Review: The Island House by Nancy Thayer

Title: The Island House
Author: Nancy Thayer
Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction
Source: Free ARC from Random House-Ballantine

Rating: B-

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Random House-Ballantine via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).

Review: The first thing that comes to mind is “summer read”. When you want something light and easy to go along with your summer beach vacation, for soaking in the sun under a big umbrella with your feet in the sand or lounging poolside, The Island House is a good call. It isn’t overly serious or sad. It’s simple and lighthearted and kind of sweet.

It isn’t the kind of thing I go for every day, and there were parts of the story that were a bit of a stretch for me, but I did enjoy it. It was heartwarming. And the family dynamics were one of my favorite parts.

And the setting. I’ve never been to Nantucket myself, but I love a good beach vacation and I’ve always wanted to go. What a dream to be able to live there!

So, it was a nice little escape. My brain didn’t have to work. I didn’t have to reread sentences or jot down a thousand new words to look up. I didn’t feel my heartbreaking and have to mop up puddles of tears and snot while I lost my mind over a fictional character’s tragic life. I just opened up the book and let the words take me away.

Like a vacation for my brain. 

And sometimes that is exactly what we need, to escape into a world with no worries, with sunny beaches, where true love is destined, where all problems can be solved, and everyone comes around and gets what they want in the end. So, if you want to runaway for a little while, The Island House is a good place to start.


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