Thursday, June 23, 2011

Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer

Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer

My Thoughts

Last year I read Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was thrilled to see Nancy had a new book, Heat Wave coming out this summer. Beachcombers is a perfect summer beach read so I had a feeling that Heat Wave would also be a good summer read. Heat Wave did not disappoint!

Heat Wave takes place on Nantucket. Carley Winsted has recently become a widow at a young age. Her husband, Gus has left her with not only two girls to raise but broke! He has left her with the family home so she sets out to find a way to stay in the home that her girls have always known. She decides a Bed and Breakfast will help keep her and the girls in the home they love but also give her the chance to be at home with the girls. I admired Carley for her strength in making this decision at a time in her life when she would just like to crawl in bed and pull the covers over her head.

Carley has two extremely close friends, Vanessa and Maud who call themselves Las Tres Enchiladas. The women know everything about each other. They are the kind of friends who pop in and make themselves at home in each others homes. Carley is approached by Maud with a very disturbing secret that could change their lives drastically. At this point Maud becomes my least favorite character.

To top it all off Gus' good friend, Wyatt causes Carley to feel things she is not sure she should be having while grieving for Gus.

This book is about friendship, loyalty, grief and the challenges brought on by having to move on. I was very surprised at one point in the book and found myself having to stop and grab kleenex! I really was not expecting that in a summer beach read. Even though that particular event saddened me, I still enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it.

I received this book courtesy of Amazon Vine for my honest opinion.

I look forward to reading more of Nancy Thayer's books. She is the author of The Hot Flash Club series, Moon Shell Beach, Summerhouse, and Beachcombers.


  1. I really like Nancy Thayer. She's just a fun summer read. This one sounds good as well.

  2. When I saw the cover I thought beach read, but it sounds like the book is much more than that. Great review!

  3. I haven't read Nancy Thayer before and this one sounds really good. I need to check into getting a copy.
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  4. I love these kinds of beach reads. Good story with a little more depth than expected.

  5. Oh, I was thinking beach read as well when I saw the cover. It does sound like a great book!

  6. Now I've been seeing this one everywhere and after your review I will have to fish it out for my summer reading pile.

    Hmmm I wonder what Maude had to say....


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