Heat Wave

Heat Wave Lyrical emotional dramatic and packed with Nancy Thayer s trademark warmth and wisdom Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who after her seemingly perfect life unravels must find the stre

  • Title: Heat Wave
  • Author: Nancy Thayer
  • ISBN: Carley Winsted
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  • Page: 284
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Lyrical, emotional, dramatic, and packed with Nancy Thayer s trademark warmth and wisdom, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again.After her husband s sudden death, Carley Winsted is determined to keep her two daughters in their beloved home on Nantucket To ease the family s f Lyrical, emotional, dramatic, and packed with Nancy Thayer s trademark warmth and wisdom, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again.After her husband s sudden death, Carley Winsted is determined to keep her two daughters in their beloved home on Nantucket To ease the family s financial strain, she decides to transform their grand, historic house into a bed and breakfast Not everyone, however, thinks this plan prudent or quite respectable especially not Carley s mother in law Further complicating a myriad of challenges, a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed, will undo families and friendships And her late husband s former law partner is making Carley confront an array of mixed feelings Then, during a late summer heat wave, the lives of Carley and her friends and family will be forever changed in entirely unexpected ways Get A Copy UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Kindle Edition, 338 pages Published June 21st 2011 by Ballantine Books first published January 1st 2011 More Details ASIN B004J4WMHM Edition Language English Characters Carley Winsted setting Nantucket Island, Massachusetts United States Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Heat Wave, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is it ever explained WHY Carleys husband, Gus, has no money Even if he made bad investments, why didnt he keep his life insurance That didnt make any sense to me sorry like 11 months ago Add your answer Lynn Rieck Wyatt explained it to Carley one night over dinner Gus really did not like being a lawyer He fell into a financial hole my making one risky Wyatt explained it to Carley one night over dinner Gus really did not like being a lawyer He fell into a financial hole my making one risky investment in order to make up what he lost in the previous risky investment It kept snowballing, taking their savings, the girl s college money and finally his life insurance Wyatt even gave him money the amount not disclosed less flag See 1 question about Heat Wave Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.79 Rating details 9,643 ratings 657 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 600 More filters Sort order Jul 21, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves reviewed I m actually surprised I made it to the end of the book What a snore fest I really tried to like it and kept hoping that it would improve but unfortunately, no luck.The story takes place on Nantucket Carley has just lost her husband, Gus, who in turn left her with two young daughters to raise and no money, only their family home Stressed about finances and wanting to stay home to raise her girls, she decides to open a BB as she loves to entertain and bake, etc Also, her husband s best I m actually surprised I made it to the end of the book What a snore fest I really tried to like it and kept hoping that it would improve but unfortunately, no luck.The story takes place on Nantucket Carley has just lost her husband, Gus, who in turn left her with two young daughters to raise and no money, only their family home Stressed about finances and wanting to stay home to raise her girls, she decides to open a BB as she loves to entertain and bake, etc Also, her husband s best friend, Wyatt, is in love with her All I can say is that it s a typical story A story that could have been interesting if the characters were fully developed and likeable I found them to be very boring and having no likeable qualities For a beach read, it read like a soap opera, a long, boring soap opera The story is overloaded with so many needless and senseless trivial matters dealing with her daughters, baking, cleaning, decorating, and doing tons of laundry, etc And the love story between Carley and Wyatt so non existent They basically looked at each other and jumped into bed No passion whatsoever There was so much about the book that just didn t make sense They re all pretty much well off on the island, yet it s too expensive to put in air conditioning even though they constantly whine about the heat You have a BB and no a c in the house except for the rooms rented out Yeah, that s a place I really want to go to Not to mention one over run with children everywhere and I like kids Without giving the story away, I couldn t understand how Carley and her best friend, Vanessa, could still be friends with Maud Everything about their relationship towards the end was ridiculous As for the ending itself, too predictable I mean, you know how it s going to end a third way in If you re looking for something light and fluffy to take to the beach that won t use up a lot of brain cells, this is one that falls into that category flag 16 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jul 14, 2011 Kristin Strong rated it it was ok review of another edition This is not the worst book I ve cracked this year, but it s far from the best I picked it up at the library thank God I didn t spend any money on it for some very light summer readingyou know the kindit keeps you turning the pages but doesn t tax the intellect at all.Well, it filled the bill on the intellect part, but boy, did I want to stop turning the pages.It s not that every book I open should be Crime and Punishment , but reallythere s a fine line between light and flaky like a This is not the worst book I ve cracked this year, but it s far from the best I picked it up at the library thank God I didn t spend any money on it for some very light summer readingyou know the kindit keeps you turning the pages but doesn t tax the intellect at all.Well, it filled the bill on the intellect part, but boy, did I want to stop turning the pages.It s not that every book I open should be Crime and Punishment , but reallythere s a fine line between light and flaky like a biscuit, and downright insulting This was dangerously close to insulting.My question is, as it far too often is, Who edits this shit I m afraid the answer is Nobody edits this shit , or worse yet, Somebody who doesn t care about the reader and only wants to get the book out there to make a buck and or fulfill the author s contract That s who.Here are a few of my complaints This does not represent a complete list and is not arranged in order of degree of annoyance.1 For the love of GOD, would people PLEASE learn the difference between to lie and to lay in the present tense I don t have the space or time to give a grammar lesson here, but really She lay her head on his shoulder , meant in the past tense, always makes me want to respond Do she, now You can t use lay in this role You have to use laid I don t care if it sounds fancy enough, laid is right F ing learn some grammar You re a writer or an editor for Christ s sake.2 Enough with the food porn If I have to read one description of some woman s own homemade luscious cranberry almond orange peel muffins, I m going to projectile vomit and throw the book across the room The main character in this book eventually runs a BB on Nantucket, so there s way too much of this crap masquerading as rich detail for the plot Plus, she worries about her dancer daughter becoming anorectic , and then says she herself will get fat if she keeps eating cookie batter And she drinks enough hot chocolate to float a battleship Make up your mind And we ve had enough of women as nurturer metaphors expressed through food This is what made us all neurotic in the first place.3 PLEASE be accurate in your word choice Example Lanky is not a bad body type for a potential ballet dancer It does not necessarily rule out shoulders too broad for a serious dancer, either If you want to set up that state of affairs, perhaps rangy would be a better option Say what you mean, and mean what you say.4 PLEASE use accurate information Example A girl does not get her period before her breasts begin to grow I know this because our pediatrician just informed me of the order of puberty operations a month ago.5 PLEASE don t beat me over the head with things Example She wanted to kiss him, she couldn t wait to get her clothes off, he looked so sexy she wanted to throw him on the kitchen table and have sex with him right there If you state this subtly, and effectively, you won t have to belabor the point He s hot as hell and she wants to do him There, I said it once, succinctly Now I can stop saying it.There s plenty where that came from shoddy character