Pump Up Your Book Promotion Book Tour: Summer House by Nancy Thayer
The Wheelwrights are a wealthy banking family whose summer house is located on the island of Nantucket. All family meetings are held there and the house is usually full of family during the summer months. Nona Wheelwright is the oldest member of the family still living and her ninetieth birthday is quickly approaching. The family is planning a spectacular party for her and she is looking forward to all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren coming home to visit.
Nona seems to nod off alot and when she does she dreams of her past. We learn that Nona has a dark family secret and time is running out for her to reveal it before her time has passed.
Nona's daughter in law Helen is recently found out her husband was cheating on her. She spends her summer on the island questioning her decisions of the past and questioning what she wants from the future.
Helen's daughter Charlotte leases three acres of Nona's land for an organic garden. She spends all daylight hours working. She hopes to attone for a sin she feels guilty for that transpired three years ago.
Summer House is a wonderful read. Spanning three generations, there is romance, scandal, and at the heart there is love and family. A wonderful beach read!
About the Author:
I was born December 14, 1943 (Sagittarius!) in Emporia, Kansas, the first of three children, and for six years, the only one. My parents read to me a lot, and from Winnie-the-Pooh on, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where I worked, in high school, as a "soda jerk" at a drugstore. What a great job! I was allowed to make myself any kind of sundae I wanted. . . .my specialty was hot fudge sauce, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, and nuts. I didn't really care about the ice cream.
I attended the University of Wichita, got married at twenty, and moved to Kansas City, where I finished my bachelor's degree and got a master's in English literature. I also got to travel with my academic, peripatetic, husband. We lived in Iowa, Paris, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Amsterdam, Wisconsin, Vancouver, Massachusetts, and Helsinki before being divorced at the end of the seventies.
During my twenties I either taught freshmen English in various colleges or hid away at home, writing fiction I was too timid to send around. I wish I had taken more creative writing courses. I did take one at the University of Iowa taught by C.D.B. Bryan, who was immensely helpful. I recommend writers' workshops to any aspiring writers.
Gradually my short stories were accepted by various college literary reviews, and in 1978 my first novel, Stepping, was accepted by Doubleday, who published it in January of 1980. By then I was divorced, with a son, Josh, who was 5, and a daughter, Sam, who was 3. We lived in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with two cats and one dog, who kept us safe and sane.
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I have one copy to give-away! USA & Canada Only. Please leave a comment, along with your email to enter. Deadline is August 4th, winner announced August 5th.