Saturday, June 6, 2009

Moon Shell Beach-Nancy Thayer

Moon Shell Beach
Nancy Thayer
Ballantine, Jun 23 2009, $15.00
ISBN: 9780345498199

Clare Hart and Lexi Laney were best friends attending high school on Nantucket and went to the U of Mass together. When developer Ed Hardin proposes marriage to Lexi, she accepts though she does not love him. She figures he is her ticket off the island and she will do everything to be a perfect wife to him. She never looked back.

That is until now. After a decade of a poor relationship filled with sorrow, regret and abject loneliness filled with lovers, Lexi decides to divorce Ed. She returns to Nantucket where her once BFF Clare does not trust her to just pack one day and leave without a warning. As the pair begins to rekindle their past friendship, Lexi is attracted to Clare’s long time on and off boyfriend Jesse.

This is an entertaining beach novel that focuses on the friendship between women. The story line is fast-paced and breezy although readers will not have to worry about drowning in the somewhat shallow plot. Clare and Lexi are fascinating lead characters yet not as deeply explored as they should be; still they share in common (besides being Townies) a propensity for picking unfaithful men making for a walk on MOON SHELL BEACH worth the time for fans of second chance at friendship tales.

Harriet Klausner

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