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Family Reunion Audio CD – Unabridged, 4 May 2021
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A longtime Nantucket resident is trying to make the best of a lonely summer. Her spirited granddaughter is learning what she wants out of life. Unforgettable surprises await them both in this magical, multigenerational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.
"Readers come to Nancy Thayer novels for the idyllic Nantucket beaches and lifestyle, but they stay for the characters."--New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe
Eleanor Sunderland loves living on Nantucket, in a gorgeous cliffside home that has been in her family for decades. Yet this year she can't help but feel a bit isolated, even as the island begins to come alive with summer tourists and travelers. Her best friend has skipped town on a last-minute cruise, leaving Eleanor feeling lonely and nostalgic about her family's weekend trips to the island, made less frequently in the years since her husband's passing. Now, her money-driven children contact her mostly to complain and to beg her to sell her beloved home for a steep payout. Hoping to kick the season off on a good note, Eleanor decides her seventieth birthday may be the perfect occasion for a much-needed reunion.
Fresh off the heels of her college graduation, Eleanor's dear granddaughter, Ari, has just ended an engagement that felt less like true love and more like a chore. She longs for a change of scenery and to venture far from her parents' snobbish expectations. Taking advantage of her newfound freedom, she heads to Nantucket to clear her head before graduate school, moving in with her grandmother and taking a job at the local beach camp. As she watches Eleanor begin to form a bond with an old acquaintance, Ari herself becomes completely smitten with a friend's charming older brother. But just as grandmother and granddaughter fall into a carefree routine, a few shocking discoveries throw them off course, and their ideas of the future seem suddenly uncertain.
Eleanor and Ari make exciting connections, old and new, over the course of an unpredictable, life-changing few months, and learn to lean on each other through every new challenge they face in life and love, in this tale filled with Nancy Thayer's signature Nantucket magic.
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About the Author
Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Girls of Summer, Let It Snow, Surfside Sisters, A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, and Island Girls. Born in Kansas, Thayer has been a resident of Nantucket for thirty-five years, where she currently lives with her husband, Charley, and a precocious rescue cat named Callie.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (4 May 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1978617259
- ISBN-13 : 978-1978617254
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 1.27 x 17.02 cm
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It certainly didn’t take place recently during the pandemic or are authors just going to skip these last few years?
This is my first Nancy Thayer book, and from some of the other reviews I read, I should expect to enjoy others even more.
It seems hardly any readers likes Alicia, and I’m no different, but maybe that’s intentional. Her obvious and outspoken greed sort of turned my stomach. Even after I read and understood some of the reasons she was the way she was. But, you know what? It’s OK to have that one fingernail-on-the-chalkboard character.
I adored Eleanor, and it was nice to read the POV of an elder. Her vulnerability and her tenacity play well together. I admire her for speaking out and keeping quiet when she thinks it is necessary.
Ari could’ve been a tad bit more mature, but she was head over heels more grown-up than her own mother.
To me, this book had three main characters: Eleanor, Ari and the oceanfront cliff house. Why do we hold on to things the way we do?
There were times as I was reading that I thought ‘this is ridiculous, nobody would...’ then I’d come up with at least one or two instances where I’ve been in of known people in the same situation.
I’d recommend this book. I’ve never been to Nantucket (probably a little too blue blood for me), but I do live in a resort town and deal with summer people. I know what it’s like to be (married into) a multi-generational family who has been here for seven generations, and love where we live, and never look forward to ‘family pieces’ get broken up.