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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When Jess asks Lillo to come to her wedding Lillo is surprised, because they haven’t spoken in years. The wedding is at a fancy hotel with many guests, but the bride doesn’t seem to be happy. After a terrible incident Lillo and Jess’s friends Allie and Diana decide it’s time to get out of there and save Jess from a future with a man who doesn’t love her and will never make her happy. They take Lillo’s borrowed bartered car and drive to Lighthouse Island. Jess and her friends want to stay with Lillo, who isn’t used to company anymore. Can Lillo handle having guests for a few days and will she have anything in common with three rich women who are used to a lot more luxury than she can offer them?

While Lillo tries to be a good host a lot of hurt from the past comes to the surface. Jess’s parents have always been demanding and cold and it’s time for her to choose her own future, but will she be able to? Allie hasn’t been happy in a long time, can she find back a part of herself that she thought she’d lost forever on Lighthouse Beach? Diana is a free spirit, she knows what she wants and who she wants to spend her time with. What will happen when she meets a complex and wounded man who makes her heart beat faster? Lillo is traumatized, but isn’t inclined to share her problems with anyone, will her new best friends be able to make a difference in her life? Can Lighthouse Beach heal the four friends and give them a better perspective on what their futures should look like?

Lighthouse Beach is a beautiful story about friendship, hopes, dreams and making the right choices. Lillo is a sweet and generous woman. She’s broken-hearted, but she’s there for Jess when she needs her. I loved that she steps out of her comfort zone over and over again to be there for her friend. Jess’s confidence needs a boost, she has to learn to stand up for herself and getting her out of the life she’s used to is the only way to save her. She needs three strong friends to change her views and it was interesting to see how she learns to believe in herself. Diana has plenty of confidence and her lively spirit makes everyone come out of their shell, I loved her fierceness and outspokenness. She’s decisive, which Allie could also use, because of the difficult situation she’s in. Together they are stronger than apart and that is the biggest strength of Lighthouse Beach. Each friend has something to give to the other and that’s a fabulous idea for a story.

Shelley Noble has a fantastic heartwarming writing style. I was captivated by Lighthouse Beach from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down, each page brings something new and interesting. I enjoyed every surprising twist and turn. The story is filled with soul searching and support, which is something I liked a lot. Lighthouse Beach is a wonderful hopeful story with a gorgeous setting, Lighthouse Island and its regular visitors and inhabits are incredibly fascinating. I loved reading about this magical healing place, it’s the perfect setting for a mesmerizing story about life, love and friendship. Lighthouse Beach put a big smile on my face, I highly recommend this amazing book.

Advice

If you love beautiful emotional stories about the power of friendship combined with a gorgeous setting, you don't want to miss Lighthouse Beach.

About Shelley Noble


Shelley Noble is a multi published fiction author whose books have been translated into seven languages. She writes women’s fiction as Shelley Noble and is also the author of several amateur sleuth mystery series, written as Shelley Freydont.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She also consults on various dance and theatre projects, most recently the world premiere of a full length Tom Sawyer ballet commissioned by Kansas City Ballet.

Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

She lives near the New Jersey shore. In her spare time she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and boardwalks with vintage carousels.

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Giveaway

Two very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

27 comments:

  1. An intriguing and heart warming storyline and a lighthouse brings back great memories of my childhood. I'd love to win this, thanks so much for the chance.

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  2. Like the sound of this. A new author for me.

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  3. This sounds so wonderful; I love books that center on friendship. Thanks for the giveaway! (And great review!)

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  4. Lighthouse Beach sounds like an uplifting and heartwarming novel of friendship and healing with a wonderful cast of eclectic characters.

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  5. It sounds like a very heart warming and emotional book.I look forward to reading it.

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  6. Sounds like a lovely read, would love to try as I haven't yet read any of your books.

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  7. Love the sound of this wonderful novel - would love to read!

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  8. It sounds like a really emotional novel. Thank you!

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  9. I would like to read this novel.Sounds interesting.x

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  10. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing x

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  11. A lovely cover and a lovely read I feel.

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  12. Great review. Shelley Noble is a new-to-me author. This book sounds like one I would enjoy.

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  13. Your book looks so interesting .. a nice summer read.

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  14. This sounds like a great summer read.

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  15. You are new to me, but the review was very positive

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  16. I love emotional stories and I am very excited to read it.

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  17. Lighthouse Beach sounds like a wonderful story of friendship and a perfect summertime read. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Love wedding-based novels and this sounds a great read. The cover makes me want to go and visit Lighthouse Beach first of all, but the novel sounds a mix of romance, friendship and how your friends band together when you're faced with heart-break.

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  19. This sounds like a wonderful read - thanks for the chance to win

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  20. This sounds a thoroughly enjoyable book

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  21. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  22. Shelley, if you're ever in Ireland with some time to spare, make sure to visit Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford and about an hour away from me. It's the oldest working lighthouse in the world and originally built some time in the 13th Century. Now fully-automated, the former keepers' cottages form a visitors centre and art gallery.

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