Island Girls

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Ballantine Books, 2013 - Fiction - 301 pages
42 Reviews
NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Nancy Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket in a highly emotional, wholly entertaining tale of three sisters forced to confront the past over one event-filled summer on the island.
 
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.
 
Nancy Thayer's novel insightfully illustrates how the push and pull of family altercations make us whole. It's how the Randall sisters come to forgive, and learn to open their hearts to love.

Praise for Island Girls

"Nancy Thayer is one of my favorite writers, and Island Girls is one of her best. The Randall sisters are like your own family members or your best friends: funny, smart and emotional, infuriating and good-hearted. Here is a book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life."--New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
 
"Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful."--Romance Reviews Today

"In this touching summer read, forgiveness benefits both the person bestowing it and the recipient."--Kirkus Reviews


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User Review  - Myrna - Goodreads

This is my first book by Nancy Thayer. It was an easy read, much like other books that take place in a shore town. I liked this story because it's about strong women. Rory Randall is the father of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Rochelle - Goodreads

This is the kind of book I was expecting when I started The Last Original Wife: people actually visiting the beach. In this novel, three sisters must live in their father's Nantucket home together for ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
18
Section 4
25
Section 5
32
Section 6
43
Section 7
54
Section 8
67
Section 17
157
Section 18
165
Section 19
178
Section 20
184
Section 21
194
Section 22
211
Section 23
219
Section 24
233

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
102
Section 14
119
Section 15
133
Section 16
148
Section 25
249
Section 26
258
Section 27
270
Section 28
281
Section 29
288
Section 30
296
Section 31
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About the author (2013)

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives in Nantucket.

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