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Beachcombers Reviews

  • Karin
    2019-03-18 12:29

    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 chapter to chapter, from a bratty, spoiled bitch who you would love to smack, to a sad, lonely misunderstood waif who you wanted to hug. Then suddenly, back to bitchy!The plots were pretty far fetched. In one summer we are to believe that five adults, three of whom have had the absolute tragedy of a lifetime happen to them, all go from desperate, lonely people, struggling just to hang on, to happily ever after, one big happy family, a match made in heaven for each one of them. Dreams coming true! Riding into the sunset! All in one tiny summer!Yeah, it was pretty lame, now that I think about it. I thought I was getting into a good novel but instead felt like I was reading a harlequin romance.

  • Patty
    2019-03-02 11:19

    Here is my recipe for the perfect summer book. Ingredients…At least one husband having an affair with his wife’s best friendA wife running off to a guest cottage in Nantucket because of her husband’s infidelityA 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 membersAn island widower still trying to recover from his own issues and the death of his wifeDirections…Now toss all of these characters together, add some odd island old society characters, lots of angst and self doubt, a small theft or two, some blue fish, beach swims, bicycle rides and boat trips and you have a yummy novel that you will not be able to put down.Nancy Thayer does a lovely job of keeping all of these many characters moving throughout the course of one summer. The book is charming and a total delight to read. And helped me to arrive at my decision to head to Nantucket in the Fall.

  • Brooke
    2019-02-27 15:21

    A captivating story & I liked the history of Nantucket. But, the characters annoyed the crap out of me.

  • Diane
    2019-03-08 17:37

    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.

  • Christi
    2019-02-28 14:38

    I liked parts of this book and parts of the cast. Maybe I would have liked it better in the summer than in the cold of January? I doubt it. I liked Mirena and Emma who came to back to Nantucket to rediscover and reinvent themselves. Both characters took their time healing and both found other interests to distract themselves - instead of just jumping into the next relationship. I also liked learning about Nantucket Lightship baskets. Now for what I didn't like: the men in this book. Seriously? All of them declare I love you - and propose!!! - within in a month of meeting the Fox daughters. Right. So far fetched. Even Marina's ex comes crawling back. Lily was an obnoxious, self-centered, immature brat who thinks she is so grown up at 22. She works for the local magazine covering events and parties. However, since she's 22, she thinks she's actually INVITED to these parties as a guest. She complains that her wardrobe isn't glamorous enough and that all the party goers don't kiss up to her because she's pretty. She complains about her old junky car - that her father bought and pays the insurance on. She doesn't want to date the local guy who is a contractor and bartends in the summer for extra cash because "he'll never be rich enough to be her husband." Ugh. Never mind what she does to Emma. Abby, somehow just up and quits her job because of Lily's begging. She doesn't just take a week's vacation and head back to London. She just quits. Then she finds another nanny gig and falls for the husband. So cliche. I really thought the author could have done a better job with this. Let the husband string her along when they move back home to NY. Let her realize that just because SHE thinks Sydney is a witch doesn't give her the right to take her place. She sure hopped right up and slept with the father the first chance she got - with the kid sleeping in the next room!!!! Wish he caught them so they'd have to explain why they were playing horsey to the horse-loving preschooler.If you like fairy tales that end up happy no matter what, this is the book for you. I found it really unrealistic.

  • Mirkat
    2019-03-12 17:08

    Beachcombers   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 Fox drowned; whether the drowning was accidental or intentional,  no one knows for sure.  She left behind her husband Jim, a contractor, and three daughters--Abbie, who was 15 at the time; Emma, who was 13; and Lily, who was only seven.  As the oldest daughter, Abbie, stepped up as caretaker to her younger sisters. As the book opens on its present-tense narrative, Abbie rushes home at Lily's urging, after having spent two years in London working as an au pair.  Lily's worried about Emma, whose fiance Duncan dumped her for another woman right around the time she lost her finance job in Boston.  Emma returned to the family home and took to her bed.  Lily's also worried about their father's business, as contracting jobs are becoming less plentiful.  He has rented out the guest cottage, aka "the playhouse," to Marina--whom she characterizes in an email to Abbie as a sexy woman who is after their father.  Six months earlier, Marina's husband Gerry and good friend Dara threw her a surprise party to celebrate her 40th birthday--only to reveal the next morning that they'd fallen in love and were expecting a baby.  Gerry wanted a divorce so he could marry Dara.  Gerry bought out Marina's half of their ad agency and their condo, in Kansas City, MO.  Marina has rented out the cottage for a six-month term, to give herself the chance for a new start. So there are multiple romances in this book, and I'm not usually a romance kind of girl.  But there was enough other drama going on to make this generally a fun, frothy read for me.  Sometimes, I became irritated with certain characters.  Okay, mostly Lily.  At times, she acted more like a toddler than a 22-year-old, but this was somewhat explained by her sisters having babied her--and she does go through a trajectory.  There's some insta-love here, and I'm not generally a fan of that.  But fortunately, things weren't 100% wrapped up with a neat bow.  More like 85%.

