The Beach At Painter’s Cove by Shelley Noble

  • Title:  The Beach At Painter’s Cove
  • Author:  Shelley Noble
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Pages:  432
  • Published:  June 2017 – William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Source:  Publisher

My take:  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 dynamics, intrigue, and general misunderstandings that work into the plot of this multi-generational story. Despite all that, she reconnects with old friends, her grandmother and great-aunt, and a delightful niece who seems to share a lot in common with Issy.

The novel is filled with interesting characters, a lovely setting, and the lesson that change is not always a bad thing. I enjoy a good family drama and that’s exactly what I got with Shelley Noble’s The Beach at Painter’s Cove. A book club guide is included.

About the author:

Shelley Noble is a former professional dancer and choreographer. She most recently worked on the films Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.


20 thoughts on “The Beach At Painter’s Cove by Shelley Noble

  1. Love your take on this and thank goodness I have this one! I am so in the mood for beachy books!


  2. It fascinates me how many books are set in and around the art world at the moment.

    Not a book that shouts read me but then again not a book that I wouldn’t pick up if I were to see it in the library or charity shop. It’s just not a book I could see myself buying.


  3. Reading this one at the moment and waiting to see where Dan and the money is!! I feel like some one should open a “Give a Little” page for the family!!


  4. Sounds like something I would love.

    Thanks for sharing. I am reading a similar family drama book. 🙂 THE SUMMER HOUSE by Hannah McKinnon.

    Thanks for sharing, Mary.

    Nice review as always.


  5. Hi Mary,

    Whilst this probably isn’t one for me, I was really impressed when I visited the author’s page at Goodreads.

    Although not part of an actual series, all of Shelley’s books seem to have a beach themed storyline and the cover art looks amazing when viewed together.

    Happy Summer Reading 🙂



  6. I like family stories. They are invariably slightly either dysfunctional or have an eccentric character or two thrown in. Makes for very good reading.


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