Abbie Fox hasn't seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which time 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 after 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 who is renting their guest house, 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.
©2010 Nancy Thayer (P)2010 Tantor
"Thayer...[keeps] the proceedings fun and engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)
I only picked this book, because it was inexpensive, and long. I was just looking for a book to carry me over until my next credits. I certainly am glade that I found it. I really enjoyed all the characters and their complicated life.
I really enjoyed Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer. Even though it is a largely light-hearted novel she also managed to throw in a few twist and turns that the reader won't see coming. I thought that Karen White was a good narrator.
I enjoyed listening to this book, a story of three sisters and their father falling in and out of love over the course of a summer. Some things about the story were a little too "pat"-- some plot themes seemed familiar and repetitive with other things I've read or movies I've seen. There were some laugh-out-loud moments and a few moments when I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. I did not enjoy the narration; Ms. White's voice a little too "arresting" and sometimes just comes off as tired. But overall, an enjoyable summer "read."
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