Childhood friends Clare Hart and Lexi Laney work toward reconciliation in this bland novel by The Hot Flash Club author. Lexi wants to leave stifling Nantucket, so when wealthy Ed Hardin proposes marriage, Lexi seizes the chance to live a life of off-island luxury. But after 10 years in a lonely and adulterous marriage, Lexi divorces Ed and lands back on the island seeking to repair the relationships she left behind. As Lexi and Clare take steps toward salvaging their friendship, their relationships with men—particularly Lexi's feelings for Clare's fiancé—test their loyalty. Unfortunately, Thayer's characters are as thin as a worn beach towel, and the phoned-in prose does little to make up for the contrived plot twists that dominate the final act. From PW.
A predictably comforting "beach" read, "Moon Shell Beach" brings to the reader all the ordinary elements of such a tale--friendship, betrayals, redemption--with the satisfying culmination in romance. Lexi Laney and Clare Hart grew up on Nantucket Island, fast friends who revel in their beach adventures --specifically those involving a unique island haunt, a hidden cove they have named "Moon Shell Beach." When their bond is frayed by serious disagreements, Lexi leaves … more