THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer

THE GUEST COTTAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

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.

Pub Date: May 12th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-345-54551-0
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Ballantine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2015




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