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The Beach House by Jane Green

The_Beach_House The Beach House
by Jane Green is about an unconventional woman who is at risk of losing her beautiful Nantucket home so she opens it to summer renters.

From the Publisher (Plume)

Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who’s not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors’ pools when they’re away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.

Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down. As she did so masterfully in her New York Times bestseller Second Chance, Jane Green once again proves herself one of the preeminent writers of contemporary women’s fiction.

Book Club Ideas

Get out your best beach party decorations and include fun, beachy music like Beach Music Sound, I Love Beach Music and, of course, The Beach Boys.

Book Club Menu

Nan was such a gracious host.  She seemed to always have homemade lemonade available to quench your thirst.  A variation of this is Hard Lemonade made with vodka.

Hard lemonade, lemons, hydrangeas

The menu was put together from various scenes in the book:

Toasted Pine Nut and Feta Salad.  Nan made this when she prepared a romantic lunch for Daniel.

Crab Cakes and Clam Chowder.  These were served at the “getting to know you dinner” at Nan’s house.  The Crab Cakes were served with an Aioli Sauce.  The Clam Chowder was topped with Seasoned Oyster Crackers.

The Beach House Menu and Decorations

For dessert, a Mixed Berry Shortcake with Lemon Zest– light and refreshing!

Mixed Berry Shortcake Recipe Mint

I also made a Blueberry Shortcake with Mascarpone

Blueberry Shortcake with Mascarpone Recipe

Book Club Resources

“Green gives you a clear sense of Nantucket’s weathered splendor and offers up a refreshing summertime getaway…best read on a deck chair somewhere.”-Chicago Sun-TimesReviews

“A sweetly memorable summer story, capturing the relaxing, renewing quality of life at the shore” –New Orleans Times-Picayune

“The Beach House was a very well-written piece of fiction that just gave me pure pleasure.” – A Novel Menagerie

More about the Author

British import Jane Green is the author of twelve bestselling novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.

A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Green took a leap in faith when she left, in 1996, to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was a hit in England, and Green was an overnight success.

Read more about Jane Green

Additional Resources

There are some great books about Nantucket.

Nantucket book

Nantucket The Quiet Season Book



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