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Summer House by Nancy Thayer
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Aug 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in July, 2010

The Wheelwright clan is one of New England's oldest families, whose matriarch Anne, known to the family as Nona is celebrating her 90th birthday. Amidst great personal drama, her children, grandchildren and two small great grandchildren converge on Nantucket for the summer. Among the festivities to be celebrated are Nona's birthday and the annual family meeting.

Even though Nona has two children, most of this books is focused on her son, Worth, his wife Helen and their family. Her daughter Grace's family, in comparison, is rather boring giving all of the drama and controversy surrounding Worth and Helen's children. Charlotte, their oldest, runs Beach Grass Garden, a local, organic food source for the residents of Nantucket, on a parcel of land owned by Nona. Grace's family is up on arms - viewing this as favoritism toward Worth's children, and since Charlotte is making a profit, they are worried that their inheritance of the land is in jeopardy. Oliver, Helen and Worth's oldest son, and his partner Owen are planning to get married on Nantucket, then returning to their lives in San Francisco, far away from the Wheelwright clan. Teddy, their youngest, who has always struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, shows up for Nona's birthday party with pregnant Suzette in tow, claiming her as his wife.

Throughout the novel, each family member, even Nona, is harboring an important secret, that once revealed, will surprise the reader. Thayer wraps the plot up very nicely, leaving the reader with a satisfying, and entertaining story! Great for summer reading!

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