The Beach at Painter's Cove

June 13, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach comes another heartwarming story of four generations of women who reunite in their crumbling family mansion by the sea for a dramatic summer filled with love, family, secrets and sisterhood.

The Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at The Muses.

Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion crammed with artwork and junk. She plans to stay there until she joins her husband Wes on the knoll overlooking the cove and meadow where they first met. Her sister-in-law Fae, the town eccentric, is desperate to keep a secret she has been hiding for years.

Jillian, is a jet setting actress, down on her luck, and has run out of men to support her. She thinks selling The Muses will make life easier for her mother, Leo, and Fae by moving them into assisted living. The sale will also bring her the funds to get herself back on top.

Issy, Jillian’s daughter, has a successful life as a museum exhibit designer that takes her around the world. But the Muses and her grandmother are the only family she’s known and when her sister leaves her own children with Leo, Issy knows she has to step in to help.

Steph, is only twelve-years-old and desperately needs someone to fire her imagination and bring her out of her shell. What she begins to discover at the Muses could change the course of her future. 

As Issy martials the family together to restore the mansion and catalogue the massive art collection, a surprising thing happens. Despite storms and moonlight dancing, diva attacks and cat fights, trips to the beach and flights of fancy, these four generations of erratic, dramatic women may just find a way to save the Muses and reunite their family.

 
Forever Beach

 

Forever Beach

June 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors and Breakwater Bay comes this heartwarming story of love, family, and redemption. Two young girls pledged to be best friends forever. Separated by circumstance and hurt, they are reunited years later as they struggle to put their differences aside for the sake of a special little girl—perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand, and Karen White.

One woman struggling to hold on to what she has

One woman learning to forgive

Their lives entwined by one little girl. 

Sarah Hargreave is anxious to finalize the adoption of her foster daughter Leila. Once a foster child herself, Sarah longs to become Leila’s “forever” family and give her all the love and stability she was denied in her own childhood. When Leila’s biological mother suddenly reappears and petitions the court for the return of her daughter, Sarah is terrified she’ll lose the little girl she loves to the drug addicted mother who abandoned her.

Having grown up in foster care, Ilona Cartwright fights for the rights of children who have no one to fight for them. But to Sarah she is Nonie Blanchard, who grew up in the same group foster home as Sarah. They’d promised to be best friends forever, then Nonie was adopted by a wealthy family, and Sarah never heard from her again. Sarah still hurts from the betrayal. But Nonie harbors her own resentment toward the past. 

Mistrustful of each other, the two women form a tenuous alliance to ensure Leila’s future, but when Leila’s very survival is on the line, they’ll have to come to terms with their own feelings of hurt and rejection to save the child they both have come to love.

 
Forever Beach

 

Whisper Beach

June 2015

To the locals Whisper Beach got its name from the sound of the waves shush-shushing against the pilons of the pier. Those with a more imaginative nature, usually after several pints down at Mike’s Pub, insist that one of Jean Lafitte’s mistresses brought her baby there every day waiting for a glimpse of his ship and shushing her baby’s cries with a promise of his return.

But any teenager, wife, husband, or public figure who’d ever felt the lash of town gossip knew that the whispers were only the beginning and didn’t stop until they turned into a roar.

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Vanessa Moran fell in love and lost her virginity but not to the same boy. Pregnant, desperate, and humiliated, she fled friends and family and Whisper Beach, New Jersey, never breathing a word about her secret to anyone. She hasn’t been back since. Now a professional Manhattan organizer, she returns to the funeral of her best friend’s husband. She intends on just paying her respects and leaving—though she can’t deny she also wants the town to see how far she’s come as a successful business woman. But her plans to make this a short visit fall by the wayside when her girlfriends have other ideas.

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

 
Whisper Beach

 

A Newport Christmas Wedding

December 2014

It’s Christmas in Newport. The mansions are decorated and the streets are filled with excitement. Across the bay, preparations are in full swing for the wedding of Meri Hollis and Alden Corrigan. A year ago, Meri never imagined that she would marry her best friend, Alden, or become step mother to his two teenaged children, Nora and Lucas.

