Review: Christmas at Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Christmas at Whisper Beach by Shelley NobleTitle: Christmas at Whisper Beach
Author: Shelley Noble
Series: Whisper Beach #1.5
Published by William Morrow on October 17, 2017
Pages: 165
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Edelweiss
Format: arc, ebook
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Rating:
Heat Level: two-half-flames

The holidays always seem brighter at Whisper Beach
Van Moran is ready for happily ever after, even if she’s not quite convinced she can get it. After finally opening a second branch of her company in Whisper Beach, she’s enjoying her new romance with Joe Enthorpe, the local vineyard owner. She may never have a traditional family, but she won’t let that stop her from having a joyful Christmas.
Joe is ready to spend a very merry Christmas with Van and his always rambunctious family. But when the mother of a local boy becomes tragically ill, Joe invites him and his sisters to stay at the vineyard. Everything soon begins to unravel as Joe fears the complications will drive Van away and he’s desperate to keep their relationship from crumbling.
But with every Christmas comes a miracle and soon, Van and Joe learn that it isn’t always about the family you make, but the one that lives in your heart.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I received an arc courtesy of the publisher. I was in the mood for a Christmas story, so when I was offered a copy by the publisher for review, I decided to try it.  I did not realise it was part of a series, until I was ready to read the book. However, I had no trouble following the story.

Christmas at Whisper Beach is a continuation of Van and Joe’s romance. Van is settling in to her new life with Joe but she has issues, which were a product of her past she needed to overcome. Issues, which had the potential to derail the life she has built with Joe. Thank goodness, for Joe’s family who opened their hearts and home to her. This act of kindness and acceptance helped in her journey towards healing.

Joe’s love for Van shined through the pages of the story.  His actions proved how much he cared for her. He had big plans for her for the Christmas However these plans would be tested when he took in three children, whose mom became ill, for the Christmas holidays.

I enjoyed the camaraderie Joe shared with his family. I loved how they included Van and made her feel liked she belonged.  I loved that family and Christmas traditions were the highlight of the story. It brought back childhood memories of Christmas.

The ending was a huge disappointment.  Not only was it abrupt, but it left me with many questions.

Conclusion and Recommendation

Overall, an ok read. I will be picking up a copy of the first book in the series so I can learn how Joe and Vans’ story began. Looking for a heart-warming Christmas story, Christmas at Whisper Beach will give you all the feels of Christmas.

 

About Shelley Noble

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 and theatre projects, most recently the world premiere of a full length Tom Sawyer ballet commissioned by Kansas City Ballet. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She lives near the New Jersey shore. In her spare time she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and boardwalks with vintage carousels.

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20 responses to “Review: Christmas at Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble

  1. That’s disappointing about the end. I have this one coming up on my reading list though I haven’t read the first one either. I’m glad to hear that it’s no problem to follow the story but that’s too bad about the abrupt ending. Thanks for the heads up. Maybe it won’t bother me quite as much if I’m prepared.

  2. glad you were able to read this despite missing the first book, it does seem like it needed tho in order to connect to the relationship. Guessing the ending was abrupt due to next book? but i still don’t like that

  3. It sounds cute, but bummer the ending was disappointing. Maybe its supposed to tease the reader to get the next book (which is not cool, either).

  4. I just adore it when there is a strong family focus in a story and mix that in with great Christmas elements….SIGN ME UP!! 🙂 Great review darling.