Thursday, June 18, 2015

Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble

Whisper BeachAbout Whisper Beach

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 16, 2015)

When a group of friends reunite in the idyllic beach town where they grew up, they must reevaluate their loyalty to one another or lose their friendship forever

Twelve years ago, Vanessa "Van" Moran fell in love and lost her virginity—but not to the same boy. She fled Whisper Beach desperate and pregnant, never telling a soul about her secret. Now a professional Manhattan organizer, she must return home for the first time to attend the funeral of her best friend's husband. Van intends to only stay for a weekend, but her plans fall by the wayside as the troubles of this coastal town draw her in.

Dorie, the owner of the pier's infamous Blue Crab Restaurant where Van and her friends worked as teenagers, enlists Van's help to save the nearly bankrupt eatery. While Van throws herself into this new task, the man she once loved reenters her life, willing to pick up where they left off.

As the restaurant begins to thrive and Van reconnects with old friends, trouble comes from an unexpected source and she realizes she must face the decisions of her past or sacrifice this new life she has so carefully built.

For Van, this summer will test the meaning of friendship and trust—and how far love can bend before it breaks.

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My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from TLC Book Tours for an honest review
"Whisper Beach" by Shelley Noble was a perfect summer beach read.  I was instantly engaged in the story.  I loved that the author provided a light but also mysterious tone to the story. Vanessa, or Van as she is referred to, is back in her hometown to attend a funeral.  Van has been away for about 18 years.  At first the author doesn't clue us into why she has been gone for son long, which I really liked. It added a tone of mystery to the story.  The small town feel was very endearing and added to the drama that made Van decide to leave. Although Van has childhood friends she always seemed isolated and distanced from them. As her past slowly creeps back into her life she can no longer run from the secrets she has been hiding.  Added to this already engrossing story line is her unfinished romantic business with Joe.  Overall, this was a great story. I found it heartwarming and a great lesson in the importance of communication. 
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Shelley NobleAbout Shelley Noble

Shelley Noble is a former professional dancer and choreographer and has worked on a number of films. She lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to visit lighthouses and vintage carousels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.

Find out more about Shelley at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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