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Secrets in Summer

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  7,096 ratings  ·  694 reviews
The queen of beach books (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing i
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Ballantine Books (first published May 1st 2017)
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Sarah Joint
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book definitely accomplished at least one thing: I really want to visit Nantucket now! It's a good beach book, a light and easy read. My couple of niggles include dialogue that seemed stilted and some pretty outlandish situations. It also seemed a bit old fashioned about "gender roles" on occasion. One would think fathers would be comfortable with taking care of their children, but maybe I'm wrong. I did still enjoy the book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a nice light read, espe ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

This book didn't work for me, and I think its because of a combination of things, instead of one major flaw. Firstly, though, what I did like was the setting - summer is my favorite season, and Thayer does a good job capturing that summer feel, especially since the setting is a beach town.

Besides the setting, everything else didn't quite work for me. Throughout reading this book, I was either rolling my eyes or straight out confused at the majority of
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Nancy Thayer's books =summer to me. How lucky was I to receive an ARC (from netgalley) to read in the middle of the winter? Darcy is a year round resident of Nantucket and is happy with her life as a librarian and the man in her life, Nash and her relationships with her summer neighbors. Much to her dismay, one of her neighbors happens to be her ex-husband and his wife- the woman he left Darcy for- and their teenage daughter. A story of friendships and relationships and totally enjoyabl
Dale Harcombe
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars
Darcy Cotterill lives in the beautiful old house left to her by her grandmother. Her grandmother Penny was the one who gave Darcy a home and showed her love throughout the years from the time she was ten year old. Her parents always were more intent on their own lives and had no time for a little girl. In later years Darcy cares for her grandmother. Now at thirty, when the summer people arrive Darcy is more than a little disconcerted to find her ex-husband Boyz and his second
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: release-2017
Nancy Thayer's newest novel is about a divorcee and librarian who's inherited her grandmothers home on Nantucket. This is a light, quick read (and next to last on finishing my summer reading stack)👌🏻 ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reads
Is it even summer if I don’t get my hands on at least one Nancy Thayer novel? And those picturesque Nantucket summers... (Amiright?) Secrets in Summer did just that. A nice break from the heavy, twisted reads I usually get lost in...This one was so pleasant to read! (As are all the Nancy Thayer books I ever read) I always enjoy the quaint Nantucket setting. I definitely live vicariously through her characters while I’m reading! 4-stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Erin Newton
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I had high hopes for this book because I love a good summer read and I'm a librarian. Everything in this book associated with librarianship in a public library was pretty accurate and very believable for me. As for the rest, it all felt too forced. Darcy loves Nash, not only loves him but thinks he's the love of her life, despite his closed off demeanor and her hots for her neighbor. I just didn't find the relationship between Darcy and Nash to be genuine or even a good fit. Clive was ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect summer book! Very likable characters of varying ages. Loved the Nantucket setting. It makes me want to visit someday. The romance was tricky but I was swooning at the end.

Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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What a great beach book! I loved the descriptions of Nantucket and found myself envying the characters for their breezy island lifestyle. The characters were very interesting. I love that Darcy is a librarian and enjoys her life with books so much. Mimi was vivacious and so funny! She uses the wisdom that she has gleaned from her older age to help the younger women realize what is really important in life. I e
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I don’t have high expectations when I read a “beach read” at the beginning of the summer. Novels by Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer are not great literature, but they’re not supposed to be. They’re supposed to be fun, light, breezy reads that you can consume without much thought. If you go into them with that mindset, then all is well.

However, even though it isn’t great literature, I expect that the writing at least be half decent and the story hold my interest. That wasn’t the case
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, light read. The plot, as much as there is a plot, moves along at a brisk pace.

Darcy lives on Nantucket in a house that she inherited from her beloved grandmother. She is a children’s librarian at the Nantucket Library. She has a close circle of friends and a new romance. Normally she does not get involved with summer people, but this year she finds herself wrapped up in their lives. This becomes awkward when her ex-husband and his new family move into the house behind hers.

The ch
Melissa Borsey
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I was so disappointed with this book, basically it is a boring daily play by play of Darcy's summer (each and every day) and she should reconsider Nash because he is quite harsh and overly rude! Just did not enjoy this one.

Arlena Dean
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

Title: Secrets in Summer
Author: Nancy Thayer
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Secrets in Summer" by Nancy Thayer

My Thoughts...

