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Whisper Beach

(Whisper Beach #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  4,224 ratings  ·  240 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors and Breakwater Bay comes this unforgettable story—reminiscent of Kristin Hannah’s beloved novels—of friends, loyalty, and love as three women who are reunited in the idyllic beach town where they grew up are forced to re-evaluate their bonds

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Vanessa Moran fell in love and lost h
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please note that I gave this book no stars. I had to round up on Goodreads since it doesn't allow you to not star a book.

This is a straight up terrible book showing that no matter what a man does, it's the woman's fault for not being understanding. Oh and there's a lesson in there somewhere that even if you are smart and successful, you need to give up what makes you happy in order to make a guy you haven't seen in 12 years happy because apparently men never relocate for women, ever. It's a fr
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
your average beach book, but the ending was just ended abruptly. ..I need closure
Jocelyn Johnson
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was incredibly slow. I can usually read a good book in 24-48 hours. I struggled finishing this one in a week. There is nothing interesting about the characters and the storyline is boring. I feel like there was lots of filler dialogue just to waste time getting to the predictable ending.
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher William Morrow & Company via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 16th 2015**

I write my thoughts with mixed emotions. On the one hand I love a story about estranged friends with secrets coming together to share and heal the past. On the other hand I had a difficult time with Vanessa through the majority of the book.

I will start
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Vanessa Moran fell in love and lost her virginity but not to the same boy. Pregnant, desperate, and humiliated, she fled friends and family and Whisper Beach, New Jersey, never breathing a word about her secret to anyone. She hasn’t been back since. Now a professional Manhattan organizer, she returns to the funeral of her best friend’s husband. She intends on just paying her respects and leaving—though she can’t deny she also wants the town to see how far sh ...more
Amy Trunkey
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by this author I had read. And Ioved the characters right away. But for as good as the book was and the detail the author went into about the main two characters the ending fell so flat. It wasn't quite the HEA but it wasn't quite a cliffhanger either. I'm not sure if she intends to write the other character stories and incorporate the rest of the story for Van and Joe into that one. I would love to spend more time in Whisper Beach and learning what happens to the rest of ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Vanessa (Van) Moran is a successful professional organizer living out her dream in New York City. She left her Jersey Shore beach town behind her along with all of the memories. In fact, she hasn't returned since that fateful night she suddenly. Her cousin's husband has unexpectedly died, so she has returned for his funeral. Her cousin, Gigi, used to be her best friend, but she hasn't seen her in years. There's also other people she's reunited with, such as, her good friend Suze, a struggling pr ...more
Arlene Hayman
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received ‘Whisper Beach’ as a Library Thing Early Reviewer Giveaway novel. Although the story is a noble one, I was unable to fully connect with the characters in the novel, causing the story to move along more slowly than I would have liked. The characters, which are not described in much detail, are all flawed in some way and are dealing with issues confronting them in the idyllic town of Whisper Beach. Van Moran, the successful owner of a Manhattan business organizing wealthy clients, retur ...more
Susan Peterson
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as a Facebook giveaway, and I'm very glad I did! I thought this was a wonderful book, about learning to live with the mistakes of the past, forgiving those who hurt you, and being able to move forward. Van ?Moran is a successful businesswoman, who abruptly left her home town and the people who loved her after a series of misadventures, misunderstandings, and a grave mistake on her part. When she returns many years later, she is confronted by her past, her former boyfriend, an abu ...more
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
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This is the first book I have ever read of this author. It was a good book, it had some surprise elements. It has had the typical romance, boy meets girl they fall in love ,separate and find their self falling in love again. On the whole it was a good read
Dawn Bagby
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book had NO CONCLUSIONS at the end. It had a slow start, but I did eventually become involved in the characters. Then there is NO RESOLUTION at the end. It is as if she finished her quota of pages and simply stopped writing. I was completely disappointed.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old friends and memories

