ISBN- 9780345498205/ 9780345515216
June 23, 2009
Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group
$25.00 US/ $28.95 CAN
Rating: 5 cups
Anne Wheelwright—Nona to her family and friends—is celebrating her ninetieth birthday surrounded by her crazy family. The summer house in Nantucket is the gathering spot for the Wheelwright clan. When she has a few moments alone, Nona reminisces about her life in the early years of her marriage.
Charlotte Wheelwright is thirty and determined to pay penance for something she did years ago. For the last three years, she awakens at four thirty in the morning to work a plot of land at the summer house. Everything she grows, she sells to the people of the island. Charlotte seems to have found a place where she belongs.
Families are messy, and the Wheelwrights are no different. Everyone has a difference of opinions and a few are not afraid to express them. Some feed on the misery they can add to others’ lives. Then there are the three women at the center of this story, Nona, her daughter-in-law, Helen and Helen’s daughter, Charlotte. Each woman is at a crossroads in her life. Which road they should take will by their own decision.
This is a story about relationships: parent to child, man to woman, or woman to woman. This family is complicated, but at the center of it all is Nona, the woman who keeps them all together. That can be said of many families. Ms. Thayer has brought the familiarities found in any family to the Wheelwrights. They are all so personable and real. With secrets, grudges and wounds, this is one family who at the end of the day loves each other and the woman who is the center of their universe. Closing the cover on this book hurt me a little. I felt like I had become a part of this mixed up family by the end. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More