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- Print Length: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (12 June 2008)
- Sold by: Penguin UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002RI9MT8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 479 customer ratings
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The Beach House Kindle Edition
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'Has all her trademark warmth, humour and wish-fulfilment' The Times
One summer a group of strangers - each with their own reason for wanting to step out of their busy life - meet at rented beachouse in sunny Nantucket. There's Daniel, who's causing heartbreak for his wife Bee; recently divorced Daff, who feels she's lost touch with her daughter Jess; and Michael - son of the house's mischievous , free-spirited owner Nan, who is having an ill advised fling with his boss.
With so many lost souls gathered under one roof, very soon there are tears and laughter, friendship and - for some - even love. Each one of them is hoping for a new beginning. But will any of them find it?
'This may be her tenth tale, but it's as fresh and sparkling as her first' Woman
'Addictive . . . a must-read summer delight' Heat
'Perfect summer reading' Bella
'Great for reading on the beach!' Closer
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Nan Powell's great virtue is that she isn't phased and is as resilient as they come. After her husband committed suicide or even after her financial adviser tells her she's in dire straits Nan toughed it out. She raised her son Michael on her own, living her life on her own terms. Now she's become the resident eccentric in a town of tourists, known for her beauty and her bright red lipstick! Facing the new challenge, Nan turns her home into a summer bed and breakfast, and draws a circle of new friends around her, whom all come to the beach to heal themselves. That includes a divorcee still recovering from her husband's infidelity, a young father of two girls struggling with his sexual orientation, and Nan's son Michael, on the rebound after a disastrous love affair. It's about total strangers whose relationships all fall apart. It's a gentle, lilting story of how at least one party of all the broken relationships find their way to Nantucket and to the home of Nan. Here a lot of them find healing in the restful atmosphere of the house and island and also find new love. It's just lovely really...
After discovering that the last of the family money has been badly invested and lost, Nan decides that the only way to save the family home in Nantucket is to open it up as a guest house. Her son returns home due to another complex and failed relationship, only to fall in love with one of the guests. Daff, recently split from her husband decides to stay at the house and have time to sort herself out after her daughter decides to live with her father for awhile. Daniel comes to stay so that he can be closer to his estranged wife and children. The relationships are complex, funny, endearing, and so very enjoyable.
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Daniel and Bea have two young daughters and a crumbling marriage. Bea seems to think a romantic summer spent in a holiday rental at Nantucket will fix things, even if Daniel will only be there on the weekends thanks to his work. The couples therapy doesn't seem to be working so she is more than willing to try anything. Daniel has a huge secret that he has plucked up the courage to speak to the therapist about and now he is more convinced than ever that the marriage is over.
Richard and Daff have split up and their daughter Jess is floundering. Both of them are tiptoeing round the teen and giving her the space they think she needs. Unfortunately, Jess doesn't need space, she needs firm boundaries and the more she gets away with the further she pushes things. When Richard starts dating again Jess really disintegrates and Nantucket seems like the ideal solution.
A few drinks too many and Michael makes maybe the worst mistake of his life with his married boss. He is free and single and at first seems to enjoy the thrill of the affair but he soon realises that his actions are so very, very wrong. The only solution seems to be a hasty retreat back to his mother's Island mansion.
Nan is the Island eccentric. Still suffering from the loss of her husband decades ago her money has run out and now it looks like she is going to lose her home. In an attempt to salvage things she draws on her reserves of inner strength and decides to open a rooming house for the summer.
It could all have been a bit bleak if I'm being honest. Lots of lives in turmoil and people floundering to make it through to the next day. Somehow I found myself really enjoying it all. Some of the characters are more relatable than others but there are so many that even if one irritates the hack out of you there is the sure and certain knowledge that we will be moving on to another one in a few pages. Normally the themes of adultery and stroppy teens would turn me off a book in short order but although these are pushed to their limits in certain sections (Jess's tantrums spring to mind) they have enough empathy and truth to them that I soon became engrossed. It does all make for uncomfortable reading in places as it cuts a little close to relationships that I see around me.
This is the first Jane Green that I have read and it definitely won't be my last. Complicated characters that are allowed to speak for themselves and have real world problems and insecurities. Throw in an idyllic summer retreat and you have the almost perfect holiday read.
All characters are two dimensional and thus unlikeable.
Nan is in her sixties yet comes across as a batty ninety year old
Jess the whiney tween-ager is so spoilt I want to slap her and both her parents... Awful, just awful.
I could overlook all of these points if it weren't for the fact that this book is just so bloody boring!
I found myself either falling asleep whilst attempting to read, or skim reading!
Oh and don't get me started on how working class, yet at the same time somehow filthy rich and upper-class everyone is.
Avoid, avoid, AVOID!!!!
The first Jane Green book I ever read was "Spellbound" which had come free in a magazine. I was an immediate 'fan' and went on to read everything else she'd written up until then, loving them all. Unfortunately the "Jane Green Gravy Train" then started to take over with "Life Swap" - I really struggled with it - as I didn't feel like JG was really TRYING any more, rather churning out rather lazy, cliched stuff, perhaps because the publisher was trying to cram too many books into each year - who knows? My loyalty seriously wobbled but remained based purely on her older stuff that had captivated me so much.
The Beach House is still uncomfortably cliched in places - English Jane has become quite the East-coast-ophile - but the story was sweet and, for the first time in quite a few JG books, I cared about what happened to the characters.
Curiously enough, her latest inside bookcover mentions her new husband and their 'blended' families - I wonder if the 'lost' years of JG happened while her first marriage was breaking down and her new life was being established, and whether the themes of those stories were actually based on what she was going through at the time. In which case, JG, all is forgiven!
For my taste its a bit twee and predictable and certainly not taxing on your brain.