development, minor characters who show up to make one point and then vanish, etc , but it boils down to this STOP INSULTING YOUR READERS We can tell a well crafted story from one that hews to a well worn trope This is the latter.Somebody needs to hire me to do this full time I may not be able to analyze literature like a professor, but I can sure find the holes in plots and the mistakes in writing and bring them to light Just call me Diogenes, with my lantern, searching in vain for a solid, well edited book flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 10, 2011 Cathy rated it it was ok review of another edition Where to start when reviewing Heat Wave, by Nancy Thayer First of all, the title doesn t really work, because I think of the action of the book takes place during the winter in Nantucket, and there is very little time spent during the summer Also, whose legs are on the cover Now that I ve finished the book, the cover is a little cryptic because there aren t any scenes of people sitting on a pier with their feet dangling over the ocean or anything remotely like that despite the beach Where to start when reviewing Heat Wave, by Nancy Thayer First of all, the title doesn t really work, because I think of the action of the book takes place during the winter in Nantucket, and there is very little time spent during the summer Also, whose legs are on the cover Now that I ve finished the book, the cover is a little cryptic because there aren t any scenes of people sitting on a pier with their feet dangling over the ocean or anything remotely like that despite the beachy setting.If I m going to complain about the story, it would be primarily directed at the uneven pace of the book For example, there is a mention of Cisco the older daughter of the main character taking horseback riding lessons to take her mind off the fact that she s built too large to be a dancer As much as it seems like a huge hope for Carley that this will work out for her daughter, the next paragraph skips to weeks months down the road, when she s already made progress with the horses At other times, there are three or four chapters detailing one day s minutiae While not paying strict attention to detail, I m not entirely convinced that the timing of the book is even possible Nearly the entire story takes place within the first year of Carley losing her husband which is repeated constantly by all the main characters , but in that time marriages break up, babies are conceived and birthed, and people take countless vacations It s all a little confusing and scattered.While I m on the subject of poor writing, what s up with these characterizations Carley gets mad when her best friend makes a terrible decision, and then she spends the rest of the book intermittently understanding and being unable to forgive her Carley was never madly in love with her husband, yet she feels guilty toward him when she falls for his best friend A little self awareness might be somewhat helpful The supporting cast is even worse Cisco flits from one thing to the next, with no apparent reason why It s like Thayer lacks insight into the mind of a teen, so she s unable to write coherently about it Maud is unapologetically sleeping with her best friend s husband, but seems to justify it by saying she really loves him and there is no judgment at all other than Carley s already mentioned halfhearted attempts at holding a grudge Newly single Vanessa gets knocked up by one of two guys she met, and nobody should question her actions because a she s happy, and b she says not to judge her Perhaps I m the only one completely irritated by a book without any moral center, but it s not very often I feel inclined to yell at the characters as I read about them flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it review of another edition Awful This is the novel version of a Lifetime movie, complete with unbelievable characters who have soap opera names The most laughable dialogue takes place among these characters along the improbable storyline Carley s every whim of an idea comes off without a hitch A tag sale Every item is snatched up as soon as the unwanted junk is displayed, including used electric nose hair clippers A bed and breakfast Up and oh so successfully running within months, including house renovations, perm Awful This is the novel version of a Lifetime movie, complete with unbelievable characters who have soap opera names The most laughable dialogue takes place among these characters along the improbable storyline Carley s every whim of an idea comes off without a hitch A tag sale Every item is snatched up as soon as the unwanted junk is displayed, including used electric nose hair clippers A bed and breakfast Up and oh so successfully running within months, including house renovations, permits, etc A cookbook Ready for the printers within a couple months, including bookstore signings In the midst of all these phenomenal accomplishments, she is supposedly dealing with the death of her husband, raising two daughters on her own, financial distress, one best friend stealing the other best friend s husband, demanding and disapproving in laws, a fantastic new relationship with dead husband s best friend, unexpectedly adopting a new baby, and so on What a world I ve seen soap operas with realistic plots Prepare to suspend ALL disbelief, or better yet, skip this book flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 11, 2011 Carolyn Hill rated it it was ok review of another edition I usually enjoy Nancy Thayer s writing for her relatable characters, interesting settings, humor, and insight However, I found this recent book to be lacking her usual flare The setting an old house in Nantucket was picturesque, but even it was not mined as deeply as it could have been The story centers on the young widow Carley and her efforts to keep the house and generate an income for her and her daughters after her dead husband s financial affairs are found to be in ruins It is also I usually enjoy Nancy Thayer s writing for her relatable characters, interesting settings, humor, and insight However, I found this recent book to be lacking her usual flare The setting an old house in Nantucket was picturesque, but even it was not mined as deeply as it could have been The story centers on the young widow Carley and her efforts to keep the house and generate an income for her and her daughters after her dead husband s financial affairs are found to be in ruins It is also a story about her relationship with her two best friends and how a love affair comes between them Carley, too, has a chance at new love, but seems unready for commitment This book read like chick lit without the humor or a genre romance The title is a poor choice and makes it sound like an erotic romance, and, while part of the story takes place in an unusually warm summer, the climatic action occurs in the winter Definitely not one of Thayer s best efforts flag 7 likesLike see review May 15, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it review of another edition I am absolutely positive that I am incapable of writing a summer novel I am also absolutely positive that Nancy Thayer can And she does it with skill, knowledge and just the right amount of juicy bits.Heat Wave is this summer s Nancy Thayer novel I was able to get a copy from Vine The true start of summer for me is accumulating great summer books from authors like Nancy Thayer and Claire Cook and Jane Green.I eat them up like candy Give me a Nantucket or Maine or Cape Cod setting and I am absolutely positive that I am incapable of writing a summer novel I am also absolutely positive that Nancy Thayer can And she does it with skill, knowledge and just the right amount of juicy bits.Heat Wave is this summer s Nancy Thayer novel I was able to get a copy from Vine The true start of summer for me is accumulating great summer books from authors like Nancy Thayer and Claire Cook and Jane Green.I eat them up like candy Give me a Nantucket or Maine or Cape Cod setting and some families with issues and I am glued to my book Add a B B setting and some friends and some rigid in laws and an itty bitty bit of infidelity this says winner to me.Oh and you can t forget the tea and muffins people in this book are forever baking and munching But they live in Nantucket and walk everywhere so the calories never hurt anyone as far as I could tell In a nutshell Carley and Maud and Vanessa are three great friends who live on the island Their families are close, their lives are intertwined and everyone is happy Then a husband dies suddenly, an affair is made known and the three friends are no longer close.The rest of the book is about recovery and growth and pain and love All of this is in a luscious Nantucket setting I sort of could not put it down I love Nancy Thayer s knowledge of Nantucket and I love that she writes about real places there I googled them This was a lovely fun book It was never slow for me I felt the issues that Carley and Maud and Vanessa faced were real ones The juicy bits were not even graphic you could almost