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The Beach House | [Jane Green]

The Beach House

She's known as the crazy woman who lives in the big old rambling house on the top of a bluff in Nantucket, but at 65 years old, Nan doesn't care what people think. If her neighbours are away, why shouldn't she skinny dip in their swimming pools? Her husband died 20 years ago, her beauty has faded, her family flown, and when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is running out and she may lose her beloved house, she knows she has to make drastic changes.
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Publisher's Summary

She's known as the crazy woman who lives in the big old rambling house on the top of a bluff in Nantucket, but at 65 years old, Nan doesn't care what people think. If her neighbours are away, why shouldn't she skinny dip in their swimming pools? Her husband died 20 years ago, her beauty has faded, her family flown, and when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is running out and she may lose her beloved house, she knows she has to make drastic changes.

Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise again, with laughter, and with tears. There is Daniel, recently divorced and a father of two girls, who is struggling to find out who he really is, and Daff, the single mother of a truculent teenager who blames her unreservedly for the divorce. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family extending. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor throws all their lives upside down.

©2008 Jane Green; (P)2008 Penguin

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    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 03-27-12
    yogagirl06 El Paso, TX 03-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Warms the Heart"
    What did you love best about The Beach House?

    The unexpected twist at the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nan, I love her wisdom and calmness.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Cassandra Campbell's voice, she distinguishes each character so good. Hearing the voice helps create a visual.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can't think of one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 08-18-14
    Leah 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have been better-ending was worth the read."
    What did you like best about The Beach House? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed when everyone came to Nantucket to be tenants of Nan Powell. I liked the way they became family in Nan's eyes. Nan is a strong character but a loving one.

    My dislike is I felt the story could have had more substance not just about all these people getting divorced. I wasn't crazy about the gay story and I surely didn't know 65 made a person old!! Seriously!!!!!


    If you’ve listened to books by Jane Green before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Jane Green book not enough story line for me.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Cassandra did a lovely job of the book. Her voice is soothing yet she gets all the charters as individuals.


    Was The Beach House worth the listening time?

    I almost turned it back in because the story seemed skimpy to me; however when they all arrived at Nantucket after many chapters it was better and this is the first I've read of Jane Green. The reviews on this book were not her highest,


    Any additional comments?

    I will try another book before I make a decision if this author is for me. I believe an author puts hours of work writing and certainly not all books will be ten's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Fontaine Alpharetta, GA United States 08-10-14
    Michelle Fontaine Alpharetta, GA United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Trash"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought I'd venture out of my nonfiction box and try this. I've never understood why people want to invest a lot of time on a bunch of fables coming from one person's head. I thought it was going to be mostly about Nantucket and Nan. I'm only halfway through, but so far it's been 5 hours of the backstory of people's lives crashing all because of their immorality. I don't feel like finishing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JANE ROBERTS Berkley, MI United States 11-21-13
    JANE ROBERTS Berkley, MI United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sappy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story could have been good but the writing is so sappy!

    The author uses "for" way too much. (Exple "for she is ..."


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Better writing. Less cheesy!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too much drama in her voice


    Any additional comments?

    The book is more like a Harlequin Romance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KDN 08-25-11
    KDN 08-25-11
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    "The Beach House - predictable"

    It was an easy listen, but seemd a bit predictable. A good escape from the difficulty in our time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    09-20-09
    09-20-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Thought provoking"

    I love Jane Greene’s books. Yes, this one is very different from most. There were several true to life situations in this book. This could be in the inspiration / motivation relationship category. Lesson learned “Things always have a habit of working out in life the way they are meant to. We must learn to just sit back and relax; things WILL work out according to the UNIVERSE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Summer Marietta, GA, United States 09-15-09
    Summer Marietta, GA, United States 09-15-09
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    "Very enjoyable..."

    This was my first Jane Green....I am pleasantly surprised. Chick lit AND a little suspense! I am definitely a fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-06-09
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 02-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "no thanks"

    While this book is well written, I found it (overall) to be very...sad. The breakup and heartache of marriages and relationships falling apart was actually quite depressing, and the ending (very neatly put together) seemed to border on ridiculous. Jane Green has written much better books than this one!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 02-18-09
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 02-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "fair"

    I usually like Jane Green, but this was not her usual style. It was too "romantic" and not funny enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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