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A Beach Wish

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  26 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble returns to the beach in her latest summer read about the family we create and the wishes we make that can shape us.

Zoe Bascombe has never said no to her family. When she blew her Juilliard audition, she caved to their wishes and went to business school. But when her mother dies and leaves instructions for Zoe to spread her as
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Published June 25th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Shelley Noble has crafted the PERFECT summer read. Intriguing well developed characters. A beautiful beach setting. Plenty of family drama. And even a dash of romance. I love stories like this that completely whisk you away into the lives of the characters in the book. Zoe finds herself in a small New England town. She is there to spread her mothers ashes, but why would her mom want her ashes in a place that the family has never heard of? We all know our parents had a lif
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Zoe took a quick last look in her rearview mirror, where her family appeared as a perfectly framed photo for a bare second before dispersing out of frame. Like an Etch A Sketch drawing turned upside down.

Actually I’m, uh, working remotely.” Just a little white lie. Just reshuffle the words and you had “I’m not remotely working.”

A feud, star-crossed lovers, an angry old rock star, and a missing hotel proprietor—it’s just like Shakespeare in the Park without the mosqui
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading books about the beach during the summer. This was much more than a beach read - it was the story about family and love and a fun book to read. There were a lot of characters and I think some of them could have been left out with no problem but I was able to keep up with all of the main characters. My favorite had to be Zoe. She was on a quest to fulfill her mother's final wish and even though it made absolutely no sense to her why her mother wanted her ashes scattered on a beach t ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Shelley Noble always writes great books about family relationships. I always consider her when I need a good book for the beach, pool or easy chair. Appealing location with great characters.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

A Beach Wish is purely delightful women’s fiction. Or chick lit. Some of the women who move forward with their lives in the course of this story are young enough to be figuring their lives out for the first time. And some are on their way to second, third or even fourth inventions of self. And one who might be on fifth or sixth – except that she fails, again.

That’s only part of the story.

As so many stories begin, to paraphrase Charles Dickens in his immorta
Andrea Guy
Shelly Noble is becoming one of my "summer" authors. I find myself always reading her latest at this time of year.

This book was a bit of an emotional read for me and it was slow going because of it. That's just me. I just lost my mother this past Oct and any book that involves the death of a parent, especially a mother is hard for me to read, no matter how good it is.

When Zoe's mom dies, she discovers that her mother has kept some secrets. She finds that out when she has to take her mom's ashes
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was able to read this beach read at the beach – it doesn’t get much better than that, does it? This is my second book by Ms. Noble; I had previously read her Stargazey Point. In A Beach Wish the reader is introduced to Zoe, a young woman who loves music but failed at her goal to get into Juilliard so is now just treading water through her life. Then her mother dies which rocks her world. Her mother leaves instructions for Zoe to scatter her ashes at a place called Wind Chime Beach. A place tha ...more
Bruna Looby
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I devoured this book over the course of two days. It is such a pleasant story and the whole time I was reading it, I wished I could transport myself to Wind Chime Beach. Shelley Noble did an amazing job describing the city and the lovely hippie commune around it.

Zoe’s mom, Jenny, passed away and left a letter with her last wishes: she wants Zoe to spread her ashes at Wind Chime Beach. Zoe has no idea where this place is and how her mom knows about it.
As soon as Zoe gets to this small city in New
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On April 6, 2019, I received the book A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble for free through Goodreads First Reads. This author is one I have never read before, so I wanted to try a new author and the book sounded very interesting. I guessed the premise of the book; however, it was very convenient that all the brothers (Errol, Robert, and Chris) were married or in relationships so the unmarried sister who is a dead ringer for the mother went on the quest by herself. I did enjoy when Chris showed up. Som ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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I was lucky enough to win A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble on Goodreads. I thought this was a nice, relaxing read with some family drama thrown into it. Zoe’s mother passed away and left her instructions to spread her ashes on Wind Chime Beach. Zoe had never heard of this place and had no idea why her mother would make such a request. When she finally arrives, she is shocked to learn that she has family there..including a sister! The story was good, but it was a slow read for me. The c
Phyllis Pisanelli
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. I will have to admit right off the bat that I am a sucker for books dealing with mothers and daughters losing their mothers. They usually tend to be tear jerkers for me. I lost my mom 22 years ago and it is something you never get over. When the main character is chosen to scatter her mother's ashes, I knew I was going to shed a few tears. If a book is able to pull raw emotion right out of you, it is going to be a good book and one that I would highly recommend. There ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect summer read. A story of wonder and family dynamics. Zoe is an incredibly strong character. You can't help but feel her emotions as your own. What would you do if you found out you had a whole other family. Not just any family,one that is full of crazy drama and years of pent up anger.
Wind chime beach sounds like a beautiful place for loved ones to be laid to rest and remembered. I can hear the chimes in the breeze!
Deborah Morgan
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful novel about finding a new family and the old family. Healing, loving, and family are the main ingredients in this novel where Zoe goes to fulfill her mother's dying wishes and finds a whole different side of her mother she had never known.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Janet Friesner
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read. So good. Another book that will be on my reread list. Highly recommend it.
Lynne Evans
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Another great read by Shelley Noble.
Stacey Lechner
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
A good entertaining story with a beautiful beach setting in a small town. Full of mystery and intrigue. A nice relaxing read. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Most of the characters are likable and have growth. It’s a good story about an unconventional family.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book!
Carla C Wallace
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great characters and an intriguing plot. I enjoyed this book.
Robin Turilli
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was so heartwarming!
Betty Johnson
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, hard to put down. Fast paced, lots of characters that made this fun to read as well as inspirational.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this family drama.
Book provided by William Morrow Paperbacks in exchange for my honest review.
When Zoe Bascombe’s mother dies Zoe specifically is tasked with scattering her ashes at a place she’s never heard of – without the help of her brothers. Being at loose ends professionally at the moment makes it easy for her to comply with her mother’s wishes even though her brothers are annoyed at not being included at their mother’s request. Zoe isn’t prepared for what she finds when she arrives at her destination. Once
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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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