By Jane Green
Viking Penguin Publishing
Nan Powell is eccentric. Everyone knows it. Even she knows it. She lives in an old, run-down house on a very expensive piece of land that has been in the family for more years than anyone can count. And Nan has run out of money. As she struggles to figure out how she's going to save her home (turning it into a pseudo-bed and breakfast), the story flips to the lives of the people who will eventually become her guests.
A couple of divorcee's with stories to tell, Nan's son Michael who has found himself in a difficult situation, and soon even a few children join in their new adventures. And Nan has found that she is thrilled to have herself surrounded by so many people that she loves.
Throw in a sleazy real estate developer, a handsome landscaper, and a long-lost husband, and you have quite a tale to tell.
I thought this was quite a pleasant read. Frankly, I wish I had been sitting on the beach while reading it (especially with the temperatures in the single digits today). Kind of a mindless relaxation read (which is sometimes the very best kind).