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The Beach at Painter's Cove

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,629 ratings  ·  174 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach comes another heartwarming story of four generations of women who reunite in their crumbling family mansion by the sea for a dramatic summer filled with love, family, secrets and sisterhood.

The Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, ext
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Published June 13th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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A chicken-soup-for-the-soul-read. And yes, another template-read.

Muses By The Sea, the dilapidated once graceful old neo-Gothic family mansions accommodated the four generations of the lacrymose Whitaker women one summer to face their history and crisis. For the rest you can read the blurb.

Why I loved this book: it had substance...depth...soul...atmosphere...memories to behold. The Whitakers were crazy and wild, they were lost and found. But most of all, the Whitaker women had heart.

The noncon
The Beach at Painter's Cove by Shelley Noble brings us into the lives of the Whitaker family in an old family mansion. It is a multi-generational family, a little unusual and certainly dysfunctional, and very certainly not ordinary.

Issy is called home from her work in a museum by her young niece Mandy. She and her brother and sister Stephanie have been dropped off at their great - grandmother's house by their mother who has then disappeared. Arriving home Issy finds bills unpaid and her grandmot
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
THE BEACH AT PAINTER'S COVE by Shelley Noble is a tale about the Whitaker family, of a summer when truths are revealed and feuds are addressed. It all starts with Issy's sister, Vivianne, leaving her children at the Muses by the Sea, the Whitaker family's Connecticut mansion and letting Issy and Vivianne's grandmother, Leo, take care of them. Just as Jillian left Vivianne and Issy with Leo when they were little. But, then Leo is taken ill and is taken to the hospital and Vivianne's children fran ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Issy’s world turns upside down when she receives a frantic call from her eight year old niece. Her mother left her and her two siblings with their grandmother at the family estate. Their grandmother had to be hospitalized and now the children had no one to care for them. The only one they could call is Issy.

She immediately leaves her NYC job as a museum designer and rushes to the mansion in Connecticut to get the whole story. She got way more than she bargained for. It seems her sister and her h
Dale Harcombe
Issy has a successful life as a museum exhibit coordinator in New York. Her job takes her to lots of places. It also means she doesn’t get back often to the rambling mansion where she was brought up and her grandmother and Aunt Fae who were really the only family she ever known. But when she receives a desperate phone call to say her grandmother Leo (short for Leonore) is in hospital and her nieces and nephew Steph, Mandy and Griffin, are at the Whitaker mansion, the Muses and under threat of be ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts
Muses by the Sea is a special place, a mansion and grounds open to artists for years. But the family has all gone their separate ways leaving Leo (Grammy) and her sister-in-law Fae all on their own. Until a phone call from the police brings 4 generations of women home.

This was the summer beach read I have been waiting for. Family drama with mystery and romance too.

Issy had not been back home in years, she even missed her grandfather’s funeral, which was not her fault. But when
Chatting About
This is a wonderful story of four generations of women coming together to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future. The author paints a vivid story in a beautiful setting. It's so engrossing I didn't want to put it down and I loved, loved it!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
"The Beach at Painter's Cove" interested me because I love "big old house books on the shore with multi generations of women". Throw in a little mystery, money problems and art and I'm in!
I have to say this was pretty lousy, the house really was just a minor character when it should've been the star and the two matriarchs went way beyond eccentric to just plain bat-shit crazy. The author failed miserably with these two old ladies who are selfish, entitled and really just a couple of tir
Pamela Barrett
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel has so much that I love: a private beach cove, an old rambling mansion full of art that once was the hub for a community of funky artists and flamboyant characters, add in good friends, a dysfunctional family, and a mystery wrapped around an epic love story.
The hub of the story is the 2 eldest surviving members of the Whitaker family, they own Muses by the Sea, a former renowned artists colony which in present day is falling into disrepair. Leo is the grandmother and her sister-in-la
Chanel Cleeton
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful and moving story of love and family set on a magical stretch of beach in Connecticut. The perfect summer read!
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Beach At Painters Cove
Shelley Noble

What it's all about...

The Whittakers and various descendants have lived in this massive mansion by the sea that has always...or rather in its golden years...always...been filled with artists, actors, famous people and sometimes even tragedy. The problem now is that someone has stolen the millions of dollars that were put into a trust. This family owes everyone. Leo...the matriarch...lives in another world and her sister in law and granddaughter Issy are t
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelley Noble's new book, THE BEACH AT PAINTER'S COVE is about four generations of the Whitaker women coming together again for a summer of dysfunction, secrets, drama, and love. This was my introduction to Shelley Noble and I really enjoyed it!

The Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, was one a haven for artists. It was never short on creativity, extravagance, or the occasional scandal. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read several of this author's books, but this one was by far my favorite. Dysfunctional family, one of my favorite genres. An artist haven called Muses by the Sea set seaside in Connecticut owned and operated by the terribly dysfunctional Whitaker family. Engrossing and enjoyable read. Perfect beach read, or if you can't physically be at the beach, a nice way to visit anyway!
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beach at Painter’s Cove is the story of the Whitakers – a wealthy and eccentric New England family who are on the brink of losing the fabled Muses by the Sea mansion. Through the decades Muses hosted the most notable stars of the art world – a place where artists could practice their craft or just get away and be themselves.

Granddaughter Issy will go down fighting in order to keep her grandmother’s home in the family. That’s not the only issue she’ll face. There are also frustrating family d
Renee Rosen
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon! In the meantime, please add to your shelves--it's wonderful!
Stephanie Kline
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
For me, this book warrants somewhere between a 2.5 and 3 star review. I'm opting for 3 stars because I actually enjoyed the ending, but the rest of the story was really just okay for me. This is my first time reading this author, and while I was looking for a light-hearted, easy summer read about family, friendships, and love... this fell pretty flat. Still, a sweet ending often makes up for the rest, at least in part.

The novel starts with our main character, Issy (horrible name) receiving a ph
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The Whitaker family mansion in seaside Connecticut was a once-famous artists' colony, and Issy loved growing up there with her grandparents. But her family is a hot mess, and in Shelley Noble's The Beach at Painter's Cove (William Morrow, digital galley), she's left to pick up the pieces when her selfish sister Viv drops off her three kids  with ailing grandmother Leo and disappears. Eccentric Aunt Fae can't be counted on, and Issy's mother, film actress Jillian, is off in Europe with h
Chris Conley
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book. Characters who feel real.
Debbie Love
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this story, the author was very descriptive (but not overly so) and the storyline moved along nicely. I was a little disappointed that there were a few issues that went either unresolved or had vague resolutions, but overall I would recommend this book, it is a nice, easy read.
I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the premise of this book but it repeated itself a lot. And overall nothing really happened.
Marta Ratliff
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never read Shelley Noble before. Thought this book was well written and the ending brought tears to my eyes. Now I will read all of her books!!!!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved this one.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story of a dysfunctional family, with moments of despair and anger and finding ways to begin new relationships and accepting problems that arise as well as taking care of everything at the Muses By The Sea mansion, that was once a haven for artists.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach comes another heartwarming story of four generations of women who reunite in their crumbling family mansion by the sea for a dramatic summer filled with love, famil
It’s very difficult for me to review this book. Some parts I absolutely loved, but other parts, specifically the beginning, I completely hated. I couldn’t stand the beginning of this book. I didn’t really like any of the characters. Issy drove me insane; Leo was stuck in the past and was rather dull. She didn’t ever really do anything; her storyline was just her thinking about her late husband. I kind of felt like I was watching someone stare at a wall all day, and Aunt Fae was just weird. I kno ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has something for everyone, young and old. Four generations of women must work together to save not only the family home, Muses by the sea, but the family itself. Leo lives at Muses in Connecticut and when her granddaughter Vivienne dumps her three great grandchildren and disappears it's too much for her. Issy gets a phone call from the police that the children are alone when Leo ends up in the hospital. She drops everything in New York and gets to Connecticut to discover Vivienne's hu ...more
Just Commonly
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is strength when a story brings you to understand and see the growth in the characters. Shelley Noble's latest release, The Beach at Painter's Cove does just that. This book and I had a rocky start. Not that it wasn't well written, but it was the characters. I did not like them at all (not including the well grounded siblings, Ben and Chloe). None of the Whitaker family members made sense - more like the ones that just captures your attention (in a good way) kind. Nope. Yet, I kept reading ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Family drama and family love.

It's a book about 4 generations. Leo and Faye, sisters, who are missing the good old days when artists flocked to their house. They are getting old, the house is getting old. I really liked Faye, she was quite the character, lost in her dreams and not caring what others thought about her. While Leo was lost in her own mind at times, and not in a good way.

Jillian left her kids with her parents and concentrated on her Hollywood career. It did make it hard to like her
Hallie Szott
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This review is also posted on Book by Book.

A delightful and summer-y novel from Shelley Noble, The Beach at Painter’s Cove focuses its story on the Whitakers and their family home. A series of coincidental circumstances brings four Whitaker generations under the same roof, forcing them to uncover a few secrets as each character contributes personal issues to the family dysfunction. The story fills with great family drama, including bits of mystery, intrigue, romance, and magic, and seeing the in
Sara Strand
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this book. Immediately from the beginning of the book it reminded me of a Dorothea Benton Frank book and I basically start my summer reading with her latest, and this to me had a similar cast of characters. We have a flawed family, we have a gorgeous beach setting, and we have a summer to fix so much dysfunction- can we do it?

The best part about this is that it isn't just one or two generations, we have four generations trying to come together, we have these children who are e
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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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