  • Bronwyn Rykiert
    2019-03-05 16:18

    This is a good story about the Fox family, three sisters Abbie, Emma and Lilly along with their father Jim.Abbie has been working overseas but Lilly sends an email asking Abbie to come home urgently as Emma has lost her job and her fiance and will not get out of bed and Lilly cannot handle it. Abbie decides to come home and at first Emma still does no want to get out of bed. To add to Lilly's problems her father has rented out their cottage to a woman he seems to be interested in, Lilly's jealous even though her mother has been dead for some year and Jim has been on his own for a number of years.In the course of this busy summer on Nantucket, Abbie and Emma start a company where they hire themselves out to help families - babysitting, reading for older people, shopping and helping out as required. Lilly works for the local paper so finds herself invited to lots of parties where she meets a woman Ertha who asks her to come and work for her. From the jobs they take on both Abbie and Emma meet someone special and Lilly finds her special man too. Jim finds his worman - though there is a hiccup in each relationship.To cut the story short, it was happy, it was said and I enjoyed it. The ending was happy which is what I want in my fiction reading.

  • Gina
    2019-03-24 16:22

    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 severe depression and ended up taking her life when Lily, the youngest, was 7. Abbie, the oldest sister took on the role as mother and raised her 2 sisters at the expense of her own advanced education and life beyond high school. This novel is a story of women and their strengths, sadness, loss, love, grief, and reclaiming happiness. I loved each sister and Marina, the houseguest renting out the guest cottage. They each have individual problems and struggles. Each woman deals with the problems in their own unique ways. Each has flaws but are likable. Thayer is one of my go to women's literature writers because she does it so well. There is always substance to her stories and not just fluff. This is another great read that I highly recommend! 4 stars!

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-12 09:37

    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 capable, and each is deeply wounded. They heal slowly, developing unexpected relationships along the way, some making terrible decisions ('t sleep with him! He's married with a little boy!), good decisions (Yes, good idea...start up a "sisters' business"), finding themselves stronger and in a better place at novel's end. I was not as connected to Thayer's characters here, and it may have been their self-centeredness at the beginning of the novel (and my lack of empathy...sigh.)

