Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

island girls3 girls. Sisters. Torn apart by jealousy. Family issues. Divorce. Brought together by their dad’s dying wish- he stipulates that the girls must live together in the Nantucket summer home for 3 months and then they may sell the house and split the proceeds.

Arden, Meg and Jenny- 3 girls who are as different as life can be- yet all 3 captured a piece of their father, Rory Randall’s heart. Where Rory did love his girls- his love did hurt the girls at times. Arden and Meg, Rory’s daughters from 2 previous marriages- saw firsthand how divorce can make people question love and commitment to a man. Jenny, Meg and Arden’s stepsister, lead a more charmed life with Rory- and yet finds herself questioning things as well.

The summer starts off rocky with the girls- their past misunderstandings rearing it’s head at times. Slowly, the girls forge a relationship, and attempt to be sisters. As the summer continues, memories of the last summer they were all together in Nantucket are discussed, secrets are revealed, and frustrations are aired. Will the girls make it together all summer? Will Rory get his dying wish? Read Island Girls to find out.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This is my 3rd Nancy Thayer book. Nancy Thayer writes a beach story very well.  Island Girls is no different. It’s a book to stick in your beach or pool bag- a book that has an interesting storyline, characters that are fun, and a setting that cannot be beat. Nancy takes family secrets, weaves them with a beach setting- and shows the reader a story that can and should be enjoyed.


*This was requested through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All above opinions are mine alone.

Beach Bag Reads…

I’ve got the beach on my mind- playing in the sand and water, soaking up the sun, wearing the baseball cap, swimming, beachy hair, smell of coconut lotion in the air, and just the relaxed feeling of summer.

So that lead to the thought process of what books I’d put in my beach bag. I made a list! Will I read all this summer? Probably not. I like to save some of the magic of summer for the cold, dreary winter months 🙂

Traveling With T’s Beach Bag Book List:

1. Time Flies by Claire Cook- June 11

2. While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax- April 2

3. All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue- May 21

4. Finding Colin Firth by Mia March- July 9

5. The Guest House by Erika Marks- June 4

6. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank- June 11

7. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger- June 4

8. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella- April 23

9. Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison- July 9

10. Island Girls by Nancy Thayer- June 18

11. Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews- June 4

12. The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or Why I’m Never Getting All the Glitter Off the Dog by Jen Lancaster-June 4

13. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand- June 25


What will be in your beach bag for summer reads?