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Beach Colors

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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 Cres...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2012)
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With a name like "Beach Colors", you can just about bet you have found a perfect beach read! And this book delivered on that score!! A woman taken to the cleaners by her psychotic ex goes back 'home' to the beach house she grew up in, reconnects with her old friends and even an old (kinda) flame who just happens to be the chief of police with the responsibility of raising his orphaned nephew whose living with his mother.
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Betrayal? Ambition? Desire? Commitment? Friendship? Love? This book has it all. In a lovely trip to the CT shore, we meet Margaux, an up and coming designer who has just been raked over the coals by her husband. Having lost all she owns and without any other place to go, she returns to her family summer home in Crescent Cove, CT. where she begins to heal and remember the good times of her youth. Reaching her dreams has always been a large part of her life, but as she struggles back to the top is...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Margaux Sullivan is at the end of her rope. Once at the top of her game in the fashion world, creating breath-taking designs and clothes, her husband Louis, emptied the house, their bank account and her world when he left without saying anything. Now that she has her car and a little money left, she heads back to her childhood home, a beach front house in Crescent Cove, Connecticut. Just before she finally makes it to her retreat, red and blue flashing lights appear in her rearview mirror. This...more
Kevan Lyon
A wonderful story of friendship and love rediscovered. This is a book you can "sink into" and just enjoy. A perfect summer read -- I am a fan!
Beach Colors was a book I downloaded for my Nook for some simple reading but was an easy, enjoyable read. The story begins with the main character Margaux Sullivan, a successful New York City fashion designer, heading home to the beach in Connecticut after finding out her husband stole everything she had. With no home, no job, no money and barely enough gas in her car to get her back to her mom and childhood friends in Crescent Cove, she sets off to figure out the next step in her life.

On her wa...more
Sharon Redfern
Margaux Sullivan returns home to Crescent Cove, CT after her marriage, fashion business, and her life in general, have gone down the tubes thanks to her scummy husband. Being stopped for speeding as she crosses the town line is not an auspicious beginning to her plan to start over.
Police Chief Nick Prescott realizes immediately that the out of state speeder he has stopped is the girl he had a major case of unrequited love for when he was younger and going off to college. His plan to teach at th...more
The book was disappointing. The author's characters had not depth to them, and used phrases to describe some of her characters disparagingly especially the description of the beautician. Using phrases such as “…from her accent she is from Brooklyn…” and “…people in New York are crass…” First of all New York is a State and New York City has five boroughs, one of them being Brooklyn. If the author wanted to intrigue her audience, she might have written “…her accent was a familiar one from one of f...more
Mags is a high powered fashion designer...That is til her husband Louis takes everything from her because he got a tip on a stock and he lost it all even costing mags her business. So her husband is on the run she loses her business her home everything and she returns to her childhood vacation home in the cove.
There she reconnects with long lost friends that she once was inseperable from. And she meets a man who's careing for his nephew and his mom. His brother died in the war and he blames him...more
Beach Colors is a romance novel. The story was pretty good, but the book does contain four letter words. I figured I could get past those and I did. I was about 3/4 the way through the book when the author threw in a descriptive sex scene. So, be warned if you are wanting to read this book.
The story is about a very successful fashion designer whose husband wipes out her bank accounts and ruins her business and then disappears, leaving her to find her way out of the mess.
She returns to her old...more
Margaux Sullivan is at the top of her game in NYC, her own fashion designs finally making a splash in couture circles. After her husband disappears with all her money, Margaux heads to the family beach home, site of both her mother and old friends. Things begin ominously when Margaux gets a traffic ticket upon arriving to town. The interim police chief, back in Crescent Cove to help his mother raise his nephew, recognizes Margaux from bygone summers. Margaux isn't likable for the entire story, b...more
I picked this up at Target one day while out of town and really desperate for some reading material. Besides the cover drawing me in with it's beach theme, I could relate to the theme of courage in starting over, self re-discovery and of course a little romance woven in. But my favorite part turned out to be one of the characters, Connor, a little boy who's spirit has been crushed by unfortunate circumstances. He becomes one of the focal points of the book and is really what kept me interested....more
A good summer beach read about a high-powered NYC fashion designer whose husband absconds with all her money, leaving her with nothing including her once-thriving business. She goes to her family's summer home to regroup and ends up, of course, falling in love with a man from her youth and his nephew, a boy damaged by the death of his father and by his mother's desertion. Is this great literature? Certainly not, but it is a good read.

One small annoyance. This novel is told in many points of view...more
Mary Metcalfe
Shelley Noble has delivered a wonderfully crafted story about a woman writing the next chapter in her life by defining what's important to her so can live an authentic life. Her character Margaux has had her life and career overturned by her shady ex. When she returns home broke to her small seaside community, she is immediately surrounded by a community of warm and caring people. Nick, the local police chief, has had a crush since he was a teenager. When Margaux returns 20 years later, he is ol...more
Beach Colors by Shelley Noble finds Margaux Sullivan in recovery mode from a recent betrayal and loss from her husband Louis. She returns home to Crescent Cove penniless and defeated. Being in Crescent Cove brings back childhood memories and revitalizes her career and ignites her love life. Nick Prentice has also returned home to Crescent Cove. He is there to protect and provide for his family. His brother Ben who was killed in the Army has left behind a son, Conor, who was abandoned by his moth...more
 Gigi Ann
My Thoughts...

