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The Beach House
The Beach House
Author: Jane Green
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 flo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780670018857
ISBN-10: 0670018856
Publication Date: 6/24/2008
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 256 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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FabN46 avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 103 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the way all of the characters' lives were described before they all met and how their lives meshed afterwards!
A great read! Didn't want it to end!
spiritedbabe59 avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 106 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Sometimes it's just really nice to read a book that doesn't require a great deal of concentration and the ending ties everything up neatly. This is just such a book! Leap into the lives of all of these characters thrown together on the island of Nantucket for the summer - I promise you will feel like you have made new friends and will want to book your own oceanside get-a-way when you are done! Enjoy!
Ladyslott avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
The Beach House has the perfect title, because it is the perfect beach read. Not very deep, easy to read, characters you enjoy and a general feel good read.

Nan Powell has lived in her big rambling house, Windmere, on Nantucket for over 30 years. She is a bit of an eccentric, well known around the town. When it becomes clear that Nan is facing some serious financial problems she decides to take in boarders as she tries to figure out what to do with her home as some neer to do developers are longing to get their hands on the property.

The mix of people who come together at the house all bring some baggage; Daniel recently separated and hiding a secret; Daff, a recent divorcee and mother of a spoiled 13 year old; Michael, Nans son who has come back home after ending an affair with his boss. Then there is Bee, Daniels wife who takes a house nearby so she and Daniel can work on a reconciliation; Michaels lover who shows up and makes a shocking announcement and a man from Nans past who throws everything into tumult, reveling some startling secrets.

Lots of story lines intersect and a lot of it is predictable, some of it a bit preposterous and you can figure out how everything will end, but the storytelling is fun and it is a great escape book.
reviewed The Beach House on + 57 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
A great casual summer read with a few unexpected twists. Thoroughly enjoyable with no sex or violence.
isitfriday avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 170 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I enjoy Jane Green, however i found this book to be slow moving and a little boring. not one of my favorites, a pleasant read but not a MUST read in my opinion.
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SusieLou avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 30 more book reviews
Just a nice book to read, not boring, not a book that you have to analyze, just enjoy it.
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I loved this book and didn't want it to end. The author did a great job of telling each of the characters' stories and then bringing them together, etc. Loved the Nantucket setting too. Really a great story. Definitely recommend!
comet71 avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 6 more book reviews
Loved this book. Ms. Green has a great way of intertwining the lives of people! Very fun, entertaining and more than just surface. A good read - whether on the beach or sitting by the fire!
slrinvt avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 8 more book reviews
This was a fast summer read! It has some interesting twists.
laurapolk avatar reviewed The Beach House on + 4 more book reviews
This book was not my favorite. It's story line was very predictible.
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I really enjoyed this book about a lovely and interesting older woman who has fallen on some hard financial times and decides to rent out rooms in her lovely old beach house. The characters were very interesting and the story came together very unexpectedy at the end. Each character had their own story and the overall book blended them all well. I'm going to read some more of her books as this was my first.