Now available for the first time as an eBook, this spellbinding novel by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer tells the fascinating story of a beautiful and successful woman who appears to have it all—but gives it all up to find real happiness.
As the host of the successful television show Fabulous Homes, Joanna Jones travels the country showcasing the glamorous homes of the rich and famous. Pouring every ounce of herself into her demanding, rewarding work, Joanna is living her dream. Despite great professional success and an intense, passionate relationship, she still feels something is missing.
When an unexpected pregnancy forces her to reevaluate her life, Joanna decides to leave behind frenetic Manhattan. Beckoning her to the gorgeous island of Nantucket is an old sea captain’s house set above the Atlantic Ocean. There, entranced by the aroma of the sea air and roses, Joanna builds a new life for her small family. But New York isn’t done with her yet. Handsome television executive Jake Corcoran appears at her front door, eager for her attentions and enticing her back to the city. Torn between the past and the future, Joanna must decide what it is that truly makes a house into a home.
Includes a captivating preview of Nancy Thayer’s upcoming novel Nantucket Sisters!
Praise for the novels of Nancy Thayer
“The queen 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
Not since Murphy Brown has single motherhood looked as glitzy as it does in Thayer's (Family Secrets; Everlasting) lavish working-woman's fantasy. Devoted as she is to her work, Joanna Jones, hostess and creator of the wildly popular TV program Fabulous Homes-a cross between Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Martha Stewart Living-lives in an austere style that would surprise her loyal fans. Her barely furnished Manhattan apartment serves as a way station between appointments and, more importantly, as a place to conduct her long-running affair with her good-looking but self-centered co-producer. When Joanna becomes pregnant (with twins, no less), an accident forces her to realize that her lover is unreliable and that, at 40, she can handle this challenge on her own. She purchases a $795,000 house on Nantucket and a four-wheel-drive vehicle, complete with all the trimmings, takes a leave of absence from her show and plans to enjoy a quiet pregnancy merely working on two books and supervising (while videotaping for a possible future project) the renovations of her new house. In the months that follow, Joanna gathers around her a circle of kindhearted friends and employees, who become the family she has never had. Additional drama is provided by a somewhat farfetched but engaging subplot concerning buried treasure and the strife between wealthy cityfolk and longtime islanders. Finally, though telegraphed from the novel's beginning, Joanna's eventual romantic involvement with a truly nice guy provides a satisfying ending to this modern fairy tale.