Discussion #3 & Wrap-Up: The Beach House

This is it – the final discussion and wrap-up for book #15, The Beach House. So, what was your overall feel for the book? In addition, here are more questions to get us talking:

  • Were you shocked at Evan/Everett’s sudden appearance and subsequent passing?
  • Do you think Michael let Daff off the hook too easily after overhearing her conversation with Mark about the real estate scheme?
  • Were you surprised at Bee’s metamorphosis in Nantucket?
  • Do you like the way the author left Daniel & Matt’s relationship at the end?
  • Is this a Jane Green novel that you would recommend to other readers?

As for book #16, the next book under consideration is Meet Me in Venice. Do you have any others that you would like the Chicken Lit’ers to read? We’re always open to future reading suggestions!

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2 Responses to Discussion #3 & Wrap-Up: The Beach House

  1. Were you shocked at Evan/Everett’s sudden appearance and subsequent passing?
    Yes, I was shocked and surprised at both. The fact that Daniel was staying at the house where his wife’s father once lived with Nan added an interesting twist, and finding him passed away in his sleep provided fitting closure.

    Do you think Michael let Daff off the hook too easily after overhearing her conversation with Mark about the real estate scheme?
    For as angry as Michael was with Daff, he did seem to forgive her rather quickly. Despite that, I was glad that he didn’t hold a long-time grudge against her. She should’ve come clean with him sooner, as we mentioned in discussion #2 – I wanted to see them get past Daff’s weak moment.

    Were you surprised at Bee’s metamorphosis in Nantucket?
    Yes I was surprised, even though her character wasn’t quite as developed as the others. I could envision her pursuing her writing interest while living in Nantucket where she could be ‘herself’, as opposed to while living as a cookie-cutter, suburban wife/mom. The fresh start was a nice way to bring closure to the devastating relationship circumstances she experienced with Daniel and her father.

    Do you like the way the author left Daniel & Matt’s relationship at the end?
    Yes, it seemed realistic to me. Having the two of them jump right into a happy/perfect relationship without allowing Daniel explore his new orientation wouldn’t have been believable. Green left them in a relationship that offered future possibilities, which is much like real-life.

    Is this a Jane Green novel that you would recommend to other readers?
    Absolutely. Not only is The Beach House one of the best books I’ve ever read by Jane Green, but it’s also one of the best (if not the best) novel I’ve read of all our bookclub reads so far. Highly recommend!

  2. Becca says:

    I was wondering if Nan’s dream was a precursor to the ending of the history between the two of them. And Nan’s reaction to his being back in her life was pretty harsh. Her thinking that he was only there to take the house was a stretch, but I can see how she could get to that point, but I am surprised that none of them even asked the question, they all just assumed it.

    I think that Micheal had a lot on his plate with Jordana and his mother and the reappearance of his long “presumed dead” father, that he would over react. But I am glad that he listened to her and got her side of the story. He had to see that she was not the gold digging type.

    I am surprised at how quickly Bee went from shrew (sorry) to the writer with an agent and all that. I wonder if she truly comes to terms with the fact that her husband is gay, or how she really does play it out in her book, or if the book is the jumping off point for another book by Jane Green? Curious.

    I like that there could be a future story line there. That was really responsible.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. so much that I recommended it on my blog! Good one to read!

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