The Guest Cottage

A Novel

    • 4.3 • 339 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing in graceful, knowing prose matters of the heart and the meaning of family.

Praise for The Guest Cottage
“[The Guest Cottage] will make readers want to hop on the next ferry to seek out their own dreams and romance.”—Laurie Higgins, Cape Cod Times
“[A] delightful beach read.”InStyle 

Praise for Nancy Thayer

Nantucket Sisters
“Thayer obviously knows her Nantucket, and the strong sense of place makes this the perfect escapist book for the summer, particularly for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.”Booklist
“Thayer keeps readers on the edge of their seats with her dramatic story spanning the girls’ childhood to adulthood. This wonderful beach read packs a punch.”Library Journal
Island Girls
“[A] book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.”—Susan Wiggs
“Full of emotion and just plain fun, this novel is delightful.”—Romance Reviews Today
Summer Breeze
“Nancy Thayer is the queen of beach books. . . . All [these characters] are involved in life-changing choices, with all the heart-wrenching decisions such moments demand.”—The Star-Ledger
“An entertaining and lively read that is perfect for summer reading indulgence.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

Fiction & Literature
May 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Taking a Walk ,

Summer reading

Just what you want a good summer read to be! Fun, set at the beach, unrealistic enough to escape from your everyday life but realistic enough to hold your attention. A good romance story to enjoy during the hot days of summer.

Regina Rollins ,

The Guest Cottage

Couldn’t put it down. Wonderful story! I laughed and cried!

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

Great beach read!

I just finished reading The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer. Sophie Anderson is thirty-six years old and lives in Boston with her husband, Zach along with their two children (Lacey who is ten and Jonah who is fifteen). Zach is an architect who always seems to be busy working. It comes as a surprise to Sophie when Zach wants a divorce. He has fallen in love with a woman from his office (explains all the hours at work). Sophie had received an officer to rent a house in Nantucket for two months from her friend, Susie Swenson (she co-owns a house with her cousin, Ivan). Sophie decides to take the money her Aunt Fancy left her and rent the house. She needs to get away and think. Zach refuses to go and moves out of the house (in with girlfriend). Sophie takes the kids (who do not know about the father moving out and wanting a divorce) to Nantucket.

Trevor Black (he is thirty) lives in Boston and has recently lost his wife. His son, Leo is having a hard time coping. Since Trevor can work anywhere there is an internet connection (he develops and maintains websites), he decides to get away for two months. He gets a great opportunity when a friend, Ivan Swenson offers to let him rent his house in Nantucket (you can see where this is going). Trevor arrives at the house to find Sophie and her children. The two decide to stay in the house (it is a big house). As Trevor and Sophie get to know each other, love develops. But are either of them ready for a new relationship?

The Guest Cottage is a sweet book that would make a great beach read. I got a little frustrated with Sophie at times (she needed to develop a backbone), but overall I liked the characters. Nantucket sounds just lovely. What a great place to spend the summer. The writing is easy, breezy (nice conversational style) which makes the book very easy to read. The book is a little sappy but it is a romance novel. There seems to be a huge focus on age. Sophie is six years older than Trevor and she makes a huge deal about it. Then there is the vegetables. I got tired of the writer making a point of the children eating right. Making sure they had a lot of vegetables and fruit. This had to have been mentioned at a minimum six times (I stopped counting after that). I did not understand the focus on correct eating in a romance novel. The ending is sweet and wraps up all the storylines quite nicely. I give The Guest Cottage 3 out of 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy The Guest Cottage in exchange for an honest review.

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