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There is something about summer that compels me to read books centered around beach communities in the Northeast. So it should come as no surprise that I picked up Nancy Thayer’s latest, Beachcombers,  a story about three sisters who find themselves all living in their childhood home in Nantucket.

Abbie, the oldest, has been away from the family for two years living in Europe and working as a nanny.  She’s enjoying her independence after giving up her dreams for so many years to take care of her sisters after her mother died.  Emma, the middle child, was a successful investment banker. When the economy stumbled, she found  herself broke, without a job and or a fiance. (He was kind enough to dump her and take up with another banker in their office.) Lily, the baby,  lives at home and works for a local newspaper covering the social events on the island.

The book begins when Emma’s job loss forces her to move home and her depression worries Lily so much that she summons Abbie to return home. When Abbie arrives at home she finds that the economy has also placed a strain on her father. He has rented out “the playhouse” to  a 40 year old recent divorce from the Midwest. Marina, hurting from her ex-husband’s betrayal, has fled to Nantucket to escape and heal in a place that brought her much joy when she was younger.

Beachcombers is a wonderful story about unexpected relationships and the process of healing. Each of the women becomes involved in a relationship which on the surface may appear complicated or not to work but is exactly what they need. Thayer does an excellent job painting the characters especially Howell, Harry and Mrs. Bracebridge.

My one complaint about this book centered around the character of Lily. At times, I found her behavior too childish for a woman in her early 20s.  I also found myself frustrated at times with her sister’s reaction or over-reaction to minor incidents like Lily forgetting to buy milk for the house.  I understood what Thayer was trying to do but it just felt a little much.

That being said I highly enjoyed this book. I found myself losing myself in the story and the characters.  I would recommend this book and give it a 4.5/5.  Now to to check out more books by Thayer….


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Get Lucky: A Novel

Sarah Harper has a great job in advertising in New York City, and then the next day she doesn’t. One little email forward changes her life forever. She flees to Texas where she is going to visit with her sister and figure out what she is going to do with her life. Then a new plan is hatched. Sarah is going to be a surrogate for her sister. Throughout her pregnancy Sarah faces new challenges, grieving her long deceased mother, accepting a new stepmother, finding a new job, and finding love.

Katherine Center does a wonderful job portraying the relationship between Sarah and her sister. It’s easy to understand why Sarah would want to change her life for her sister. The supporting characters are quirky and provide for comic relief at times. This book is the perfect read for a rainy afternoon.


Disclosure: I received this as part of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Program.

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