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Beachcombers [sound recording] : [a novel]
Thayer, Nancy
Adult Fiction THAYER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

After her husband leaves her for one of her best friends, middle-aged Marina Warren takes a friend's advice and retreats to Nantucket, the stomping grounds of her youth. She rents a cottage from handsome local widower Jim Fox, who has recently welcomed back his two older daughters, Emma and Abbie, into the house he shares with his third daughter, Lily. Emma has recently lost her job and been left by her fiance, while Abbie has decided to start an odd-jobs company servicing the wealthy summer crowd. Lily, meanwhile, earns a living as a society reporter for the local magazine and stews in her resentment toward her sisters (who return the sentiment) and newcomer Marina, who clearly has eyes for her father. As each search for fulfillment (and a man), they encounter vexing villains, class struggle, and good old-fashioned romance. Thayer gives narration duties to each sister and Marina in turn, keeping the proceedings fun and engrossing, if a bit repetitive. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Thayer (Summer House) explores a family's attempts to move on from memories of a mother who lost her battle with depression. Abbie, Emma, and Lily are sisters with aspirations of moving away from their childhood Nantucket home, but when Emma loses everything, they all find themselves back under the same old roof for the summer-and grappling to get along. Determined to help Emma out of her depression, Abbie creates a business that sees the girls performing odd jobs around the island. Emma, however, finds true solace and friendship in her widowed father's renter, Marina, who is restarting her life after a failed marriage. As the sisters come together as a family, they begin to take on new members as each woman stumbles into romance that is, at times, sudden and melodramatic. Verdict The four separate romantic relationships will draw love story enthusiasts, but none of the relationships is fully fleshed out. Attempts at tackling clinical depression are contrived and, surprisingly, treated as an afterthought, but the themes of sisterly support and personal healing are heartwarming and will appeal to fans of women's fiction, especially those who read Debbie Macomber and Elin Hilderbrand. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10.]-Mara Dabrishus, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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