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 From the Hardcover edition.
Ein junges Paar, erschöpft vom Lärm der Großstadt, bezieht ein Gartenhaus außerhalb Tokyos. Als eines Tages ein kleines Kätzchen auftaucht, unterbricht es die beschauliche Stille des weitläufigen Gartens, es räkelt sich verspielt inmitten der Blumenbeete im Schatten der Bäume, tollt mit Schmetterlingen und Libellen herum und streift durch das Unterholz. Mehr und mehr öffnen sich die beiden dem unverhofften Gast und bemerken dabei kaum, was die Katze tatsächlich für ihr Leben bedeutet – bis sie eines Tages verschwindet. Ein Haus und ein Garten von anmutiger verblichener Schönheit. Ein Paar, das einen neuen Anfang sucht. Eine scheue Katze, die die Freiheit liebt. Ein verzaubernder, zutiefst ergreifender Roman über die Liebe und die Zerbrechlichkeit des Lebens.
Ein Cottage an der Küste Englands, eine charmant-verrückte Gastgeberin und eine unmögliche Liebesgeschichte. Annie Butterworth ist zwar erst Ende zwanzig, aber schon stolze Besitzerin des idyllischen Willow Cottage an der englischen Küste. Sie ist immer für ihre Gäste da – mit Tee, einem offenen Ohr oder starkem englischen Cider. Ein Blick in ihr Gästebuch lässt einen in die Welt von Annie und den Besuchern von Willow Cottage eintauchen. Und man kann dort sogar manchen berühmten Namen entdecken – wie den des gefeierten Krimischriftstellers Oliver Black. Der für Annie einfach nur Olly ist, der Mann, der ihr einst ihren ersten Kuss gab und außerdem der Bruder von Annies verstorbenem Mann Nick ist ...
Für Fans von Jojo Moyes und Cecelia Ahern: Sie hat die Liebe ihres Lebens verloren - Hat sie noch einmal den Mut, noch einmal neuanzufangen? Es bedurfte nur einer tragischen Sekunde, um Holly Jeffersons Welt für immer zu verändern. Bei einem Unfall verlor sie ihren über alles geliebten Mann. Seitdem sind zwei Jahre vergangen, und äußerlich wirkt es, als hätte sie diesen Verlust überwunden. Sie führt ihre eigene Konditorei und lebt ihr Leben weiter. Doch tief in ihr sieht es anders aus: Sie fühlt sich verloren. Einsam. Zerbrochen. Und sie ist sich sicher, nie wieder wird sie lieben können. Bis sie Ciaran Argyll begegnet, einem Millionärssohn. Nichts scheint sie mit ihm gemeinsam zu haben. Aber während sie ihn näher kennenlernt, spürt sie, dass auch er mit seiner Vergangenheit zu kämpfen hat ...
For a twenty-something, there is no summer job better than being a seasonaire. No responsibilities, college is barely a thought, and you’re surrounded by glamorous, beautiful people. Intoxicating and seemingly carefree, what could possibly go wrong? An idyllic Nantucket summer begins like a dream for scrappy Mia from South Boston; Presley, a gorgeous Southern beauty queen; Cole, a handsome introvert; Jade, the sultry daughter of a model and music mogul; J.P., an energetic young designer; and Grant, a playful party-boy. Tese six are working as seasonaires—influential brand ambassadors—for the clothing line Lyndon Wyld. But like all things that look too good to be true, the darkness lurking underneath slowly rises to the surface. Lyndon Wyld, the chic tigress who owns the eponymous business, rules their daily life by curating their every move, which the seasonaires are obligated to post on social media for their growing throngs of followers. Corporate greed, professional rivalries, and personal conflicts mix with sex, drugs, and the naiveté of youth, exploding in a murder that sullies their catalog-perfect lives. The Seasonaires is a fresh and stylish debut that perfectly captures today’s zeitgeist, promising to thrill until the very last page.
Author: Michael Dahlie
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2009-06-29
Struggling with indecision throughout his lifetime and possessing a talent for little more than making coleslaw, Arthur Camden succumbs to feelings of mediocrity when his New York business fails and his wife leaves him to pursue more aggressive men. Reprint.