rate this book G Sort of.If you just want to read about real friends that could be yours or mine this summer book is a great one flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 13, 2012 M rated it really liked it review of another edition Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer is a book I chose, like most books from the library, at random and from mostly aesthetic expressions I don t think I even read the inside flap You know the old saying, don t judge a book by its cover Well I have found that the experienced a reader, the better you can judge books by a glance That doesn t mean you don t have a few flops every once and a while When I first started reading Heat Wave I thought it would be one of those flops The writing had the cha Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer is a book I chose, like most books from the library, at random and from mostly aesthetic expressions I don t think I even read the inside flap You know the old saying, don t judge a book by its cover Well I have found that the experienced a reader, the better you can judge books by a glance That doesn t mean you don t have a few flops every once and a while When I first started reading Heat Wave I thought it would be one of those flops The writing had the characteristics of someone without much experience, although the author has 4 other titles accredited to her, and although the plot was believable, a lot of the places didn t have much explanation, and as the writer is a Nantucket native, that is to be expected And although I would have liked to see a little trial and error and struggle on the main characters part, the plot did take a totally unexpected turn at the end, redeeming the book slightly in my eyes So I d recommend it as a totally light fluffy beach read because its incredibly easy to get absorbed in I stayed up until one in the morning finishing it But I would not give it as a gift nor buy it because lets be honest there are far better books worth owning So if you wish to read Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer, get it at the libraryveittothefullest flag 5 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2012 Mayda rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves romance, audio For chick lit readers who long to recapture those angst filled teenage years but are now older with kids, this is the novel for you Now, instead of wondering if that special guy is going to ask you or your best friend to the prom, you can wonder if your hunky doctor husband is seducing your best friend while treating her kids cough Yes, now you can have all the sappy, whiny emotions but with grownup problems In reality, the gist of the novel a widow whose husband leaves her with two kids, For chick lit readers who long to recapture those angst filled teenage years but are now older with kids, this is the novel for you Now, instead of wondering if that special guy is going to ask you or your best friend to the prom, you can wonder if your hunky doctor husband is seducing your best friend while treating her kids cough Yes, now you can have all the sappy, whiny emotions but with grownup problems In reality, the gist of the novel a widow whose husband leaves her with two kids, a big house, and not much when he drops dead, a friend with an unfaithful husband Goodness, that divorcee DOES miss her best friend , her bossy in laws and crabby teenager, and her late husband s best friend as a love interest could be made into an interesting tale Unfortunately for this audio book, it is trite and predictable, superficial and wordy, and spends too little time developing the plot and too much time on the sexual interludes And just when you think it couldn t possibly be any angsty, the author pulls out all the stops So get out your hankies, if you relish this sort of novel and can make it through to the end While the audio reader is an accomplished actress, in this audio edition she seems to rely on the breathy and whiny sound of her vowels as she tries to voice the several characters It s such a pity that this is a shallow tale without substance when it had the potential to be so much flag 4 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 06, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it review of another edition Finally, in her most recent books Thayer has strayed away from the female character who has a crisis in her life but is able to move beyond it thanks to the wealth that she has allowing her to start over, redo a house on Nantucket etc.In Heat Wave, we find Carley working on Nantucket She attends a party one night and when she least expects it, finds the man of her dreams and marries him She settles into the community on Nantucket and finds two wonderful friends, Maud and Vanessa Unexpectedly, Finally, in her most recent books Thayer has strayed away from the female character who has a crisis in her life but is able to move beyond it thanks to the wealth that she has allowing her to start over, redo a house on Nantucket etc.In Heat Wave, we find Carley working on Nantucket She attends a party one night and when she least expects it, finds the man of her dreams and marries him She settles into the community on Nantucket and finds two wonderful friends, Maud and Vanessa Unexpectedly, Carley s husband dies but she feels blessed to have her friends and in laws surrounding her in her time of need Relationships are never simple and lives can be spun around and twisted upside down in a short time period As unexpected as Gus death was, Carly finds other equally unsettling things happening around her Can Las Tres Enchiladas ride the crashing waves of friendship without drowning Well, this book was given to me and I took it with me on vacation thinking that it was Thayer s newest book As I read it I kept feeling as though I knew the book and could write the rest of it Well, for good reason I had read the book in August 2011 and here I was reading it again in 2013 So, my memory seems to be failing me because this is the second time this year that I have done this I guess I am playing the song Oops, I ve Done It Again once flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 22, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves suspense, audiobook, chick lit On Nantucket Island, thirty two year old Carley Winsted is unprepared to suddenly become the single mom of her daughters five years old Margaret and twelve years old Cisco , but has no choice when her spouse Gus dies from an undetected heart defect However, besides having to take care of their devastated children, Carley is shocked to learn what a financial disaster Gus left her in spite of his being a lawyer.Gus parents Annabel and Russell push their daughter in law to leave the expensive On Nantucket Island, thirty two year old Carley Winsted is unprepared to suddenly become the single mom of her daughters five years old Margaret and twelve years old Cisco , but has no choice when her spouse Gus dies from an undetected heart defect However, besides having to take care of their devastated children, Carley is shocked to learn what a financial disaster Gus left her in spite of his being a lawyer.Gus parents Annabel and Russell push their daughter in law to leave the expensive historical home and move in with them Though she respects them, Carley prefers for her and the kids to remain in their present residence as a move on top of their father s death would cause harm than good for the children and she knows for her self esteem Over the objection of Annabel who feels she demeans her family home though Carley owns it, she decides to convert the historical house into a bed and breakfast with the help of friends like Gus partner Wyatt.This is an entertaining family drama that focuses on moving on after an unexpected death of a loved one The cast is fully developed including Carley s close friends Maud and Vanessa, but the well written character driven storyline never veers off a cause straighter than the Bonneville Salt Flats even with a further death and a newborn flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2014 Carmila rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves tragedy suspense thriller This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I thought it would be a drama, it s rather a fairy tale for adults The heroine is a very young widow who suddenly needs to work because her husband not only died but did it after very bad financial moves he didn t tell her about And then her friend trio is endangered because one of them has a dirty secret And there are her inlaws who don t let her do anything.But then everything turns just perfectly for almost everyone she gets the perfect job which she does perfectly from the start and she I thought it would be a drama, it s rather a fairy tale for adults The heroine is a very young widow who suddenly needs to work because her husband not only died but did it after very bad financial moves he didn t tell her about And then her friend trio is endangered because one of them has a dirty secret And there are her inlaws who don t