The Guest House [NOOK Book]

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For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the town’s best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations....



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Overview

For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the town’s best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations....



Edie’s youngest child, Lexi, should know better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at eighteen, she falls hard for Tucker’s son, Hudson—only to find herself jilted when Hudson breaks off their engagement.



Eleven years later, Lexi returns home after two years away studying architectural photography, just in time for yet another summer on the Cape. When Hudson’s younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to sell the seaside estate after the death of his father and hires Lexi to photograph it, an unlikely attraction forms, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty.



Then renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-six-year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing—and a startling truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.


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Three generations of women navigate love, loyalty and class issues in a Cape Cod resort town. In 1966, hometown girl Edie is an unwelcome member of a building crew working on a guesthouse for the Moss family, owners of the biggest summer cottage in Harrisport. When she catches the eye of Tucker Moss, her life takes a different turn, creating a romantic dilemma for Edie, who ultimately winds up with her colleague Hank Wright in a long-lasting, happy marriage. As a teen, Edie's daughter Lexi falls in love with Tucker's son, Hudson, who dumps her unceremoniously when his parents offer him an ultimatum and he's unwilling to stand up to them. Now, years later, Lexi's back, a professional photographer, and Hudson's brother Cooper, a successful writer, wants her to photograph the estate in support of an application for historical designation. As the two spend time together, it's clear there's something that might be worth exploring between them. Meanwhile, Edie is hired to coordinate renovations on the guesthouse. Hank and Tucker are both gone, so there's no reason not to take the job, and rekindling a friendship with Jim Masterson, Tucker's best friend, is an unexpected bonus. Unfortunately, Edie's son Owen is resistant to either his mother or his sister being on the property. He'd like nothing more than to be done with wealthy summer visitors, one of whom stole his wife and is making life with his teenage daughter more complicated. But the Moss estate guards mysteries and memories that will resurface, offering answers, surprises and new beginnings. Marks' third novel is a textured story about the interwoven relationships of two families on Cape Cod in three different time periods. With its smoothly written, languid style, the book explores young love, social strata and releasing the bonds of the past. A satisfying read that evokes the leisurely warmth of long summer days and true connection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101614990
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 38,008
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

A native New Englander who was raised in Maine, Erika Marks has worked as an illustrator, an art director, a cake decorator, and a carpenter. This is her third novel.
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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    The guest house that sits on the Moss property is so much more t

    The guest house that sits on the Moss property is so much more then what it appears. For one mother and daughter in Harrisport it is a place where love begins and ends.




    In 1966, Tucker Moss a summer kid on Cape Cod broke local girl Edie's heart, while her team was building the guest house on the Moss property. Years later, her very own daughter didn't heed her advice. Her daughter, Lexi endured the same end with Tucker's son, Hudson. Eleven years later Lexi's heartbreak, Hudson's brother Copper arrives back in Harrisport. Copper's arrival opens up old wounds for both Wright women--a long held truth is finally revealed!




    Take a trip back in time...to a moment, a kiss to the path you didn't choice. Then eleven years later, the path suddenly opens up again. Do you take it or has the past taught you a lesson?




    Beautiful Cape Cod summers filled with townies and summer people. A warm soft spoken love story. A Story about family and making your own way.




    A story of a mother and her daughter, the paths they choose. Get ready to fall in love with THE GUEST HOUSE.




    THE GUEST HOUSE is mostly about Lexi, but we get to know her brother a little and we get flashbacks of her mom's story. The family seems stuck in the past, none of them really moving forward. Lexi has had no luck in love, her brother still reeling from a divorce. When Copper Moss returns to Harrisport to prepare the family summer home to sell, he begins to pursue Lexi. Not only was Lexi burned by his older brother, but Copper's father had hurt her own mother. How can Lexi let go of the past to be with Copper?




