Beachcombers: A Novel by Nancy Thayer is a novel about four women and their life changing experience one summer on Nantucket Island. The three Fox sisters- Abbie, Emma and Lily, are worried about their widowed father who has recently rented the guest cottage named "The Playhouse" to a beautiful recently divorced woman, Marina. The girls come together to protect their father and end up having chaotic romantic summers of their own. They form Nantucket Mermaids and each girl takes odd jobs all over the island while making sure their dad is not going to make a mistake in love. Meanwhile, emotions run high, there are twists and turns in relationships and a very happy ending takes place in this summer romance novel.
The beginning of the books starts off very urgent with concerns for the father, but as soon as all the sisters get together, it seems that they become self centered in their own problems. I think each character had a very distinct description which stayed true through the whole novel. I didn't quite approve of the relationship decisions, but it did make the novel more interesting and definitely would be a fun summer read. I really like how the beginning and ending of the book touched on the "beachcombers" theme with the Fox sisters and their mother. What I found most intriguing was the mention of lightship baskets. I think it gave the novel a unique authenticity as it was set on Nantucket Island. The ending left a chance for a possible second novel. I really enjoyed the characters of Abbie, Emma, Lily and Marina would like to read more about their adventures.
*This book was provided to me free of charge by Pump Up Your Book for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*
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