Forever Beach: A Novel

Forever Beach: A Novel

by Shelley Noble


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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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062439062
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 481,570
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shelley Noble is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Whisper Beach and Beach Colors. Other titles include Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, and Forever Beach—a story of foster adoption in New Jersey—and four spin-off novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she lives on the Jersey shore and loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and vintage carousels. Shelley is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

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Forever Beach 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forever Beach is not a light hearted read, not what I would call a beach read. It will give you a reality check, make you look at your life and troubles in perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book and the twist of the story line.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
There are two girls who are like sisters and one leaves when she is adopted. The promise for letters never happens and feelings are hurt. In time these two girls have grown to ladies and run into each other. I was intrigued. I was invested. Nonie and Sarah have to make up. It is only right. The only way for this story to go. Yet, I was never sure on how their relationship would end up. Shelley Noble set up this part of the story perfectly. She made both women real in their fears and feelings. Their relationship was something that could happen, that did happen, and their reconciliation was perfect. The story of Leila was heart breaking. This is the part of the book that made me tear up. How could a young girl go through so much? I just kept thinking that this was happening in the world, this was real, it isn’t just fiction. Being so young and torn from the person who has been your constant, the one who loves you, the one you trust and being sent to the unknown, a person who has hurt you in the past, who has left you in the past. There is no easy way to come to terms with this. I was amazed at how Sarah was able to handle the effects Leila’s bio mom had on her. It wasn’t easy, for anyone, yet she never gave up. I thought I was picking up a great summer, beach book. I was wrong. It was an amazing book yet it was such a heavy topic. I had tears by the 30th page and could not put it down. I read all 400+ pages in one day. I recommend picking up your own copy immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book yet, but I will, and I will not read the reviews because most of the time when I do it tells the whole story so why read the book. People need to dial down there comments and save the storyline for someone who wants to read the book but is upset because the commenters already TOLD the story
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Women can be friends and be the biggest support system for each other and this book reminded me that at moments no one else is a better call when you need to vent or an opinion! Sarah, Reesa, Ilona and Karen are all interconnected and each needs something from someone else in their group. I loved reading women supporting women. The other big thing this book taught me was the ins and outs of foster care. I don't know that I had ever read a book that dealt solely on foster care and not adoption. From both the perspective of the soon to be mother with a daughter from foster care to the woman who works as a caseworker "in the system." I loved reading both sides of the coin as a woman is trying to get her daughter out of the system and the caseworker who is trying her hardest to keep her life and job going forward.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah Hargreave grew up in the foster system, in and out of foster homes. She didn’t find her forever home until she aged out of the system and met a wonderful man who ran a clock repair shop. Sarah has brought Leila into her home and doesn’t want her to go through what she did so she starts the adoption process. The biological mother has signed off her parental rights and Sarah is just waiting for the adoption to be finalized. Then the bio mom changes her mind and the court grants her visitation. This is not the first time this has happened and Sarah knows it will be a huge step back in Leila’s progress. Ilona Cartwright also grew up in the foster system but she was adopted by a well to do family. She and Sarah were just like sisters and it was so hard for them to say good-bye. They promised to stay in touch but Ilona “Nonie” didn’t write to Sarah and Sarah was devastated. Ilona did go to law school and she does works fighting for the rights of children. Can Sarah and Nonie get together to provide Leila a forever home? What a moving story! A picture of the foster system and the adoption process. They do go to great lengths to keep families together but there are times that the child needs a new family. There are a few dark and scary moments but they show us both sides of these issues. I found Sarah so interesting. Her life was in her hands and she met a man with a huge heart and no agenda or shifty plans. She made the decision to stay with him and he became like a father/grandfather to her. It took a long time to trust him and she still has huge trust issues. She doesn’t let anyone get to close to her or Leila because things could fall apart at any time. She does have “friends” and a man that would like to be more than “friends”, but she has put up huge walls to protect herself and her heart. These characters are natural and believable. This story becomes a huge story of friendship and self growth. Building relationships, trust, and trying to forgive. Superb writing! The story is also set in an amazing place. Near the beach, there are several shops, most more touristy than Clocks by the Sea. The funny thing is Sarah can’t swim and hates the water. The beach is a great meeting place and she is fine planting herself in a chair under an umbrella while Leila builds sand castles. I really loved this book. It was a wonderful escape. The cover looks like is definitely belongs on my blog. If you need a beach read this summer this is a perfect one, to sit back, put your toes in the sand and enjoy! My definition of Paradise!