"Secrets in Summer" really gives you quite a read where the reader will be pulled into many different directions. We find Darcy Cotterill a librarian is in her Nantucket home where she has inherited it from her grandmother. Oh, let me just say she is dating Nash being newly divorced. But what all was up with that? Now it is the beginn
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for the sheer pleasure of this engrossing novel about a young woman whose husband betrayed her several years before she realizes that he, his new wife, and his fourteen year old stepdaughter have rented the house behind hers for the summer. There were wonderful characters, many of whom were neighbors within shouting distance, friendships, and a racy romance with a somewhat mysterious man. Darcy, the main character, is a librarian. As a book lover, this novel, with some scenes set in a li ...more
Newport Librarians
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this novel from Netgalley in return of an honest review.

Secrets in Summer is one of my favorite Nancy Thayer books. It was a perfect beach/escape read. I needed a book for a two day trip (to the Cape coincidentally) and knew this would be the perfect choice. Darcy has a little more sass than the typical Thayer character (which I was a big fan of), but she is still a good girl at heart. I can usually guess how a Nancy Thayer book will end, but I have to say that this one surprised me!
Christine Nolfi
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A light summer read with a fascinating cast of characters.

My only quibble: during one scene, the protagonist listens to a woman attempt to rationalize her infidelity to her (the woman's) young teen daughter. The protagonist seems to come away with admiration for the woman, who compares her open marriage to the daughter's love of ice cream and reading.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was overall a nice, easy summer read but the relationship between Darcy and Nash just seemed...weird to me. Stilted, stiff and somewhat unemotional. I just never felt any real connection between them.
Judy D Collins
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May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepd ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a heartwarming, sad, humorous, entertaining and enjoyable read. I really got into this book and could not put it down.

Darcy lives in her childhood home which she inherited from her grandmother in Nantucket. She is a year round resident and she has done something she's never done before. She has become close to the summer renters. And, it just so happens, one of those renters is the stepdaughter of her ex-husband who is renting the property behind her. Of all the houses in Nantucket, he has
Lovely Children's Librarian Darcy is having hot sex with a local handyman who hasn't defined their relationship, when she learns her ex, the smarmy Boyz, is renting the Nantucket mansion behind hers. Plus, another handsome neighbor and his charming grandmother are renting the mansion next door. Poor beautiful Darcy gets sucked into various melodramas of the summer set included love squares, heroin use, and affairs, among others, and ends up with a HEA you can see coming from miles away. Not my c ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I definitely wanted to keep reading it because it was a "fun, easy read" but quickly remembered why I don't usually like this type of book.

I think the author forgot how 30 year olds actually think/talk especially in present day. Once I realized that I couldn't get over it.
I enjoyed the audiobook because I was stuck in an airport on both ends of a quick trip to visit with my daughter in Florida, but I wasn't crazy about it. It is an easy read and as an MLIS grad student, it was fun to read about Darcy and her career as a librarian. But I felt she was always looking for relationships to replace the one with her grandmother as well as her relationship with her parents. Also, her relationship with Nash was just plain weird. For so much of the book, I liked Darcy's in ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I won Secrets in Summer through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you. I liked the book. I have read other Nancy Thayer books - The Guest Cottage and Nantucket Sisters. It was a light, enjoyable summer romantic read. I noticed there were some repetitive parts, but overlooked that as the copy I received was not a final draft. I liked Darcy and wanted the end to work out for her. A few of her relationships with the summer neighbors was a little hard to believe. The characters in general needed a little ...more
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Christine (Tina)
Beautiful story about a librarian who lives on Nantucket Island year-round! Of course, I would love this! I want to live like that - fantasy life! The story is rich, layered, and compelling for a summer read.
Stefanie Steffey
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick happy beach read
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I love a good Nantucket romance. This one was good if you are in the mood to suspend disbelief for an extended period of time. I understand that this genre does require the reader to just go with the flow and accept that sometimes weird things happen for the sake of plot flow. The problem was that the flow seemed a little forced.

There have been quite a few extremely positive responses to this book. I find myself in the middle of the road. Nantucket has a special place in my heart, but I could o
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This is my first book by Thayer and I could see myself looking for another by her. I adored it. It was about life, love, secrets and those sometimes hard to make choices. The best part was that the main character's life revolved around books and a library. What a dream to live in a place like that, walk and work where she did. Perfect end of summer read but honestly, it would be just as good at any other time of year. ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Librarian (Darcy) who lives on Nantucket doesn't usually mingle with the summer visitors, but this summer is different in many ways ... how will these new friendships impact her life?

Darcy, a librarian living in her deceased grandmother's home on Nantucket, lives a fairly drama free life and is casually dating Nash, a carpenter new to the island. Her quiet life is shaken when her ex-husband, Boyz, and his new family (wife Autumn and step-daughter, Willow) rent the home behind hers. Soon, her lif
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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 25 years with her husband Charley Walters. ...more

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