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Monday, May 15, 2017

(42)Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

Darcy Cotterill has been a year-round resident of Nantucket for three years - ever since she and her husband divorced and her grandmother passed away leaving her the Nantucket home. She loves her life on the island.  She loves her home, she loves her job as a children's librarian, she loves her group of friends and she is very happy dating a local carpenter, Nash.  It is still early in the summer season when Darcy is reading a book in her backyard when she hears a voice that takes her back in time.  Her ex-husband, his new wife, and their teenage daughter have rented the house behind hers for the summer.  While there are no lingering feelings for Boyz, Darcy is hoping to make it through this summer without running into him.   She has other neighbors that are staying for the summer that may keep things interesting -there is also the elderly lady and her divorced son who is writing a book, and the family full of rambunctious boys.  They all have their secrets and Darcy hears them all from the safety of her backyard.   Will Darcy be able to make it through the summer with her dignity and her heart intact?

Nancy Thayer books are like comfort food to me.  Her books are some of those books that just define summer for me.  Darcy Cotterill is not the perfect character, but to me, she lived the perfect life and had the perfect job.   I am not going to lie - I was a little envious of all of her outdoor time with her book and glass of wine.  That is how she got to hear all of the secrets - by eavesdropping on her neighbors.  I got a little annoyed with her intense desire to meddle after she eavesdropped.  Sometimes it was definitely warranted, but other times it was completely unwarranted.  Also, she seemed a little needy with her boyfriend, Nash, at times.  Thankfully, Darcy had some friends to reign her in when the crazy got out of control.   The summer and the book ended much too quickly but in very much a 'happy ever after" kind of way.

Bottom line - It is not likely that I will find myself at a beach this summer, but Secrets in Summer is the perfect summer read that will make you feel like you are on the beach even if you are in your own backyard.