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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  10,914 ratings  ·  678 reviews
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.

Abbie Fox hasn’t seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which she’s jetted arou
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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This book was okay....I found the 3 sisters to be completely contradictory from chapter to chapter. In one chapter, a sister is depressed to the point of not getting out of bed for days, then suddenly, to advance the story, she is up and out and about and socializing and working. Another sister is completely levelheaded, the voice of reason of the family, and within one day of meeting her new boss's husband, she is sleeping with him and madly in love with him. The last sister changed from chapte ...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
Promoting the gospel of personal happiness at all costs, this story had it's moments of sweetness. However, in order to bring about the requisite "happy ending", Thayer follows the party line that divorce is ok when people are unhappy and the children will be better off with happier parents and true love happens before you get to know someone. While Abbie does consider the possibility that breaking up a marriage is bad, she succumbs to the current ideology that all will be well if we get what we ...more
A captivating story & I liked the history of Nantucket. But, the characters annoyed the crap out of me.
Bronwyn Rykiert
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I've decided that reading novels set in New England satisfies my dismay about winter's approach. Nancy Thayer's novels, set in Nantucket, are meeting that need quite nicely. Descriptions about the beauty of this small island off my coast as the seasons change is quite peaceful.
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
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From My Blog...[return][return][return]Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer is a funny, sad, warm, and uplifting story of one special summer on Nantucket. Jim Fox is struggling to make ends meet and his youngest daughter Lily does not know how to handle things when Emma moves back home after her investment firm downsized and her fiancé dumped her for another broker in the firm. Lily frantically reaches out to her oldest sister Abbie to take care of everything just as she has since the death of their mot ...more
Janie Hickok Siess
Jul 07, 2010 Janie Hickok Siess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all women
Recommended to Janie Hickok by: Pump Up Your Book
Four women. Each at a crossroads in her life. Each unsure what her future will be like, aside from the fact that it will bear no resemblance to her recent past. One beautiful summer on Nantucket island leads to personal discoveries, revelations, growth . . . transformations.

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'
Jun 15, 2013 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Abbie Fox hasn't seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which she has 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 both by the loss of her high-powered stockbroker's job and a shockingly unexpected break-up with her fiance. Also, Lily is deeply worried that Marina, the beauti ...more
When I saw how good the reviews were for this book, I was excited to read it. Sadly, I was destined for disappointment. This turned out to be one of those books where I contemplated not finishing, but had already read enough that I was invested and felt like I had to complete. Overall, I thought the book was just kind of flat. I never felt like I knew any of the characters beyond a surface level. And, while I did want the girls to be happy, I don't know how I feel about each of them finding happ ...more
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I received this advanced copy through the Goodreads 'first reads' program. I enjoyed this book and would give it a 3-1/2 stars if that were possible. This was a good, light story....perfect for an easy summer read. It is fun and with a happy ending, but it is not 'deep'. It would make a good 'Lifetime' movie. The story is about 3 Nantucket sisters who lost their mother 15 years ago, while they were still children. Their father has rented their former playhouse, converted to a cottage, for the su ...more
Yes! This is what great writing does! It transports, enlightens and captivates! Thayer's characters are "fat", genuine and engaging. What Desperate Housewives and Parenthood do in a season, Beachcomber does in 363 pages ... you do the math.