When I noticed this book, I thought, Oh! What a fun looking summer book to read. Well....I struggled all month trying to get this book read. I read two books before I finally decided I'm going to finish this book if it takes all the rest of the month of July and August to get it read. It just seemed to go on and on, never going anywhere, I thought it would never end. It said 286 pages but it seemed more like 1000 pages... It sure wasn't that fun summer read that I thought it was go...more
Kristi Fleming
"Beach Colors" is truly a great beach read. I think of it as Project Runway at Crescent Cove. There is love, heartache, friendship, hate and acceptance. This is an enjoyable read and for the most part a "happy" book.

Great characters - Your heart aches for both Nick and Connor and the current circumstance of their lives. Margaux and her life long friends are great support for one another, despite the years they've been apart and I loved Linda and her outgoing, brassy personality. Like I said "a...more
Ann Miller
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Sophie Moss
I loved everything about this book. Wonderful characters, a sweet storyline, a beautiful setting in a small town. I felt so much sympathy for Margaux and was rooting for her from the very first page. I love how the author weaved in all the past relationships and friendships from her childhood and how it's never too late to go home and start again. I loved Conner and Nick and felt that their relationship with Margaux was so authentic and sweet. I really enjoyed learning all the ins and outs of th...more
Judy Collins
Loved this book! This was my first book by Shelley Noble (as I tend to stay with the authors I am comfortable with; however, like to branch out when I see a cover or summary, I feel drawn to). I read Beach Colors on my NOOK, and it captured me from the first chapter! I started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday, as loved the characters (Mags, Nick, Connor, the moms, and of course the BFFs! The setting was a big draw as love beach towns and the excitement of the designers. A captivating sto...more
ARC Giveaway & Book Review: We’re participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop. When I saw the cover for Beach Colors by Shelley Noble, it made me think of the beach we visited every year when I was growing up. Since I was looking for good beach reads, what better than a novel about the beach, right? Shelley Noble is actually a pseudonym for Shelley Freydont, who has written a number of very popular mysteries. Beach Colors is not a mystery. It’s classified as women’s fiction instead. R...more
Margaux Sullivan is a successful designer in New York when her husband of 13 years empties their bank account, takes all of their assets, and disappears. This bankrupts her company, and forces her to lose her home. She goes home to Crescent Cove to stay in her family's beach house to decide what direction her life should take. Her mother and childhood friends are there to support her, and she falls for the town's sheriff, Nick. She soon finds design inspiration in her new location. I had fun rea...more
This was a decent book. I really liked parts of the story, but didn't care for the way the ending played out. It seemed rushed at the end. I didn't think the writing flowed well in some spots... Some sentences seemed awkwardly written. Overall it was a quick fun read though.
Great story about finding yourself whether it may be at home or far away. Teaches us all that beauty can come from diaster.
Margaux Sullivan is a famous designer until her husband steals her money and disappears. She returns home to her small coastal town, rediscovers herself and learns to love again.

This was a nice, easy, summer read. I loved the main characters. Margaux is able to reinvent herself after being devastated and humiliated. Nick gives up his life and helps his orphaned nephew come to terms with his personal tragedy. The compassion both main characters display is heartwarming. And, a good beach setting...more
Kelly Lynn
Really enjoyed this one. The beautiful setting always helps, but the characters, both main and secondary were likeable and made me care about their journeys. Both Margaux and Nick face circumstances that could make them bitter and completely cynical, yet they aren't jaded and beaten down. And I'm admittedly not a fan of children in books, but I adored Connor. He abosolutely brought something to the story. I was sad to see this one end because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to all of the character...more
Andrea Strickland
Beach Colors is a very enjoyable, easy read....would be perfect for vacation. I decided to read it because I'm obsessed with the coast. This novel takes place in a small coastal down in Conneticut.

I found the characters very authentic and likeable. The plot was a little predicable, but inventive enough to keep it interesting. The author creates a modern day love story full of real life complications and self revelations.

I will not hestiate to add more novels by this author to my reading list.
I received this book as an advanced readers copy. Because I thoroughly enjoy novels of this type, I immersed myself in the text, but in the first 75 pages or so, I feared 'Beach Colors' might move a little slow as the author introduced each of the characters. But shortly thereafter I appreciated main character Margaux Sullivan's passion for her work as she decided how she would pick up the pieces after a failed marriage and
her misfortune at losing her business. This was a great summer read.
A little slow on the upstart, but once the story got moving it was good! I really got into these characters! Loved the dynamics between Margaux and Nick! Despite both their stubbornness they came together really well! I'd love to see more of them. The girls from Margaux's childhood need stories of their own. I need to know about Bri and Grace's futures. They deserve their own HEA. I think jake needs a HEA as well. They are all such loyal friends. I can't wait for more.
This is an enjoyable beach/airplane book about a fashion designer who returns to the beach home where she summered as a child. She has lost her business and her money to a crook of a (soon-to-be ex) husband and comes to the beach to heal. The story is totally predictable - fall in love with her old crush, reinvent herself as a different type of designer, and reconnect with old friends. The story is a nice, light diversion.
Jeanette Meissner
Okay, I admit I like chick-lit. I needed an easy and quick read after the last book. I would rate this 3.5 stars and would read more by this author. It is a typical romance, with no surprises, but I am not going to get into the story as you can read it yourself. I finished it in one evening, but it was a choice of reading or watching the Masters. Since I'm not a huge golf fan, it seemed like a logical choice.
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Shelley Noble is a multi published fiction author whose books have been translated into seven languages. She writes women’s fiction as Shelley Noble and is also the author of several amateur sleuth mystery series, written as Shelley Freydont.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She also consults on various dance a...more
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