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All the Days of Summer

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Another great read from Nancy Thayer. A perfect summer read. Even though I have never been to Nantucket, I feel like I have been there as a result of the terrific writing in this book.
From the very first line I was sucked in and wanted to read the story of these two families and how their lives became intertwined.

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Great beach read for the summer! Heather decides to leave her husband and rents a cottage in Nantucket. Unbeknownst to her, her son and his girlfriend decide to also stay on the island since her parents run a construction business on the island. Good story about family dynamics, in laws, and learning to roll with whatever comes your way. I felt as though I was in Nantucket with the great descriptions of the island. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book!

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Another winner from Nancy Thayer. A perfect summer read. Even though I have never stepped foot on the island, I feel like I have been there as a result of the terrific writing in this book.
From the very first line I was sucked in and wanted to read the story of these two families and how their lives became intertwined.

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Heather Willette’s life in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband has been going downhill for a while, so she asks for a divorce. She decides to escape to Nantucket for the summer, renting a small cottage for the next three months. However, it ends up that her son, Ross, will also be spending his summer on Nantucket working for his girlfriend Kailee’s father. Heather did not get off to a great start with Kailee, so she hopes theirs summers on the same island do not clash too much, and they can find common ground.

A summer book set on Nantucket-what could be more idyllic? Unfortunately, the stilted dialogue and unlikeable characters {especially Kailee, who was insufferable} brought down my rating of the book. However, the setting is perfect, and the author captured every essence of summer and Nantucket life. Heather’s easy divorce and $30K vacation rental was a bit too implausible, even for the chick lit genre, but overall, an okay pick if you want a book set at the beach, just not one I would prioritize.

Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for my gifted e-ARC! This book is available now, published on 5/2/23!

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A good read, but not a great one. I always love Thayer’s descriptive writing style, how she brings Nantucket to life. However, I did not feel connected to the characters in the book or the storyline. Heather was likable enough but hard to imagine someone going thru a divorce and seeming happy about it and lucky enough to fall into a summer rental, new job, new love life. Didn’t seem real to me. As for Kailee, she was spoiled, jealous, and very immature. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy the next Thayer novel more than this one.

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I want to start this by saying I read a lot so when I first started this book, I felt like I was already familiar with and read this story. It wasn't until I was about halfway in that I realized I had not read this book yet. I'm guessing she wrote something very similar and my connections just crossed.

This book is ideally released for the summer as it follows characters on Nantucket. Heather realizes her marriage is over and heads to Nantucket to determine what is next for herself. It is then that she learns that her son will also be moving to Nantucket with his girlfriend. Hence drama ensues. The book kept me wanting to read even though bits seemed repetitive.

A great book by a great author.

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Heather has come to a crossroads about her marriage and life. She has been married a long time to her husband, Wall, and she helped him set up and run his hardware business for years, all while raising their son, Ross. Heather has come to the realization that she wants a divorce, that she and Wall are just existing in their married life. She does not dislike or hate him. She just knows that she needs to make a life of her own. Christine, her friend, tells her about a cottage on Nantucket available for the Summer. Dare she go to Nantucket? She does.

It was always planned that, someday, Ross would take over the family business. However, Ross has fallen in love with Kailee, a Nantucket girl from college and has decided to move to Nantucket to work for her father’s construction business. How were Heather and Kailee ever going to form any kind of relationship if they weren’t even sure they liked one another?

Nancy Thayer has written a lovely, thoughtful story about a woman determining her own journey, opening her heart to new experiences and relationships. I have read All the Days of Summer twice now. Loved it the first time, and even more the second time.