Van Moran is coming back to Whiskey Creek where she grew up and ran away from twelve years ago. Pregnant and alone she goes to Manhattan and lived through a miscarriage with her friend Suze's help. Now they are back for the funeral of her cousin's husband.
Van was just going to slide through and go to Rohobath beach for vacation but her old boss where she worked at the Crab cafe guilts her into staying for a couple of days to get answers on why she disappeared without tell
When her cousin’s husband dies, Van reluctantly comes back to Whisper Beach, the place she fled from years before. After making a name and an personal organization business for herself in Manhattan, she thought she could just go to the funeral, pay her respects, and then go on a two week vacation. But, it turns out that Van can’t really ignore all the family and friends from her past and that she, as well as they, just might need some help organizing their lives.
This was just ok. The beginning w
Judy Churchill
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a delightful light, beach read. I read most of it on the plane to Hawaii. I was rooting for a happy (marriage and babies) but the author had a better one in mind. It was a hopeful ending.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light read with interesting characters and a good plot.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like the characters
Oct 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was a complete and utter waste of time. It is incredibly lengthy but does not even have a resolution to any of the issues. It is absolutely not a romance and you will be disappointed if you think it will turn into one. Also, if I wanted to waste my time reading about kitchen organization I would have bought a book about it.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to LibraryThing and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A long-time fan of talented Shelly Noble, she once again delivers a story from the heart, WHISPER BEACH, an ideal summer beach read of complex relationships and friendships.

Vanessa (Van) lived at Whisper Beach, an idyllic beach town, growing up with a difficult childhood-- her dad an abusive alcoholic and in addition, she blamed him for her mother’s accidental death. A cousin, Gigi gave her money
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelley Noble's Whisper Beach surprised me. I expected the typical summer book about women who reunite after twelve years, discovering romance and rediscovering friendship at a resort. It was anything but typical with a cast of characters that were grittier with more realistic problems than many of the characters in these type of books. Even the setting was a working class setting, the small-town diner and bars of a New Jersey town, as seen by the residents, not the tourists.

Vanessa Moran had es
Nancy Brady
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I received this novel as a First Reads Goodreads giveaway, but that in no way affects this review.

You can't go home again, or can you? For Van, this seems to be the truth behind her return to Whisper Beach. Reappearing after fifteen years (many thought she had died) for her cousin (and best friend) Gigi's husband's funeral, Van plans to leave right after the event. Unresolved issues from her past seem to overwhelm the girl, now a woman, who is otherwise in control and successful
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dragged too long. Not a good ending. Sorry I paid for the book.

Look up nothing good to say.
Poor review... stretch the story for nothing.

Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok

Bottom line - it is entirely possible that my thoughts on this book could just be me being in a slump, but this was not a book that I connected with at all.
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Good beach read... But It took time to get into the story.. it was very repetitive and a lot of dwelling on the same things... It was hard for me to really enjoy the characters and when I finally did the author just ends the book abruptly after all that went on!
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but was a bit disappointed with the ending. Maybe the author was setting it up for a sequel or series....
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: beach
it was ok. I liked the characters. Slow in spots, annoying in spots.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
All in all a good read, but a bit slow for my taste
Anne Pa.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book revolves around a character named Vanessa (Van) who returns home to her small town for a funeral and ends up staying for a while. Van has had a difficult childhood being raised by an alcoholic, negligent, verbally abusive father and runs off to New York after becoming pregnant by a one night stand. In New York, she manages to reinvent herself and become a successful business woman. Helping her to get on her feet was the help of a surrogate mom-type, Dorie and friends Suze and Gigi.

I co
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble is a lovely story of friendship and betrayal. It begins with a funeral and quickly becomes something else. Vanessa ran away 12 years earlier after she made a terrible mistake. She had a one-night stand and found herself pregnant. Her cousin, Gigi, gave her $2,000 to make her getaway. She fell asleep on the train and someone stole it. She arrived in New York City with $20. But, she made something of herself. Now she owns her own business and is thinking of expanding ...more
Hana Correa
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This seems to be the first novel in a series that follows Vanessa Moran, a young woman, who after fleeing her hometown of Whisper Beach has made a life as a successful organizational specialist in Manhattan. The death of her cousin’s husband brings her back to town after a 12 year absence in which most of the people who knew her thought she was dead. For Vanessa, better known as Van, ghosts of her past haunt her in every part of town. Expecting to embark on a 2 week vacation, Vanessa only intend ...more
“Whisper Beach” is a novel about two women, Van and Suze, who return to their hometown for the funeral of Gigi’s husband after being summoned by Dorie, their “surrogate mother.” Gigi is Van’s childhood friend and cousin, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Van fled from home 12 years earlier after a traumatic event involving her alcoholic father and her then boyfriend, Joe. In the subsequent years, Van started her own successful home organization business in Manhattan but she never resolved lingering ...more
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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

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