The Beach House

The Beach House

by Jane Green
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Beach House 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
leenie1965 More than 1 year ago
This book was a lovely read. Perhaps it fits with the time of year? Perhaps it fit with my mood? Who knows? I can only say that I loved this book and have already leant it out to someone to read. The characters are searching without looking, seeking without realizing... and perhaps that theme speaks to me. From the main character, Nan, who has spent a lifetime in a home preserving memories of a life that turns out to be not what she expected... To a little lost 13 year old girl whose life is turned upside down by her parents divorce... All the characters touched my heart. I hope you will read and enjoy as much as I did.
PBWriter36 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in about a week, I was intrigued by the main character who resembled my mother-in-law and the concept of having to rent out rooms in one's house (what a great idea for a lonely widow). The story line was a bit outlandish at points with everything/everyone coming together-seemed a little orchestrated. I would say this is an easy read with an unusual story line that pays off in the end. The Characters are enjoyable but could've been more detailed if this book wasn't soo short and a quick read...I'm sure it wasn't meant to be an epic novel; however, it would become a nice movie. I enjoyed the reader's style of writing for this type of book.
Lannie More than 1 year ago
Nan Powell is a bit of an eccentric 65 year old widow, who has lived alone for twenty years in her huge home in Nantucket. Rather than selling her home because of mounting debts, she decides to rent out some of the rooms for the summer. The book is about the people who come to live with her, each with his or her own baggage and secrets. In sorting out and trying to manage her new situation, Nan is reborn and discovers a part of herself that she thought she'd lost years ago. Then something unexpected happens, and she has to reinvent herself yet again. Fun read!
bookwormmamaNE More than 1 year ago
This is one of those stories that must be read in the summer (on the beach if you can swing it). It fits the season, its not too in depth, characters are intersting. The setting is by far the best part of the book, the island and the house draw you in. I liked the main character the best. Lots of different storylines going on at the beginning, but you can see how they all tie in at the end. No one is left hanging, the author does a good job of finishing each characters situation. Some surprises at the end, the romance connections between the characters are a little predictable, but overall its a good summer read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was a slow start, but once you get into its a great novel. The characters are heart-warming, and the twists in the plot gives the story an added depth. Overall this novel is a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable reading. For me, slow to start, but picked up once characters were established. Plot line was interesting although somewhat fanciful. Enjoyed the characters, especially Nan and Del (who I could relate to). Overall a most enjoyable read and would recommend for bookclubs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Green¿s newest novel, The Beach House, is an exquisite blend of the harsh realities of life coupled with the rewards of finding yourself. Full of complex characters, each facing everyday situations like divorce, separation, parenting and discovering whom they really are. Jane Green tells the story of each persons struggle and eventual trip to Windermere, a huge costal home in Nantucket that breathes new life and friendship to an unlikely cast of characters. The owner of the property is Nan, the community eccentric, who has a real grasp on reality and clearly defines the emotions of those she comes across. Facing the truth of her own money troubles, Nan decides to rent out some of the rooms of her home to guest for the summer in order to keep the home she cherishes. She finds new tenants in Daniel, Daff, and her own son Michael who are going through their own personal struggles. She offers them not only the comfort of a home, but the wisdom that comes wish age and the inspiration of hope that they each lack in their own lives. The build up and foundation of The Beach House is sporadic and lengthy, but later on the in-depth character definitions only add to the complex and twisting plot. Filled with an array of emotions that mimics the real world every person will be touched and inspired with hope by the end. Jane Green is truly at the top of her game and continues to push out amazing novels like The Beach House. Valerie Jones
Jewelcaz More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Green's books. I was glad I paid full price to read this book. I usually only trade but was tired of waiting for a trade. This story pulled me in and wrapped me up in the character lives. I thought I knew what would happen or guess the ending like most books but the ending was plesantly surprising and I loved it. Easy read and I highly recommend this book.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is my favorite book by Jane Green for sure. Shes an amazing writer and all of her books touch people in many different ways. The characters were fabulous, their problems were real and you felt like you really got to know them. People question their lives all the time, some change the things they cannot face anymore while others go on just pretending. Daniel did the right thing, as well as michael and Nan. Great book. I recommend it to all fans of chick lit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, the beginning was a little slow..however, I didn't want to put it down . .it just kept getting better and better...
happyreaderKK More than 1 year ago
I ma not a Jane Green fan but this book was a really good beach read. The characters are so different and all of their problems surface as they live in this bed and breakfast. Nan grows on you too. Worth the effort.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sixty-five years old eccentric widow Nan owns THE BEACH HOUSE on Nantucket Island. Although she knows her neighbors would disapprove, needing money and not caring what anyone else thinks as she is a sexagenarian who buried her husband, the feisty Nan decides to rent rooms during the summer.------------- Her summer renters come to the island to think and escape. Separated from her husband Richard following his affair, Daff must decide what she wants beyond her two roles of mother to teen Jess and wife or perhaps ex wife. Therapist Dr. Posner helps, some might say hinders, Bee and Daniel to face the inconvenient truth that is destroying their relationship. As he faces middle age, Michael wonders if he will ever find the right woman for him as every female he meets turns out wrong.------------ THE BEACH HOUSE is a well written character study in which each of the visitors and Nan has issues to confront over the summer. Each of the cast members is fully developed and seems like a real person as they struggle with their respective issues. Although the resolution is too simplistic in such a short time, fans will enjoy the most wonderful summer.------------ Harriet Klausner
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters in this book by Jane Green. They all had their issues and I loved how after getting to know them individually they were all brought together. Nan was a wonderful matriarch and I loved how clever and loving she was throughout the book. An easy beach read! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sleeps in her bed silently
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Walks in, looking around
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He sees wila and walks forward
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PinkStar More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of the book I was having a hard time keeping up with all the different characters but they were all fascinating so I kept reading. Glad I did! I couldn't put it down! Great summer read
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
¿¿¿½ Have you ever stayed at a quaint little bed and breakfast where your time with the other guests feels a bit like home? I have and, for the exception of one very awkward interaction (yeah...I'm not going there), it was a pleasant experience. This book reminded me a little of this memory.  In The Beach House, author Jane Green offers multiple characters, each with individual stories, who eventually end up at a beach house in Nantucket. My favorite character was the house's owner, Nan. Her own personal circumstances have her renting out the rooms in her home. But it's all good. Nan keeps a positive attitude and makes the best of the situation. She acts on her intuition about her house guests in an attempt to make their lives better and I just had to smile.  It was sad how most of the relationships featured in this book suffered, but I was appreciative that the characters tried to move on to happiness by inflicting the least amount of damage to others as possible. I liked The Beach House and would recommend it to fans of women's fiction. If nothing else, maybe it will inspire you to add an oceanfront rental to your summer vacation list! My favorite quote: “Nothing in this world happens without a reason. That we are all exactly where we are supposed to be, and that the pieces of the puzzle have a tendency to come together when you least expect it.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roomers tracking in sand. if a fast food would be a box of mac and cheese. A comfort read not cute enough for a cozy. M.a.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stated this book on a Saturday and could not stop reading. Finished on Monday. Had to find out what was going to happen. Loved it, will keep Jane Green on my list of go to authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was a little hard to get into because it jumped around a lot between characters. But once I got going I found I couldn't put it down. I was so sad to see it end.