  • Hamideh Mohammadi
    2019-03-09 14:19

    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
    2019-03-20 16:28

    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. Synopsis:The three Fox girls' mother, Danielle, brought her daughters to the beach at least once a week, all year long, to scour it for treasures. They would take them home and vote to see who had discovered the best treasure, with the winning discovery proudly displayed in the family kitchen on the shelf between the cookbooks. "Whatever the weather, the surf always brought treasures; their mother had taught them that." And it was their mother who started the Beachcombers Club.Abbie is the oldest of the three sisters. She hasn't been home to Nantucket -- or seen her father and sisters -- for nearly two years. A series of distressed emails compel her back from London.Emma had it all: A successful career as a broker with an investment firm in Boston from which she took fabulous vacations with her fiancee and fellow broker, Duncan Fairly. And then the financial market collapsed, taking with it her own savings, the money she had invested in high-risk markets for her father, her job . . . and her fiancee who announced a few months later that he was in love with another still-employed broker. Emma has returned to Nantucket. Devastated and depressed, she isn't budging from her bed.And Lilly is the youngest. At twenty-two, she has not yet left home. She writes a weekly social column for Nantucket Talk which means, essentially, that she attends all of the summer events and reports who makes an appearance, what they wore, who they were with. If she's lucky, the attendees grant her an interview.The girls' father, Jim, a contractor, finds himself struggling to make ends meet when his business suffers an economic downturn. A small cottage adjacent to the family home served as a playhouse for the girls when they were growing up. Now it generates much-needed income for Jim as a summer rental for Marina, whose friend advised her to go to Nantucket for the summer to spend time resting, relaxing, and healing after her marriage disintegrated. Jim has remained single in the years following the mysterious sudden death of his wife. His protective daughters, all back home for the summer, are not sure they want their father to move on with his life -- especially when theirs are all in a state of turmoil and it looks like the woman he might be interested in is none other than Marina, their new tenant. Abbie and Emma advertise their services as Nantucket Mermaids, available to perform small, odd jobs around the island. Abbie signs on to babysit adorable but troubled Harry, whose mother is a Type A shrew, while Emma spends her afternoons reading to elderly Millicent Bracebridge, an island native whose eyesight is failing. Lily, meanwhile, lands a job as the personal assistant of a wealthy older socialite. And the formerly career-driven Marina learns to live her life at a slower pace as she evaluates her options. Of course, there are men: Little Harry has a kind-hearted, desirable father, Howell, for whom Abbie falls hard. Mrs. Bracebridge has an intelligent, available grandson, Spencer, and Lily is courted by a local boy, Jason, who dreams modest dreams that don't involve living anywhere other than Nantucket. Whenever men are involved, there are complications, drama, and angst. Beachcombers proves there is no exception to that rule.Review:Bestselling author Nancy Thayer has lived on Nantucket for twenty-five years. Like an artist lovingly and painstakingly applying oil paint to a blank canvas, Thayer's familiarity with and love of the island paint a vivid portrait of the various locales where the action unfolds. The result is that Nantucket itself becomes a character in the story. Into her narrative, Thayer also injects island history and customs, as well as social commentary about the manner in which the summer people look with disdain upon the year-round island residents, contextually undergirding much of the drama.Who wouldn't be drawn to spend a summer in the seaside cottage Marina rents from Jim? "It resembled a dollhouse, with wild roses rambling all over the roof and clematis and wisteria blossoming on the trellis on the outside walls. The windows were mullioned like a fairy-tale cottage. The door was bright blue. . . . Windows on three sides provided views of the birds nesting in an apple tree on her right, a pine tree on her left, and a hawthorn tree straight ahead." The cottage is situated in the heart of the town, "off an idyllic lane in the illustrious historic district. She could walk to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the post office, the library. Tucked away at the far end of a long garden, it had once been the Playhouse for the family . . ." It is easy to empathize with Marina's perception that, fresh from her husband's betrayal, the island's "flamboyant, generous beauty both hurt and healed her. Some days the intensity of the wild blue sea, the dense clouds of pink climbing roses, flew straight to her heart like an arrow, searing her with emotions, . . . But some days the beauty soothed her, even cheered her." Mired in disappointment and heartbreak, Marina longs only to be able to walk along the beach with a smile on her face. Nantucket's shore beckons her closer, along with the reader. Thayer effectively conveys her innate understanding of women's thoughts and emotions by supplying dialogue to her female characters that is believable and authentic. Perhaps no relationship on earth is as complicated, multi-layered or impenetrable than that of sisters. That Thayer clearly understands the complexities of sisters' relationships is underscored by the fact that not a single word of the Fox girls' many conversations seems contrived or out of place. Rather, the rhythm of the sisters' discussions rings true, providing insight into each character's back story and motivations. Through the girls' verbal sparring, the dynamics of their individual relationships with each other surface. Nowhere is this more evident than in Lily's pouty outbursts. The youngest sister, Lily feels left out of what she perceives is a private sorority into which membership has only been granted to Abbie and Emma, as when she protests their becoming the Nantucket Mermaids without including her. Lily was only seven years old when their mother died and her strongest memory is of her mother singing her lullabies. Abbie was forced to become a substitute mother to Lily and, essentially, raise her, as well as, to a lesser degree, Emma. But at twenty-two, Lilly, who has remained at home with their father after the two older girls went off to live elsewhere, resents Abbie's resumption of her motherly role, especially when Abbie and Emma push Lily to be take on more responsibility for household maintenance. The two older girls express their exasperation with the baby sister they think is spoiled and privileged through their own childish attempts at revenge, such as when Emma refuses to loan Lily her stylish clothing to wear to a social event upon which Lily is reporting. The siblings' love-hate relationships are, at times, hilariously familiar and always heart-tuggingly recognizable.In addition to Nantucket itself, Thayer supplies a varied and intriguing cast of supporting characters, including wealthy socialite Eartha Yardley, one of the summer people, who needs Lily to assist her with cataloguing her wardrobe and jewels, and ensure that she does not wear the same ensemble to any two events. In contrast, matriarch Millicent Bricebridge is a sly old native who is as devoted to the island and her family's contributions to its heritage as she is to seeing her grandson live a happy and fulfilled life, despite his greedy mother's interference and machinations. And then there are the four men at the center of the girls' and Marina's lives. Jim is easily the most fully developed and empathetic. He has deferred his own happiness not only because of his daughters' needs, but also because of the guilt he has kept to himself about his marriage and his inability to save the girls' mother. When his relationship with Marina falters, his reactions are believable and well-founded in long-held fears, his behavior convincingly exasperating. Less sympathetic is Howell. Harry's father becomes too quickly dependent upon Abbie to rescue him and his young son from an ill-conceived marriage. Two aspects of Beachcombers are troublesome. A couple of plot developments unfold too quickly, the prime example being Abbie's affair with Howell. It would have been more believable and satisfying if the romance had been allowed to evolve a bit more gradually, although mutual attraction can sometimes be unexpected and become apparent quite suddenly. Secondly, one aspect of the story that seemed a bit contrived was the fate of Marina's former best friend. That shocking plot development serves as the impetus for Marina's immediate need to make a critical decision about her future. The dramatic tension logically builds to the point that Marina must choose where and with whom she will spend her life. However, the plot device employed by Thayer felt highly implausible, too conveniently thrusting Marina's story into overdrive and demanding resolution.Both complaints are minor, though, in light of the fact that Beachcombers never bogs down, holding the reader's interest to the very last word on the very last page.Beachcombers is accurately heralded by the publisher as being "full of both abundant joy and heart-wrenching sorrow." Thayer is an expert at evoking a plethora of emotions from her readers and Beachcombers does not disappoint in that regard. The haunting opening scene of the three young girls at the beach with their mother, and later revelation of what really happened between their parents and, ultimately, to their mother, beautifully illustrates how the girls' histories led them to their current individual states of crisis. Thayer's story ultimately succeeds by proving Dylan Thomas wrong. You can go home again . . . to mourn the past, to regain your strength and courage, to evaluate what has transpired in your life, to remember who you love and who loves you, and plot your future course. And reclaim the treasures that you left there long ago. Amid the familiarity of that place you call home and the people who inhabit it, you might also find some unexpected, new treasures. You might find hope. Like the Fox sisters and Marina, you might just find yourself transformed.Pack your beach tote, making sure you have a copy of Beachcombers tucked inside, along with your sunscreen, water, towel, and the other things you will need for a relaxing day at the beach or by the pool. Then get comfortable, sit back, and lose yourself in the story of the Fox sisters on the island of Nantucket . . . you will thoroughly enjoy your time on the island.

