Nancy Thayer’s ‘Surfside Sisters’ Hits Beaches This Summer

Girls at play on beach

As children, they were inseparable. But that was ages ago. Will these Surfside Sisters be able to make amends this summer? (Photo by Todd, Flickr)

Stepping. Nell. Three Women at the Water’s Edge. With each new novel, Nancy Thayer captivates readers with stories about determined women and the tough choices they must make when it comes to family, friendship, and love. I have been a Nancy Thayer fan ever since I read 1991’s Everlasting, an enthralling tale based in a world of flowers that still remains on my list of favorite books. So I’m always excited when she releases a new novel, and this summer’s Surfside Sisters sounds like it is going to be my next great beach read.


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Once again, Thayer returns to her beloved Nantucket to tell a story about two lifelong friends, the choices they’ve made, and the power of forgiveness. Surfside Sisters will be available in stores and online on July 2, and I simply can’t wait to kick back on a sandy beach under the shade of an umbrella with a cool drink in one hand and a copy of this delicious story in the other. But until then, let’s dish on what this story is actually about.

Our leading lady in this story is Keely Green. A bestselling novelist, she’s taken Manhattan by storm and loves the life she’s made for herself there as she drifts from one glamorous party to the next, schmoozing with the literary elite with a handsome pediatric surgeon on her arm. But just when everything is going swimmingly, the bottom falls out of her life. The good doctor informs her that he is ready to settle down just as her editor refuses her latest book. Suddenly the coastal life she knew growing up on the shores of Nantucket doesn’t seem so bad, and she longs for its calming tides.

Returning home, however, would mean facing her childhood best friend, Isabelle, and she just isn’t ready to deal with that kind of drama. As girls, one wasn’t seen without the other. But as they grew into young women, something… or someone… tore them apart: Keely’s high school beau, Tommy. Going back would mean she’d have to see them together, the family they created, and take a long hard look at what was taken from her all those years ago.

Keely’s mom, however, is deeply depressed, and soon Keely realizes that she simply has to suck it up and go home, even if that means facing her estranged friend. To make matters worse, once she arrives on the island, she encounters Isabelle’s older brother, Sebastian, a guy who still manages to make her weak in the knees.

Will Keely ever be able to forgive the past and find happiness in the only place she will ever call home? Find out in Surfside Sisters this summer! This is the kind of juicy story Thayer fans love to sink their teeth into, one which shimmers with emotion and shines brighter than the sun on the Atlantic tides.

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Nancy Thayer

Nancy Thayer


Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club.

Nancy has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in 1981. In 2015, she was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Mainstream Fiction.

She lives on Nantucket with her husband Charley Walters. Her daughter is novelist Samantha Wilde. Visit Nancy at her home on the Web at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram, Bookbub and Goodreads.

By Nancy Thayer
304 pp. Ballantine. $27.

Pre-order Surfside Sisters at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Nantucket Book Partners, and Walmart.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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