New York Times bestseller Nancy Thayer tells a captivating story of unlikely friendship during a summer on New England's Dragonfly Lake. For readers who love Santa Montefiore and Barbara Delinsky. Thirty-year-old Morgan O'Keefe is ready for a change. Though she loves many things about raising her young son at home, she longs to return to her career as a scientist. Artist Natalie Reynolds is thrilled to escape New York and house-sit for her aunt on Dragonfly Lake. Especially when a handsome neighbour turns out to be her unexpected rescuer... Bella Barnaby must return home to support her family while her mother recovers from an accident. While a handsome architect has designs on her, Bella harbours long-held dreams of her own. Three women, each at their own crossroads. As their paths intertwine, it's clear Dragonfly Lake has much in store that will take them to the most unexpected of places.
“The queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface. NAMED ONE OF TEN BEST SUMMER BOOKS TO READ ON THE BEACH BY SMARTERTRAVEL Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow. Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen. As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness. Praise for Secrets in Summer “Full of rich details about life on Nantucket, this breezy tale is at once nostalgic and hopeful. . . . The story is filled with sweet moments of unlikely female connections. An easily digestible, warmhearted tale of eye-opening friendships.”—Kirkus Reviews “[Nancy] Thayer’s latest is a lovely and heartwarming contemporary read with its blend of humor and emotion set against the beautiful backdrop of Nantucket Island. Her well-crafted plot is infused with warmth and heartfelt, tender moments. Darcy is a strong, independent yet vulnerable heroine who will appeal to readers. Thayer’s engaging storytelling and authentic, endearing characters will keep readers turning the pages.”—RT Book Reviews “Thayer’s beachside novel brims with themes that women’s-fiction readers love, and the plot skims important issues—infidelity, fear of commitment, grief—while maintaining its focus on Darcy’s personal growth and the intergenerational friendship between the four women.”—Booklist (starred review)
When life gets complicated, New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods proves family—and love—can make all the difference Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she's worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast. With difficult decisions to make about her future, the last thing she wants is an unexpected love. Wade Johnson fell for Gabi the first time he saw her. It's not the only time he's found himself in the role of knight in shining armor, but Gabi isn't looking for a rescuer. To get her to stay, Wade will need a whole lot of patience and gentle persuasion…and maybe the soothing sound of wind chimes on a summer breeze.
Author : Catherine Anderson
ISBN : 1101210524
Genre : Fiction
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New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson explores the history of the beloved Coulter Family with this timeless tale that will make you believe in the power of love… The year is 1889, and Rachel Hollister hasn’t set foot outside her house in five years. Ever since a savage attack left her family dead, she’s cordoned herself off from the outside world, afraid to let anyone into her home—or into her heart. But now trouble has appeared on her doorstep—and suddenly she has no choice but to let a handsome rancher invade her well-guarded existence... Confirmed bachelor Joseph Paxton grudgingly offers to take up temporary residence at the Hollister ranch—even though it’s obvious that Rachel doesn’t want his protection. But once he catches a glimpse of his beautiful young ward and her remarkable spirit, he’ll do anything to make her see the refuge he’s offering in his embrace—and the splendor that exists beyond her front door. Otherwise he’ll just have to build a safe haven big enough for the both of them.
Author : Judy Blume
ISBN : 0307575241
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become “summer sisters.” Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin begs Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—because she wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart. Praise for Summer Sisters “Compulsively readable . . . [Blume’s] powers are prodigious.”—The New York Times Book Review “As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing ‘How Sweet It Is.’ You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was.”—Chicago Tribune “An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying . . . sometimes at the same time . . . Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters.”—The Denver Post “Blume’s characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside. . . . She catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends.”—The Seattle Times
Elisha Spencer had spent the last ten years of her life balancing school and preparing for the Miss USA Pageant. Nothing could stop her from taking the crown, until disaster walked into her life. Elisha's coach, Clarence Yates fell to his knees during Elisha's rehearsal. It seemed as though his years of fast-paced pageantry work had finally caught up with him. Distraught, Elisha turns to her best friend and fellow pageant contestant, Luciana for support, only to find that Luciana has been taking prescription sleeping pills to deal with the stress of the pageant and school. Weeks before the pageant, Luciana finds out she didn't get into Juilliard as her parents planned. Unable to handle the pressure, Luciana overdoses on sleeping pills and won't come out of a coma. As Elisha searches for strength, she finds comfort in one of her professors, Eric Turner. Eric steps right in, happily comforting Elisha and even acting as her coach. The relationship quickly grows into a smothering romance. Elisha works to keep it all together, but becomes suspicious of those closest to her. She begins to wonder if Luciana's death was suicide or the perfect crime. And could it have been related to Clarence's death? In this twisted story, A Late Summer's Breeze, Elisha learns some people will do anything for love.
