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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times bestselling author of Nantucket Sisters whisks listeners away to the island of Nantucket in this delightful story about two single parents who accidentally rent the same house one sunny summer.

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 on Nantucket for two summer months. When she and her children arrive at Isle Stay, she discovers that Trevor Black, 30, recently widowed, and his son Dylan, 5, have also rented the house. Neither one is willing to give up their much-needed vacations, so Wendy and Trevor devise a plan to share the house for the summer. Preparing meals in their one kitchen, Wendy and Trevor become friends, and chemistry builds throughout the seabreezy summer. But the house is full of their children, and neither is sure they're ready to move on after recent heartbreaks. Over the last sun-soaked weekend of the summer, as chaos reigns and emotions run as high as the temperatures, Wendy must decide where her heart truly lies.

©2015 Nancy Thayer (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Divorced mother moves on

The performance was really good. The story was not so good. A divorced mother moves on immediately. Everything wraps up nicely and everyone is perfectly happy with a broken family. Realistic? I think not. To think divorce is so seamless is quite a tall tale.

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Excellent

The Guest Cottage is a wonderful book, and was narrated exceptionally well. Highly recommend if you are looking for something light hearted and fun!

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Narration was So so

Interesting but just a simple sweet love story. Nothing that really grabbed me and couldn't quit listening. The narrator was quit boring through most of the book.

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  • PJ
  • 07-17-16

Great summer read!

Easy happy and full of Nantucket. Loved it. A few twists but love a happy ending in this sad world

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A good summer listen

Enjoyed the main characters and this was an easy listen. Kept me interested though I times I thought "wow, she's really being dumb," but that's of course because I knew what was going on for the other guy. Good listen or read when you don't want to have to think too much.

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  • Maura
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 09-24-15

Not the lovely beach book I had hoped for

I love beach books. I love a happy ending. I like romance. I did not like The Guest Cottage.

First, the performance: the narrator sounded like a woman in her late 50's to mid-60's, narrating the voice of a 36 year old. And just about every female character's dialogue was read in a whiny, plaintive, overly dramatic tone that made me root against them just because it was so grating.

More importantly, though, I can suspend disbelief in a story where accidental housemates of 2 months fall in love. But I can't entirely suspend morality and a sense of basic human decency. I'm as liberal as they come, but it's not really cool to have a character LITERALLY shrug and wave away the mention that she is still married when she announces she's marrying someone else.

The kids' blithely happy reaction to their father's infidelity and an impending divorce is equal parts improbable and disturbing, so neither of them were plausible characters.

The widower with a heart of gold and his tantrumy preschooler were the only halfway believable characters, but it boggles the mind that a completely un-self-aware emotional dunce with no conscience like the main character would be giving a devoted dad of 4 years useful parenting tips.

I finished it because I'm stubborn and I paid for it. I did huge a book by its cover, and it was as much of a mistake as the adage warns.

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Storyline was tough to "believe " and weak

Performance. Women's voice made the lead female character seem to be over 50 and not the declared age of 36. Her imitation of voices made it difficult to believe any of the storyline. I may have been better off reading the book instead.
Storyline. It was ok. Like stated above it sure if I've been jaded due to the narrator

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Loved it!

Relaxing read...a story of love, friendship, and family. The setting is always refreshing in Nantucket.

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excellent summer audio book

listened to it on the way to the Outer Banks NC. made time go fast. very engrossing.

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This book was painful.

I'm sorry- but this book was lacking on so many levels I simply can't explain it in 15 words. The plot was weak, characters weren't believable, however, the setting was lovely.

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