From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Noble comes a heartrending and uplifting novel about friendship, love, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for our dreams.
What was supposed to be an idyllic wedding leads to an unexpected journey of self-discovery…
When Lillo Gray pulls up to Kennebunkport’s most exclusive hotel wearing a borrowed dress and driving a borrowed VW van, she knows she’s made a big mistake. She’s not even sure why Jessica Parker invited her to her posh wedding. They haven’t seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. And now they’re from two completely different worlds. There’s no way Lillo fits in the rarefied circles Jessica travels in.
Jess isn’t sure she’s ready to go through with this wedding, but she’s been too busy making everyone else happy to think about what she wants. But when she and her two closest friends, Allie and Diana, along with Lillo, discover her fiancé with his pants down in the hotel parking lot, she’s humiliated…and slightly relieved. In a rush to escape her crumbling life, Jess, Allie, and Diana pile into Lillo’s beat-up old van and head up the coast to Lighthouse Island. Once there, she hopes to figure out the next chapter in her life.
Nursing broken hearts and broken dreams, four lost women embark on a journey to find their way back into happiness with new love, friendship, and the healing power of Lighthouse Beach.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jess’ wedding is her chance to catch up with friends, celebrate and enjoy her next chapter at the exclusive Kennebunkport hotel. Bringing in her friends Diana and Allie, and reconnecting with a friend from her fat-camp stay, Lillo, gives Jess a reason to forget her doubts and move on. Yet, nothing is as simple as all that – Lillo is wondering why, after all these years, she and Jess would have anything in common, particularly when she knows that she couldn’t possibly ‘keep up’ to the affluence displayed here – in fact, she barely cobbled together everything to come. And then there’s Jess’ friends Diana and Allie: they know the Jess of today, and probably have more in common with her than she ever could, even after an unhappy summer together when they were fourteen. Diana and Allie are sure that their college-friend Jess is making a HUGE mistake, and although they’ve tried, in many ways, to make the point – they will be there to support her in her choice – even the wrong one. In fact, the only people who don’t think this marriage is not one to succeed are Jess’ parents – even the groom isn’t committed. Well, he is committed to doing things his own way when he’s discovered, pants down, in the parking lot. Relieved that they have a reason to run, the ladies head off in the van Lillo brought and travel to Lighthouse Island, to spend some girl time and help Jess recover from the hurt. Lyrical, lovely and fresh: stories are told and the women share their struggles, dreams and even secrets – certain of support and acceptance in this small group. Each woman brings her own needs and issues into the story: and their personalities all allow for connections to be built with one another and within a ‘girl power’ sort of group that is supportive, helpful and above all, honest. A lovely story that adds layers and nuance as each story is revealed and the connections are being built between them. This is a friends group that everyone could build, with the right intentions, and perhaps this book will give some pointers into doing just that. I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is the first book by this author that I could not finish. Got to page 100 and had to put it down. Just could not get into this book!
This book is just weird an unrealistic. It's a group of women in they're 30's who act and talk like teenagers. The dialogue between the characters is strange and unnatural. The ending also leaves a lot to be desired. Definitely wouldn't read again or recommend to anyone.
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.
When an invitation lands in her mailbox for her long lost friends wedding Lillo Gray wasn't quite sure what to think of it, they haven't spoken since they were teens and to hear from her like this out of blue is quite peculiar. They met at fat camp when they were fourteen, and made an instant connection, bonded over things and became inseparable for the duration of the summer. But then time passed and they moved on with their lives, and drifted far apart. Jess is dressed and ready to walk down the aisle, marry her fiance and start the next chapter in her life... but minutes before that is supposed to happen she discovers her fiance in a compromising position with a waitress in the parking lot. Now she knows the doubts she has been fighting the last few weeks held some weight, she should have listened to her gut, and her heart, and stopped this sham of a wedding before it came to this point. But that would have disappointed her parents, and that's unacceptable... After the devastating discovery, Jess, and her friends Allie and Diana jump into Lillo's old van and hit the open road to Lighthouse Island for a little life reboot vacation.... not realizing this little vacation of theirs holds the keys to futures they never expected for themselves, as well as lots of fun and healing they all desperately need. Lighthouse Beach is a poignant tale that will tug on your heartstrings, leave you inspired, and renew your faith in the power of friendship! From the moment I started this one I found myself identifying with these ladies, developing a deep understanding of where they were at and where they wanted to end up, it was such a wonderful journey to be a part of, and quite inspiring too. I sure hope the author plans to revisit Lighthouse Beach and give us another peek at these wonderful characters, I would love to see how they are doing and where they all end up! If you are looking for a heartfelt and humorous tale to dive into this summer I highly recommend you add this one to your list, it sure to take you on an truly pleasurable literary escape! I requested an advanced copy of this title and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.