The Beach House by Jane Green
A Novel

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What does Jane do there? This is an escapist beach book for the ladies, so there is only one possible answer.
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From the author of Jemima J and Falling comes the New York Times bestseller about finding your place in the place you call home.

Ever since her life took an unexpected turn, Nan Powell has enjoyed living alone on the sun-drenched shores of Nantucket. At sixty-five, she’s just as likely to be found at Windermere, her beach front home, as she is skinny dipping in her neighbor’s pool.  But when the money she thought would last forever starts to dwindle, Nan decides to do something drastic to keep hold of her free-spirited life: open up Windermere to strangers. 

After placing an ad for summer rentals touting water views, direct access to the beach, and a sexagenarian roommate, Nan’s once quiet house is soon full of noise, laughter, and the occasional bout of tears. Between her eclectic new tenants and the sudden return of her son, Nan gets a taste of what life is like when you have someone to care for besides yourself. But just as she starts to happily settle in to her new existence, the arrival of a visitor from her past threatens to turn everyone’s lives upside down...

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About Jane Green

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Bestselling author Jane Green has partnered with Bioré®  for the short story "A Walk in the Park,"  about Olivia Adamson, a 20-something whose life is suddenly filled with surprises. But one thing that doesn’t have to be  unpredictable is your complexion. Bioré® knows that  every 20-something needs at least one thing she can depend on: clear, beautiful skin. In the time you read this short story, you could be on your way to healthy-looking skin by removing build-up, dirt and oil with Bioré® Pore Strips. So go ahead, grab a big comfy blanket, a Bioré® Pore Strip and your eReader. You’ll be ready to face anything. Jane Green is the author of twelve bestselling novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in-between, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth. She contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and assorted Anthologies. Passionate about both food and the home, most weekends see her cooking up a storm in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives by the beach with her husband and their many children. Both Jane Green & Biore are active on Facebook.
Published June 17, 2008 by Berkley. 364 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Above average
on Jun 24 2010

Spending a few hours combing through the gardens and beaches of Green’s Nantucket is a great way to make a long plane ride seem much shorter. And if you can’t recall much of the plot after turning the last page, so what? Neatly packaged beach diversion.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 11 2008

What does Jane do there? This is an escapist beach book for the ladies, so there is only one possible answer.

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Reviewed by Elisa Gabbert on Sep 01 2008

This type of fiction must have a Lifetime Network/Desperate Housewives kind of so-bad-it’s-good appeal for her many readers, but for someone unaccustomed to “chick lit” dreck, it’s so bad it’s just bad.

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