Heat Wave

Heat Wave

A Novel

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Random House, Inc.
Unerringly perceptive, superbly written, every page packed with the warmth and compassionate wisdom that have become Nancy Thayer’s trademark, Heat Wave tells the moving story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, must find the strength to live and love again.

Making the startling discovery that her family finances are in dire straits is only the latest shock endured by Carley Winsted after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack. Resisting her in-laws’ well-meaning overtures to take in Carley and her two daughters, the young widow instead devises a plan to keep her family in their beloved home, a grand historic house on the island of Nantucket.

The solution is right at Carley’s front door: transforming her expensive, expansive house into a bed-and-breakfast. Not everyone, however, thinks this plan prudent or quite respectable—especially not Carley’s mother-in-law. Further complicating a myriad of challenges, a friend forces Carley to keep a secret that, if revealed, will undo families and friendships. 

When her late husband’s former law partner keeps showing up at the most unexpected times, Carley must cope with an array of mixed feelings. And then, during a late-summer heat wave, the lives of Carley and her friends and family will be forever changed in entirely unexpected ways. 

Lyrical, emotional, dramatic, and ultimately wonderfully uplifting, Nancy Thayer’s latest novel is compelling from its first page to its last.

Baker & Taylor
After Carley has an affair with her carpenter, her husband ends up dead in a hotel room with her best friend; then her best friend comes begging for help.

& Taylor

After her husband's sudden death from a heart attack, Carley finds herself in a difficult financial situation and decides to turn their historic Nantucket house into a bed-and-breakfast, but events during a late summer heat wave change the lives of Carley and her family.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345518316
Branch Call Number: THA
Characteristics: 288 p


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 09, 2019

Another signature Nantucket story by Nancy Thayer and got some surprises as she mentioned some characters from moon shell beach in this book which makes it an extension of that story. I felt the ending was bit rushed which was little disappointment otherwise the story is nice.

Aug 19, 2018

An "OK" story. Somehow I think there will be a sequel - could be wrong. I just felt there was more to read about these characters and their future together.

Jul 12, 2013

Enjoyed listening to the story. Very realistic. Look forward to the next story by this author.

candylam Sep 06, 2011

An easy reading. It talks about how women deal with the lost of love and lost of life.

lfranz Aug 05, 2011

Great beach read - how a wife comes together after the tragic loss of her husband - with the help of family, friends and community

Jul 18, 2011

A very good summer read - although I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed. You really get to know these characters and get attached to them.

I also highly recommend "Moon Shell Beach" by Nancy Thayer. A couple characters from that book are mentioned in this one.

Junglequeen Jul 13, 2011

A quick read. Although I am new to this author, she writes in the same vein as Elin Hildebrand. Both their stories are about Nantucket or Cape Cod locations and the people that live in them.

An engrossing read about a woman, mother of two young girls, who lost her husband suddenly. Discovering that her late husband lost a ton of money, she decided to open a bed and breakfast against her in-laws' misgivings. A wonderful story that explore the relationships with her friends, her daughters, her in-laws, and especially her developing romantic relationship with her late husband's close friend who keep popping up throughout the story.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top