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Praise for Nantucket Sisters
“[Nancy] Thayer obviously knows her Nantucket, and the strong sense of place makes this the perfect escapist book for the summer, particularly for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.”Booklist
“Thayer keeps readers on the edge of their seats with her dramatic story spanning the girls’ childhood to adulthood. This wonderful beach read packs a punch.”Library Journal

Praise for Nancy Thayer
“Thayer’s sense of place is powerful, and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace.”—Dorothea Benton Frank
“A charming and fun summer read . . . Readers will love this story of family and love.”—The Plain Dealer
Summer Breeze
“Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books. . . . All [these characters] are involved in life-changing choices, with all the heart-wrenching decisions such moments demand.”—The Star-Ledger
“An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
Island Girls
“A book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.”—Susan Wiggs
“Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful.”—Romance Reviews Today

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Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives in Nantucket.

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Thin, light erotica/romance with ecology agenda 1. Mai 2014
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I don't know what I was expecting when I ordered this book from Amazon Vine, but I'm drawn to anything Nantucket oriented, and a story about sisters or best friend-relationships always appeals to me. The story begins when Maggie and Emily are both 11, and the narrative voice sounds appropriate for that age of reader as well, quite child-like in the language and syntax, yet smooth and slick, vastly professional compared to many YA books. It is not, however, aimed at a YA audience, though the reading is cloyingly vapid at first. As I read, I asked myself whether I was mistaken and checked again to see the advertising said this was general audience adult fiction, when the story goes no deeper than "This happens all the time between Emily and Maggie. They think the same thought at the exact same time." But it was early in the story, and the sales blurb mentioned a long relationship and shared pregnancies, so I kept going.
What Nancy Thayer does brilliantly - to the point I wish she would write a volume of poetry with her beautiful language that floats above the mundane - is description. Page 48 rings like magic with phrases like "...Quaker ladies and shad bushes bloom in bridal profusion...scarlet wood lilies play like children in the breeze." It almost feels like something lovely is coming, that the reading is going to be worthwhile after all, that we've hit a vein here, and the story will go with it.
Alas, the story stays on the level of pre-teen giggling girls, even through very graphic (but devoid of actual emotion) sex. I just hated the whole message that being adult meant being a slut, and that it was happily accepted as normal. Maggie declares she doesn't want to "do that dating stuff" because she has plans for her life that don't include pregnancy. So a date is just a quick rut? I thought a date was a movie, a pizza, a walk on the beach and picnic. Is this what some young girls think, that to call anything a "date" automatically means intercourse? That you can't be attracted to someone and have some personal control? The whole between-the-lines message of the book centers around Emily and Maggie blooming to womanhood, awakening to sexual desire and of course, acting on it as soon as they find a willing partner. Naturally there are "hot" young men galore on Nantucket.
Then back to the language and writing itself. If Thayer had allowed the level of writing to develop along with Maggie and Emily, if it had aged as they did, given them some introspection, some feelings about their lives, I might have accepted the graphic sex as part of a coming of age story. But by the end, when the girls are thirty-somethings, we still tread in shallow puddles. "She showers, washes her hair, blows it dry, taming it with hot rollers while she applies eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, lip gloss, reminding herself that this isn't a date, this is dinner with Tyler, an old friend..." (At least she's not planning seducing him at that moment) I just can't get over the grocery list of makeup application, as if that's part of the story. Tyler's so lame as to think she had a child because she'd once found a soul-mate, the love of her life. Maggie smilingly tells poor old, good old dependable Tyler, that her daughter is the result of a one-night stand. He's just such a lump to think sex meant love, isn't he?
All in all, this novel is a glib, professionally written piece. Thayer is uniquely talented as a writer. I just wish she'd do something else. Bottom line, if you hope to teach your daughters morals or character, or if you yourself own any, I'd pass on this. Not recommended.
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Three and a half stars 7. Mai 2014
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I've always liked Nancy Thayer's writing, but this novel and her preceding one have fallen a bit short. This tells the story of two girls on Nantucket, one an island girl, one a wealthy summer resident. Their friendship begins when they're children when they decide they're Nantucket Sisters. Then life happens as they grow up and make their way in their respective worlds. I was very engrossed in this book until about three quarters of the way through, when all of a sudden, all these inconsistencies started appearing in relationships. For example (small spoiler), Character A decides to end a romantic relationship with character B, who beats Character A to the punch. All of a sudden, Character A can't live without Character B, and is begging for a reconciliation. No nod given to the fact that it was Character A's idea in the first place, and the book even goes so far as to blame Character B for the entire thing much later. Characters which played fairly large parts in the first part of the story, barely rate a mention in the last part, when their reactions to happenings would be relevant. The ending had things developing at a VERY unrealistically fast pace. Had to meet that 330 page thing?
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Fun, Fast Read 28. April 2014
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In a tale as old as a summer home on the beach, Nantucket Sisters is a light tale off two friends from opposite sides of the tracks that build a friendship over several seasons. Ranging from age 11 to adulthood, they keep each others secrets and finally end up falling for the same man. There's not too much heavy thinking involved in reading this book, which is great when you want a beach read. Buy one for yourself and one for your bestie to enjoy!
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Please don't waste your money or time on this truly terrible book 12. August 2014
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This "novel" could be a textbook for a course on bad writing. Paper-thin characters personifying tired stereotypes? Check. Ridiculously artificial dialogue that no human would actually utter? Check. Erotic scenes comparing sex to riding dolphins? Check. (I'm not making that up!) Even as easy beach reads go, this book is incredibly insulting to any adult with a shred of intelligence or literally any life experience. To make matters worse, one of the main characters majors in English because "she wants to be a writer of good novels, and she needs to learn from educated, thoughtful professors how they are written, what makes them good." Perhaps the author was trying to prove a point by intentionally writing the worst possible book? If so, it should come with some sort of disclaimer.

Finally, it is truly irresponsible for the author to say that water wings saved a child from drowning in the ocean. Water wings can be helpful as children learn how to swim but they are NOT lifesaving devices!
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Emily and Maggie met as children on Nantucket Island. Maggie lived there year-round, while Emily came for the summers. They were so close that they called themselves Nantucket Sisters: A Novel.

Ben, Maggie's brother, is two years older, and Emily has had a crush on him since childhood.

Slowly, over the years, we watch as time and life changes them. Maggie goes away to college, and so does Emily, but to different universities, their paths only crossing occasionally. Emily's relationship with Ben becomes deeper over time, but their differences seemingly pull them apart.

As they reach adulthood, forces consume them, and compromise seems impossible. What secrets and betrayals stand between them? Can anything repair the broken ties?

Maggie's desire to be a writer keeps her connected to the island, and Emily's passion for the environment also connects her to that world. Will they finally discover how to resurrect what they've lost? What tragedies happen to ultimately reunite them? And what secrets will remain between them?

As the author's prose painted pictures of the setting and the people, it all seemed like a gift to be unwrapped slowly. I loved the author's descriptions of the island, from the homes to the waves against the shore. The parties seemed to invite me in, welcoming me as if I were in attendance. But what truly engaged me was the strength of friendship in spite of mistakes and the knowledge that even broken trust can be repaired. The ending was triumphant and a bit predictable, but heart-warming. 4.5 stars.
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