Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Review: Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer

About Beachcombers:

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.

My Thoughts:

Beachcombers is a wonderful story of a family in transition and it is set over one summer on the beautiful island of Nantucket. Nancy Thayer tells the story through the voices of four women,  which changes with each chapter. The story is told seamlessly as the women face challenges and changes in their own lives and learn how to live and let go of the past and face the future.  I loved how Ms. Thayer makes the island of Nantucket a beautiful part of this story. I could easily imagine the beaches, the sand between my toes and the sights and sounds of the ocean waves crashing. This is a perfect summer read with the perfect setting and I found myself engrossed in the story through to the end.  Reading   made me wish that I was at the beach this summer, especially on the beaches of Nantucket.  I've been to Martha's Vineyard so I personally know the beauty of the New England area and that island. I haven't been to Nantucket but can tell through reading Beachcombers it has a beauty and charm that can touch your life. There is a certain magic to the ocean and the beach and Thayer brings that to life in the lives of the four women through their story told in Beachcombers.

Check out this wonderful video of Nancy Thayer on Surfside beach which is featured in the novel and as she reads from Beachcombers:

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club Chills Out, and Between Husbands and Friends. She lives on Nantucket.

Check out Nancy Thayer's Website, HERE.

You can read an excerpt from Beachcombers, HERE.

Nancy Thayer is virtually touring the blogosphere during the month of July on her virtual Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. You can visit Nancy's other blog stops and find out more information about this wonderful book and talented author, HERE.

Disclosure: A galley copy of this book was sent by the publisher, Ballantine Books as part of a Pump Your Book Promotion Tour. I am an Amazon and Indiebound associate.


  1. I really enjoyed Summer House so this is on my tbr list. Nice review, Bonnie!

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book - perfect for the summer.

  3. Bonnie, sounds like my kind of book! I love Nantucket!! Have a great weekend!

  4. I really want to read this one! I love the beach and living in Idaho I really miss it. This sound charming.

  5. This sounds really good!! Thanks!


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