let her do anything.But then everything turns just perfectly for almost everyone she gets the perfect job which she does perfectly from the start and she even finds the money she needs to begin, her girls are happy months after their father s death even the teen one , she finds the perfect boyfriend who will turn into the perfect husband even though he has always been a wild guy who loves girls and travel, she gets back her two friends, she even gets a free baby and then her inlaws just stop controling her life before completely disappearing I kept waiting for something to happen, but even when something finally happens at the end Vanessa , it seems to not matter that much and everyone keep being perfectly happy Call me a negative one but I didn t buy it flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 20, 2012 Monique rated it it was ok review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I had a very hard time feeling connected to the heroine and most of the other characters The author s style of writing made me feel like Carley was very detached and dispassionate about things she should have been emotional and attached to, such as her husband s death and her new love s love Even her relationships with her two best friends seemed distant and at the end when Vanessa died, I didn t feel much of anything towards her death, or her baby being motherless I had such little connecti I had a very hard time feeling connected to the heroine and most of the other characters The author s style of writing made me feel like Carley was very detached and dispassionate about things she should have been emotional and attached to, such as her husband s death and her new love s love Even her relationships with her two best friends seemed distant and at the end when Vanessa died, I didn t feel much of anything towards her death, or her baby being motherless I had such little connection to the character or her pregnancy and or what she meant to Carley.The only thing Carley did seem passionate about was her weakness in dealing with the inlaws and her weakness in keeping the fact of one best friends cheating ways from another best friend While tantalized by the plot, I was disappointed with the book overall, although if you are looking for an easy read while doing laundry or just something to keep your eyes busy, I guess this would be good flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 21, 2014 Ginger rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read2014, chick lit, library book This book was so good Full of life s ups and downs and a few surprises along the way I can t wait to get my hands on of this author s books Easy read as well as being well written Perfect beach read flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 13, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction I m surprised that I made it to the end because I was on the verge of DNF ing several times It s not a horrible book, it was just dull Our heroine, Carley marries young after getting pregnant Her husband dies unexpectedly at age 37, leaving this 32 year old widow with two daughters and no financial support Challenges arise, and go away Again, and again Everything neat and pat It s really about building a life on Nantucket in some ways There were many characters, but most were quite I m surprised that I made it to the end because I was on the verge of DNF ing several times It s not a horrible book, it was just dull Our heroine, Carley marries young after getting pregnant Her husband dies unexpectedly at age 37, leaving this 32 year old widow with two daughters and no financial support Challenges arise, and go away Again, and again Everything neat and pat It s really about building a life on Nantucket in some ways There were many characters, but most were quite one dimensional If you re looking for a vivid description of a life on Nantucket where everything resolves itself, read this book If you re looking for depth or something to happen, move along One thing that did drive me crazy was the relationship between two of Carley s best friends, Vanessa and Maud They developed a deep, sister like friendship Vanessa s husband hits on Maud Rather than saying Woa, Dude, you re married to my best friend she sleeps with him And never seems to get how wrong that was I found that hard to believe stomach I will admit at times I though the character s made odd word choices Carly, early in the book, used descriptive words that did not seem to fit her character such as describing Perrier as sublime At other times two characters made statements in the same paragraph Ack flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 12, 2018 Chloe rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves on my read bookshelf This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here If atmosphere was all that I was rating this book on it would be 5 5 Its set in Nantucket during off season it actually spans a whole year but the majority is not during summer and the main character runs a BB This book was docked a star though because all the romantic relationships suck and are immoral and a little unbelievable This book is told from the perspective of Carley and its about her life after the unexpected death of her husband He dies in his early 30 s of a genetic heart If atmosphere was all that I was rating this book on it would be 5 5 Its set in Nantucket during off season it actually spans a whole year but the majority is not during summer and the main character runs a BB This book was docked a star though because all the romantic relationships suck and are immoral and a little unbelievable This book is told from the perspective of Carley and its about her life after the unexpected death of her husband He dies in his early 30 s of a genetic heart condition that resulted in a heart attack They have 2 girls one who is 12 and the other who is maybe 6 and understandably their world is rocked His family is from Nantucket and old money so they have lived in a huge house they inherited and seem to be pretty well off, but when he dies she discovers he made some bad investments and they have no money Her in laws want her and the girls to come live with them, but Carley does not want that She decides that she s going to do whatever it takes to live on her own and make money, so she decides to open up the house as a bed and breakfast There are plenty of spare rooms and she loves to cook and entertain, so it seems like a perfect solution However, her in laws greatly disapprove and say that is not the way for a Winstead to act Throughout the story, Carley is dealing with her moody older daughter who is going through puberty, her in laws who don t approve of her plans, and a healing heart However, she falls in love with Wyatt her late husband s best friend and the only single guy in the group They sleep together pretty quickly and then it turns into love from there I thought this was a little crazy They d been friends for a long time and her husband had been dead less than a year and out of everyone in the world she chooses him to fall in love with There had never been feelings before it seems like she was in love with her husband so would this really happen in less than a year I have a hard time believing it Especially because her husband s death was so out of the blue and shocking I thought Wyatt was just ok He had a reputation for bringing around super pretty girls and being the ridiculously handsome single friend of the group, but then he turns around and falls in love and commits to his dead best friend s wife Theres never any mention of a hesitation due to the husband or the fact that she has 2 kids The kids are also into it and its a really smooth transition With the moodiness of the tween I HIGHLY doubt there wouldn t be a good amount of resistance Also going on are the stories of her 2 best friends Maude and Vanessa Maude is petite and beautiful and married to a teacher One day her husband leaves her with their 2 rambunctious boys and she finds herself single and ready to mingle apparently She tells the friends she has started going to yoga and has Carley watch her kids every week or whatever so she can go, but it turns out she s actually sleeping with Vanessa s pediatrician husband Toby When Carley finds out shes in a rough position do you tell Vanessa or not Maude said it was just a fling and Vanessa would never find out, so Carley decided not to tell Of course the truth comes out and then Vanessa is even hurt and betrayed, but that s no surprise Carley and Maude also stayed friends, which is something I would have a hard time with Especially because Toby decides to leave Vanessa for Maude Ouch I would expect that to rock the 3some irreparably, but it doesn t Again, Maude is freshly divorced and ready to date already there s very little talk of the divorce so I guess the marriage didn t mean much and she chooses one of the only guys who is off limits How did she even find herself in that position in the first place and what in the world motivated her to act on it What a terrible friend From that point