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Nancy Thayer is one of my favourite writers in the whole word and I've read all her books several times over. So it pains me to criticise her latest novel, but in the interests of honesty, I feel I must.
As other reviewers have noticed, her later novels hold little of the depth and complexity of her earlier books. I don't know if it's deliberate or not, but these days she seems uninterested in producing anything other than lightweight 'beach reads'. There's nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but given her talent, it seems a shame that her writing is dumbing down.
Her descriptive prose is lyrical and brings her beloved Nantucket to life in a way that makes the reader want to jump on a plane and go there immediately. (I've done it and the island lived up to its publicity). However, 'Nantucket Sisters' contains so many implausible scenarios and gaping plot holes that it made me want to scream in frustration. Even the synopsis at the beginning refers to one of the characters as Piper rather than Emily. This may be an error on the part of the publishers of course, but it's characteristic of a certain carelessness that runs throughout the book.
I get the feeling that in placing Maggie and Emily in such an unlikely situation in the first place meant that Ms Thayer had difficulty in logically resolving it. For instance, we know that Emily had already mentioned her friendship with Maggie and Ben to Cameron before he went to Nantucket. It seems unlikely that when he met Maggie, he would not make the connection. Yet, there is no suggestion that he did. We also don't know why he didn't contact Maggie again after their island encounter, despite the idea that he may be in love with her. He seems to be a decent person, so why would he behave so caddishly? From that point onwards, the entire novel starts to fall apart, because each scene has been contrived to fit in with a plot line that wasn't really believable in the first place.
After giving me more than thirty years of reading pleasure, I will remain loyal to Nancy Thayer. I'll continue to buy her books on the day they're published. But I would love to see her get back to writing the kind of amazing novels I know she's capable of.