Friday, January 2, 2009

Review: The Beach House by Jane Green

Way back in June, I won The Beach House by Jane Green from S. Krishna's Books. It's been sitting in my book basket for months, calling my name. I have been so full of books that I have to read, that I haven't had time to read this one. Now that I have, I am bummed that I didn't read it earlier! It was definitely worth the wait!

Summary: Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn’t care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn’t she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.

So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach. Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside-down.

The story line - people come together in the beach house of the crazy lady and all ends up good - was a bit predictable. But that did not keep me from thoroughly enjoying the characters and their stories.

The people in the book all were quite believable, well-developed and enjoyable. I did want to whack them upside the head a few times but I think that added to the realism.

I enjoyed how it all wrapped up. I highly recommend this book as a light, fun read for anyone who loves a good story.

Be sure to check out S. Krishna's review of the book too!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

A 4.5! This sounds like one to go on the wish list.