Today I bring you Breakwater Bay by Shelley Noble. This contemporary romance is set in Rhode Island, and is a perfect beach read. I also have an excerpt, and you can enter the tour-wide giveaway here where you could be one of FIVE winners of a print copy of Breakwater Bay. Please be sure to check the other tour stops to see what others think about the book and to read more excerpts.
I’ll jump at the chance to read stories from New England, mostly because I am familiar with the area and do miss being able to be at the shore or the mountains in under an hour. Shelley Noble’s new release is set in Rhode Island, and uses the feel and power of the sea to great effect.
Merielle is very much in touch with history: as a well-regarded restoration professional who specializes in paint and decorative details, her work to reclaim the glory of the original finishes on famous and not so famous grand houses is a constant delight. Additionally, her family is well-grounded in the history of the state, her family having been rooted along the coast for generations. Constants in Meri’s life are her family and Aiden, her grandmother’s neighbor.
Aiden is also the son of a long standing Rhode Island family, and lives in their ‘great house’ in land that abuts Meri’s family land. Aiden is a well-regarded illustrator and all-around great guy but for his obsession with his solitary state. A bad marriage and even worse relationship with his ex-wife, as well as longstanding issues from his mother’s desertion years ago have him needing and wanting connections even as he runs from them. All of them but Meri. Years ago he made a promise to watch out for her, and in his mind, that little boy is still required to take care of her, of things, of everyone.
On Meri’s 30th birthday, everything changes when a long held secret is revealed. Not only does Meri start to reexamine her entire life and who she believed she was, she is grappling with an attraction to Aiden that she cannot deny. With several twists and inclusions as people pop in and out, some insets of the process of restoring old houses and a touch of the flavor of grand summer ‘cottages’ built for society’s elite, there is plenty here…but not until the last third of the book.
Meri is a bit of an immature woman, sometimes too passive and at other times to heedlessly headstrong. While the secret of her birth was understandably shocking, there were some things that did not change one bit: her family was still there to embrace and support her, her friends relied on her, and her work was always in demand. But she can’t or won’t see any of the steps she needs to take until someone tells her to take them. Aiden is still stuck in his ‘captain save everyone’ mode, while refusing to open up or be vulnerable. Or open his eyes. But that’s the thing with being stuck in your childhood issues: everything and everyone appears to you to be stuck there as well. So Aiden had to grow up too, with some seriously pointed jabs from his daughter and the quiet support and acceptance from Meri’s grandmother, he also starts to see there is a life that is within his grasp if he only reaches.
Not without issues, but a solidly entertaining and heartwarming read nonetheless with a nice inset of the scenery and feel of coastal Rhode Island. There are plenty of questions left unanswered with the resolution of this story, but this did stand alone as the perfect beach read.
Title: Breakwater Bay
Author: Shelley Noble
Published by: William Morrow
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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An abandoned baby, a glorious old Newport mansion, and awakening romance combine in Breakwater Bay, an engaging story that echoes the flair, humor, and emotional depth of Kristin Hannah's popular novels
Preservationist Meri Hollis loves her latest project, restoring one of Newport's forgotten Gilded Age mansions. And with summer approaching, she'll be able to spend more time with her Gran on the Rhode Island shore. She has a great job, a loving family and she's pretty sure her boyfriend is going to propose on her thirtieth birthday.
But everything Meri believes about family, happiness, truth and love is shattered when her family's darkest secret is exposed.
Thirty years before, Meri's neighbor and friend, Alden Corrigan, took his father's dinghy out to fish. In a sudden storm, he rushed to help a woman stranded on the breakwater. She was just a girl . . . a very pregnant girl who disappeared soon after they reached safety-But not before she left behind a very special gift.
Now that the truth it out, life will change for everyone in Breakwater Bay, and Meri and Alden will have to make decisions that could insure their future together . . . or separate them for good.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.