Author(s): Shelley Noble
Series: Whisper Beach #1.5
Published by William Morrow on October 17, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Format: arc, ebook
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.
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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.