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Monday, June 15, 2015

(48)Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble

Vanessa "Van" Moran left Whisper Beach twelve years ago and hasn't once looked back.  Now she feels compelled to go home for the funeral of her cousin's husband.  Van thinks she can just go and make an appearance then head off to her much needed vacation at a ritzy resort.   She should have known though, that her friends would spot her and suck her back into the life of small Jersey shore town.   Her friends talk her into staying for a few days and she finds herself back at Dorie's, the restaurant owner, turned boss, turned friend and mother figure to Van and her friends.  Van runs into her old flame, Joe. Joe was the love of her life and the man she left when she ran away all those years ago.  Will he be able to forgive her and will she be able to forgive herself?

Whisper Beach is a book about friendships, love, and redemption.  Set along the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Sandy we get to see what Hurricane Sandy left behind.    While Van left the Jersey Shore for bigger and better, her friends stayed behind.  I will be honest.  I didn't really find myself connecting with any of the characters. I don't know if I am in a book slump and it is just my mood or what, but I just found myself going through the motions with this one.   Van was a likable enough character, but I just didn't find myself wanting to know - or even caring about - what happened that sent her running.  I was expecting something salacious, but the truth was a bit boring. I didn't ever really feel the connections between Van and her friends.  Usually the friendship bond can strike a chord with me, but not this time.  It just felt flat to me.

Bottom line - it is entirely possible that my thoughts on this book could just be me being in a slump, but this was not a book that I connected with at all.  I would love to hear feedback from others that have read Whisper Beach.  Was it just me?