on I hated her and did not have any empathy or care for her Vanessa is voluptuous and sultry, but humble and not at all showy She s a naturally curvy, beautiful woman Her and her husband, Toby cannot get pregnant so they have no kids When he leaves her for Maude, she decides to leave the island for awhile and go live with a friend in Boston She comes back eventually, forgives Carley, and reveals that she is pregnant She had 2 one night stands and she doesn t know which resulted in the pregnancy, but she is so happy and ready to do it alone regardless One night while 7 months pregnant, she falls and hurts her wrist and ankle Her only choice is to call Maude because Carley and the girls are away for the holidays Maude helps her and Vanessa is grateful but still doesn t forgive her yet As soon as Carley gets home, Vanessa goes to live with her so Carley can take care of her At that point, Carley and Maude are working on a BB cookbook, so the 3 start spending time together again and things are okay The book ends when Vanessa is going to give birth to her son She calls Carley while in labor and Carley goes with her She has her baby and is working to deliver the placenta and SURPRISE she bleeds out and dies Everyone is devastated and its about a year after Carley s husband s death This story has been done before everything resolves and is happy as can be then one surprisingly dies It just lacks a little emotional punch when you ve read the same thing before Carley takes over raising her son as Vanessa ordered and she and Wyatt get married and pregnant with their own baby too Toby and Maude get married and he s awesome with her boys Vanessa lives on through Maude s kids books and it ends as happily as it can with 2 tragic deaths among these early 30 somethings I loved the setting of this book, liked Carley as a character, and overall enjoyed the story However there were definite flaws that make this a 3.5 4 star I would recommend flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 26, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it review of another edition This was not a bad book by any stretch, it was just predictable and the word usage drove me crazy She swooped up Paul and stashed him in the high chair Well, really Who swoops up a baby and stashes them anywhere She swooped down upon the buffet table and inhaled the delicacies Seriously That wasn t the characters personality, she wouldn t have swooped and inhaled I know these are nit picks, but obviously the story wasn t engaging me so intensely that I ignored weird word usage I have This was not a bad book by any stretch, it was just predictable and the word usage drove me crazy She swooped up Paul and stashed him in the high chair Well, really Who swoops up a baby and stashes them anywhere She swooped down upon the buffet table and inhaled the delicacies Seriously That wasn t the characters personality, she wouldn t have swooped and inhaled I know these are nit picks, but obviously the story wasn t engaging me so intensely that I ignored weird word usage I have read most of her other books and was even thinking that one character in this book sounded really familiar, then realized oh, she was the main character in Moon Shell Beach Beach reads That is what they are, and they have their place flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 10, 2017 Melissa rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves giveaways I won this as a giveaway.This was a quick, enjoyable read despite it being light and easy on the thought process I wish I would have taken this to the beach so that I could have been enjoyed it with the sand and surf I usually reach for taxing and thought provoking novels, but it was a pleasing way to spend the free weekend time Thayer does not weave many surprises into the novel, leaving it a bit predictable for my taste There was an element of charm and romance with Nantucke I won this as a giveaway.This was a quick, enjoyable read despite it being light and easy on the thought process I wish I would have taken this to the beach so that I could have been enjoyed it with the sand and surf I usually reach for taxing and thought provoking novels, but it was a pleasing way to spend the free weekend time Thayer does not weave many surprises into the novel, leaving it a bit predictable for my taste There was an element of charm and romance with Nantucket that piqued my curiosity and made me pine for a vacation getaway on the island flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 25, 2018 Amanda rated it really liked it This book has some serious moments I really enjoyed it Several things morally wrong BUT, what I loved most was the dynamics of friendship and how she wrote them Marriage is hard, friendship is hard Parenting is hard All of these things take work, communication and care and I felt like the author wrote that well flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 14, 2018 Oakley Raine rated it really liked it review of another edition Absolutely Delightful I loved the last few chapters flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 18, 2017 Jill Wallace rated it liked it review of another edition Cute book but not great flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2017 Lisa Keegan rated it really liked it review of another edition a little too neat and perfect but an enjoyable read flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 24, 2015 Denise rated it liked it review of another edition An interesting, predicable one surprise summer beach read 3.5 stars flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 13, 2017 Joanne rated it liked it review of another edition This was a fun, easy, mostly predictable novel It would be perfect as a beach read, since you can put it down, nap, etc, pick it up again without losing a beat.It does a good job of telling a story of a young widow and all her conflicting feelings Teenage angst is covered well too Something was off with the writing about her in laws, as they aren t mentioned after their sojourn Their feelings and thoughts were well documented earlier, so I think the author was remiss in leaving them out I r This was a fun, easy, mostly predictable novel It would be perfect as a beach read, since you can put it down, nap, etc, pick it up again without losing a beat.It does a good job of telling a story of a young widow and all her conflicting feelings Teenage angst is covered well too Something was off with the writing about her in laws, as they aren t mentioned after their sojourn Their feelings and thoughts were well documented earlier, so I think the author was remiss in leaving them out I really wanted to know what they thought of the situation There are many great moments and a huge surprise in the story, and I d recommend it to those needing an escape flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 01, 2018 Lorraine rated it it was ok review of another edition Not for me Romance and tragedies Was fine for poolside reading flag 1 likeLike see review May 27, 2017 Jessica rated it it was amazing review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved this book Here is the summary It s December and one month since Charley s husband has passed away from and unexpected heart attack He was 37 and she s 32 Their daughter are Cisco, 12, and Margaret, 5 Curley has recently lost weight due to his death and is going to meet her father in law to discuss finances Carley met Gus one summer night when she was 19 She just finished her 2nd year at college but she didn t do as well as her older sister Sarah And she s okay with that She does I loved this book Here is the summary It s December and one month since Charley s husband has passed away from and unexpected heart attack He was 37 and she s 32 Their daughter are Cisco, 12, and Margaret, 5 Curley has recently lost weight due to his death and is going to meet her father in law to discuss finances Carley met Gus one summer night when she was 19 She just finished her 2nd year at college but she didn t do as well as her older sister Sarah And she s okay with that She doesn t know what she wants to do after college yet That night Carley got a little drunk and Gus took care of her The next night they meet again and have a great time as well as sex Gus s family is basically perfect from what I can tell from the outside Carley s mom works at a daycare She enjoys meeting Gus s parents but he says they don t want him to get too involved because she isn t an islander Carley went to be fitted for a diaphragm but she learned she was pregnant When she told Gus, he said they should get married Carley was not sure because they just met each other and even though Carley knew she liked Gus she wasn t sure if she loved him Up until Cisco s birth, there was dissension in the family Gus takes his parents out to dinner with Carley and they announce they are getting married and their child His parents have a fit because Carley hasn t been there during the winter and then after Gus says Carley will make updates to the house After Cisco was born, the