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The Guest Cottage: A Novel
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New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing in graceful, knowing prose matters of the heart and the meaning of family.
Praise for The Guest Cottage
 
“[The Guest Cottage] will make readers want to hop on the next ferry to seek out their own dreams and romance.”—Laurie Higgins, Cape Cod Times
 
“[A] delightful beach read.”InStyle 

Praise for Nancy Thayer

Nantucket Sisters
 
“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
 
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
 
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

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New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

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Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing in graceful, knowing prose matters of the heart and the meaning of family.
Praise for The Guest Cottage
 
“[The Guest Cottage] will make readers want to hop on the next ferry to seek out their own dreams and romance.”—Laurie Higgins, Cape Cod Times
 
“[A] delightful beach read.”InStyle 

Praise for Nancy Thayer

Nantucket Sisters
 
“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
 
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
 
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

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      • content: "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."
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      • content: "[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."
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        April 15, 2015

        Sophie's husband coolly tells her that he's having an affair and wants out. Their marriage has long been one in which she props up his architecture career and looks after their children, but still, she didn't see this coming. Shocked, Sophie takes the children to a friend's Nantucket cottage to think things over. There she finds that another wounded soul, Trevor, who's widowed and has a fragile young son, has also rented the house. The two agree to share the place for a week but end up spending the summer together. Yes, the resulting romance is predictable, but the larger story offers more than the standard happily ever after: other connections are made and the portrayal of how the two families blend is realistically fraught and at times, sweet. This is not Thayer's first beach read nor her first Nantucket tale (Nantucket Sisters, An Island Christmas), and fans of her other books will not be disappointed with this one. VERDICT An enjoyable, well-written story that public library patrons will be clamoring for. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/14.]--Henrietta Verma, Library Journal

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Everything is better at the beach-even divorce-in the bestselling author's (Nantucket Sisters, 2014, etc.) latest love story set in Nantucket.When Sophie's husband announces that he's leaving her for a younger colleague at his architecture firm, Sophie packs up their two children and heads to her friend Susie's sprawling guest cottage for the summer. What she doesn't know is that Susie's cousin Sven has simultaneously rented the house to his friend Trevor and Trevor's son, Leo. With no contracts to settle the dispute, Sophie and Trevor amicably decide to share the space. Though their chemistry is palpable, Sophie isn't prepared for a fling with a younger man. Trevor's wife, Tallulah, was a self-absorbed actress who died of a drug overdose, but he doesn't portray her as a villain. Though she wasn't a traditional mother, Leo adored her. Skipping ahead to the happy ending, the two broken families fall into a pleasant routine of beachcombing and sharing meals against the beautiful backdrop of the East Coast. Sophie's emotional maturity is her greatest asset as she reconciles her feelings of relief with the hurt she expected to feel about her divorce. When her friend Angie seduces Trevor one night, Sophie takes it in stride, and she's not offended when Trevor's vegetarian friend, Candace, scolds her for serving meat. Instead, Sophie takes up the piano after years of silence and grows out her hair. She is so detached from her crush on Trevor that when the more age-appropriate Hristo offers her a ride on his yacht, she accepts without worrying about Trevor's feelings. Trevor, however, has other plans for her future. It's a pleasant escape to a state of mind in which rebuilding a life is as simple as pitching an umbrella and spreading out a towel.

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        Best-seller Thayer (Nantucket Sisters, 2014) lives on Nantucket, the setting for many of her novels, including this smart and entertaining tale. A good mother to teenage Jonah and 10-year-old Lacey, Sophie is content to coast along in a faltering marriage, but her husband pushes them to the brink of divorce. Sophie eagerly accepts an invitation to spend the summer on Nantucket, but when she and her children arrive, they discover that the cottage has mistakenly been rented to two families. Trevor is a widower with a 4-year-old son, and he and Sophie make a connection that starts as friendship and builds into something more. Mature and thoughtful, Sophie and Trevor won't rush into a relationship, and there are lots of distractions keeping them apart, from a Bulgarian millionaire who takes a liking to Sophie and a man-eating alpha mom desperate to sink her claws into Trevor. The family relationships and challengesring true and add depth to this light, fun read. The combination of summer-at-the-beach living and a second chance at love will prove irresistible to fans of women's fiction.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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        December 1, 2014

        Devastated by her husband's infidelity, Wendy Anderson rents a beach house and heads there with her two children for the summer. Owing to a fateful mix-up, the house has also been rented to recently widowed Trevor Black, who has a five-year-old son in tow. Wendy and Trevor quickly devise a house-sharing plan, and the rest is sun, salt, and maybe love from the best-selling Thayer (Nantucket Sisters).

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur...

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