book review

The Beach House

I have read several magazines this month after finishing a huge series, as I wasn’t sure how I was going to jump back in to just regular books where there is one and done. The Beach House was the perfect transition in to it!

The Beach House

From Goodreads:

Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who’s not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors’ pools when they’re away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.

Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down.

I adored the way this book was written. It is sort of soap-opera style where it follows along the separate lives of different people, but eventually they all intertwine, as you would expect. I will not give away spoilers, but there was a huge plot twist that I totally did not see coming. I forgot that “and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down” part from the back of the book.

I loved that this book was set in Nantucket. The description of the beach houses and all the characters made it that much more enjoyable. Perhaps what I loved most? Was this passage at the beginning:

These are the reasons Nan has come to have a reputation for being slightly eccentric. A reputation she is well aware of, and a reputation she welcomes, for it affords her freedom, allows her to do the things she really wants to do, the things other people don’t dare, and because she is thought of as eccentric, exceptions are always made.

I feel like we probably all know that cooky old person. The one that is slightly embarrassing because frankly, she doesn’t give a damn. But why wait until your old to enjoy  your life and not give a damn? To let go of all those insecurities. Do everything you want to do. Say everything you want to say. It really has me thinking.

Another fun thing to note about the book, there is a Nadine in it! She is a past relationship from one of the characters in the book, so she isn’t spoken of much but I thought that was cool.

Skimmers: I really enjoyed this book. It is not mind blowing or incredibly deep, it would make a great summer read. Especially if you are on a beach! I personally liked the way it followed along with several characters, and I would recommend this book.

I started Promises to Keep yesterday, another Jane Green novel out of opportunity of a 49 cent find at the thrift store! My hope is to link up more than just one book next month. No one wants to hear about my magazine 🙂

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  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston April 14, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I honestly can’t get enough of Jane Green – she is such a great writer!! This is one of the books I haven’t read by her yet, but it’s on my list!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Reply Joey April 14, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for sharing, friend! I’m so behind on my reading game but might have to add this to my “to read” list!

  • Reply Julie @ Artwork by JM April 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    This sounds like a really great book, I will definitely have to check it out!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph April 14, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I like Jane Green for some fluffy reading once in a while. This one sounds like a good one for the summer!

  • Reply Ralph Marion April 14, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Last week, I read a book from Amanda Palmer called The Art of Asking. It’s a really good book.

  • Reply Laura April 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    ummm, maybe I do want to hear about your magazine, Nadine. 🙂 Sounds like a nice fun read!!

  • Reply Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation April 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I need in on this link next month! LOL. Though, right now I’d be lucky to make it through a magazine even! And now you’re adding to my book reading list, bah! 🙂

  • Reply kathy@realtalk April 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

    thanks for the reco. I’m not quite loving the books I have so I’m currently waiting for my next set of books from the library and struggling to keep reading the one I already have.

  • Reply kristen April 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    sounds like my kind of book!! i love a good deep thought provoking read.. and then i like to turn my mind off in between!!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says April 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I tend to read pretty heavy, serious books so I love a good, light and fluffy one as a palette cleanser every once and awhile. I have her book Some Luck on hold and I’ll check out this one, too.

  • Reply Julia @ Grace Makes New April 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This sounds like a fun one! I like light reads, especially for the summer!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie April 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Excuse me while I go to add this to my goodreads list!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista April 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Always on the hunt for a good beach/pool read, thanks for the rec 🙂

  • Reply Kerry April 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    This sounds like a great summer read. Adding to my list.

  • Reply B @ The Sequin Notebook April 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Sounds like a good vacation read! I just finished The Husband’s Secret over the weekend…it was definitely a quick read, and a fun mystery.

  • Reply lisacng @ April 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Sounds like a good read. I love characters with spunk and she certainly sounds like she has lots!

  • Reply Christina April 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I like Jane Green books when I’m in the mood for something light. After the heavy books I read last month, this is right up my alley!

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