By Nan Rossiter
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: 8/25/2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter comes a tender, moving story of rekindled passion, set amidst the timeless beauty of Nantucket.
Over twenty-five years ago, Liam Tate and Acadia McCormick Knox fell in love. It was summer on Nantucket, and seventeen-year-old Liam knew that wealthy, college-bound Cadie was way out of league for a local boy who restored boats for a living. Yet the two became inseparable, seizing every chance to slip away in Liam's runabout to secluded spots, far from the world that was trying to keep them apart.
After Cadie returned home to New York and discovered she was pregnant, her parents crushed any hope of communicating with the boy she'd left behind. Unanswered letters and calls couldn't change Liam's heart, but over the years he's settled into a simple, solitary life in his rambling beachfront house. Now he's learned that Cadie is returning to Nantucket for the opening of her son's art show. Over a weekend of revelations and poignant memories, Cadie and Liam have an opportunity to confront the difference time can make, the truths that never alter, and the bittersweet second chances that arrive just in time to steer a heart back home…
About the Author
Nan’s adult fiction is often compared to the work of Nicholas Sparks - especially her first novel, THE GIN & CHOWDER CLUB. Nan's second novel, WORDS GET IN THE WAY, is an uplifting story about a single mom whose young son has autism. Her third novel, MORE THAN YOU KNOW, touches on the bonds of sisterhood and the tragedy and despair of Alzheimer's. UNDER A SUMMER SKY ties the first three books together in an unexpected way, and her new novel, NANTUCKET, touches on the difference time can make, the truths that never alter, and the bittersweet second chances that arrive just in time to steer a heart back home...
Nan lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, two handsome sons, and a black Lab named Finnegan. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking with her family or curling up with a good book. Read More
A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nan Rossiter returns with NANTUCKET, an end of summer heart-warming and moving love story of love, loss, and second chances.
Liam Tate’s home was on Nantucket. However when his parents were killed in an accident, as a child, he was sent to live with his uncle, Coop. Liam has lost so much, living a simple life restoring boats. They lived in Nantucket year round, unlike the wealthy seasonal residents.
One summer, Cadie and her family vacation on the island. She is from a wealthy family, and of course, her parents want no part of this poor shipyard boy, she is interested in.
The couple develop an intense love relationship. His job was to restore boats, while she was from a wealthy family with plans for college. Their love was strong; however, from the wrong side of the tracks, her parents keeps them apart. They had to steal time away at their own private spots away from those prying eyes, before her father sends her back to New York away from Liam.
After discovering she is pregnant, her parents keep her from the boy she loves. However, Liam would not give up, always thinking of the life they could have had - living alone on his beachfront home. She stole his heart and he waits patiently for a letter or phone call, which does not come.
Now, he learns Cadie is returning to Nantucket for the opening of her son’s art show, they may have an opportunity to once again connect for a second chance.
An emotional bittersweet story, of loss, joy, courage, and some summer romance. Set in the idyllic Nantucket, there is timeless elegance with not only the setting, but in the restoration of boats, and metaphors with deeper meaning.
As usual, Nan reminds me of Nicholas Sparks bringing an array of emotions of laughter along with sadness and tears; with twists and turns for a heartwarming and engaging read. (Always a takeaway message, some soul searching, a life lesson, with words of inspiration and wisdom).
Characters (especially Liam) which will remain with you, long after the book ends. Liam reminds me strongly of (Noah) in The Notebook with his fierce love for (Allie) the girl from a wealthy family. Rossiter and Sparks' fans will enjoy this one. Keep the Kleenex handy.
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