Nancy Thayer – Nell

58. Nell by Nancy Thayer (1985)
Length: 330 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 2 June 2014
Finished: 11 June 2014
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2001
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Nell St. John is not happy with the way her life is going – not by a long shot. She was once a glamorous young actress, married to an influential director, Marlow St. John. Together, they were the toast of the town, an A-list couple destined for fame.

But then Marlow’s star fades and tensions at home begin to skyrocket. He soon takes up with another woman and abandons Nell, leaving her to pay the bills and raise their two boisterous young children by herself. Even a string of attractive suitors is not the answer to Nell’s lack of fulfillment, but then, what is?

When she is offered a job working at a posh clothing boutique on Nantucket, Nell uproots her young family and moves to the island. Soon, her college age ex-stepdaughter Clary, who has her own romantic troubles, moves in with her. Clary and Nell quickly fall in love with island life and its much gentler pace, that they discover while living on Nantucket. Nell also captures the attention of an eccentric man about town.

And in that carefree, romantic summer of tender passion, Nell looks within and discovers so much more about herself than she ever dreamed possible.

This book was a great read for me. A gossipy, engaging beach read; definitely a woman’s book if ever I’ve read one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It certainly wasn’t your typical ‘fluffy’ romantic love story, but filled with multi-dimensional, well-developed characters that I connected with very deeply. I give this book an A+! and am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

A+! – (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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