July 16, 2017

The Beach at Painter's Cove. Shelley Noble

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Published:William Morrow
Date: June 15th 2017
Pages: 432
Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Source: Publisher
4 stars            Add to Goodreads
The Whitaker family’s Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at The Muses.

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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 grandmother Leo in hospital and her aunt Fae trying to hold things together.  

Fortunately for Issy she has good friends in Chloe and Ben, who are there at every turn as Issy tries to deal with the situation she finds at the house. Worse is yet to come, its possible the house will need to be sold and her rather selfish mother, sister and uncle are yet to descend on her.

I liked Issy, she is responsible and ultimately caring, she loves her grandmother and aunt and wants to do right by them. She has reservations and anxieties about being sent from the house and the memories she has of her own childhood. Yet she seems to be the most rounded human being in her family.

Another character that I felt sympathy for was Fae, she appears to be well a little fay, she is arty and a little out of the ordinary, but her heart too was in the right place and she has made sacrifices for the good of others.  I liked especially how she could see where twelve year old Stephanie was coming from and was able to connect with her in a special way. I totally agreed with Fae's final choice.

There is plenty of family drama, some mystery, a tiny amount of romance and some growth for most of the characters.  Living in the Whitaker family would never be dull.

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  1. I would like to meet Faye the most :)

  2. Family dynamics, for better or for worst, is infinitely interesting. I love the sound of this book.

  3. I have always rooted for an underdog.

  4. I think Fae could have her own book!

  5. Drama and mystery are right up my alley. :)

    Thanks for another great review.

  6. This sounds like the perfect beach read. Thanks for sharing your review.

  7. This book sounds very tempting. I am a fan of multi-generational stories...and love the idea of the family with the big old house that supports creative people and is a haven for artists. I also like how the family is messed up and relatable. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I really enjoyed this one and was especially intrigued by Fae. She was such an interesting character. I really liked how Noble redeemed characters. I didn't think Izzy's mother (blanking on her name) had any hope of me liking her but at the end I really did!


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