Review: THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer

The Guest CottageThe Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

Ballantine Books (May 12, 2015) Contemporary Romance

If you’re looking for a good beach read, go no further. Nancy Thayer’s The Guest Cottage is a perfect choice for readers who enjoy a second chance love story.

Through a booking error, Sophie Anderson and Trevor Black both rent the same guesthouse in Nantucket for the summer. Trevor, a single parent with a traumatized four-year-old, hopes to spend the summer helping his son come to terms with his mother’s death; Sophie, a soon-to-be-divorced mother of two children, hopes to have a quiet vacation with her kids before they are told about the divorce.

Neither Trevor nor Sophie want to give up the rental, so they agree to share the large house, divide up the chores, and make the best of it.

Thayer masterfully intersperses backstory. The details of Sophie’s childhood are integral to her transformation from a woman who caters to her husband to a confident woman with a plan. Trevor’s backstory helps the reader understand his first marriage and why his son is so traumatized.

The Guest Cottage is a story of trying to keep it together for the sake of your children while trying to define who you are and who you could be. It’s about second chances and transformations and new beginnings. And it’s about struggling to be the best parent you can be.

This review was provided by Jackie McMurray for her column Jackie’s Jargon in the July 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.

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