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Forever Beach

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,321 ratings  ·  140 reviews
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 Elin Hilde ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Forever Beach by Shelley Noble is a 2016 William Morrow publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As other reviewers have pointed out, this book cover suggests this novel is one you might pack up for a day at the beach. This story is not a typical ‘beach read’, as the subject matter is much weightier.

However, one I finished the book, I understood why the cover was perfect for this story and how important the beach outings became for Sarah,
Andrea Guy
This is a book that you probably shouldn't judge by the cover. If you do, you might think you are getting a beach read. This is not a beach read, unless you are a lucky person that can hold back tears. I'm not. By page 25 I was crying and that was only just the beginning.

This book is heartbreaking at times and nerve wracking. I'm not usually one for books that make me nervous, but I became emotionally invested in Sarah and Leila's story and I really wanted to find out what happened to the letter
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
WARNING: This is not a light, fluffy beach read despite the cover unless you want to sit on the hot beach, totally immersed in a book and crying your eyes out.

What this is, is a fantastic book about love and family and friendship. Sarah grew up in the foster care system and stayed there until she aged out at 18. She is in the process of adopting 4 year old Leila, until the girl's biological mother decides that she wants her back. Sarah tries to work within the system, despite the fact that Leila
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Loved this story! While the cover may give you the impressions that this is a light and fluffy beach read, don't let first impressions fool you. This story will have you personally invested after the first few pages and wanting to read way past sundown. It's the story of one girls journey through the foster system, the people she met along the way, and her desire to adopt and save the life of a child.

I won this book through a GR giveaway and I'm happy I did.

Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was in places a touchy subject but it was all about relationships, my favorite kind of books. Sarah was raised in the foster care system. As an adult of 18, she finally found a home with an older gentleman, Sam, who took her in and taught her all he knew about clock repair and also about how to love and trust. Now she is trying to adopt a child from the system whose mother is a drug addict who has already tried to get her daughter back twice and the system decides ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to HarperCollins and LibraryThing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review to follow.
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
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 g
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feels, i-recommend
Started a little slow but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. I liked the character development even though sometimes I was so frustrated with the story between Ilona and Sarah, but I also think that's part of the reason I couldn't stop reading. Overall I loved this book! And 5 stars for making me cry at the end there. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I took this on vacation thinking it was a light beach read. I had not read the reviews ahead of time. Good thing I didn't get to it on vacation because it was actually a story dealing with deep and emotional subjects - foster care and adoption. While I didn't find it to be a tear jerker, it definitely pulled at my heartstrings. The story did drag on a bit - probably could have cut about 100 pages out of it. But I did enjoy it and getting a better understanding of what it means to be in the foste ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this down. Life intervened but it was a heart-warming book, even though the adoption process was stalled by a drug addicted biological mother. I might try more of Shelley Noble's books. ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m not sure why I finished this book. These characters faced the same issues and complained about those issues for 398 pages. Only the last 5 pages did things magically come together. Which these whiners didn’t deserve. Added insult to injury.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not a light, beach read.The story is about 2 girls who grow up in the foster system.That being said, I loved it!
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I think the meaning behind this book is right on. It clearly portrays what is wrong with the adoption system these days, where we are forcing kids to go back in to homes with unfit parents and then bad things happen. The characters were well defined, but there is so mich going on with this book that you have to really stop and think what is occurring and who is the author talking about at the moment. I think this book was poorly written, and could have been wrapped up in about 100 pages less. Se ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Forever Beach is the story of Sarah, a former foster child who is waiting to finalize the adoption of her foster daughter, Leila. Without notice, Leila’s biological mother decides she wants her daughter back. Sarah, who is certain the mother is still using drugs, leaps to action in order to save Leila. Along with her caseworker, she hires Ilona Cartwright, a high powered and successful family attorney. When the two meet, Sarah realizes Ilona is actually Nonie… the young girl she grew up with in ...more
Normally, I wouldn't have picked up this book from the library, but thanks to a library mystery book drawing, I got to try something very different than what I'm normally reading.

This is the story of a woman who aged out of the foster system, found a home for herself as an adult, and then wanted to be a foster parent herself. Sarah has a foster daughter at the start of the book, Leila, and is having trouble with the foster system and Leila's biological mother. This also follows a social worker n
Toni Laliberte
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. At times heartbreaking, then heartwarming, sad, then happy. Great character development, plot, setting and a fantastic ending. The main character Sarah is a tough as nails woman, yet is still a broken child underneath. She's lucky to be surrounded by such loving friends and advocates. The author did an amazing job in describing the sad, hard world, of child protective services, but there are triumphs to celebrate, as well. This is one of the best books I've read in a w ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" Fix the Now "

Fix the Now is a piece of advice I will always have in my mind when I have any decision to make. The story is a wonderful reprepresentation of how inadequate our child protection services really are. Too many abused children in foster care who are still being abused and unloved. Shelley Noble made me think about things I knew were going on, but would not really think about because it would hurt too much. The adopting mother and child were so real that it made me cry. That is unusu
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning this book drew me in. The characters' pasts quickly revealed the connection to the present. It is truly a love story about how much a mother is willing to do to protect her child as she is going through the adoption process. Having known someone very close and the trials she faced with her own family and adoption, this book made me even more emotional and connected to the mother in this book. ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
When I picked this book up, I thought it was going to be a light beach read based on this cover. It was clear within the first few pages of the book that there was much more story within these pages than a light beach read. And that's okay, because I like stories that have some meat to them.

