Jul 29, 2010
Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer
Author: Nancy Thayer
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: June 15th 2010
Abbie Fox hasn’t seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which she’s jetted around the world and experienced life, if not love. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent emails begging her to return home to Nantucket. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, emotionally devastated after the loss of her high-powered stockbroker’s job and a shockingly unexpected break-up with her fiancé. Also, Lily is deeply worried that Marina, the beautiful, enigmatic woman renting their guesthouse, has set her sights on the sisters’ widowed father, Jim. The Fox girls closed ranks years ago after the haunting, untimely death of their mother, but seeing their dad move on with his life forces each of them to take stock.
Over the course of the summer, the sisters’ lives grow as turbulent as the unpredictable currents encircling Nantucket. When Abbie encounters an incredibly appealing married man, she breaks her own rules in the name of love, fearing all the while that she’ll regret it. Meanwhile, type-A Emma learns a new definition of success, and strong-minded Lily must reconcile her dreams with reality. Even Marina, who has come to Nantucket to forget heartbreak and betrayal, faces an astonishing turn of events that will find her torn between fate and freedom. At summer’s end, these unforgettable women will face profound choices—and undergo personal transformations that will surprise even themselves.
Beachcombers is the story of three sisters, Abbie, Emma, lily, and newly divorced woman, Marena. The three sisters grew up on the island of Nantucket, and Marena, after a ugly ending to her marriage decides to recuperate at the island and rents out the guest cottage. Two of the sisters, Abbie and Emma have moved away but Emma comes back after the abrupt ending of her engagement, and Lily, the only one who remains in Nantucket calls Abbie to come home to help with the emotionally weakened Emma, and their father, who finacially isn't doing so well.
I really enjoyed reading about each sister, and Marena. Every chapter was told in different voice. My favorite was Emma's story. I loved how they each learned about themselves and in the process grew up. Ms. Thayer does a exceptional job in making you feel like you know the characters, and in turn you find yourselves wanting to read more and more.
I really liked Beachcombers. It is the perfect beach read, especially with Nantucket as the setting. This is my first Nancy Thayer book and it won't be my last.
Thanks to Ballantine, and Pump Up Your Book for my copy.
About the Author:
Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club Chills Out, and Between Husbands and Friends. She lives on Nantucket. You can visit Nancy Thayer’s website at www.NancyThayer.com.