    I really enjoyed getting to know the Wright women and their stories. I have to admit I was very surprised by Edie's story, but happily surprised! I kept wondering...and I was pleased. I really understood Lexi, I mean she was hurt horribly when she was young and never really moved beyond that, so it makes sense love would continue to elude her until she could close the door to her past. This is a story you are going to want to throw in your beach bag, slap on some sunscreen, and lay back and enjoy reading. I'm recommending THE GUEST HOUSE!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Great story

    Hard to put this one down. Nice easy read, good flow and clean. Really enjoyed this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Great Book

    Great Book I highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

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    Love this book. Highly recommended. Flows nicely and keeps you e

    Love this book. Highly recommended. Flows nicely and keeps you engaged. Wonderful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    Usual dribble

    Have read thousands of books just like this romance. Not anything new story line included. Writer is good and hope she will broaden her horizons and write a more interesting novel. That is why I gave this book 2 stars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

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    A Magical Romantic Read of Past and Present

    This was my first book by Erika Marks and was pleasantly surprised. Since I live in a 1920 guest cottage, in Downtown historic West Palm Beach, FL--the cover was a huge draw with an array of loveable characters.

    An engaging read, in a beachfront Cape setting (so romantic)—seamlessly blending generations of two families from past to present. A romantic mystery and parent/child relationships---about letting go of the past. We all have memories of summers and homes which are no longer standing—making you long for those times of sea and salt with promises of more to come.

    I highly recommend this beautiful story, The Guest House--and look forward to more from this author. I look forward to reading her previous books. (I especially love writers in the southeast). Marks describes the setting in such reality, you want to be there to experience the same summer love-- I love a book with good times, great conversation, and delectable meals – compelling! Cooper was my favorite character!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    I recently received a free copy of The Guest House from the auth

    I recently received a free copy of The Guest House from the author, Erika Marks, through a Fresh Fiction contest. I had never read any books by this author, but I was intrigued by the synopsis. I absolutely loved this book!  The setting is Harrisport, Massachusetts.  When wealthy summer wash-ashore Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright, a war between the two families lasts for years. Edie's daughter, Lexi, falls in love with Tucker's son, Hudson. Her heart is broken, as well. Eleven years later, Lexi returns to Harrisport and receives a job offer (from Hudson's brother, Cooper) to take architectural photos of the Moss summer estate.  I enjoyed this story of present and past.  An attraction develops between Lexi and Cooper, and we see that Lexi is torn by that attraction and loyalty to her family. Renovations at the Moss property reveal a message of love that had been carved into a piece of wood, and Edie and Lexi (and the men from their pasts) are forced to deal with secrets from long ago. I was left feeling very satisfied with the final outcome of The Guest House, and I was pleasantly surprised by a few things while reading this novel. I would not hesitate to recommend this book. It was a great read - Erika Marks told a beautiful story. 

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

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    The Guest House by Erika Marks I first wanted to read this book

    The Guest House by Erika Marks
    I first wanted to read this book after listening to Erika and other authors talk in a Writerspace chat about their latest releases.
    Love having the book in my hand-even feels like the canvas that covered the old wooden sling chairs at my grandparents beach house around Sachusett Point back in the 60's.
    This book is about a house on Cape Cod and we learn that Mr. Tucker had a thing for Mrs. Wright. We learn as the chapters go back in time to the present that it started a family feud.
    Now that each of the families have children and they are grown up we get to follow their paths in life. We do find Lexi (Alexandria) has just returned from being overseas and shes an architectural photographer.
    Lexi's brother Owen has a daughter Meg who also lives in town as he's a carpenter.
    Cooper Moss now is a writer but he is stumped as to what to write about..
    Lexi's mom, Edie when she was younger did everything she could to join her dad's building company and now in her 60's she has her own building company.
    When she hears from Cooper about photographing their houses for sale but first to be put in the historical society she jumps at the chance for it. She had gone out with his older brother, Hudson. Hud was the one to give her the first real camera she had.
    It held other significance as well. Other treasures are found aking the way.
    There are other family members that are followed in this book but they are easy to keep track of. I love the fact that so many generations and their related problems are brought up: everything from teens, to over 30 to over 60 groups.
    To me that makes a well rounded tale. Surprises for all.
    Love the locale, cooking/recipes, people with careers using their hands, descriptions of the seashore, wash-ashores-reminds me of the island I grew up where not many are left but plenty of others, all the tech photography talk, all the little details.

