Nancy Thayer
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Nancy Thayer

I grew up in Kansas, surrounded by prairie, but thirty-five years ago I came to Nantucket to visit a friend who introduced me to the love of my life. Charley and I have now lived on Nantucket for 33 years--year-round, as we say, so I have a special feeling for this island and for the people who come here. I love the island most in the winter when the waves crash dramatically on the shore.

I have a bachelor's and master's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and I still go to KC often to visit my darling baby sister, who inspires many of the characters in my book. Yes, she is blond, and yes, she is 9 years younger than I am. I still love her.

For a few years, I taught freshman English in several states, and had short stories published in literary reviews. My first novel, Stepping, was published by Doubleday in 1980, and started me off on the career I've always wanted. I was a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1980 and in 2015, I received the RT Career Achievement Award.

I've published 29 novels--all available on amazon--including Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, Nantucket Sisters, and Island Girls. A Nantucket Wedding will be my 30th. Champagne for everyone!

When I'm not writing novels--all 29 are available on amazon--I'm walking the beach with my husband or entertaining our 4 grandchildren & their parents & our friends. All my novels are about family and friendships, which I believe are the foundation of a happy, if complicated, life.

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Best Sellers

    • Custody

    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    A secret in a woman’s past returns to change her life forever in this riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer. Now available for the first time in audio....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tempered and Forged by the Kiln of Experience

    • By Empress Karen on 10-04-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Secrets in Summer

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 493
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 435
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 438

    Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dragged a bit

    • By Jacqueline on 01-22-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Island House

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 181

    The charms of Nantucket tempt a woman to leave her established life in Kansas City - but with a piece of her heart, and a love interest, in each world, she discovers she must look within....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love Nancy Thayer's style of writing

    • By L.W. on 07-31-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Summer Breeze

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Summer Breeze tells the wonderfully moving story of three women who forge a unique bond one sun-drenched summer on New England's Dragonfly Lake....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising....

    • By L.W. on 08-15-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A Nantucket Wedding

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 105

    A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So boring

    • By LRogers on 05-04-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Stepping

    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Zelda Campbell was just a college student when she met and fell in love with her professor; they married before she graduated. Zelda’s love for Charlie was wonderfully passionate - though it came with his daughters Caroline and Cathy. And so begins Zelda’s ride in step-parenting....

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Between Husbands and Friends

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    When Lucy West and Kate Cunningham meet, the two spirited young women recognize kindred spirits in each other. Both Lucy and Kate married early and lack complete confidence in the brave new world of mothering. As their friendship deepens, their lives become fully intertwined....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Ugh

    • By Mary on 10-06-18

    Regular price: $24.99

    • Nell

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Nell St. John is not living the life she imagined for herself - not by a long shot. She was once a glamorous young actress married to influential director Marlow St. John. Together, the A-list couple was the toast of the town. But then Marlow’s star fades and tensions at home skyrocket....

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Guest Cottage

    • A Novel
    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 313
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 272

    Wendy Anderson is 35, the mother of two children, and happily married - until she discovers her husband Zack has cheated on her. Confused, angry, and lost, she rents a house....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Divorced mother moves on

    • By Jennifer on 07-17-15

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Hot Flash Club

    • By: Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Meet Faye, Marilyn, Alice, and Shirley. Four women with skills, smarts, and secrets - all feeling over the hill and out of the race....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book

    • By Anonymous User on 03-22-18

    Regular price: $31.50

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