From The Publisher
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.
In theory, Whisper Beach is the kind of book I love to read, especially in the summer. With it’s small seaside town setting, the troubled heroine who returns to her roots and finds love and understanding, an ensemble cast of characters who provide conflict and comic relief, it seemed destined to top my summer reading list.
Sadly, Whisper Beach, didn’t live up to its potential for me. The characters lacked the kind of depth that made me really care about them. Despite having lived through difficult circumstances, they didn’t seem to have learned or grown in positive ways. Although the story was well paced and moved quickly, the events and outcomes were fairly predictable. And though I’m usually a sucker for any of those little towns by the sea, Whisper Beach didn’t seem all that appealing either, with its faltering economy and failing businesses.
About 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.
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