The Nantucket Inn by Pamela Kelley - A Book Review


I love books that are set in Nantucket. This island sounds like an idyllic getaway with charming restaurants, accommodations and beautiful beaches. When I was perusing new reads on my public library’s website, I noted this audiobook and knew it was something I wanted to read. The Nantucket Inn by Pamela Kelley is the first book in the Nantucket Beach Plum Cove series and my first book written by this author.

Plot Summary

Lisa Hodges is a woman in her early 50’s who owns a large, waterfront home she can no longer afford. Following the death of her husband, she learned that the nest egg she believed to be there was gone: the consequence of her husband’s secret gambling addiction. Lisa has not worked in thirty years and is considered unemployable. When a friend gives her the idea of running a bed and breakfast in her home, she decides to pursue this as a way of staying in close proximity to her four grown children.

Kate is Lisa’s eldest daughter, along with her twin Kristen. Kate is a writer for a fashion magazine in Boston engaged to a photographer. Her life is upended when the magazine is sold and she learns more about her fiancee. Kristen is a local Nantucket artist who is in a relationship with a man who claims to be estranged from his wife. Chase is Lisa’s only son and he owns and operates his own construction business. Anna is Lisa’s youngest and is married to Jeff, her high school sweetheart. The couple has experienced problems with infertility.

The book also introduces the reader to several other business operators and friends, setting the stage for additional books in the series. At the time of writing, there are five books already published in the series, with a sixth book publishing later this month.

Book Review

I enjoyed this book and the cozy feeling I had while reading it. The characters are likeable and the story engaging. I appreciated getting to know Lisa’s family which focused more on the women in the story rather than Chase, whose character will likely be more developed in the further books in the series. I appreciate personal growth in characters and this book is full of it. I recommend this book for those that enjoy a sweet, and sometimes predictable, read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Audiobook Review

I listened to the audiobook version of the book which was narrated by Karissa Vacker. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance which was articulate and expressive. She does a great job of providing believable male voices which is always appreciated. I am happy to see that she also narrated other books in the series. I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x speed, and this was comfortable. I have no problem recommending the audiobook version of this book for those who appreciate this format.

What I Liked About The Nantucket Inn
  • Lots of personal growth in the characters
  • It celebrates the love of family
  • The beach setting
What I Would Have Liked to be Different
  • A little too predictable
I Recommend This Book To:
Those that enjoy Women’s fiction or a clean Romance novel.  

My Rating:  ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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26 comments:

  1. Well this sounds wholesome!

    Katie x

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  2. This sounds like an easy read - perfect for snuggling up with and a cosy night in :)

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  3. I liked the way you mentioned that the story focuses more on Lisa's life than her chase. I loved reading series too. I hope readers will enjoy it, if they don't mind the predictability:)

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  4. I love reading books! And this one sounds perfect to read in the morning with a cup of coffee. I'll read this soon, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I hope you enjoy the book.

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  5. Sounds like a really sweet read! I love when books focus on family aspects too. Thanks for sharing Jodie x

    www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  6. Great review! This does sound like a really cosy read!

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  7. You are always reading my next read! This book sounds uplifting, cosy, inspiring, and romantic all between two covers. I love the name too and that it is centered around an older woman.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. I have no idea why but I feel the same way whenever I see anything set in Nantucket, I instantly feel cosy. This sounds like a nice read, and a little bit like a Hallmark movie (in the best way).

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Sophie! I wonder if we visited there if we’d feel the same!

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  9. This sounds like a wholesome and cosy romance! Loved reading through your full review xx

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  10. Great review! Sounds like a great read and perfect for a cozy night in! x

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  11. Oooooooh sounds good! I may just have to check it out for myself ❤️

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    1. Thanks Meredith! Let me know what you think if you read it!

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  12. I don't think I've come across anything set in Nantucket before and now I'm really intrigued. Thanks for the recommendation - this sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon sort of book. Great review!

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