But as the wedding day draws near, tension and emotions run high and Meri’s happiness turns to uncertainty.  Nora is suddenly acting sullen and withdrawn, Alden is preoccupied, and Meri wonders if marrying Alden will bring the family closer together or tear them apart.

It seems like this wedding might be doomed before it begins until a special Christmas surprise brings home the meaning of family and the joy of the holidays.

 
A Newport Christmas Wedding

 

Breakwater Bay

July 2014

An abandoned baby, a glorious old Newport mansion, and awakening romance
swirl the placid waters of
Breakwater Bay . . .

Preservationist Meri Hollis loves her latest project, restoring one of Newport’s forgotten Gilded Age mansions. And with summer approaching, she’ll be able to spend more time with her Gran on the Rhode Island shore. She has a great job, a loving family, and she’s pretty sure her boyfriend is going to propose on her thirtieth birthday.

But everything Meri believes about family, happiness, truth, and love is shattered when her family’s darkest secret is exposed.

Thirty years before, Meri’s neighbor and friend, Alden Corrigan, took his father’s dinghy out to fish. In a sudden storm, he rushed to help a woman stranded on the breakwater. She was just a girl . . . a very pregnant girl who disappeared soon after they reached safety—But not before she left behind a very special gift.

Now that the truth it out, life will change for everyone in Breakwater Bay, and Meri and Alden will have to make decisions that could insure their future together . . . or separate them for good.

“Fresh, charming and absolutely delightful.  I didn’t want the story to end.”
Jane Porter, author of The Good Wife

Breakwater Bay

 

Newport Dreams

June 2014
An e-novella, Prequel to Breakwater Bay

Geordie Holt has been to college, traveled the world, hung with the rich and famous—several times over. What she hasn’t done is find a direction for her life. And her father has given her an ultimatum. Settle down and get a job or he’ll get one for her. She’s loves photography and she loves Newport, so a job as photographer on a renovation project seems like a perfect choice.

Restoration architect, Bruce Stafford has discovered a forgotten mansion, fallen into ruins as an abandoned boarding house. Gilbert House is just the kind of challenge he enjoys and he’s managed to assemble some of the best young craftspeople in the business.

Except for one. The historical society has sent an air head intern to serve as project photographer. And when he learns Geordie is not an intern but a paid member of the team, taken on as a favor to one of their supporters, he’s livid.

Humiliated, Geordie’s first impulse is to run, but she’s come to love Gilbert House and its history. This is where she wants to be. It’s time to face her fears and insecurities and stand up to Bruce and her father. It’s time to stop running. Geordie Holt has come home for good.

Newport Dreams

 

Stargazey Point

July 2013

Devastated by tragedy during her last project, documentarist Abbie Sinclair seeks refuge with three octogenarian siblings, Millie, Marnie and Beau Crispin, who live in a looming plantation house at the edge of the world—Stargazey Point.

Once a popular South Carolina family beach resort, the Point’s beaches have eroded, businesses have closed, and skyrocketing taxes are driving the locals away. Stargazey Point, like Abbie, is fighting to survive.

Abbie thinks she has nothing left to give, but slowly she’s drawn into the lives of the people around her: the Crispin siblings, with their own secret fears, Cabot Reynolds, who left his work as an industrial architect to refurbish his uncle’s antique carousel in hopes of breathing new life into his childhood sanctuary. Ervina, an old Gullah wise woman, who can guide Abbie to a new life and her true self, if only she’ll let her. And a motley crew of children whom Abbie can’t ignore.

She came for a safe haven but receives much more.  Stargazey Point is magic place—a place for dreamers.  It is also a place that can lead you home.

Stargazey Point

 

Stargazey Nights

May 2013
William Morrow

Prequel e-novella to Stargazey Point

Take a trip to the South Carolina coast to experience the beautiful sunsets that lead to perfect Stargazey Nights.

