Book Review: The Guest Cottage

17 June 2021|

Title: The Guest Cottage

Author: Nancy Thayer

Genre: Romance

Main Characters:

  • Sophie – married, mom of two
  • Trevor – widowed, dad of one
  • Connor – widowed retiree


Sensible thirty-six year old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life; supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realises she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little like Leo – smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realise they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swenson’s Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.


Read it in a day. Got so caught up in this beautiful love story. Moves family to Nantucket. Haha I wish! I have a thing for this beautiful island and it’s drama and fairytale stories – I can quite literally smell the salty sea air when I read these books… This was a firm favourite and made my heart all mushy.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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