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Beach Colors: A Novel Paperback – June 12, 2012
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"Readers will also be rooting for a young, ambitious woman caught between competing life choices, who discovers the healing power of family, friends, and home."
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A beautiful, vivid picture of a small coastal town we wish we grew up in and tight-knit friends we wish we were part of --a journey of loss, healing, rediscovery --sunsets and sea grass, fashion and frustration, life, love and happily ever afters. I can't wait for her next book!
Robin Kaye-author of The Domestic Gods Series
"Beach Colors is a lyrical and hopeful story that will delight romantics."
This is a delightful story of starting over and finding joy and contentment, as well as the love that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of pursuing success. Great characters and an enjoyable plot make this an entertaining tale for summer reading--or any season.-Susan Mobley - Romantic Times Book Reviews - Four stars
"While Beach Colors can indeed be considered a summer read, it transcends that classification by virtue of its poignancy and depth . . . a tale of self-discovery and of finding the courage to follow your dreams, wherever those dreams may take you."
John Valeri examiner.com
“Honest and deeply moving, BEACH COLORS proves that home is where the heart is.” (Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Care and Maintenance of Friendship)
“Shelley Noble’s “Beach Colors” is a deft, graceful rendering of the journey home to love.” (New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Grace Burrowes)
From the Back Cover
While renowned designer Margaux Sullivan was presenting her highly praised collection during New York City's Fashion Week, her husband was cleaning out their bank account. A week after he disappeared, the bank foreclosed on Margaux's apartment and business.
Suddenly broke, betrayed, and humiliated, Margaux has nowhere else to turn to but home: the small coastal town of Crescent Cove, Connecticut, where she once knew love, joy, and family before she put them behind her on the climb to fame. When she's stopped for speeding by local interim police chief Nick Prescott, Margaux barely remembers the "townie" boy who worshipped her from afar every summer. But Nick is all grown up now, a college professor who gave up his career to care for his orphaned nephew, Connor. Though still vulnerable, Margaux is soon rediscovering the beauty of the shore through young Connor's eyes . . . and, thanks to Nick, finding a forgotten place in her heart that wants to love again.
But as she continues to work on a bold new line that will get her back into the game, Margaux realizes that soon she will have to make the most important, most difficult decision of her life. . . .
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There are several plots in Beach Colors. Margaux Sullivan and important fashion designer finds that her husband has not only stolen her personal assets but also those of her fashion house - locked out of her home and business she returns broke and humiliated to Crescent Cove, the town where she grew up. She returns to her childhood home, her mother and friends, some who had left to pursue careers and returned, some whom have never left at all. On the way into town she is pulled over for speeding by Nick Prescott the town sheriff, who she had spent endless hours as a child after school sharing the same library table but never speaking: she sketching from fashion magazines, he, reading history. Speaking for the first time as adults a painfully awkward romance begins.
As Margaux struggles to figure out what went wrong with her life and career and how to now reinvent herself she discovers that she has sacrificed her childhood dreams in order to become a fashion star. She discovers that though she has been hugely successful she has also been hugely bored with the chic black clothing that made her a success and became her trademark. Back in Crescent Beach She rediscovers the colors of the beach that she long ago abandoned in her pursuit of the brass ring of success.
This is a romantic novel that asks a very important question, "What is success?" Is it stardom - being at the top of your profession, appearing in the media or is success integrity, holding to the passions that lead you to your chosen career from the beginning? Nick himself has sacrificed his passion, a teaching career, to come back to Crescent Cove to take care of his mother and abandoned nephew. In the end all is well after a great deal of struggle and some life affirming support from a caste of interesting friends and family.
Shelly Noble, writes beautifully, I liked this book.
There she finds two of her best friends from days-gone-by have also returned (it is a bit strange that she didn't keep up with them especially given one was an international model). Other folks have stayed like her grounded and hugely supportive mom. But most important is Nick the man who had to give up his career to take care of his own mother and nephew. Nick is now the local sheriff and his character wrestles with disappointment and loss. The question becomes, can two wounded souls do each other good?
The descriptive writing is fun, "She didn't think of him as old, just mellowed like a good cognac." The dialogue is a tad inconsistent varying between Young Adult and Wuthering Heights. That can be excused as this is the author's first novel. It is actually written like a play in three acts and that may have been unintended but works (look for how the title fits into the third act). Like most entries in this genre it is about taking a chance versus "going back to what was familiar, where one knows the rules," even if that place was never completely right.
interested in life situations with struggles because it tells how you can hit rock bottom overnight and build it back eventually with determination and love of family and lifelong friends!