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Heather is bored with her husband and her marriage and wants out. Her husband runs a business and expects their son to carry on the business after his retirement. Their son is not interested. Heather decides she will rent a cottage in Nantucket for the summer to re-think her life and plan for the future. She finds a bare bones cottage that is reasonable. Surprisingly, her son decides he wants to also spend the summer in Nantucket working for his girlfriend's family construction company. Heather is not very fond of her son's girlfriend.
Nancy Thayer has written a novel around the lovely island of Nantucket and a family and turmoil. Will Heather be able to re-create a life for herself on Nantucket? This is a delightful read that you won't want to leave when it ends.
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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~~~ I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~~~

Is summer complete without a Nancy Thayer Nantucket novel? True to her style, All the Days of Summer takes place on Nantucket and follows two families undergoing big changes. The families are connected by Ross and Kailee, who are fresh out of college and engaged. The story follows each family (mostly the matriarchs- especially Heather, Ross' mother who initially clashes with Kailee). This a a nice summer family drama mixed with some budding romance (for Heather). The characters are mostly likeable- except Kailee is a spoiled brat for the first half. However, I enjoyed watching the character development. Overall, this is a great book to grab while headed to the beach or on summer vacation.

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I am sorry for the inconvenience but I don’t have the time to read this anymore and have lost interest in the concept. I believe that it would benefit your book more if I did not skim your book and write a rushed review. Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience.

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✨Book Review✨

All the Days of Summer 📚 by Nancy Thayer


I really enjoyed this cute summer read taken place on the world famous summer spot, Nantucket. This book explores the complexities of marriage, romance, motherhood, friendship & fate. A heartwarming story filled with hope.

Thank you to @netgalley and Random House Publishing for the arc! This book will be released Aug 2! 📖

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This was a great beach read. It is atmospheric and filled with elements of family, loss, self discovery and reconciliation. It was beautifully written.
Many thanks to Random House and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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3.5 stars
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I have mixed feelings on it.

I enjoyed the premise of the story and it had a few unexpected surprises, but had a predictable ending.

Heather Willette decides to divorce her husband after 20+ years and decides to rent a cottage for the summer in Nantucket. Coincidentally, her son (Ross) is moving there as well to work for his girlfriend’s family instead of his own father. Heather’s first impression with Ross’s girlfriend, Kailee doesn’t go well and it doesn’t get better on Nantucket either.

The things that bother me about this book are the unrealistic things like having $30K lying around to rent a dumpy cottage for 3 months or how everything seems to just fall into Heather’s lap so easily.

The author can be overly detailed at times for unnecessary details like outfits or hairdos like is trying to hit a word limit.

With all that said, it kept my attention until the end and was pleasantly surprised by the strength of the women in this book.

I special thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an advanced copy of this book!

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All the Days of Summer by Nancy Thayer

Heather Willette has a good life in Concord, Massachusetts. But when her marriage fizzles out, Heather accepts the offer of a friend to rent a cheap, run-down cottage on the island of Nantucket. Excited to start her new adventure to find herself, her newly graduated son, Ross, announces he’s moving to Nantucket to work at his girlfriend’s family’s construction business.

Ross's girlfriend, Kailee, is a Nantucket Native and is eager for her boyfriend to become her fiancee... Kailee and Heather are both looking to protect Ross and their relationship is off to a rocky and jealous start. Filled with typical summer drama and some generational family wealth, this story was entertaining on a surface level. Nancy Thayer continues to be a queen of summer/Nantucket fiction however this was not one of my favorite novels.

Thank you to Random House-Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a digital advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Having read all of Nancy Thayer’s books I was looking forward to reading her newest novel. This book did not disappoint. I love how the author describes the family dynamics allowing the reader to see some of themselves in the lives of thee characters. The reader feels like they are visiting an island through the author’s descriptions of restaurants and beaches. A great beach read.

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I’ll start with what I felt were good things about this book. The Nantucket setting is always a positive to me. It feels like such an idyllic place, though this book also gave it some realism by noting that even a place that can seem like paradise still has its own set of issues. I also felt drawn to Heather’s journey of discovering a place of her own. After an adult lifetime of primarily filling the role of wife and mother, she finally felt able to make choices based entirely on what she wanted without needing to consider anyone else first. Given her circumstances, it felt like she’d earned that.

