket for the summer after her friend offers to let her rent her house. Recently widowed Trevor and his little boy Leo also decide to rent ...more
Megan Stokes
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Before I travel somewhere I like to read books that take place in the spot I'm visiting. It was eerie walking the streets of Pompeii after reading the Novel with the same name. Or pulling up in a train to Berlin as I finished The Fall of Berlin 1945. Next month I'm headed to Nantucket, so I picked up the Guest Cottage.

This is one of the most lazily written predictable books I've ever read. From the very beginning I found myself wishing I could follow the husband's storyline as he goes off with
Sheri Dietz
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found both the main characters of this book totally unbelievable in their motivations and actions . The main female character was wishy-washy and had no gumption whatsoever. The male love interest was likewise, wishy washy and gumptionless--SPOILER ALERT-- how could a man be attracted to one lady then sleep with her "good friend" then, how could said lady remain attracted to him thereafter, much less forgiving and amenable to her "good friend"--puhleeze!
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Nancy Thayer continues to be one of my favorite authors. She can take a very simple plot and turned it into something beautiful. The story revolves around a single father and his son and a soon to be divorced mother and her two children. There are other characters that share space with them but it is the couple's story that the author focuses on. It is a story of family and passion that the woman in the story believed was gone from her life.I wanted to be on Nantucket and look at the Sea gulls ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to review this for quite some time, but I just can't describe how excellent it was. The divorce was heartbreaking and the whole affair part was like wow. I loveddddddd how the characters that ended up sharing the Guest Cottage got along *wink wink nudge nudge* There weren't graphic scenes but an amazing love story so praise for that. I felt like I was right there with them in the pages. I laughed a lot and then was like wow temper tantrum I feel ya *little kids though* I loved ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Chick-lit. This is a great beach/summer read. I really loved this book. This is the third time I read this book, and I love it so much. I know I will reread it again. Sophie finds out her husband is cheating on her and wants a divorce, so she decides to go on a vacation to Nantucket. Trevor and his young son is getting over the lost of his wife to a drug overdose. By mistake both Sophie and Trevor is renting the same Cottage from the summer, and ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Nancy Thayer delivers THE GUEST COTTAGE, a Nantucket, lighthearted summer romance, perfect for leisure summer beach days, or relaxing sunset evenings.

Sophie and Zach, married sixteen years, with faded passion in their marriage resides in Boston with a teenage son, Jonah age fifteen, and daughter, Lacy age ten. One evening, Sophie focuses on her calendar and notes her husband
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
About the only thing I can say about this book: vapid.
Dale Harcombe
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sophie Andersons world falls apart when her husband announce she is leaving. In an effort to come to terms with what has happened, she uses an inheritance from her Aunt Fancy and rents a house on Nantucket Island for her and her two children, Jonah and Lacey. Unbeknown to her, Trevor Black has also rented the same property for him and his five year old son Leo. When it turns out they have both rented the same place it makes sense to share for the summer since the house is large. But will such an ...more
Raegan   Ralls
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
-Originally posted on The Reading Room-

I gave this book two stars because the book just didn't feel like it was finished. For every book I read I look for something that makes that book special. May it be the characters,the world/setting, or even the hidden meaning behind the books words. This book just didn't have that special something. The author did a good job describing the island the first time but after that every scene seemed the exact same just described a little different each time.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.5 stars to The Guest Cottage on audio. Sometimes I need a somewhat predictable beachy read with a great happily-ever-after, and this delivered. Fun Nantucket setting, too.
Jordana Horn Gordon
May 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I read this or why I kept reading it.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable Women's Lit read! I connected right away with the characters, who were genuine, and I found myself really caring what was happening in their lives. There was plenty of meaty substance to the storyline that kept me guessing about the outcome, and even some angst thrown in which kept me turning the pages.

Some may think the events were just a little too convenient, but I was truly too entertained and involved to care ;) I was ready for some good old fashioned sappiness that was
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if this book could be any more boring, drawn out or redundant. I understand that when it comes to certain authors and certain genres that the reader has to suspend belief, but Nancy Thayer has taken that to a completely new level.

Picture if you will, a thirty-six year old woman with two children that has been in a loveless marriage for years, who just happens to rent the same cottage for the same summer as a recently widowed man with a troubled young son. Of course, they are both
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is my first Thayer novel. and now I'm thinking it is probably my last. I was really excited to start this book, I love a good beachy read. It had a very interesting and promising storyline. But there was absolutely no chemistry, no emotion, no feeling. Even the dramas and conflicts were blase. Sophie accepted her husband's request for a divorce after 16 years with no tears. She found out her friend slept with the guy she was romantically interested in and had no reaction, there was no ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
4.5 stars
Another brilliant book from the mind of a master storyteller, Nancy Thayer. The Guest Cottage has been set in a wonderful location. I wish I could jump inside the book and escape to Nantucket and walk the shore with my toes in the sand! In addition to the beautiful and magical setting, Thayer has a way she creates characters that readers can relate to...they could be one of us. It is the characters and their personal journeys that keep us coming back to the books of the wonderful and
Eva • All Books Considered
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads
Full review to come soon!


