Jul 13, 2010

Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer

Beachcombers: A Novel
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (Jun 22 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345518284
ISBN-13: 978-0345518286

Beautifully written, powerfully felt, full of both abundant joy and heart-wrenching sorrow, Beachcombers is an extraordinary novel that centers on the bittersweet reunion of three captivating, very different sisters on Nantucket over one gorgeous, exhilarating summer.

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 fiancĂ©. 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.


Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of 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.

Click here for an excerpt from the book.

You can visit the author's website at www.nancythayer.com.


The book opens with a "before" story of how the Beachcombers Club began, and the words are beautiful. In the following video clip, Nancy Thayer reads a beautiful portion of the book, and the scenery is breathtaking! 

Three young adult sisters, who have been living very different lives, are brought together for the summer at the home where they were raised. Each of the sisters has their own issues to deal with, and sibling rivalry rears it's ugly head. They fight over household chores, finances and sharing clothes ... just like when they were teenagers. They are critical of their widowed father who has developed a romantic interest in a summer tenant who has rented their summer cottage.

I really enjoyed this book, and it was interesting to see how the relationships between the sisters changed over the summer. They finally realized that they don't need to feel threatened by each other or by the woman who might make their father happy. Beachcombers is a great story filled with interesting dynamics and family loyalty, and it is a fantastic summer read!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Beachcombers from Pump Up Your Book! in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


  1. Thanks for hosting Nancy Thayer today and for posting the video. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.


  2. I enjoyed this book also. I love a good beach story about sisters. I'm looking forward to reading more of Nancy Thayer's books. Great review!

  3. Seems like a wonderful read. I enjoyed the vid