grandparents were excited They seemed disappointed that Margaret wasn t a boy Carley is really happy Gus died at work and everyone was devastated Carley and her family move in with her parents but then move back home Carley still doesn t understand why Russell Gus s father wants to talk to her She searches through Gus s computer and learns that she has no money Carley was correct in that Gus left her no money Russell says he spent it unwisely Annabel is also their they suggest that Carley and the girls stay with them due to the situation Carley doesn t like the idea but she agrees to think about it Carley and her two friends, Vanessa and Maud, have been friends for 13 years and they ve helped each other out in rough times Carley is going to ask them their opinion on what to do how she can have an income Carley decides to have a tag sale in which she sells a lot of stuff that she and her family doesn t need Heat Wave Summary Gorgeous Vanessa arrives She s been married to Toby for 14 years and he is the pediatrician on the island Cisco is concerned about her weight Vanessa and Carley make cookies Maud comes over and after multiple suggestions Carley decides to hold a tag sale Vanessa worries about Maud because she isn t seeing anyone Maud isn t going to meet a man at yoga and suggests Wyatt Vanessa can t get pregnant, and Carley suggests that she and Toby think about adopting Carley misses Gus every day, which is something I would expect Every Sunday, after church, Carley and the girls spend time with her in laws On this particular Sunday, Carley announces the tag sale The in laws don t seem pleased The next morning, Carley smells tobacco and finds cigarettes in the attic and she thinks it s Cisco When Cisco gets him, Carley confronts her about it and grounds her from seeing her friends Cisco is furious and stomps away Carley asks Maud if she did the right thing, and Maud says she needs to be tough But then Annabel calls and says Carley did the wrong thing Carley tries to explain that she is her mother and she can do what she wants Annabel hangs up on her When Cisco gets home she asks if her mom talked to her grandmother and if she s reconsidering her punishment Carley isn t and again she s mad Toby, Vanessa, and Maud help set up the tag sale Carley is hesitant about doing it but Maud reminds her that they are only things The pastor in the town asks Carley if his nephew, Kevin, can stay in her house for a few months while he is doing research Carley agrees Wyatt comes over and he is kind of the opposite of Gus single, among other things They chat for a bit Carley goes back into the house for a second and she s about to go back out she sees Maud and Toby kissing She doesn t believe it and thinks she saw something wrong Annabel comes over and Carley tells her about renting her home Annabel isn t thrilled Cisco is still having weight concerns Maud tells Carley about her and Toby She explains that Toby isn t happy with Vanessa and Carley questions her which she should Maud makes Carley swear she isn t going to tell Vanessa about the situation Kevin arrives and everything goes well The girls and him like each other Then Carley comes up with the idea that she could run a small BB to produce some income She asks a woman she know about the ins and outs before she officially decides that she s going to fix change her large home Carley asks the girls and they are excited Wyatt comes over and examines the house and he suggests things Carley can do and what is already good But she still has to convince her in laws Annabel doesn t agree with the decision, but Carley is going to do it anyway Carley calls Vanessa and they talk about the BB Then Carley is going to tell her about her husband and Maud, but Margaret interiors Carley thinks sometimes a couple needs a fling, but she knows Toby she tell Vanessa A contract is hired by Wyatt and plans all the major renovations The girls help Carley name the name the BB Seashell Inn and the rooms after shells Kevin moved out and the girls were sad Cisco comes home very upset one day We learn that she isn t going to be able to accomplish her dream of becoming a ballerina Her shoulders are too big, and she blames her mother Damn genetics Carley and Cisco s relationship is growing apart One of Carley s friends, Lauren, helps The house looks amazing, and after Carley tells her about Cisco, she suggests horses Wyatt comes over and wishes he was a better friend to Gus Carley assures him that he was wonderful Carley talks with Cisco and they discuss the loss of Gus Annabel helps Cisco feel better, and she worries that Annabel is going to die soon Carley tells Cisco that she wishes she was around often Maud comes over and says that Toby is going to leave Vanessa She assures Carley that everything will work out, and that she should understand her loneliness Vanessa doesn t call Carley after Toby leaves her Alley feels guilty about the situation She calls her and Vanessa is furious Vanessa says she s going to stay with a friend in Boston They are both sad that the friendship between the three of them won t be the same Vanessa just wants to be alone It s May, 6 months after Gus s death Carley has learned how to do such things as paying the bills and repairs Cisco has been spending a lot of time at Annabel and Russell s house Maud and Vanessa don t speak much to Carley Maud is caught up in her relationship with Toby and Vanessa left the island Once Carley started having guests she was happy She had 2 couples and 2 single ladies for her first weekend and it went really well Wyatt stops by and C and him chat He suggests taking her family sailing He kisses her on the cheek and she can sense that his closeness Carley s place seems really nice and her guests are happy The girls helped her name the rooms in the house after shells One couple was distant the first night but the next morning during breakfast they seemed to have rekindled their marriage Carley helped her guests a lot, but rain was her enemy Cisco isn t doing well She misses her dad and isn t around much for Carley Cisco cleans for some money but she hates it Margaret is close with her mom and one day when they get ice cream cones, she asks if Cisco is mad at her mom Carley tells the truth but that Cisco is helping Nana Carley is glad to have Margaret with her One night Margaret wets her bed, and Carley lets M sleep with her even though other suggested not too and that it would be a hard habit to break once started In July, Carley takes Lexi out to lunch and they have a good chat Lexi says Carley is allowed to be a wuss after C mentions it Wyatt takes Carley and her daughters sailing Carley feels a connection with him and she thinks that he needs gel it too She scolds herself for thinking of another man, let alone her husband s best friend Carley sees Maud and they talk Maud suggests that Carley live life and to do what makes her happy They insult each other for their circumstances Toby is loving being a father and her boys seem to really like him outside of being their pediatrician Cisco is now into horses and wants one of her own Cisco and Margaret go to see Carley s parents in New York by themselves After the girls get on the plane, Carley balls her eyes out because she feels lonely Then she goes to Lexi s shop and buys some new clothes They make her feel pretty The girls call and say they landed safely Annabel calls and says she and Russell are going to Boston to escape the heat While reading a mystery novel and eating a pizza, Carley calls Lexi to go to a movie and get a drink While getting their drinks Tris, Lexi s lover, and Wyatt join them At the end of the evening Wyatt volunteers to walk Carley home They kiss, run back to her apartment, and have sex Carley is really happy The next morning, Carley wakes up late but one of the guests made coffee, another wasn t awake, and the other went out When Wyatt comes down, Carley says she feels like she should feel guilty, but she doesn t Wyatt assures her that everything is okay The girls call and Carley wants to tell her mom about her and Wyatt She doesn t, and the girls sound like they re having fun Over the rest of the week, Carley and Wyatt are together a lot Carley says that she the girls get home, they are going to be careful Carley isn t sure how her in laws are going to feel about the situation One night one of Carley s residents calls because her fianc left her stranded after he got angry They have a good chat about what the girl should do It s now late August, the girls will be starting school soon Cisco is still busy but doesn t go to her grandparents all the time The family still gets together for dinner once a week Margaret isn t as busy, but I think she s happy Carley lets the girls adopt 2 kittens of their own The kittens fill up time and emotional space Wyatt comes over while the girls are in school, they talk a lot over the phone, and he goes to a lot of activities It s been almost a year since Gus died Carley was really worried about everything when she first became a widow, but now she knows everything is fine One morning in September