Review originally posted at All Books Considered

I have a true affinity for books set on Nantucket (my favorite of all time has to be The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand), and The Guest Cottage is no exception! Even though I have never been to Nantucket, I feel like I know it so well from reading these books -- it's so easy to immerse yourself in the world of this tiny island with long summer days on the beach. All I could think about the entire time I was devouring
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Sophie has always made all the right decisions in life. She supports her husband and his successful career; plus, she takes care of their two children. Their family has always been blissfully happy together or have they? Sophie finds out her successful architect husband, Zack, has been cheating on her and now wants a divorce. He's in love with his younger colleague and instead of being devastated by this huge blow, Sophie wants to know how it will impact the children. Maybe things weren't so ...more
Bella South
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
I started this novel last night and gave up within 30 minutes. To begin with, the author should have spent a LOT more time on the first scene. Some character development would have been nice too. What should have been a dramatic, emotionally-charged scenario read more like a casual business transaction - and left me feeling unfulfilled and frustrated. It was if the author wanted to hurry through all the preliminaries and get to the Nantucket setting. What little was revealed about the characters ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sophie at age 36 goes to Nantucket with her two children Jonah (age 15) and Lacey (age 11) after her husband Zack leaves her for another woman. She rents a cottage. However, Trevor age 30 also rented the same cottage with his son Leo (age 6). But they make it work for the summer. Within the 2 months the families grow close. It was a true to life story that grabs at your heart and shows the meaning of family.
Gah. It was good until near the end. The bit wuth Sophie's mom came out of left field as did Trevor's actions. The epilogue was so sweet my teeth hurt.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer is a delightful summer read. And if you are reading it in winter, well that's no problem because the promises of summer abound in this book.

Sophie finds herself on the island of Nantucket with her two children Lacey and Jonah. She has come for the summer break after discovering that her husband wants a divorce. By chance she finds that the house they have booked has been double booked and she ends up sharing with Trevor and his son Leo.

Trevor's wife has died,
Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Surprisingly, this was the first book I've read by Nancy Thayer! It certainly won't be my last! I loved this book. I immediately was hooked into the book and read it in a 24 hour period--appropriately while staying in a vacation rental at the beach with my family. I loved the story and I loved the characters. I fell in love with all of them, especially little Leo. I loved watching Sophie and Trevor's relationship develop over the course
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review.

The book takes place over one summer. Sophie and her two children are offered the opportunity to rent a beach cottage on Nantucket, and since Sophie's husband has just told her he is in love with another woman and wants a divorce, Sophie willingly escapes to the island to think.

Trevor and his troubled young son Leo receive the same offer from another family member, and he and Leo arrive to discover Sophie and her children already
Jul 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
I ended up DNF'ing this book. From the get-go, both main characters were just so unreal in their emotions and actions.

Let's start with Sophie. Her husband of 16 years drops a bombshell on her about wanting a divorce. He compounds that by stating he's in love with his younger (and apparently more beautiful) colleague and will move in with her until the divorce is settled. Although the relationship between Sophie and her husband Zack is a little rocky, you'd expect more emotion from Sophie. Her
Julie Barrett
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The guest cottage by Nancy Thayer
Have read some of the other works by the author and have enjoyed the books.
This one starts out with Sophie checking Zach, her husbands calendar on the computer-he's an architect and she thought he may have made an appointment and she had forgotten.
She noticed the abbreviation DIV and she asks him about it-he wants a divorce.
She's heading to the island, her friend has a guest cottage there and she'll have the two kids with her.
he story also follows Trevor and his
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 88-books-in-2018

This is an excellent book to take on vacation. No matter where you decide to go, it will really add to your fun!

I almost wish I had saved this for summer, but it did a great job of lifting me out of February's winter blues.
I loved the Guest House. You'll wish you could stay there too! Very well written, lots of dynamics, quality drama, if you can call it that.
I am not one who reads this particular genre but for a mystery lover, this was a great change!
Tea Leaves and Reads
This book was published in 2015 and has been on my To Read list for quite some time! I decided to pop it in my Thirty Books Thirtieth Year reading list and found the perfect time to finish it. Autumn is here so it was the perfect opportunity to dive into a bit of Summer by visiting Nantucket through the words of Nancy Thayer.

Turning simple plots into something intricate and beautiful with scenery that will make you booking the next flight these are Nancy Thayers talents and in The Guest
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a really cute romance. Apparently this author is well known for the beach read. In this, a woman rents a beach house on Nantucket for the summer to get away from her husband who wants a divorce. Unfortunately, the house is also inadvertently rented to a widow and his young child. They decide to stay in the house. All of them. It's cute. I definitely recommend this to any of you that are looking for a light beach read.
Heather Alderman
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story, perfect for a summertime read. Great character and relationship development.
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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 ...more

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