In book two of this fiction series based on the best-selling non-fiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage, readers meet the blended family of Derek and Kim Finley. Kim has a set of twins—one boy and one girl—from her first marriage; Luke has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and Lydia is acting out as a result of the attention now being showered on Luke. To complicate matters, Derek’s overbearing mother comes to live with them. With all that’s going on in their lives, Kim and Derek’s communication begins to break down and their marriage slowly moves into winter. Although the second book will focus on Kim and Derek, readers will also encounter all their favorite characters—Patsy Pringle, Pete Roberts, Steve and Brenda, Esther and Charlie—as well as some new ones, like the proprietor of the new sandwich shop that’s moved in next to Patsy’s beauty parlor. The series is based on the marriage principles found in Gary Chapman’s non-fiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage. Similar in tone and light-hearted, quirky humor as Jan Karon’s Mitford series, Fannie Flagg’s books or Steel Magnolias. Each book has a study guide that talks about the four seasons of marriage and the healing strategies depicted in that volume’s story.
“Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide,” notes bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. And The Star-Ledger declares “Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books,” for her storytelling gifts shine bright in her beloved “Beach Read” novels. This warm and wonderful eBook collection includes five acclaimed novels: BEACHCOMBERS HEAT WAVE MOON SHELL BEACH SUMMER HOUSE SUMMER BREEZE Readers will discover sisters reuniting after years of estrangement . . . a young widow and her two daughters at a crossroads . . . two former best friends struggling to rekindle what was lost . . . three generations of women wrestling with life-changing decisions . . . and a trio of strangers who forge an unforgettable alliance over one sun-drenched New England summer. Praise for Nancy Thayer and her novels “Ms. Thayer captures her beloved Nantucket like no one else, celebrating the island’s nature and beauty, using it as a rich backdrop.”—Luanne Rice “Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank, on Beachcombers “A heartwarming novel that will take readers on an emotional roller coaster full of family connections, hysterical summer guests and the drama of everyday life.”—Nantucket Today, on Heat Wave “Moon Shell Beach reminds readers of what they held dear as children, and if that changed as adults. It is also brings back memories of friendships and family ties and how our choices affect both.”—Durham Herald-Sun “This well-wrought, appealing book . . . is packed with literally down-to-earth charm.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times, on Summer House “An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News, on Summer Breeze
Known for her heartwarming observations of family life, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer showcases her beloved Nantucket’s snowy off-season in this emotionally gratifying and utterly entertaining story. Holidays on this Massachusetts island are nothing short of magical, and the season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. Their home is already full of enticing scents of pine, baking spices, and homemade pie. But the warm, festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations. Nicole, however, is not about to let anyone or anything tarnish her first Christmas with her new husband. Nancy Thayer’s wonderful tale reminds us that this is the season of miracles. Before the gifts are unwrapped, surprise visitors appear, and holiday joy comes to all, both naughty and nice. Praise for A Nantucket Christmas “Thayer’s Christmas story is as sweet and warm as a fresh-baked cookie. . . . heart-twisting moments and a yuletide miracle will get readers in the holiday mood.”—RT Book Reviews “Thayer gives readers of women’s fiction another enjoyable foray to Nantucket.”—Library Journal
#4 in the O.C.L.T. Series There are incidents and emergencies in the world that defy logical explanation, events that could be defined as supernatural, extraterrestrial, or simply otherworldly. Standard laws do not allow for such instances, nor are most officials or authorities trained to handle them. In recognition of these facts, an organization has been created that can. Assembled by a loose international coalition, their mission is to deal with these situations using diplomacy, guile, force, and strategy as necessary. They shield the rest of the world from their own actions, and clean up the messes left in their wake. They are our protection, our guide, our sword, and our voice, all rolled into one. They are O.C.L.T. R.C. Hayes has settled into his job with the FBI, and put behind him the strange incident that ended his military career. But when he and his partner are sent to the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana to look into a murder, events take an unsettling and eerily familiar turn. R.C. struggles to solve the case as deaths pile up around him and as the situation takes a decidedly unnatural cast. With the help of a mysterious new ally, he may finally come to terms with what happened to him long ago—and enter a strange new career he is uniquely suited for. Provided he can survive the incursion of supernatural elements into his supposedly safe and mundane world. This is the second full-length novel in the O.C.L.T. series. It joins the novellas "Brought to Light" by Aaron Rosenberg and "The Temple of Camazotz" by David Niall Wilson, and the novel "The Parting," also by David Niall Wilson, in setting the stage for further adventures. Each of these works introduces another facet of the O.C.L.T. team; "Incursion" draws the loose ends together, establishes a base, and determines leadership for the fledgling agency.