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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

great beach read

Last year I read Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was thrilled to see Nancy had a new book, Heat Wave coming out this summer. Beachcombers is a perfect summer beach read so I had a feeling that Heat Wave would also be a good summer read. Heat Wa...
Last year I read Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was thrilled to see Nancy had a new book, Heat Wave coming out this summer. Beachcombers is a perfect summer beach read so I had a feeling that Heat Wave would also be a good summer read. Heat Wave did not disappoint!

Heat Wave takes place on Nantucket. Carley Winsted has recently become a widow at a young age. Her husband, Gus has left her with not only two girls to raise but broke! He has left her with the family home so she sets out to find a way to stay in the home that her girls have always known. She decides a Bed and Breakfast will help keep her and the girls in the home they love but also give her the chance to be at home with the girls. I admired Carley for her strength in making this decision at a time in her life when she would just like to crawl in bed and pull the covers over her head.

Carley has two extremely close friends, Vanessa and Maud who call themselves Las Tres Enchiladas. The women know everything about each other. They are the kind of friends who pop in and make themselves at home in each others homes. Carley is approached by Maud with a very disturbing secret that could change their lives drastically. At this point Maud becomes my least favorite character.

To top it all off Gus' good friend, Wyatt causes Carley to feel things she is not sure she should be having while grieving for Gus.

This book is about friendship, loyalty, grief and the challenges brought on by having to move on. I was very surprised at one point in the book and found myself having to stop and grab kleenex! I really was not expecting that in a summer beach read. Even though that particular event saddened me, I still enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it.

posted by retromom on June 23, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Save your money and check out at the library if you must read.

In the middle of this book I questioned myself as to why I was still reading it. I found myself spotting areas of fore-shadowing that were all too obvious for my taste. The only aspect of this book that took me by surprise was Maud's secret.
The story line felt as i...
In the middle of this book I questioned myself as to why I was still reading it. I found myself spotting areas of fore-shadowing that were all too obvious for my taste. The only aspect of this book that took me by surprise was Maud's secret.
The story line felt as if it had no plot. At least, not one strong enough to hold my attention. I felt as though I was forced into reading someones personal journal.
I could not bring myself to identify with any of the characters. In fact, I'm not even sure I particularity liked any of them.

Plain and simple, I just couldn't get into this book.

posted by 5243902 on September 1, 2011

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a good read for a lazy afternoon.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Great Lazy Day Beach Book It is perfect beach book for an easy,

    Great Lazy Day Beach Book
    It is perfect beach book for an easy, fast read with plenty of joy and heartbreak. Not a surprising end, but good escapism.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Loved this book as much as all the other stories from Nancy Thayer. Love her books!!!

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    I thought this was a wonderful book & I couldn't put it down

    I thought this was a wonderful book & I couldn't put it down! Great summer read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Fair

    Slow start but gets better as you read. Love this authors other books.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    A Story With Many Layers

    Carley and Gus have been married 13 years, she stays home with their two girls in their huge Nantucket home that was Gus's mother's family home. Gus is a partner in his father's law firm. Life is good. Until one night Gus doesn't come home from the office. Carley contacts her in-laws and her father-in-law goes back to the office to find his only child dead at his desk.

    This sets up a whole mass of events for Carley from dealing with her children, her in-laws and her friends, plus the financial burden she now has to manage. She moves forward for herself and her daughters in ways that are hard for Gus's parents to understand at times. She tries hard to do what she believe Gus would want her to do. Always putting her family first.



    This story has so many layers, relationships, and drama. The relationship Carley has with her daughters rings true as they all come to grips with Gus's death. Add the oldest daughter becoming a teenager and all the very real things mother and daughters face are brought to the forefront.

    The relationship with Gus's parents is difficult at best. At times his mother tries to undermine Carley with her girls but Carley handles it and even stands up to them both unleashing the strong character within.

    The relationship with her friends troubled me at times, some of the situations seemed almost too much for the character of Carley to bear. One so extraordinary that most of us never would be able to handle and I think the author let it happen too easily.

    I don't want to reveal too much but one of Carley's relationships moved too slowly, the stopping and starting, the taking in and pushing away felt overdone. I realized that by the end of the story what the author was setting up but the time taken should have been in one place instead of the other.

    All this being said, Nancy Thayer is a wonderful author who writes of Nantucket in almost a poetic way. You know she loves her setting and she knows her audience. This is a fine summer read that all her fans will enjoy. Did I love it? No, but I did enjoy it. Is this her finest novel? No, but it is very good. It's all about the relationships. The story is full of flawed characters with lots of waves, the heat was there and then it was gone and everything tied up in the end in a neat little package. Just a little bit too neat.

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