Lighthouse Beach
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Noble comes a heartrending and uplifting novel about friendship, love, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for our dreams.What was supposed to be an idyllic wedding leads to an unexpected journey of self-discovery… When Lillo Gray pulls up to Kennebunkport’s most exclusive hotel wearing a borrowed dress and driving a borrowed VW van, she knows she’s made a big mistake. She’s not even sure why Jessica Parker invited her to her posh wedding. They haven’t seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. And now they’re from two completely different worlds. There’s no way Lillo fits in the rarefied circles Jessica travels in.Jess isn’t sure she’s ready to go through with this wedding, but she’s been too busy making everyone else happy to think about what she wants. But when she and her two closest friends, Allie and Diana, along with Lillo, discover her fiancé with his pants down in the hotel parking lot, she’s humiliated…and slightly relieved. In a rush to escape her crumbling life, Jess, Allie, and Diana pile into Lillo’s beat-up old van and head up the coast to Lighthouse Island. Once there, she hopes to figure out the next chapter in her life.Nursing broken hearts and broken dreams, four lost women embark on a journey to find their way back into happiness with new love, friendship, and the healing power of Lighthouse Beach.     

Lighthouse Beach Details

TitleLighthouse Beach
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 29th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062675972
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary

Lighthouse Beach Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a TLC Book Tour.This was a great beach read about 4 women who flee from a wedding and head to Lighthouse Beach. There’s a little bit of everything: romance, friendship, self-discovery, and secret pasts. The best part of the book was the setting of Lighthouse Beach and the role that it played in their lives. Lighthouse beach felt like a character and that gave the book that special something. You could feel the power of Lig I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a TLC Book Tour.This was a great beach read about 4 women who flee from a wedding and head to Lighthouse Beach. There’s a little bit of everything: romance, friendship, self-discovery, and secret pasts. The best part of the book was the setting of Lighthouse Beach and the role that it played in their lives. Lighthouse beach felt like a character and that gave the book that special something. You could feel the power of Lighthouse Beach through the pages.I liked the 4 main characters and their story arcs, however, I definitely felt that Allie got the short end of the stick. Her character didn’t get the same level of attention that the other 3 received. Especially in the first half of the book, Allie was there but her presence wasn’t really known. More could have been done with her. At times her character felt like an afterthought. One of the characters in this book is a biker doctor (appropriately nicknamed “Doc Harley”) which I found to be such an interesting combination. I’ve never seen that in a book before and I really liked that. You see bikers in books, but never one who is also a respected doctor. The ending leaves you wanting a bit more, but I was glad it was left more open-ended. It felt natural since the book took place over a span of just 1 week. I would love to see a sequel and what happened afterwards. Perhaps a return to Lighthouse Beach (*hint hint* to the author) could happen.Overall, if you’re looking to start off your summer with a beach read, then look no further than Lighthouse Beach.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    Lillo Gray never thought that instead of attending the wedding of an old friend, she is instead driving the bride, and two of the bride's friends home to Lighthouse Beach, in a borrowed VW van. Then again, discovering the husband-to-be in a delicate situation is a very good reason for anyone getting cold feet. And, Jessica Parker, the runaway bride, wasn't even sure about the marriage in the first place... although her parents think that she is overreacting and she should still marry the bastard Lillo Gray never thought that instead of attending the wedding of an old friend, she is instead driving the bride, and two of the bride's friends home to Lighthouse Beach, in a borrowed VW van. Then again, discovering the husband-to-be in a delicate situation is a very good reason for anyone getting cold feet. And, Jessica Parker, the runaway bride, wasn't even sure about the marriage in the first place... although her parents think that she is overreacting and she should still marry the bastard. So, off in the night they go, not telling anyone, especially not Jessica's parents...READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
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  • Carlene Inspired
    January 1, 1970
