Secrets in Summer

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30 Ratings

Secrets in Summer Book Summary


“The queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

Praise for Secrets in Summer

“Full of rich details about life on Nantucket, this breezy tale is at once nostalgic and hopeful. . . . The story is filled with sweet moments of unlikely female connections. An easily digestible, warmhearted tale of eye-opening friendships.”Kirkus Reviews

“[Nancy] Thayer’s latest is a lovely and heartwarming contemporary read with its blend of humor and emotion set against the beautiful backdrop of Nantucket Island. Her well-crafted plot is infused with warmth and heartfelt, tender moments. Darcy is a strong, independent yet vulnerable heroine who will appeal to readers. Thayer’s engaging storytelling and authentic, endearing characters will keep readers turning the pages.”RT Book Reviews

“Thayer’s beachside novel brims with themes that women’s-fiction readers love, and the plot skims important issues—infidelity, fear of commitment, grief—while maintaining its focus on Darcy’s personal growth and the intergenerational friendship between the four women.”Booklist (starred review)

Secrets in Summer is the quintessential beach book. Nantucket proved to be the perfect, and perfectly gorgeous, setting for this slightly soap opera-ish story filled to the brim with honest emotions and personal growth.”—Harlequin Junkie

Praise for Nancy Thayer

The Island House

“A touching story about friendship, family, and the uncertainty of love.”Bustle

“Quick-paced, thoroughly engaging, and heartwarming.”—The Insatiable Reader

The Guest Cottage

“A sweet book with romance, laughter, and love after loss . . . Thayer knows her Nantucket history, and it shines in this book.”RT Book Reviews

“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.”Kirkus Reviews

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.”Library Journal



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Secrets in Summer - Nancy Thayer Reviews

  • I just hope this was a ghost writer

    By Runbikeandgolf
    1
    Huge disappointment. The characters were regurgitated from previous novels. No depth to the characters. A few gratuitous sex scenes and stories of lifetime TV Worthy of absent Loser parents that left me cold. Don't waste your money.
  • Lovely summer read

    By CB and TT
    5
    Sweet story, good read.
  • Great book

    By SurfCityHB
    5
    I've read numerous books the first 6 months of 2017, and this book has been the best. Unfortunately, it was so good, I blew through it in less than 2 days. I wish these kind of books had at least 800 pages, so I could read them for a week. Nancy Thayer is a marvelous author. If you haven't done so, enjoy ALL of her books.
  • Light, easy read

    By [email protected]
    3
    This is a light easy read that's perfect for your beach read list. I have always enjoyed Nancy Thayer's book and while this one is no exception, I did feel the story left me wanting a bit more. I'm not sure if it's because of my dislike for some of the characters in this one or the bad behavior of those characters but it just didn't leave me with that warm happy feeling I usually experience at the end of her other books. This is a great look at the relationships we have with people that come and go in our lives as well as those relationships that are important enough to really fight for. I would recommend this one.

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