Monday, June 12, 2017

The Beach at Painter's Cove by Shelley Noble ~ My Thoughts #TheBeachAtPaintersCove #TLCBookTours


The Beach at Painter's Cove

The Beach at Painter's Cove by Shelley Noble
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (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.

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My thoughts about The Beach at Painter's Cove ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Summer 1962 The Painter's Cove Gazette—Muses by the Sea, ancestral home of the Whitaker family and renowned artist colony, was the scene of a public garden party last week where local residents were invited to meet and greet those artists currently in residence." 

The Beach at Painter's Cove is a wonderful story, full of very interesting characters, one of them being the estate, Muses by the Sea. The estate in the book plays as big of a part in the story as the rest of the characters. And there are some really great characters. I fell in love with so many of them. I especially enjoyed Leo, or Grammy as so many of them call her, and Fae. What amazing old women they are, so caring and quirky.

Issy has to drop everything to rush home to the Muses to keep her nieces from being sent to foster care. Once she is there, there are other people and things that need her attention. The story is beautifully woven between the present and the past. And can the past help save those in the present?

 I loved everything about The Beach at Painter's Cove; the place, the characters, the history, and the family ties, even if some of them appear to be broken. 

I received a copy of The Beach at Painter's Cove for the TLC Book Tour in exchange for my honest opinion. 

About the author

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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Thursday, June 8th: Into the Hall of Books
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Monday, June 12th: The Book Bag
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Thursday, June 15th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Friday, June 16th: Tina Says…
Tuesday, June 20th: My Journey Back
Tuesday, June 20th: Bibliotica
Wednesday, June 21st: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, June 22nd: Ms. Nose in a Book
Friday, June 23rd: Dreams, Etc.


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