Beautifully written, powerfully felt, full of both abundant joy and heart-wrenching sorrow, Beachcombers is an extraordinary novel that centers on the bittersweet reunion of three captivating, very different sisters on Nantucket over one gorgeous, exhilarating summer.
This is the story of four women in Nantucket for a summer: Lily, who is the baby of the family and has never struck out on her own; Emma, the middle sister, who has returned home in defeat after losing her career, life savings, and boyfriend in the big stock market crash;...more
Set against this background is the story of three sisters, living together in their father's home for the first time in several years, and a woman who is renting a small cottage on their property. Each is bright and capabl...more
Sound like the theme of a perfect summer novel? Indeed it is, courtesy once again of Nancy Thayer, author of Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Club, and Between Husbands and Friends.
The three Fox girls'...more
Abbie, the oldest, has been away from the family for two years living in Europe and working as a nanny. She’s enjoying her independence after giving up her dreams for so many years to take care of her si...more
Here is my recipe for the perfect summer book.
At least one husband having an affair with his wife’s best friend
A wife running off to a guest cottage in Nantucket because of her husband’s infidelity
A dysfunctional trio of sisters who all have their own issues…including falling in love with a married man, getting dumped by a fiancée and losing a job and being the youngest in the family with no concern at all for other family members
An island widower still trying to recover from his ow...more
All of the women are going through of change in their li...more
Home is where their father Jim lives, along with twenty-two year old Lily.
Recently, Emma has burrowed into the nest, after a shocking betrayal by her...more
All women are going through something in their lives, as life happens to us. Broken hearts or just feeling lost in this great big world. I thought the way it went back and forth was so awesome, I never once thought who is saying this, or it went too long and you wanted to get back to someone else.
Over the summer each wom...more
Nancy Thayer's book, Beachcombers, is a wonderful story about dreams of love and life. It was very fitting that I finished the book on Mother's Day as Marina found... well I don't want to give that away, do I?
The story takes place on Nantucket during the summer. Jim, the father has rented out the 'playhouse' to a woman, Marina, grieving the end of her marriage and hopes for children. Jim's three daughters, all grown, are home for the summer. Abby is home after being an au pair in Europe because...more
That being said, I do still recommend this as a mindless beach read. It's fun to read about Nantucket society (something I have zero familiarity with) from an "island insider/society outsider" point of view....more
Beachcombers has all the charm of the Nantucket Island where it takes place. I admire the talent of this author to fabricate so many rich and well-developed characters and then to weave their stories together so effortlessly (and without taking a lifetime to d...more
It felt like the author was trying to recreate Little Women, but with the characters ten years older and with a father instead of a mother. But the self-centered, v...more
I have read all of Thayer's Hot Flash club books...more