  • Mary
    2019-03-02 17:20

    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 beautiful, enigmatic woman currently renting their guesthouse, has set her sights on the sisters' widowed father, Jim. The Fox girls had closed ranks many 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 which encircle 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 came 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.I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was immediately drawn into the plot of a story that, in my opinion, was told by a born storyteller. I may have five books - perhaps several more than that - by Nancy Thayer already sitting on my bookshelf, however I think that Beachcombers: A Novel is the first book that I've read by this author. I may have read another book by Nancy Thayer in the very distant past, but I can't really remember. Anyway, I give this book a definite A+! and am placing it on my 'Bookshelf of Keepers' to read again at some point.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-05 13:09

    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 mother. Naturally, Abbie flies home from her Au Pair job in London to assist and it is not long before she devises a way to get Emma out of bed and all of them earning some money. Jim too has ideas, his first being to lease out the Playhouse for six months to tourist Marina Warren a 40-year-old recently divorced, jobless, and deeply hurt, she has come to Nantucket to heal. Thayer weaves together the lives of Marina, Jim, Abbie, Emma, and Lily along with glimpses into the brief life of Danielle Fox along with a diverse and lively group of people who either live on or are visiting Nantucket for the summer. Beachcombers is a novel that is easy to get wrapped up in and wish to be a part of the joys and sorrows that fill the lives of the characters. My favourite characters were Abbie and Marina for their strength and maturity and their ability to see beyond the superficial in young 22-year-old Lily. While I have never been to Nantucket I felt as though I could visualize every part of Nantucket through Thayer’s beautiful, detailed descriptions. Thayer has a way of making her characters and their surroundings spring to life. Beachcombers is a wonderful, life-affirming, witty, and deeply enjoyable novel. I would recommend Beachcombers to anyone looking for a charming, feel-good book this summer.