Vanessa calls and then comes over She s pregnant and had a fling with two guys She feels great and is moving back to the island Carley is going to help her in any way she needs Cisco has found a love for horses and Lauren, the owner, asked Carley is Cisco could work for her and then Carley wouldn t have to pay for lessons Margaret has been clingy Annabel has gotten skinnier and asks that her and Russell not have dinner there because it makes them miss Gus Carley explains that she wants the girls to eventually have the house, and that the BB is helping them financially Carley wonders what is going on The next Sunday, Annabel announces that she and Russell are going to Guatemala for six months with their church group The girls don t seem like they mind They tell Carley about some of the terrible lives of kids at their grandmother s day care Maud calls and is surprised that Vanessa is pregnant They agree to meet at Maud s house That night Wyatt comes over and they have great sex He asks her about marriage She loves the idea because they have a connection but she worries about the girls and her in laws Wyatt is going to North Carolina for a month to get away before he is by himself while Russell is in Guatemala When Wyatt leaves, Carley cries and she doesn t know why Carley goes over to Maud s house and learns that one of her sons is having problems probably because of Toby and Maid being together and his real dad not being around They are getting married next summer and Maud asks Carley to be her maid of honour but then questions it since because she s marrying Toby and Toby was they re best friends husband Maud asks about Vanessa and wants to know if Vanessa is going to forgive her She misses the three of them together I would be pissed if I were Vanessa It s now Oct and everything is going well Carley wants to have a best friend though Margaret still hangs out with Molly, but Cisco has become close with Lexi s partner s daughter, Jewel One a group of 4 women staying at the BB talk about their relationships They learn Carley is widowed Carley and her daughters talk about maybe having the annual Halloween party They decide to do something else Cisco is going as a pop singer, and Margaret is going to be the Good witch while her mom is Dorothy The night before Wyatt leaves for his trip, he worries about Russell Then they have sex but before Carley can tell him she love him he falls asleep She does to and when they wake up they hope the girls don t come in After Wyatt leaves, Carley feels like she is in control of her life At the beginning of Wyatt s trip he called Carley daily Then it slowed down Two of Carley s guests are German and after Margaret hears them talking in German she says she s going to learn how to speak it Carley hesitates before going in her in laws house when before she used to just walk in Annabel doesn t look very good, and while they re having tea she says she s become worried about her granddaughters since her son passed away Annabel says Carley is a great mother and apologises for being a bitch the last few months One morning Carley doesn t remember how many days it has been since Gus died She feels that it s a sign of healing but also guilty Carley hosted thanksgiving and she busted Vanessa who is 7 months pregnant She told people she used a sperm donor and many people were surprised Her in laws are leaving in 3 days and Wyatt will be back in 3 days While at a party, there s a bitchy woman there She also sees Maud for a second and then Vanessa Vanessa tells her she called Maud and Toby she said some insults but wanted to talk to them because she knew she was going to this party and that they d be there Wyatt comes home that night, 2 days sooner than expected Her in laws leave for Guatemala Carley meets with Lexi and tells her about her and Wyatt Lexi thinks now that many people have left the island, Carley should enjoy it She also suggests that Carley sabot every moment with Wyatt if she loves him Carley receives cards for Christmas and a bracelet from the girl she helped earlier in the year She s decided to make a cookbook since any people requested recipes On the day of the Christmas Stroll, Cisco asks about Wyatt She doesn t seem comfortable with the situation While at the event the family and Wyatt seem to have a good time Carley sees Maud and Lexi s families Wyatt goes to work and the girls lay in bed together Vanessa left a message and wants Carley to call her She is curious about her friend s relationship with Wyatt and is excited He comes over later and Carley fixes him dinner They are getting together for Christmas on the 21st but on that day there s a blizzard so Wyatt leaves for Hawaii and they don t celebrate anything Cisco and Margaret had emotional breakdowns during the holiday season At her parents house, Carley receives advice about her and Wyatt from her sister Sarah and her partner Sue They that society doesn t determine what is right and wrong when there is love While Carley and her daughters are driving home from her parents Maud calls and says Vanessa fell She hurt her wrist and ankle She called Maud because it was between who she hated the least Vanessa, Toby, Ortiz bitchy lady from the party Vanessa is brought to their house, then Wyatt calls and he suggests bringing a gift for Vanessa since she d be the only one not receiving a gift He got the girls books and Carley a pair of his grandmother s earrings While at his place, Carley suggests they go slower so something doesn t go wrong He isn t pleased and Carley goes home It s now January, and Wyatt left on another trip but Carley doesn t know where Vanessa tells Carley about the day she fell and it seems like she and Maud are getting along better Carley Calls Wyatt and they talk for a kit but he doesn t know when he s coming home Carley misses him says she ll call in a few days The girls help Vanessa move back home and while they are folding some of her baby clothes Margaret wants her mom to have another baby, then Cisco makes a snippy comment One morning in late January, Vanessa calls and says she s in labor Carley takes her and she gets her to the labor Vanessa has a beautiful little boy named Paul But then there is a complication with her placenta It is attached to her uterus and may be torn The doctors demand that Carley leaves and she calls Maud and Toby because she s freaking out Toby goes in the operating room while Carley and Maud wait outside Later Toby comes out and announces that Vanessa didn t make it The doctors did everything they could, but they were unsuccessful Carley faints and after she wakes up she learns that Vanessa wrote in her will that if anything happened to her while her child was alive, Carley was supposed to take him Maud is furious, but Carley reminds her that she stole Vanessa s husband Vanessa s lawyer informs her that after the house is sold, Vanessa will be giving her 2 million dollars Toby and Carley take care of the wake and funeral arrangements Before driving home Carley realizes that maybe she can be a little selfish She calls Wyatt to come home The girls are very excited about about having a baby, but also devastated by Vanessa s death Carley decides she wants to marry Wyatt Margaret is very excited, and Cisco volunteers to hold the baby during the ceremony Wyatt questions Carley if she wants to keep the BB She says yes, and he says he will help in any way that he can Carley and Maud finish their cookbook and it has gone to the printer Carley wants to make another one that includes a cake dedicated to Vanessa it sounds really good Carley is learning how different it is having a boy instead of a girl Maud reminds her that not everyone does everything right When Carley gets home she can t find anyone, but then she goes upstairs and everyone is in the bathroom with steaming water Wyatt and Margaret explain that the baby, Paul, had croup he started choking and couldn t breathe Everything turns out okay, and Carley sees how great of a father Wyatt is Epilogue it is now early July about 18 months after the book Melody, the girl Carley helped one night, is back and I don t think she s with her fianc She has found another man who seems a lot better Paul is 17 months old and can walk Cisco and Margaret adore him Cisco has really grown up Carley and Wyatt got married about a year ago with only their kids in attendance They reasoned that it would help their family bond Then Wyatt says What chaos, and Carley says , It s about to get chaotic We learn that Carley is pregnant and is due in January Wyatt is stunned but really happy He asks her if she will be able to take care of the BB, and she says These days I feel like I can do anything flag Like see review View 2 comments Jul 24, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it review of another edition Carley and Gus have been married 13 years, she stays home with their two girls in their huge Nantucket home that was Gus s mother s family home Gus is a partner in his father s law firm Life is good Until one night Gus doesn t come home from the office Carley contacts her in laws and her father