Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Beach House

The Beach House by Jane Green
What was this book about?

Nan is in her sixties and known around town as a bit of an eccentric. When money problems force her to either sell the house she has loved for years or find some other way to make money – she decides that her Nantucket home would be perfect for borders.

Enter several people who will change her life in a way that she never could have imagined. There is Daniel – who is married and has two little girls who have been his life. But he has been lying to himself and his wife for years. He is really just not that into her. Daff has been left by her husband because she found out about an affair that he has been having. She can’t tell her daughter who is at fault, but instead must life with an angry teenager who blames her mother for her father not being there. Nan’s son Michael has lived a life of no commitment and has found himself in a position he doesn’t want to be in – so he returns home to the comfort of his mother.

Each finds friends in each other. Little do they know life’s secrets has another twist for all of them!

What did you think about the book?

Family is more then people who share blood. A family is a group of people who care about each other and want to share their lives together. And that for me is what this book is about.

Each person in the novel is working through their own hard times and just trying to live life. But what they find is that by sharing their problems and themselves they instead become much better then they ever could have imagined during that tough time.

SPOILER: I have to admit that I always thought that Nan’s husband was going to return in some fashion. But I have to say – it wasn’t exactly how I expected it. So it was nice to have a twist thrown in.

What genre would you consider this?
Family Dynamics


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