  • Tobie
    2019-03-06 17:27

    If it were possible I would give this book negative stars. The premise started out great, four women on the verge of major life changes (well, three because the youngest sister wasn't on the verge of anything)thrown together for the summer.Then it all goes down the drain. One sister in love and having an affair with the married father of the boy she nannies. But don't worry, as we are assured repeatedly by several characters, the wife is a "bitch" and he's not in love with her. Second sister having been dumped and fired is back home unable to get out of bed until hired to be a companion to an older lady with poor eyesight, a hottie grandson and witch of a daughter-in-law. Two words: bungled burglary. No kidding, rather than have a conversation with the hottie, Sister #2 decides sneaking into the old lady's house removing some treasured possessions to be authenticated, all in the dark of night so as not to alarm anyone. And the third sister!? A more vapid self-involved character I've yet to meet. The best most well thought-out storyline goes to Marina, the boarder who falls in love with the sisters' father. Right up until the end when her ex comes to her with a baby ready to be a family again because the woman he had the baby with (Marina's former best friend) suddenly dies. I was waiting for the ex husband to fall down an elevator shaft and leave the baby to Marina, that's how preposterous this story is. I could go on...Seriously, folks don't bother with this one.

  • Shea
    2019-03-04 17:23

    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 happiness with a man (can't someone be happy on their own, or through friendship, or sisterhood, or career? Maybe this is my feminist spirit shining through...). Also, I just didn't find it believable that out of the blue, three sisters would each meet a man on an island--where they've lived their whole life, mind you--all in one summer. I wasn't a huge fan of Lily either. I realize she's young, but she was just very selfish/childish/petty. She never seemed to care about anyone but herself, and only about trivial/superficial things at that. I understand feeling left out when there are three sisters, but she didn't handle it well at all. I think the sister I related most to was Emma (maybe because I'm a middle child as well). I thought her story seemed the most real, and I sympathized with her the most.

  • El
    2019-03-18 16:13

    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 old lady's house to confirm your suspicion? In this book the correct answer is B)! Now imagine that you have fallen in love with your wife's best friend, impregnated her, divorced your wfe and married her best friend. Tragically, your new wife dies of an infection after childbirth so your response is to hasten to your ex-wife's new home and demand that she remarry you and care for your baby by her ex-best friend. This will give you an idea of how this book unfolds. Only you can decide if it is a book for you.

  • Lorrie
    2019-03-13 11:20

    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 sometimes difficult to like as real life actions sometimes are.The father has struggled on the island of Nantucket for ten years since his wife's death. The girls have worried about him a little but see that he has just learned to work and live life as best he can. The economy has taken the downward turn and his work has become a little sporadic. The rest of the story just sort of evolves and I don't want to give it away. Nothing real heavy, just beach stuff!!

  • kim
    2019-03-04 13:12

    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 summer to a woman who has recently divorced, and he becomes intrested in the woman. The sisters are leery of this. Each sister is unattached when they return to the Island, and, being a good summer story, relationships blossom for all 4 women. Kind of a 'boy meets girl' story......times 4. Though much of it is unrealistic....everything falls into place quickly and neatly...the happy endings are what make these kind of stories fun to read.

  • Peg
    2019-03-24 15:10

    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 do so!)The recession, divorce, blended families, greed, sex and suicide ... this book cleverly disguised as "chick lit/beach read" ... is really an inspirational roadmap showing one how to move to higher ground amidst their own personal tragedies, disappointments and conflicts. Current, relevant, uplifting and honest. Quit feeling sorry for yourself! If you're depressed or heartbroken and need a little lift then read this!

  • Rachel
    2019-03-16 16:14

    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. They have been apart for two years, but now they are together. Working to repair their lives and falling in love and risking their hearts to their lovers, but also to themselves. Then there is Marina, the renter on the island, who is falling for their father. But Marina is forced to make a choice in a crazy turn of events that will impact their family for the rest of the year and future summers.

  • Aislinn Crank
    2019-03-11 17:09

    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 they just met. The book jacket description sounded promising, but ultimately failed in engaging me.

  • Tricia Howard
    2019-03-24 15:35

    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 others on your list, chose those first.

  • Brenna
    2019-03-26 16:14

    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.

  • Lorna
    2019-03-11 13:16

    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.

  • Kara
    2019-03-10 17:11

    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.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-21 10:23

    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.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-01 15:37

    Good beach book.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-15 17:33

    An easy fun read! I want to live on Nantucket Island.

  • Erica
    2019-03-19 16:37

    Prob would've gotten 4 stars if I were reading on a beach....

  • Shirley
    2019-03-27 10:33

    What a great way to get to know all of the characters. I shall be reading more from this author for sure.