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L Nantucket Sisters Praise for the novels of Nancy Thayer The ueen of beach books The Star Ledger Thayer has a deep and masterly understanding of love and friendship of where the two complement and where they collide Elin Hilderbrand Thayer's gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters is captivating Houston Chronicle One of my favorite writers Susan Wiggs Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments inside stories and shared histories that build families The Miami Herald Thayer's sense of place is powerful and her words are hung together the way my grandmother used to tat lace Dorothea Benton Frank nell by nancy thayer woman lives on nantucket island after college she marries a Billy Connolly gift for reaching the emotional core of her characters is captivating Houston Chronicle One of my favorite writers Susan Wiggs Thayer portrays beautifully the small moments inside stories and shared histories that build families The Miami Herald Thayer's sense of place is powerful and her words are hung together the way my A Lil Less Broken (The Kingsmen MC, grandmother used to tat lace Dorothea Benton Frank nell by nancy thayer woman lives on nantucket island after college she marries a

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Nell By Nancy Thayer

Tring of attractive suitors is not the answer to her lack of fulfillment but what is? When she's offered a job at a posh clothing boutiue on Nantucket Nell uproots her young family and moves to the island Soon her college age ex stepdaughter Clary who has her own romantic troubles moves in with her and Clary and Nell fall in love with island life and its gentler pace Nell also captures the attention of an eccentric man about town And in that carefree romantic summer of tender passion she looks within and discovers much than she ever dreamed possible Includes a captivating preview of Nancy Thayer's upcoming nove Not as good as her later books I am not sure why I didn’t like it as much as he

SUMMARY Nell By Nancy Thayer

Now available for the first time as an eBook this beloved novel by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer tells the uplifting story of a single mom seeking independence and struggling to find her way Nell St John is not living the life she imagined for herself not by a long shot She was once a glamorous young actress married to influential director Marlow St John Together the A list couple was the toast of the town But then Marlow's star fades and tensions at home skyrocket Marlow takes up with another woman and abandons Nell leaving her to pay the bills and raise their two boisterous young children A s Nell St John is not happy with the way her life is going not by a long shot She w


10 thoughts on “Nell By Nancy Thayer

  1. says:

    Nell St John is not happy with the way her life is going not by a long shot She was once a glamorous young actress married to an influential director Marlow St John Together they were the toast of the town an A list couple destined for fameBut then Marlow's star fades and tensions at home begin to skyrocket He soon takes up with another woman and abandons Nell leaving her to pay the bills and raise their two boisterous young children by herself Even a string of attractive suitors is not the answer to Nell's lack of fulfillment but then what is?When she is offered a job working at a posh clothing boutiue on Nantucket Nell uproots her young family and moves to the island Soon her college age ex stepdaughter Clary who has her own romantic troubles moves in with her Clary and Nell uickly fall in love with island life and its much gentler pace that they discover while living on Nantucket Nell also captures the attention of an eccentric man about townAnd in that carefree romantic summer of tender passion Nell looks within and discovers so much about herself than she ever dreamed possibleThis book was a great read for me A gossipy engaging beach read; definitely a woman's book if ever I've read one I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book It certainly wasn't your typical 'fluffy' romantic love story but filled with multi dimensional well developed characters that I connected with very deeply I give this book an A and am looking forward to reading from this author in the future


  2. says:

    Self Sufficient Nell was a survivor She didn't always get what she wanted but she was a survivor and knew what her priorities wereShe loved her children and always put their needs first


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    Nell is the third novel that I have read by Nancy Thayer who is known as the ueen of beach reads Without realizing it I read Nell right after reading Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69; both novels are set on NantucketI am finding Thayer's novels to be uneven as far as depth and reader satisfaction are concerned Her character description and dialogue are consistently well done but there is something lacking for me in some of her storiesIn this novel Nell the main character is lonely and dissatisfied with her life and tries to remedy what is lacking with seuential relationships with men who are readily available to her due to her ability to attract However time after time she makes poor choices and the relationships don't work out After a while I became frustrated with her inappropriate alliancesI also have an odd criticism of this novel which is that Thayer includes mentions of vomiting excessively; I can't imagine why an editor wouldn't have discouraged that


  4. says:

    Not as good as her later books I am not sure why I didn’t like it as much as her other books but I found mystic speed reading through it


  5. says:

    A true storyteller


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    Nell and Marlow St John had been a golden couple he a famous director and she a talented actress Could their life get any better? But then the children came along First Jeremy and two years later HannahLife gradually changed for them and then unexpectedly Marlow left Nell for her best friend Charlotte In some ways she felt betrayed by Charlotte than she did by MarlowFive years later Nell is still alone struggling financially working in a high end boutiue in Cambridge and moving from one lover to another never seeming to find The One She just wants to love someone and have him love her in return Is that too much to ask?When Nell's boss Elizabeth asks her to manage the boutiue on Nantucket for the summer it seems impossible but when Marlow agrees to take the children for two months Nell sighs with reliefFinding her groove on the island comes uickly and almost immediately she meets Andy Martindale They uickly connect and he seems to be everything Nell has been looking forBut why after almost three months on the island spending every free moment with him has Andy not talked about a future together? Could her boss's warnings have been true? That Andy is unable to make a commitment?Nell is a very introspective tale narrated by the MC a divorced woman struggling with single parenting supporting herself and trying to find love again The story is set in New England mainly in Arlington Cambridge and Nantucket sometime in the 1980s The themes are familiar but Nell's voice is very appealing She could seem a bit narcissistic focused on her issues constantly but remember that this was set in a time before social networking online groups and all that those connections can bring Isolation is complete in such an era and instead of writing a blog a woman like Nell is forced to introspection during her time aloneWhich is why this story engaged me Nell's dilemma is an age old one not easily corrected and without the connections most of us take for granted these days As I headed toward the book's end I suspected that Nell's solution would probably be one of acceptance And living in the moment rather than projecting into the future But could there be surprises ahead?While the book was not my favorite by this author it had the ingredients I have come to count on delving into familiar issues while showing the reader what the life of the characters looks like from all the messy details of daily life to the flaws and foibles that make us able to relate to them A little predictable but comforting this one earned 4 stars


  7. says:

    nell by nancy thayer woman lives on nantucket island after college she marries a leading manand raises her children he leaves her for another and she continues with dinner parties on the islandand contemplates with her panic attacks selling the house taking the old trees down and just being able to live there stilllife on the island the nursery day care she starts up to survive and all her love interests over the years


  8. says:

    Excellent book even though it doesn't have the picture perfect ending Still an interesting journey through a woman's life marriage divorce children jobs friends lovers Nell manages to survive it all with a sense of humor even when the man she loves turns out to be selfish and self centered


  9. says:

    This was the 2nd book by Nancy Thayer that I read in the mid eighties and the first one taking place on Nantucket my favorite place on earthBeautiful love story and description of Nantucket


  10. says:

    This book could of ended in a variety of different waysin the end I enjoyed the outcome Dived into Nell's story straight from page one and kept me entertained page after page


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