The Guest Cottage
Nancy Thayer
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The Guest Cottage
Nancy Thayer
368 pages
May 2016
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Sophie Anderson is tired and needs a vacation. Thirty-six years old, the mother of two, and married to Zack, Sophie is a good mother and is active in her childrenísí lives, but her marriage has become more convenience than passion. She is her husbandís date to a business event, the woman who takes care of his children and keeps his house but doesnít ask questions when he is gone in the morning before she is awake. Sophie is a little restless but doesnít realize she is unhappy in her marriage until Zack announces that he is leaving her for someone else. Needing space to decide what she wants and how she will tell the children, Sophie jumps at the chance to rent a cottage in Nantucket for the summer.

Thirty-year-old Trevor is a single dad, raising his four-year-old son, Leo, on his own. He hardly had time to adjust to being married before becoming a widower. His wife, Tallulah, was happy to be a mother but had greater aspirations for herself. Her lifestyle included unexpected departures, drugs, and alcohol. Those elements eventually took her away from her son and husband. Trevor loves being a dad, but he knows his work is suffering and he needs a break. Trevor calls an old friend who has a cottage on Nantucket and talks his friend into renting him the cottage for the summer.

The two fun-loving cousins are unaware that they have rented the jointly owned cottage to two different people. It is clear to both Trevor and Sophie that they will have to work something out, or one of them will lose the vacation in which they have invested. They are two adults raising three young, active children. One adult is headed for a divorce, the other is learning to be a single parent. What could possibly go wrong if they just work out a way to share this cottage for the summer?

This is a great anytime-of-the-year read. Thayer allows her characters to show the reader what it is like to be a single parent or to be the betrayed member of a marriage. The vivid descriptions of the beautiful Nantucket are a bonus and will make the reader ready for a summer vacation in a cottage by the shore.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Joyce Rice, 2016

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