From the publisher:
A Nantucket woman returns home to find that reunions aren’t always simple, in this heartwarming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding and Secrets in Summer.
Keely Green always dreamed of leaving the beautiful shores of Nantucket to become a writer. Now she’s a bestselling novelist living in New York City, attending glamorous cocktail parties and mingling with the literary elite. Keely is also dating a charming, perfectly fine pediatric surgeon who looks good on paper but isn’t “the one.” She just can’t bear to break it off—until he declares his desire to settle down. Then Keely’s editor rejects her latest novel. With her personal and professional lives suddenly in shambles, Keely longs for the soothing island way of life.
Growing up, Keely and her best friend, Isabelle, were inseparable. Nothing could come between them—except, as it turned out, Keely’s high school boyfriend, Tommy. Returning home would mean facing Isabelle’s bitter betrayal and seeing for herself the family Tommy and Isabelle have created, the life that might have been Keely’s.
But when Keely’s mother falls into a deep depression, Keely knows what she must do, even though she is reluctant to face her estranged friend. And encountering Isabelle’s older brother, Sebastian—Keely’s longtime crush—only complicates things.
In one incredible summer, Keely must confront the mistakes of the past if she has any chance of finding true happiness in the place she will always call home. Nancy Thayer shines yet again in this uplifting tale of forgiveness and self-discovery.
There is rarely a better setting for a beach book than Nantucket, and Thayer really nails the location here. It is an island of haves and have nots, the working class and the ultra rich. In this book, Keely is the only child of working parents. Her best friend Isabelle is one of the rich kids. She lives in a mansion on the ocean with her older brother Sebastian, who Keely has a crush on for most of her life, although she never tells Isabelle. Keely loves the hustle of her friend’s busy household, such a contrast to her quiet family home. But it takes her most of her life to realize that not everything is as it seems.
The girls’ friendship is strained to the breaking point over a man, always a sad statement to make. But their journey to that point and beyond makes for an engrossing read. The book starts out a bit slow with the coming of age story of the two friends. But once they hit adulthood, things start moving and shaking, and I couldn’t put it down.
Themes of self awareness and forgiveness are evident, but not in a pushy way. Thayer tells really interesting stories and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
7/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
SURFSIDE SISTERS by Nancy Thayer. Ballantine Books (July 2, 2019). ISBN 978-1524798727. 320p.
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