The Beach at Painter’s Cove – Shelley Noble

Happy release day!

THE BEACH AT PAINTER’S COVE by Shelley Noble – out today – is a great summertime read! If you’re looking for a multi-generational story with a touch of drama and dysfunction, then look no more!

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

Shelley Noble’s new book, THE BEACH AT PAINTER’S COVE is about four generations of the Whitaker women coming together again for a summer of dysfunction, secrets, drama, and love. This was my introduction to Shelley Noble and I really enjoyed it!

The Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, was one a haven for artists. It was never short on creativity, extravagance, or the occasional scandal. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at The Muses.

The eldest, Leo and Aunt Fae, are currently living in The Muses – even as it falls apart. Fae has no children, but Leo had three children – Max (who passed away), George (estranged), and only daughter Jillian.

Jillian has two daughters, Issy and Vivian. She dumped them with her mother when they were children, so she could pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. So, Leo and Fae raised the girls at The Muses.

Issy is now a successful art curator, living in New York City, when she gets an emergency call informing her that Vivian has dumped her kids at The Muses and taken off. Leo is in the hospital, and the police are considering taking the kids into protective care. Not having much of a relationship with her sister or her nieces and nephew, Issy makes her way to Connecticut to help out.

There were a lot of characters and personalities to keep track of in this story. Noble did a great job weaving together the story lines of each of the generations. We learned what made them tick, why they were estranged, secrets are brought to light, and then ultimately, we see how the love between them can truly bring the most dysfunctional family together. I don’t want to give away too much more of the plot, but it’s a great beach/summer read!

If you want a well-written, generational story with a touch of drama and dysfunction, then I’d highly recommend this book! I’ll definitely be looking for more of Noble’s books!

A big thanks to William Morrow Books for a copy in exchange for my honest review!

 

–Jess

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