Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BEACHCOMBERS by Nancy Thayer

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: June 2010
ISBN: 978-0345518286
Women’s literature
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Lily, the youngest of three sisters, sends her older sister, Abbie an email asking her to please come home. Their middle sister is in an emotional upheaval after losing her job and breaking up with her fiancĂ©. Lily is also worried about their father and his money problems. So, Abbie returns home to see if she can help. When she gets home, she finds Emma has literally taken to her bed and won’t leave. Her father has rented the guesthouse to a woman named Marina, who seems to be very interested in their father. Lily is very upset by all this, but Marina is in Nantucket for her own healing. Together lives entwine, the past comes back and lessons need to be learned before everyone can carry on with their lives.

This is not my usual reading fare but it was a nice read. This is the kind of book you take down to the beach, spread out a towel, get comfortable with a cold drink nearby and spend a few pleasant hours with the Fox family. Ms Thayer takes her readers into the lives of this family and you feel like you are sitting right there with them. I liked most of the characters, although Lily seemed a bit childish at times. As the younger sister I reasoned she was used to being spoiled at home as a child. I found the plot a bit predictable, some questionable decision-making and I thought some of the characters could have fleshed out a bit more. For a light, summer read, this book is perfect.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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