Summer House

  • by Nancy Thayer
  • Narrated by Emily Durante
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After years of wandering from whim to whim, 30-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche. The free spirit enjoys running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of her land on the family's seaside compound to get Charlotte started. Though Charlotte's skill with plants is bringing her success, cultivating something deeper with people---particulary her handsome neighbor Coop---might be more of a challenge. Nona's generosity to Charlotte, secretly her favorite grandchild, doesn't sit well with the rest of the Wheelwright clan, however, as they worry that Charlotte may be positioning herself to inherit the entire estate. With summer upon them, everyone is making their annual pilgrimage to the homestead---some with hopes of thwarting Charlotte's dreams, others in anticipation of Nona's latest pronouncements at the annual family meeting, and still others with surprising news of their own. Charlotte's mother, Helen, a Wheelwright by marriage, brings a heavy heart. She once set aside her own ambitions to fit in with the Wheelwrights, but now she must confront a betrayal that threatens both her sense of place and her sense of self. As summer progresses, these three women---Charlotte, Nona, and Helen---come to terms with the decisons they have made. Revisiting the lives and loves that have crossed their paths and the possibilities of the the roads not taken, they may just discover that what they've always sought out was right in front of them all along.


What the Critics Say

"Nancy Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship, of where the two complement and where they collide." (Elin Hilderbrand)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Superb read for anytime~great beach read~I loved i

What made the experience of listening to Summer House the most enjoyable?

I felt I was in the story and part of each character. The different voices make the book!!!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked everything about this book but Nona's personality; life with Herb; and her wisdom of knowing how to get the best result in her family was captivating!

What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

Emily was excellent through the entire book!!! She made it alive and "real"!!

Who was the most memorable character of Summer House and why?

Nona was my favorite filled with great wisdom and a calm voice that got more results than any other way! She was phenomenal! I also like Helen her role was excellent!

Any additional comments?

This book caught me from chapter one and I never lost interest in any part of the book. It's a great family story!!! A must read!!

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- Leah

Great read for the beach

What did you love best about Summer House?

I love Nancy's storys and her images of Nantucket. Her characters are always so memorable. There is always one character you love to hate in her books...this time it was Grace.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer House?

When the privot hedge was cut down....I was in shock.

Have you listened to any of Emily Durante???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, not familiar with Emily's work.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


Any additional comments?

The one thing I didn't like was the way the book ended. Just as I was warming up to everyone and wanted to see what the future held for them, it ended I didn't know what happened to Teddy or Charlotte. There needs to be a sequal!

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- Betsy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio