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Beachcombers: A Novel
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating story & I liked the history of Nantucket. But, the characters annoyed the crap out of me.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the recommended books for the "beach reads" week in my library's summer-reading program.  This is one of those books I probably wouldn't have chosen of my own volition, though I'm glad to have experienced it.  Its setting in Nantucket was nice, because I honeymooned there in addition to having other special vacations there.
The book is set in the summer of 2009; many characters are having financial problems because of the economy.  Fifteen years before, Danielle Fo
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Bronwyn Rykiert
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I love books set on Nantucket. Even though I have never been there, I feel like I would know my way around the island by the beautiful descriptions that Thayer gives in all of her books. Beachcombers was no different. This was a tale of 3 sisters who have returned home to the island to help Emma, the middle sister, who has lost her high powered job in Boston and has been dumped by her fiancé. Emma is in a deep depression and the other sisters are worried for her because their own mother had seve ...more
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
Hamideh Mohammadi
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance, favorite
I loved this book! The human relationship between characters felt so wonderfully real. I could find a little piece of me in each of the four women, they were all so relatable, so were their struggles. It almost felt like reading a modern Little Women.
Janie Hickok Siess
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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'
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
This was not good. It was really poorly written, even for fluff. It was way too long while also being way too underdeveloped. I couldn't have cared less about the characters or their lives because they weren't real at all.

The dialog and interactions were so unbelievable, it was like listening to toddlers argue with each other. "You two leave me out of everything!" "No we don't!" "Yes you do!" "Well maybe if you weren't such a brat and bought some groceries we'd like you!" *huffs off*

Also, talk
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, audiobook, library
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
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
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Tricia Howard
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
It was an entertaining easy read. . . story lines were a little far fetched and the ending tied up all the loose ends in a nice neat little bow--a little too neatly. It was somewhat shallow and I took issue with one character having an affair with the dad of the child she was babysitting. Everything just worked out too easy for all the characters including the one having an affair with a married man. If you are looking for an entertaining and quick read then this is a good one but if you have ot ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed listening to this book. It's definitely a lighthearted, fluffy beach read, but as long as you know that before you read it, you'll like it. Yes, things all work out a little too perfectly and unrealistically, but take it with a grain of salt. I thought it was well written and I would recommend it.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Loved this book about 2 sisters who return to Nantucket one summer to be with their father and younger sister who live there. Many things happen this summer to change everyones lives. I hope this author continues the saga like she has with her Hot Flash Club.
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good beach book.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
An easy fun read! I want to live on Nantucket Island.
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Nantucket 1 34 Apr 02, 2010 10:31AM  
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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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“Mom said when she brought us beachcombing? She told us to always believe in something more. She told us to look at what was right in front of us, and we’d see that even a grain of sand was a miracle. That even a bit of glass was a message, that the universe was full of tricks and clues and signs.” 1 likes
“She was aware of the two men in the room, both of them carrying their burden of history, their charms and flaws, their heaviness and guilt, for no adult was ever really without guilt of some sort.” 0 likes
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