review copy provided by William Morrow/Harper Collins
Book Description from publisher website:
While renowned designer Margaux Sullivan was presenting her highly praised collection during New York City's Fashion Week, her husband was cleaning out their bank account. A week after he disappeared, the bank foreclosed on Margaux's apartment and business.
Suddenly broke, betrayed, and humiliated, Margaux has nowhere else to turn to but home: the small coastal town of Crescent Cove, Connecticut, where she once knew love, joy, and family before she put them behind her on the climb to fame. When she's stopped for speeding by local interim police chief Nick Prescott, Margaux barely remembers the "townie" boy who worshipped her from afar every summer. But Nick is all grown up now, a college professor who gave up his career to care for his orphaned nephew, Connor. Though still vulnerable, Margaux is soon rediscovering the beauty of the shore through young Connor's eyes . . . and, thanks to Nick, finding a forgotten place in her heart that wants to love again.
But as she continues to work on a bold new line that will get her back into the game, Margaux realizes that soon she will have to make the most important, most difficult decision of her life. . . .
Beach Colors by Shelley Noble is a great summer book. In fact, I'd say it is just about the perfect beach read. It takes place mostly at Crescent Cove, Connecticut and follows Margaux as she deals with the betrayal by her husband and finds her true creative side, finds out who her true friends are and just who she really wants to be. I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the descriptions of the beaches, the cottages, the people and all the amazing colors visible in nature if one just takes the time to see them. I found the story to be an uplifting one of self-discovery, recovery from trauma with a bit of romance. The story deals with long-time friendship, loyalty, being true to yourself, importance of family, and the whole townie vs. summer people thing all while giving wonderful descriptions of a lovely little coastal town - great combinations for a summertime book. This isn't an earth shattering book, but it is just so much fun. Perfect for summer. This is the book I'll be suggesting to friends for a summertime read.