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It's summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a local boy, home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women - two sisters and one friend - make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt.

They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her husband's infidelity and then her own pregnancy; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vickie, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more, while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures.

©2007 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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OMG...spoiler alert:

I am cancer free as of now(about two and a half years after diagnosis) and this book really hit me hard. I would buy it again despite the knowledge I have after reading it.

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A whole lotta cancer...

This was in no way a bad book... But it was filled with more dark “cancer” moments than I was looking for in this otherwise refreshing and often lighthearted story around the other women.

It was a fine story, but not at all what I expected.

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way too many "said"- drove me crazy on

Nice story but the writer needs to use other words for "said". over okay read

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Just ok.

It was a fine book to pass the time, but wasn’t great. I wouldn’t recommend to my girlfriends. Her newest book, The Perfect Couple, is leaps and bounds better than this. I read that one first and was hoping her other books would be just as good. Disappointed.

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You will be able to smell the sunscreen.

I can't recommend this book enough, it is everything a summer novel should be and more. I was completely immersed in it from start to finish and have such a clear picture of each of the characters, the cottage, the beach in my minds eye. The dynamic of the sisters is one that anyone with a sister can understand and the plot will suck you right in. By the end you will hope you can meet up with everyone next summer in Nantucket. Love. Love. Love.

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An intricately crafted emotional roller coaster!<br />

an amazing tale of struggle and survival full of everyday twists and turns that anyone can relate to

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<br />must read<br />

very much loved the book, it flowed like water .
could not stop listening when I would come home from work I would sit in my vehicle and listen, on my way to work I would sit in the parking lot and listen . I was addicted ,very good book






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great summer read

lighthearted, characters you can grab on to, great reader. a book you want for the beach!

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A fun AND thoughtful novel

sweet but with a dose of heavy. a quick listen. enjoyable. love hearing about nantucket

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a lot of drama

there are a lot of relationships in this story and the author goes deep into it. in a good way. I enjoy the depth of the character stories but the story itself wasn't riveting. it was a bit predictable.