in law goes back to the office to find his only child dead at his desk.This sets up a whole mass of events for Carley from dealing with her children, her in laws and her friends, plus the financial bu Carley and Gus have been married 13 years, she stays home with their two girls in their huge Nantucket home that was Gus s mother s family home Gus is a partner in his father s law firm Life is good Until one night Gus doesn t come home from the office Carley contacts her in laws and her father in law goes back to the office to find his only child dead at his desk.This sets up a whole mass of events for Carley from dealing with her children, her in laws and her friends, plus the financial burden she now has to manage She moves forward for herself and her daughters in ways that are hard for Gus s parents to understand at times She tries hard to do what she believe Gus would want her to do Always putting her family first This story has so many layers, relationships, and drama The relationship Carley has with her daughters rings true as they all come to grips with Gus s death Add the oldest daughter becoming a teenager and all the very real things mother and daughters face are brought to the forefront.The relationship with Gus s parents is difficult at best At times his mother tries to undermine Carley with her girls but Carley handles it and even stands up to them both unleashing the strong character within.The relationship with her friends troubled me at times, some of the situations seemed almost too much for the character of Carley to bear One so extraordinary that most of us never would be able to handle and I think the author let it happen too easily.I don t want to reveal too much but one of Carley s relationships moved too slowly, the stopping and starting, the taking in and pushing away felt overdone I realized that by the end of the story what the author was setting up but the time taken should have been in one place instead of the other.All this being said, Nancy Thayer is a wonderful author who writes of Nantucket in almost a poetic way You know she loves her setting and she knows her audience This is a fine summer read that all her fans will enjoy Did I love it No, but I did enjoy it Is this her finest novel No, but it is very good It s all about the relationships The story is full of flawed characters with lots of waves, the heat was there and then it was gone and everything tied up in the end in a neat little package Just a little bit too neat.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment May 30, 2011 Doreen rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for laura, diane, cathy, marisa, pat, melissa Recommended to Doreen by Giveaway Shelves giveaways I really, truly liked this story It s a story of love, betrayal, loyalty, and grief The story most strongly focuses on death and how it affects the deceased person s spouse, parents, children, and friends Writing this makes the story sound morbid, which it is NOT It s about rebuilding lives and finding what your life is, after this tragedy.This is actually a fun, hopeful, upbeat story It takes place on Nantucket and there is a lot of camaraderie, laughter, and activity It s very well told I really, truly liked this story It s a story of love, betrayal, loyalty, and grief The story most strongly focuses on death and how it affects the deceased person s spouse, parents, children, and friends Writing this makes the story sound morbid, which it is NOT It s about rebuilding lives and finding what your life is, after this tragedy.This is actually a fun, hopeful, upbeat story It takes place on Nantucket and there is a lot of camaraderie, laughter, and activity It s very well told Nancy Thayer does a remarkable job, never allowing her characters to become pathetic There is normal behavior set in a beautiful location, with relatable characters Add to all this a few love stories mother child, widow dashing bachelor, divorcee friend s husband, and you have book a that never let my interest wane.I read it throughout the course of one day I had trouble putting it down because I wanted to know what could possibly happen next I will read of this author s books flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Aug 10, 2011 Dana rated it liked it review of another edition FInished this little piece of light chick lit during last night s hurricane Irene I enjoyed the story, though it was totally predictable and I kept thinking that Nancy Thayer has dumbed herself down, so to speak She was writing really fine fiction decades ago, but over the last few years she has changed her style to be less thought provoking, and of the typical beach book genre Read one today, forget the plot tomorrow I enjoyed it but I won t be able to tell you a thing about it tomorro FInished this little piece of light chick lit during last night s hurricane Irene I enjoyed the story, though it was totally predictable and I kept thinking that Nancy Thayer has dumbed herself down, so to speak She was writing really fine fiction decades ago, but over the last few years she has changed her style to be less thought provoking, and of the typical beach book genre Read one today, forget the plot tomorrow I enjoyed it but I won t be able to tell you a thing about it tomorrow, whereas I can still tell you all about several of her earlier works from the 1970 s and 80 s because they were so profound and beautiful flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Jun 04, 2011 Elyse Walters marked it as to read review of another edition It was an honor to have been picked to read Beachcombers on , when it came out and I LOVED ITI have a soft spot in my heart for Nance Thayer, also would love to meet her if she came to the Bay Area.The story Line of Heat Wave and I haven t read it yet.I think will be one I will be able to relate with My father died when I was 4 Heart attack when he was 34 My sister was 9 Out lives took a 100% change.I ll look forward to reading this bookand conrats to Nancy It was an honor to have been picked to read Beachcombers on , when it came out and I LOVED ITI have a soft spot in my heart for Nance Thayer, also would love to meet her if she came to the Bay Area.The story Line of Heat Wave and I haven t read it yet.I think will be one I will be able to relate with My father died when I was 4 Heart attack when he was 34 My sister was 9 Out lives took a 100% change.I ll look forward to reading this bookand conrats to Nancy an authentic wonderful author flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 09, 2014 Katy Cooper rated it liked it review of another edition It took a while for me to get really into this one It was a typical, quick, easy beach read The plot of the story follows the year of a woman picking her life up after a tragedy It does not delve into the inner thinking of the main character too much and has many minor characters that aren t deeply developed The life events that occurred were easily predictable The author s physical description of the characters were very general and somewhat hard to visualize, which allows for the reader t It took a while for me to get really into this one It was a typical, quick, easy beach read The plot of the story follows the year of a woman picking her life up after a tragedy It does not delve into the inner thinking of the main character too much and has many minor characters that aren t deeply developed The life events that occurred were easily predictable The author s physical description of the characters were very general and somewhat hard to visualize, which allows for the reader to imagine what the characters look like Overall, it a good book for a quick read flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari wrong cover 2 32 Oct 17, 2012 12 00PM Gwinnett County P Heat Wave 2 14 Jul 20, 2012 11 20AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships and the humorous adventures of growing older.In 2008, Redbook magazine chose her novel Moon Shell Beach for their Hot Summer Read Nancy s work has been translated into than 14 languages, including Polish, Hebrew, Russian, and Serbo Croatian Her novels have been condensed or excerpted in several magazines, including Redbook, Good Housekeeping, England s Cosmopolitan, Holland s Viva, and South Africa s Personality She has published a commissioned three part mystery novella in Redbook, and short stories in literary reviews in the United States, Canada, and Spain Her first novel, Stepping, was made into a 13 part series for BBC Radio Her ghost novel Spirit Lost was produced as a movie by United Image Entertainment Her novel Everlasting was a Main Dual selection of the Literary Guild in 1991 Books by Nancy Thayer More Trivia About Heat Wave No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Heat Wave they were that rarest of human creatures genuinely happy people 1 likes Are there any ordinary women I don t think so 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 2469, 3653, 2685, 656, 180 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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