    Hope Meg gets her book along with catching up with the families and maybe one of them can buy and move into the Moss house?
    Loved this book so much I went and ordered the author's 2 other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    I enjoyed Mrs. Marks first two novels very much and it is clear

    I enjoyed Mrs. Marks first two novels very much and it is clear to me that Mrs. Marks is hitting her stride with The Guest House.
    The Guest House stands out in that it is an unabashedly fun summer read.  One of the aspects that enjoyed most about The Guest House was that when reading it I felt very much in the moment.  Much in the same way you might go on a beach vacation to get away from it all, when I sat down to read The Guest House I felt like I was also getting away from it all.  One reason that I believe this is so true for the Guest House is that he characters are so likable that I enjoyed spending time with them in a relaxed kind of way.    

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

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    When Lexi Wright returns to Harrisport after being away for 2 ye

    When Lexi Wright returns to Harrisport after being away for 2 years, she has no thoughts of running into any member of the Moss family. When she’s contact by Cooper Moss about taking pictures of the Moss’ seaside estate, she accepts the job, thinking that she could work the job and remain unaffected by the memories that haunt the house. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself extremely drawn to Cooper, the brother of her ex-fiance. With the arrival of Jim, a good friend of both Lexi’s mother, Edie, and Cooper’s father, Tucker, old memories and secrets surface and begin reveal the truth about what happened in the summer of 1966.

    Come along on an enchanting story of two families that are so intertwined slipping between present day and 1966 flows seamlessly. This romance book is a delight to read with a beautiful Cape Cod setting, wonderful, well developed characters, and a hint of mystery. I really enjoyed the way the book flowed and had two separate story lines that were connected together by the history of the Guest House. The Guest House is so easy to read and follow that it’s great for reading a few minutes at a time or curling up on your favorite chair and reading for hours! This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

    Rating: 4

    Heat Rating: Sweet

    Reviewed by: AprilP

    Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

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    Edie, Lexie, and Meg Wright, three generations of women strongly

    Edie, Lexie, and Meg Wright, three generations of women strongly affected by the summer visitors to their home in a small Cape Cod town, are each hoping to leave behind the painful memories that each have from love gone awry.  Edie has a construction business composed of women and is shocked when she is asked to take part of the project to repair and prepare the Moss family’s summer home and cottage for sale. For Tucker Moss broke her heart back in the late 1960s and her son and late husband have quite a resultant familial, protective hate for the Moss clan.  How will they react to her new friendship with Tucker’s friend Jim.  Can two adults escape the attitudes of younger, unforgiving family members or can they forge something new and exciting?
    Lexie has just returned from studying architectural photography in England and is now surprisingly asked to do the photography to prepare the home to be registered as a historical home, but this is also the home where she fell in love with Hudson Moss and was dumped by him as well. It’s also the place where Hudson’s brother, Cooper, gave her a comforting first kiss right after she was jilted by his brother.  So who should be there to let her in and serve as guide to her but Cooper.  Both think the other forgot that night years ago, but that’s not so at all!
    Lexi’s brother, Owen, is grieving over a divorce and treating his daughter, who is a college student, like a little girl. Meg’s got a lot on her plate with her mother’s constant text questions and her father’s expectations. How will she grow during her summer vacation – or not?
    Meanwhile, the “wash-ashores” or tourists are pouring into the town of Harrisport, Massachusetts and business is booming.  How will the beginning of love burgeon in a way to heal old wounds and clear the path for what will hopefully be more than just a new summer season to be relished every second? Some secrets will be revealed, some misunderstandings cleared and others aggravated.  Most of all a secret carved into framing will force changes in attitude, forces that can make or break the futures of the Wright and Moss families.
    Gentle and fierce passions rule these pages and Erika Marks knows how to satisfy the curiosity of the reader and keep it fueled with a complex, endearing romantic plot to satisfy every lover of this genre.  Prepare for a great summertime (or anytime) read!  Very nicely done, Erika Marks!

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    Posted August 25, 2013

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