Forever Beach is the story of Sarah and Leila. Leila has been fostered by Sarah for a while now, several years, and is going through the adoption process. Leila's birth mother had seven children and a histor
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that will bring tears, as well as smiles. A story of love, and redemption, and how a grown foster child, Sarah has to recognize and adjust from feeling unwanted, while helping a little girl, Leila survive the chaotic life she was and still is in with a drug-addicted Mother. I enjoyed it, but also got mad at the courts and child protection agencies that think they know best.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Colors and Breakwater Bay comes this heart
I knew at the beginning of this book that I'd give it a 5 star rating. This book and all the players in it had me entirely invested. I read it through my own filter of my adoption process when I adopted my children. If the author didn't have personal experience, then she did a very thorough investigation of the topic and processes.

Sarah and Nonie/Ilona had a story interwoven into the main story and it all fit into the main story. Then, to add Wyatt to the story of Sarah then Leila and the dynami
Teri Parks
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Every once in a while you come across a book that enlightens you with the reality of life and pulls on your heart strings. Forever Beach is such a story.

Don’t let the cover fool you, for this is not a “beach read”. It is, what I can only imagine, the harsh reality of the foster care and adoption process in our country. I have absolutely no doubt that our system is understaffed and very vulnerable. And, I will adamantly admit, it takes a special kind of person who can handle the emotional aspect
Therese Wiese
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book caught my attention because of the premise - a woman who had gone through the foster care system trying to adopt a young child. I think the author did a great job in showing multiple sides of this process - things that happen to children going through the system, overworked but passionate social services folks, attorneys and lawyers on both sides of the equation, the great importance of the friends you surround yourself with. The main character Sarah frustrated me, as she was both stro ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a while to get into this, but by the end, I couldn't put it down. It's hard not to become engrossed in this story, which centers on former foster kid Sarah and her foster daughter Leila. Sarah is about to adopt Leila when her biological mother re-enters the picture, which destabilizes the little girl and creates a number of relationship challenges for the adults in the book. One of the characters is a children's social worker, and there's a moving subplot about some particularly vulne ...more
Sharyn King
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a book that really pulled me in and I had a hard time putting down. This book was primarily about the relationships between Sarah, her foster child, Leila, and her boyfriend, Wyatt and the previously severed relationship between Sarah and her foster sister who appears in her life again. But there were also the relationships between Sarah and her friends; Sarah and Sam, a deceased father figure with whom she finally showed her love; Reesa and her job; Reese and her ...more
Mindy J
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would have read this book in one day had I not been working . I loved loved this book . It tore at my heart and yet restored hope . I get living life from a place of fear, trust issues and insecurity. In that regard I understood the main female character Sarah . I have no idea what it is like to be a foster kid or to be adopted but I understand how it can scar you .

That being said ; this was an eye opener to the child protection , social services , foster / adopting world and the children and
Brenda Wharton
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story of Sarah and Nonie... two girls who grew up in the foster care system. Both were adopted out in middle school and they promised to write every day. When they grow up, Sara lives in town and ends up trying to adopt a little girl out of the foster care system. Adoption is almost complete when the birth mom tries to get her back. Nonie was also adopted and lives in town. She goes by a different name has become a high priced extremely successful lawyer. A mutual friend asks her to take a l ...more
Diane Miness
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deeply emotional and powerful story about a young foster child and the young woman who is fostering her, on a track to adoption. The story details the struggles both mother (who was a foster child herself) and child go through as the child's 'bio' mother tries to get her back. It's a quite graphic look into the lives of children who go into the system through Child Protective Services as a result of neglect and abuse or parental drug/other problems and both the happy and not so happy endings f ...more
A story about family. What makes a family unit? It's not necessarily the typical "nuclear unit" of husband, wife and children especially these days. The impact of living life not being loved literally or just never allowing oneself to love others or be loved in return is immense. Recovering from the emotional toll is not easy and really requires other people to provide a needed support system. This story brings to life the truth of these issues. It's not easy but the struggle is worth the effort ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start to review this book....because there's so many feelings going through my mind. I 100% could put myself in any of these people's shoes. It was realistic, raw, emotional and all too real. It made me angry, it made me happy and it's a realistic look from CPS, adoption, chemical dependency and the cruel world that happens. I am a social worker and work with kids so it hit home on many levels. Cheers for a happyish ending as I know for the kid in the book (or in life) is g ...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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