Vanessa “Van” Moran stands right where she left twelve years before. Having left her home town as a young girl heartbroken, betrayed, and alone, she had vowed she would never come back.
And yet, here she was.
When her cousin’s husband dies in a freak accident, Van comes to pay her respects. Her plan is to get in and get out as quickly as possible and move on to her true vacation at a fancy resort many miles from Whisper Beach. Since leaving Van has created a wonderful business in Manhattan that has made her quite successful. Part of her reason for this brief visit is for everyone to see that she was now established, doing well, and this town had not broken her spirit.
Things never go as planned.
When the woman who helped her all those years ago Dorie, asks Van to stay a few days to help her with some business decisions, Van decided a few days can not hurt. Her good friend Suze is also staying at Dories and it would be fun to catch up. As long as Van can avoid the one guy who broke her heart and the girl that stole him away – she will be just fine. Anyway, she can leave anytime she wants.
As I said, things never go as planned.
I really enjoyed Whisper Beach. Once again I find myself locked in a beachy read centered around a triangle of old friends working on healing old wounds. (When you read enough beach reads you really find a pattern). It didn’t matter. I liked Van. I liked that she was successful through everything she went through in her younger years. She was strong and broken – but not beyond repair…. I can not say the same for others in the book. 😉
Author Shelley Noble flushes out some very real issues with this book and those within. I found her writing style to be engaging and while some of the characters you meet in Whisper Beach you really would rather not know- I still wouldn’t mind popping in and hanging out at the Blue Crab with Dorie, Van, and Suze…. and oh yeah… Joe. I think there could easily be more to this story and I for one would be happy to come and visit Whisper Beach again.
Looking for a good read this summer? Add Whisper Beach to your list.
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 16, 2015)