Now for the not so good. Kailee’s character was borderline insufferable for nearly the entire book. She was spoiled, selfish, insecure and incredibly immature. I found myself speed reading the portions that were from her perspective because I couldn’t stand to spend too much time in her thoughts. I found it incredibly hard to imagine she was capable of taking on any role of high value importance in an established company.

This was not my favorite Nantucket set book I’ve ever read, but it was ok. The good things were enough to keep me reading, though I wouldn’t pick it up for a reread anytime soon.

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I had high hopes for this based on the synopsis and other reviews, but unfortunately, this really wasn't the book for me. There was a good "summer beach read" promise to the premise of the book - recently separated woman decides to spend the summer on Nantucket while she decides what to do with herself. Should be fairly simple, but the execution just fell flat. The pace of the book was off - things just happened way too quickly to be realistic or plausible. Heather's character was enjoyable enough, but her naivety reached annoying levels fairly quickly. Ross was incredibly immature, and Heather's husband (I frankly can't remember his name) was just an ass. But "worst character" prize was completely won by Kailee. She was so insufferable throughout the entire book (even after she had an opportunity to redeem herself) that it took the entire book down to a level it couldn't recover from. So, while the book's storyline had potential, the main characters had so many issues it ruined the book for me.

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Heather Willette has a good life in Concord, Massachusetts. But when her marriage has fizzles out, Heather has to decide what sort of life to live next. Ready to seek out her own happiness and discover herself again, Heather decides to leave her husband and rent a cottage on Nantucket. And her plan is going perfectly—until her son, Ross, announces he’s moving to Nantucket to work at his girlfriend’s family’s construction business instead of going back home to work with his own father, like he'd promised. Worst of all for Heather, this means having to get along with her.

Kailee Essex is thrilled that Ross is willing to move to her hometown. She has big hopes for their happily ever after, especially now that her parents are finally showing interest in her career. She’s less thrilled, however, about his mother living nearby. Kailee has clashed with Heather since the day they met. But anything is possible in the summer sun and sea breezes of Nantucket—even reconciliation. And when change comes sooner than either Heather or Kailee expect, they must learn to overcome their differences to fight for the future they want.

With All the Days of Summer, beloved storyteller Nancy Thayer delivers a moving novel that explores the complexity of family and the unexpected ways fate can guide you forward.
Nancy Thayer's summer novel is a highlight of my reading year, so receiving an advanced electronic copy of this one from NetGalley in return for my honest review was very exciting. While the weather was still cold and dreary, I got to head to Nantucket in my mind and spend time in the sun on one of the most beautiful islands in the country! This book is another wonderful offering from one of the queens of Nantucket novels, and I was captured from the first page to the last. The family dynamics in this story were complicated and ever evolving, and throughout, I felt like we really got to know the main players and their personalities and the ins and outs of their relationships. I found myself so engrossed in their lives that I had trouble putting the book down, and I found itself to be such a satisfying read that I still thought of it days later. Good books leave the reader with a bit of a hangover when they end, and this one left me reluctant to leave Nantucket behind and move back into the real world again. This was another five-star offering from Nancy Thayer, and I look forward to next year and her next summer novel!

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Every year I look forward to spending part of my spring/summer with a new novel by Nancy Thayer. Nantucket comes to life and women’s lives come to the fore in this author’s readable stories.

When Heather’s marriage ends, she begins to think about what she wants next. One thing is to rent a place in Nantucket for a time, so off she goes. A bit surprisingly to her, Heather’s son also comes to the island. His girlfriend lives there. How will they all get along? What changes will come to their lives? Read this enjoyable novel to find out.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for this title. All opinions are my own.

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Heather finds out that her husband has been cheating on her. She moves for the time being to Nantucket to a beach house. She has to rethink her life. Her son on the same island with his fiance are planning life together.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC and to the publisher Ballantine Books.

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