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
The Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer is the story of three sisters: Abbie, the oldest who has never been in love, Emma who has lost everything she worked for, and Lily, the young beauty of the family. They are staying with their father on Nantucket, their home. Emma has come home from Boston, after losing her boyfriend, investments, and job. Abbie has been staying in London taking care of a family's two boys. And Lily has been working as a journalist on the island, trying to take care of the house. ...more
Aislinn Crank
No matter how long I stuck with it I never found myself enjoying this book. Frankly, none of the main characters are really likeable- even though they try to be. I didn't feel as though there was any substance to them, and no real development. I agree with the other viewer who said things happen too suddenly that it's not a likely story that you feel you can be in the midst of. From one chapter to the next the sisters are lonely and depressed, then all of them are deeply in love with someone the ...more
A. P. Bullard
Overall, the story had some engaging moments. I liked how Thayer spread the perspectives out so the reader get a glimpse of everything from each character. That being said, the characters contradicted themselves a lot from chapter to chapter. Breaking up a marriage was shown in a positive light, rather than with any real negative connotation. The characters really seemed to be defined by their experiences entirely, rather than their own individual personalities. This made them seem to be really ...more
If you can believe that four members of one family (all good-looking/slim/handsome/gorgeous - delete as appropriate) can all find love in Nantucket in one summer, then this is most definitely the book for you. If, like me, you can't, then I wouldn't bother! Imagine that you have the quandary of believing that the daughter-in-law of the lovely elderly lady for whom you read is stealing her possesssions. Would you A) Report this suspicion to a trusted family member/the polce or B) Break into said ...more
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
This is my first read of Nancy Thayer and I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the mixture of characters and the growth each experienced throughout the book. Each of the women portrayed in Beachcombers had issues they were dealing with that felt real. I enjoyed their interactions with each other, as well as the setting of Nantucket. I felt the youngest daughter acted like a spoiled brat most of the time, which was believable based on her backstory. The large gap that existed between the rich and ...more
I started out liking this book more than the last one I read by Nancy Thayer. I could relate better to the characters who, while still living on fabulous Nantucket Island, were mainly regular working class people. I certainly can relate to a story about sisters who don't always get along but rely on each other nonetheless. I always enjoy hearing about summer by the sea - has she written a book about Nantucket in the winter? Unfortunately, she decided to throw in some manufactured melodrama - som ...more
When I think of Nantucket, I imagine wealthy people with mansion summer homes and yachts. It was refreshing that the author based this book around local everyday residents. However the jobs that the three sisters kept did put them in close proximity to the prominent vacationers, but this made for an interesting comparison between the two. The focus on those affected by the recession and their resulting struggles is something that many readers will be able to relate to.

I found the characters to
I hesitated to give this four stars but then remembered that I loved or hated the characters so much that, really, overall it was a very good read (or rather listen, i.e., audiobook). Three sisters and their widowed father live on Nantucket, and rent the adjacent cottage to a divorced woman--all of them in various ways trying to overcome broken hearts, ruined careers, and/or unfulfilled lives. All three women are well drawn to the point that I loved them, though the youngest sister is a ridiculo ...more
I think I read quite a bit of Nancy Thayer "back in the day," but either her style has slipped or my standards have risen, and I found this one flat, predictable, awkwardly written, and, ultimately, skimmable. Pretty cover, but doesn't live up to its cover's promise.
Continuing my marathon of beach stories, this one in Nantucket. Three sisters return home for a summer. Lily, the youngest, lives there with her father. Abbie, the oldest, works as an aupair in London; Emma, the middle daughter, had a job in an investment firm, but lost her money, job and fiance in the financial crises. Their father is a contractor who is also having hard times in a downward economy. Their guest house, which is about the size of a playhouse, is being rented to a divorcee whom th ...more
I love beach novels. Too bad about the adultery, promiscuity. I'd like to read a book where the woman and man want to wait until marriage before having sex. I think that's better writing anyway....the anticipation.
This is my 2nd Thayer book and I liked this book a little more than the 1st. In the middle of winter, it's so nice to read a beach book.

The story is about a family of three sisters whose mother committed suicide ten years ago leaving the family alone. The oldest sister had to raise her two younger sisters. The youngest sister was only seven years old when she was left motherless. The story tells of the sisters' lives as young adults. Their personalities really come to light and they are sometim
At her youngest sister's urging, Abbie Fox returns to her childhood home on Nantucket Island. Her sister Emma has returned home too after being jilted and now spends her days walowing in ther misery. Their dad Jim, a widower, has been showing interest in a woman, Marina, who is renting their small guesthouse. These two things worry Lily which is why she wanted Abby, the strong resourceful sister at home to try and right everything.
The story jumps back and forth between the three sisters and Mari
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I loved the story of the sisters coming back to Nantucket for various reasons and how the author switched between the characters in each chapter but weaved the storyline together so that it flowed smoothly. I will definitely pick up more books from this author, the book was well-written and captivating.

Abby is the oldest sister and I initially favored her over the others, although she makes some choices I didn't think were right (morally) but in the end, things turned out fine.

Emma is the middl
What a great way to get to know all of the characters. I shall be reading more from this author for sure.
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Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and have children she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year round for twenty-five years with her husband Charley W ...more
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