For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the town’s best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations.... Edie’s youngest child, Lexi, should know better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at eighteen, she falls hard for Tucker’s son, Hudson—only to find herself jilted when Hudson breaks off their engagement. Eleven years later, Lexi returns home after two years away studying architectural photography, just in time for yet another summer on the Cape. When Hudson’s younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to sell the seaside estate after the death of his father and hires Lexi to photograph it, an unlikely attraction forms, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty. Then renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-six-year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing—and a startling truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer evokes the shimmering seascape of Nantucket in a delightful novel that resonates with the heartache and hope of growing up, growing wise, and the bittersweet choices we must be brave enough to make. Courtney Hendricks will never forget the magical summers she spent on Nantucket with her college roommate, Robin Vickerey, and Robin’s charismatic, turbulent, larger-than-life family, in their gorgeous island house. Now a college English professor in Kansas City, Courtney is determined to experience one more summer in this sun-swept paradise. Her reason for going is personal: Courtney needs to know whether Robin’s brother James shares the feelings she’s secretly had for him. Time with the Vickerey family always involves love and laughter, and this season is no different. Vivacious matriarch Susanna Vickerey is celebrating her sixtieth birthday, but beneath the merriment, trouble is brewing. The family patriarch, Dr. Alastair Vickerey, is quiet and detached, while unspoken tension looms over oldest son Henry, a respected young surgeon. Warm and witty Robin, the most grounded of the siblings, is keeping a secret from her parents. Iris, the colorful baby of the brood, remains rudderless and in need of guidance. And the sexy, stunningly handsome, untouchable James—to Courtney’s dismay—may be in love with a beautiful and vibrant local artist. As the summer unfolds, a crisis escalates, surprising truths are revealed, and Courtney will at last find out where her heart and her future lie. Weaving the trials and uncertainty of real life into a tapestry of passion, hope, and courage, The Island House is a beautifully told story about the ties that bind us—and how the blessings of love and family heal us in ways we never dream possible. Praise for The Island House “Thayer’s latest should be filed under a Best Beach Reads of 2016 list. . . . The characters are complex and their struggles and concerns feel real. . . . Thayer has a really wonderful ability to showcase the meaning of family.”—RT Reviews “A perfect book to read while sticking your toes in the sand this summer!”—Bookish Devices “A touching story about friendship, family, and the uncertainty of love.”—Bustle Praise for Nancy Thayer 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. 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
A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple’s life in Tokyo A bestseller in France and winner of Japan’s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living. A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife — the days have more light and color. The novel brims with new small joys and many moments of staggering poetic beauty, but then something happens…. As Kenzaburo Oe has remarked, Takashi Hiraide’s work "really shines." His poetry, which is remarkably cross-hatched with beauty, has been acclaimed here for "its seemingly endless string of shape-shifting objects and experiences,whose splintering effect is enacted via a unique combination of speed and minutiae."
Aus heiterem Himmel kommt für die Familie die bestürzende Nachricht vom Selbstmordversuch der 15-jährigen Emily. Ein Aufenthalt in der Psychiatrie bringt zutage, dass sie von ihrem Stiefbruder vergewaltigt wurde. Doch dieser leugnet die Tat. Wer lügt?
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-03-10
In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands. Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes. That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”? A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.
Die beklemmend schöne Liebesgeschichte eines einfachen Mädchens vom Lande und eines gebildeten Städers, die an den gesellschaftlichen Konventionen zerbricht - ein amerikanischer Klassiker der Pulitzer-Preisträgerin und Autorin von "Zeit der Unschuld" Edith Wharton. Charity Royall, ein einfaches, aber eigenwilliges Mädchen lebt zusammen mit ihrem Vormund in dem entlegenen Dorf North Dormer in Neuengland. Sie ist die Tochter einer Ausgestoßenen, die mit einer gesetzlosen, verwilderten Sippe »auf dem Berg« haust. Obwohl Charity nicht die geringste Ahnung von Büchern hat, arbeitet sie in der Bibilothek des Dorfes. Die Grenzen von Charitys Welt waren mit denen von North Dormer identisch. Als jedoch eines Tages der junge Architekt Lucius Harney auftaucht, eröffnet sich für Charity ein neues unbekanntes Universum. Sie verliebt sich ihn, obgleich er ihre Gefühle erwidert, lassen die gesellschaftlichen Konventionen ihrer Liebe keine Chance. Die Heirat mit dem ihrem Pflegevater, einem düsteren Anwalt, vermag sie zwar vor dem Schicksal ihrer Mutter zu retten, nicht aber vor der Einsamkeit des Herzens.
Author: Linda Francis Lee
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2010-04-01
The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas, is tres exclusive. Undesirables need not apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (Frede to her friends) is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would rather keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge: Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood. But htere's a price: She has to get his tacky, four-inch-stiletto-and-pink-spandex-wearing wife Nikki into the Junior League. Linda Francis Lee has written an hysterical novel about the creme de la creme of Texas society, the lengths to which one woman goes to bring her cheating husband to justice, and how taking on what seems like a "Mission Impossible" can change you in ways you could never have imagined.