“She was standing on the deck now, scanning the horizon for landmarks – the water tower, the cluster of rainbow sailboats daringly leaving the harbor, the buoys. This year, this summer – this would be a time she would always remember. She was sure of that.”
The Island House
By Nancy Thayer
Courtney Hendricks is once again going to Nantucket to visit the Vickereys for the summer. She’s thankful for the warm welcome she has always received from her best friend’s mother and the fact that she really does feel like one of Susanna’s “summer” children. This time though Courtney is at a crossroads in her life and is not sure if this may be the last summer she spends with Robin and her family.
For Robin Vickerey having her best friend means the summer will be filled with lots of visits to the beach, talking until all hours of the night and sharing memories but she is also busy helping her mother plan a big birthday bash and just helping with running the house as her brothers and sister and all of their friends can cause quite a commotion. Robin is also hiding a secret from her family and her best friend but will this be the summer she can finally share her happiness?
The Vickereys are a lively family and each character seemingly larger than life. Amidst all the laughter there are also difficult moments that each character is dealing with but with the help of friends and family they will learn that they can get through the rough patches.
If you are looking for a quick, easy beach read this might be the one for you. There is a lot of romance and drama but things tend to get resolved quickly and easily. Still I couldn’t help but wish I was on the island enjoying the breezes and splashing in the waves. Sounds like a lovely place to be.
Source: Advance review copy