Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ARC review: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

Many thanks to Net Galley and Ballantine books for the advance reader's copy of this novel!
Synopsis(via Goodreads):
Charming ladies’ man Rory Randall dies with one last trick up his sleeve: His will includes a calculating clause mandating a summer-long reunion for his daughters, all from different marriages—that is, if they hope to inherit his posh Nantucket house. Relations among the three sisters are sour thanks to long-festering jealousies, resentments, and misunderstandings. Arden, a successful television host in Boston, hasn’t been back to the island since her teenage years, when accusations of serious misbehavior led to her banishment. College professor Meg hopes to use her summer to finish a literary biography and avoid an amorous colleague. And secretive Jenny, an IT specialist, faces troubling questions about her identity while longing for her sisters’ acceptance.

To their surprise, the three young women find their newfound sisterhood easier to trust than the men who show up to complicate their lives. And if that weren’t problematic enough, their mothers descend on the island. When yet another visitor drops by the house with shocking news, the past comes screaming back with a vengeance. Having all the women from his life under his seaside roof—and overseeing the subsequent drama of that perfect storm—Rory Randall might just be enjoying a hearty laugh from above.
This insomniac's opinion:

You may have noticed a change in my summer reading habits. I think the Iowa heat drains me of a bit of my brainpower and I find myself craving books within the category that I like to call 'Brain Candy'- i.e. no deep thought necessary, just a delightful sugary romp within. Nancy Thayer is pretty amazing at brain candy.

This novel has what every Thayer novel has: Nantucket beaches, female relationships, charming  men and sex. Hello, summer in a book! I loved the developing relationships between the sisters, even if it was predictable and unrealistic at times. The slow pace and descriptions of living in Nantucket gave me a distinctly summer vacation feel. Very enjoyable.

Worth staying up all night to read?

This would be the perfect book to stash in your beach bag and read in the sun.

Rating: 3 stars

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