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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

Sophie has been married for sixteen years. Over the years she has noticed little changes going on with her husband. His attentiveness is not what it use to be. He seems to be working late a lot and he doesn't seem to have any interest in their children anymore. One evening her husband comes home and tells her he is in love with someone else and is leaving her. Sophie does something quite out of character for her when she decides to rent a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend. It will be a nice vacation for her and the kids and give her time to sort out what is next in her life . 

Trevor Black is a software entrepreneur and has recently lost his wife. His son , Leo is having a hard time dealing with his mother's death. Trevor needs to get away and spend time with his son and decides to rent a guest cottage in Nantucket . When they arrive at the cottage they are surprised to see a woman and two children already in the home. His idea of a quiet place where he and his son can bond and deal with the loss of his wife soon vanish as he stares at these strangers. 

Sophie and Trevor decide the best option for everyone is to try to live in the same house and see how it works. They decide to assign chores in hopes that everything will run smooth. Sophie is an excellent cook so she volunteers to do the cooking if Trevor will clean the kitchen afterwords. They both have hopes that the children will get along in this crazy mixup. 

The story is filled with heartache, learning to let go and finding love in the most unexpected place. The author shows us how strong and independent Sophie becomes as she learns to accept that her marriage is over. She is guarded around Trevor as they begin their adventure of being roommates in the cottage . Will Sophie turn to her love of music and find healing ? Can the children learn to live together as they share a cottage with each other? 

Trevor is a caring father who wants to find love again and see his son happy . As the days go by, he sees his son starting to open up and want to play with Sophie's children. Trevor gets a glimpse that there is hope for Leo to overcome his sadness and be a happy child again. 

The author has written a sweet story of two families looking for a fresh start and overcoming the pain of losing someone they love. I loved the moments that the children shared with each other as they grew to think of themselves as brothers and sister . Nancy has given us characters we fall in love with, and leaves us with a unforgettable , touching story . Will Trevor and Sophie find love again ? Is it possible that these two families will soon be one family? The answers are waiting for readers to discover in the latest moving story by an author who writes with passion and emotion.  )

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