Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.
And rumor has it…
…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;
…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;
…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;
…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.
As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.
My thoughts – I loved this book and wanted it to end (resolve itself), yet wanted it to go forever! It is the typical rumor mill story, you know like in high school the rumors spread like wild fire? Who am I kidding, you know at work, your church….in your town etc. Well Nantucket is small, and things spread quickly! I have read books by this author before, and have enjoyed them. I lived on Cape Cod for a few years – and never went to Nantucket! But I still feel nostalgic when I read books from beach towns. Thanks Ashley for recommending this book, it was on my list but your post prompted me to read it (listen to it 🙂
What are you reading? I am loving Paris for One by Jojo Moyes. I also have The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister “checked out” on the Overdrive App…but I haven’t started it. I did just finish Bald is Better with Earrings by Andrea Hutton and I really enjoyed it. I work for the National Cancer Institute and think about cancer a lot. I personally don’t have cancer, but did have a breast cancer scare a couple of years ago. I think this book would be great for anyone battling Cancer or any family member.