A call from the past and a mysterious inheritance bring Cabot Reynolds to a magical town and forces him to make a decision that will change his life forever. Stargazey Point, once a slice of Southern heaven, is in need of tender love and care, something Cab learns he is in desperate need of himself. Stargazey Nights is a tantalizing glimpse into a world that comes to life in the forthcoming novel, Stargazey Point.

Stargazey Nights

 

Holidays at Crescent Cove

December 2012

Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about friends, family, and good food. But for the residents of Crescent Cove, the holidays this year will truly bring them home.

Amidst visions of turkey and pumpkin pie, Sweet Grace is ready to greet Thanksgiving in a quiet celebration of home and heart. But things don’t go according to plan. Her father—whom she hasn’t spoken to in years— comes walking through the door, expecting a reunion and her help. And of course this is the exact moment her friend, Jake, has decided to finally make a declaration. Will the spirit of Thanksgiving be enough to help Grace accept her family and her friend’s love?

It’s Christmas, and Bri never expected to be living in Crescent Cove again with her two adopted daughters. And she never expected to find a handsome stranger sleeping in her barn. But since ‘tis the season to open your home to those in need, Bri decides to let David spend the holidays with her new family—and he gives her and the girls a precious gift— the true meaning of Christmas.

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HOLIDAYS AT CRESCENT COVE

 

Beach Colors

William Morrow
June 2012

While Margaux Sullivan was presenting her highly praised M Atelier collection at New York City’s Fashion Week, her husband of thirteen years cleaned out their bank account and disappeared. A week later the bank foreclosed on her apartment and business. Suddenly broke, betrayed, and humiliated, Margaux returns home to the small, coastal town of Crescent Cove, CT, where she once knew love, joy and family, three things she’s lost on her climb to fame.

BEACH COLORS is a story about broken dreams and new beginnings and the power of love to transform what we might have been into what we can become.

“Honest and deeply moving, BEACH COLORS proves that home is where the heart is.”
Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Care and Maintenance of Friendship


"With broad brushstrokes Shelley Noble paints a beautiful, vivid picture of a small coastal town we wish we grew up in and tight-knit friends we wish we were part of. We're taken on Margaux Sullivan's journey of loss, healing, rediscovery of self, and love of a man and his boy. With Noble's words we see sunsets and sea grass, fashion and frustration, life, love and happily ever afters. I can't wait for her next book!"
Robin Kaye, author of  The Domestic Gods Series--Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot to Handle, Breakfast in Bed, and Yours for the Taking 


"Shelley Noble's "Beach Colors" is a deft, graceful rendering of the journey home to love."
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Grace Burrowes


Romantic Times
Four Stars

“ . . .a delightful story of starting over and finding joy and contentment, as well as the love that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of pursuing success. Great characters and an enjoyable plot make this an entertaining tale for summer—or any season.”Susan Mobley


Booklist
"Readers will easily fall into the rhythms of Crescent Cove, populated by an entertaining, endearing cast of characters.  Readers will also be rooting for a young, ambitious woman caught between competing life choices, who discovers the healing power of family, friends and home.”
Carol Gladstein


"While Beach Colors can indeed be considered a summer read, it transcends that classification by virtue of its poignancy and depth. While funny moments and memorable characters abound, they are underscored by an exploration of themes such as the redemptive powers of friendship and love. At its heart, though, Beach Colors is a tale of self-discovery and of finding the courage to follow your dreams, wherever those dreams may take you. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to sun on your skin and sand on your feet…"
read the full review by John Valeri at Examiner.com


THE PERFECT SUMMER READ
A vivid novel set in a coastal town of Connecticut, Beach Colors is the story of one woman’s broken dreams and new beginnings.

"Beach Colors is the first women fiction's title from Shelley Noble, who also writes mysteries under the name Shelley Freydont. She brings the same charm and spectacular imagery to this story as she has done in the past, and readers will find themselves swept away to the coastal town of Crescent Cove with a flip of the pages. Margaux's character has hit rock bottom, and watching her work her way back to the top again will leave a fulfilling feeling to those who get to know her. A deeply moving and heartfelt novel, Beach Colors is a must for your summer reading list."
read the full review by Samantha Robey at sheknows.com

BEACH COLORS