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Island Girls: A Novel | [Nancy Thayer]

Island Girls: A Novel

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages - that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.

Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages - that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.

To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives. And if that weren’t problematic enough, their mothers descend on the island. When yet another visitor drops by the house with shocking news, the past comes screaming back with a vengeance. Having all the women from his life under his seaside roof - and overseeing the subsequent drama of that perfect storm - Rory Randall might just be enjoying a hearty laugh from above.

Nancy Thayer’s novel insightfully illustrates how the push and pull of family altercations make us whole. It’s how the Randall sisters come to forgive, and learn to open their hearts to love.

©2013 Nancy Thayer (P)2013 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Nancy Thayer is one of my favorite writers, and Island Girls is one of her best. The Randall sisters are like your own family members or your best friends: funny, smart and emotional, infuriating and good-hearted. Here is a book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life." (New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs)

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    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 08-18-14
    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly enjoyed this read! Great summer read!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Island Girls the most enjoyable?

    I love the setting of Nantucket and I loved this storyline!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Island Girls?

    Several..one Jenny with her father. The sisters being together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Arden and Meg wanted to buy a house with Jenny. Jenny's father going to see Jenny!s Mother definitely could make a sequel to this book.


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

    Exciting and emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Nancy Thayer's books because the storyline is meaty and always a beautiful setting!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne New York, NY, United States 07-03-13
    suzanne New York, NY, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Light beach read"

    Typical summer fluff. Not too bad, but the narrator's voice was so annoying! I still finished it, but she took a lot away for me.

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    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 06-21-13
    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 06-21-13

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    "A Light Nantucket Beach Read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I have read all Nancy’s books and the front cover of Island Girls, of course was a huge draw; however, her last few books do not live up to her earlier works (I was a huge fan). Her writing style has changed somewhat as does not have the jazz it once did as appears a little flat. It was a good light read; however would have liked to seen a little more depth or emotion from the characters. Overall was still a fun read beach read, and I enjoyed the audio --as the narrator was excellent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Was Island Girls worth the listening time?

    Yes, as always been a fan of Nancy Thayer; however, see my comments above.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like for Nancy to go back to her original writing style as the last few books have not lived up to her earlier works.

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