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Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer
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Jul 19, 11

it was ok

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 want. I also had a hard time with the specifics of Marina and Jim's relationship--obviously becoming a stepmother to adult children would be problematic. Her ex-husband's return with the baby (and Garfield--really?!) did nothing for me in terms of moving the story along. Lilly was a caricature in many ways. All in all, not worth the time to listen to it.
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