Nancy Thayer's "Beachcombers" returns readers to her previous-book's community in Nantucket, and is so full of strong character development you will remember it long after you've finished reading. It really is the perfect "beach book".
Three dispersed sisters rally together when their widowed father becomes interested in his new tenant renting the guesthouse. The chapters alternate telling each sister's and Marina's (the woman wooing their dad) stories. Each woman is facing difficulties, roadblocks, and life-changing decisions. Emma has lost her high-powered job AND her fiancé. Abbie, the self-appointed caretaker of the family, ends up being involved with a married man. Lily, the youngest, has to learn that money doesn’t buy everything -- especially love. Marina, just divorced, will have to choose between a new love or her much sought-after independence.
I loved that, along with the very authentic atmosphere and lifestyle of Nantucket, this story brought out all the real-life emotions and situations that we all experience one time or another. There was healing. New Beginnings. Family love. Each woman had hard choices and lessons to learn, and the author did a fantastic job of bringing out each individual character, letting you "feel" their heartache, their happiness, their thoughts. There were some surprising twists and turns, which realistically added to the "feel good" tone of the book.
I look forward to Ms. Thayer's next book, knowing it will be as appealing as this one.
Book Blurb for Beachcombers
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 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.
Night Owl Reviews