Heat Wave

Heat Wave

by Nancy Thayer
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Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer

Lyrical, emotional, dramatic, and packed with Nancy Thayer’s trademark warmth and wisdom, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again.
 
After her husband’s sudden death, Carley Winsted is determined to keep her two daughters in their beloved home on Nantucket. To ease the family’s financial strain, she decides to transform their grand, historic house into a bed-and-breakfast. Not everyone, however, thinks this plan prudent or quite respectable—especially not Carley’s mother-in-law. Further complicating a myriad of challenges, a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed, will undo families and friendships. And her late husband’s former law partner is making Carley confront an array of mixed feelings. Then, during a late-summer heat wave, the lives of Carley and her friends and family will be forever changed in entirely unexpected ways.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345518323
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 131,752
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, and The Hot Flash Club Chills Out. She lives on Nantucket.

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Heat Wave 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
retromom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mechelle Dean More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's a good read for a lazy afternoon.
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
WHAT A WELCOMED SURPRISE!!!!!!! I AM NOT SURE WHAT SOME OF THESE OTHER READERS ARE TALKING ABOUT, BUT I MUST SAY THAT I TRUELY ENJOYED READING THIS NOVEL. THERE IS SO MANY LESSONS YOU CAN DRAW FROM THIS BOOK. WHEN CARLEY'S HUSBAND, GUS, DIES AN UNEXPECTED AND UNTIMELY DEATH. SHE IS THROWN FOR A LOOP, AND MUST NOW PICK UP THE PIECES OF HER FAMILY LIFES AND START TO BE THE PROVIDER. WITH NEARLY NO FUNDS AND NOT MANY OPTIONS, CARLEY DECIDES TO TURN HER HOME INTO A BED & BREAKFAST. THEN THROW IN THE MIX TWO FRIENDS VANESSA AND MAUD, AND YOU NOW HAVE SECRETS, DRAMA, AND BETRAYAL. BUT HOLD ON TO YOUR SEAT, BECAUSE WYATT, CARLEY'S HUSBAND BEST FRIEND HAS EYES FOR HER. THIS IS A NICE LIGHT SUMMER BEACH READ. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. ENJOY..........
Mackie77 More than 1 year ago
I'm happy that it was a free Nook book. I couldn't really develop empathy or any liking for any of the main characters except perhaps Vanessa; the peripheral characters had the potential to be much more interesting. I felt the main character, Carley, was complacent, smug and weak, and her condemnation of her friend who found herself in the same situation as Carlie in her irresponsible youth was annoying. The friend was better prepared financially and emotionally with more maturity. (I'm trying to avoid a spoiler.) It was an ok time killer and ended abruptly. At least the The Hot Flash Club ladies show a little spark and backbone occasionally.
nph More than 1 year ago
You may as well watch a soap opera on tv.
Elaine Leo More than 1 year ago
Good easy summer read.
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Great
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rrgc More than 1 year ago
Loved this book as much as all the other stories from Nancy Thayer. Love her books!!!
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BookAddictRS46 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful book & I couldn't put it down! Great summer read!
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GigiJeanne More than 1 year ago
Again Nancy Thayer takes us into the heart of a young widowed mother of two who needs to make her living. With a big house and lots of room she decides to open a "bed & breakfast"." We go along as rooms are made and decorated. We envision it all and want to visit this charming place. Nancy Thayer has yet to write a book I didn't like.
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FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
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.
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Slow start but gets better as you read. Love this authors other books.
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