    For this review and others visit Carlene Inspired.We've all heard of the runaway bride, but this time she's accompanied by her three best friends and the loneliness they all find they have in common. Lillo, Jess, Diana and Allie take off on an impromptu road trip to Lighthouse Beach, where fond memories still live for Jess, but haunt Lillo as she tries to escape her own losses. What's meant to be a beach escape to help Jess turns into an escape that changes each of the women.Lighthouse Beach, by For this review and others visit Carlene Inspired.We've all heard of the runaway bride, but this time she's accompanied by her three best friends and the loneliness they all find they have in common. Lillo, Jess, Diana and Allie take off on an impromptu road trip to Lighthouse Beach, where fond memories still live for Jess, but haunt Lillo as she tries to escape her own losses. What's meant to be a beach escape to help Jess turns into an escape that changes each of the women.Lighthouse Beach, by Shelley Noble, features a large cast of main characters and a handful of secondary, each taking turns with the novel focusing on their personal battles. Lillo, Jess, Diana, and Allie weren't all friends in the start, but by the end they've trusted one another with matters of the heart and learned to rely on others to carry them through high tide times. Then there's Mac, the wise lighthouse keeper, and the biker doctors, as handsome, smart, and rugged as they sound. The women are unique, their friendship formed as youth and still strong in the present despite their living distances apart and in careers as opposite as they come. Lighthouse Beach, with a role as large as a character, makes the women find a way to embrace themselves and each other in a way that they weren't able to when apart. Together, with sand between their toes and the Maine rain drizzling down, they discover a way to embrace what they truly want and find ways to let go of the past they've each held onto. Of course, the small town charm and the docs help things along.Lighthouse Beach is, exactly as described, a women's lit beach read. It's lengthy and complex with an overarching storyline of friendship. There's a bit of romance, humor, heartache, and self growth, everything a chick lit lover seeks out in their reads. As the four women find their way we are left with the power of Lighthouse Beach, aware that the imprint it left on Jess and Lillo as youth is the same left on them today. Shelley Noble delivers a heartfelt story that makes for a perfect beach read with Lighthouse Beach.ARC provided.
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    The Lighthouse Beach reunites Lillo Gray and her friend Jessica Parker after years apart. Jess has invited Lillo to her wedding. Lillo and Jess met when they were teenagers. Jess was sent to fat camp by her horrible parents despite not being fat. Now, the same parents are forcing her to marry a not-so-nice guy. Between Lillo and Jessica's two college friends, Diana and Allie, they'll steal the bride away and drive towards Lillo's town, Lighthouse Island.Once they get there, we start learning ab The Lighthouse Beach reunites Lillo Gray and her friend Jessica Parker after years apart. Jess has invited Lillo to her wedding. Lillo and Jess met when they were teenagers. Jess was sent to fat camp by her horrible parents despite not being fat. Now, the same parents are forcing her to marry a not-so-nice guy. Between Lillo and Jessica's two college friends, Diana and Allie, they'll steal the bride away and drive towards Lillo's town, Lighthouse Island.Once they get there, we start learning about these four women and who they are. Diana, the CEO of her own company, twice divorced and a love for horses and maybe the Vet in town. Allie, and the loss she has suffered. Can she love again? Then, there is Jess, the bride-to-be who didn't know how to stop her father from offering her for a marriage she had no desire to be part of. Last, there's Lillo who's hiding the events that made her stop practicing the job she grew up wanting more than anything else. There were parts of the Lighthouse Beach that were too predictable for my taste but others kept my attention. I love the feel of a small town. Everyone knows everyone and there's no way to keep them out of your life but when push comes to shove, a community comes together to help when it's most needed.It took me a while to warm up to Lillo. She was wallowing in so much guilt. She was terrified of having the other women learn anything about her. Half of the time, she thought about kicking them out of her home. She also didn't communicate well with the people who cared about her and her future. I love how Jess was able to stand up for herself when she needed too. In part, she was able to do it because she had the unconditional help from her friends. I wish Allie's storyline had more to it. I felt her predicament was glossed over. I wanted to see more of her and Nando together. I will say that in my opinion, the Lighthouse Beach was missing more in the romance department. It was also missing an epiloge. I would've love to see what the future held for these four women.Cliffhanger: No3/5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Chris Conley
    January 1, 1970
    Four women trying to reclaim their lives... Lilli, Jess, Diana and Allie each have major hurdles to leap. This book makes them and the folks of Lighthouse Beach come to life. I hope there is a sequel. I want to know what happens next.
  • Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Friendship and fun. Lighthouse Beach is easy to put down and pick up again with a sweetness that makes this a perfect book for summer. Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinteresttumblrYouTubeBook BabblersInstagram
  • Chanel Cleeton
    January 1, 1970
    A heartfelt and witty celebration of friendship and love, Shelley Noble takes readers on an unforgettable journey as she provides the ultimate beach escape. Lighthouse Beach is the perfect read for summer!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. This was my second outing with Shelley Noble, and while this isn't my typical genre, these are the perfect books to have in between all of the psychological thrillers and horror novels. LIGHTHOUSE BEACH is perfect for those looking for a beach read this summer and to have something lighter thrown into their TBR.Shelley Noble does a great job setting the scene and really pulling the reader into the boo Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. This was my second outing with Shelley Noble, and while this isn't my typical genre, these are the perfect books to have in between all of the psychological thrillers and horror novels. LIGHTHOUSE BEACH is perfect for those looking for a beach read this summer and to have something lighter thrown into their TBR.Shelley Noble does a great job setting the scene and really pulling the reader into the book with the characters. Lighthouse Beach plays such an important role for all the women in the story and it almost felt like another character in its own right. All of the characters have a very authentic and genuine feel to them - someone you can relate to and empathize with. This is a great story of self-discovery and shows how strong friendships can truly be. I felt that all the characters had a great development throughout the novel and you really get a feel of who they are and how their pasts shaped them.If you're looking for a great light beach read or are a fan of Shelley Noble, then make sure you find this one for the summer! I give this 4/5 stars
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for this free review copy!A canceled wedding + an impromptu road trip + a seaside town + a group of 4 women just trying to figure life out ~ this is a recipe for a light, enjoyable read for fans of women's fiction and romance stories. The setting is delightful and I loved the descriptions of the town and the various characters who live there. I gave this a 3 star rating simply because of the wording used to describe various things regarding eating disor Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for this free review copy!A canceled wedding + an impromptu road trip + a seaside town + a group of 4 women just trying to figure life out ~ this is a recipe for a light, enjoyable read for fans of women's fiction and romance stories. The setting is delightful and I loved the descriptions of the town and the various characters who live there. I gave this a 3 star rating simply because of the wording used to describe various things regarding eating disorders and differently-abled individuals ~ they were not glaring, but these are areas I'm highly sensitive to, so my rating reflects that.
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  • Zili
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!What I say: Lighthouse Beach is many things. It's sweet, inspirational, happy, sad and fun all at once. Focusing on love and friendship, it tells the story or stories of Jess, Lillo, Allie and Diana, oh and of course a wedding (ish)! We see numerous secrets uncovered along the way, a certain revelation threw me for a loop, whilst others made me smile (not sure what that says about me).I kept asking myself what I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!What I say: Lighthouse Beach is many things. It's sweet, inspirational, happy, sad and fun all at once. Focusing on love and friendship, it tells the story or stories of Jess, Lillo, Allie and Diana, oh and of course a wedding (ish)! We see numerous secrets uncovered along the way, a certain revelation threw me for a loop, whilst others made me smile (not sure what that says about me).I kept asking myself what I'd do if I were in a situation like Lillo, Allie and Diana. I'm not sure I'd manage to put my point across in such spectacular fashion!Oh Jess. I wanted her to stand up for herself. I'm sure numerous women find themselves in a similar situation to her in terms of family expectations (well sort of). Hopefully they'd stop anything they don't really want before things reach this far though...Despite the beginning it has a great holiday read vibe and I'd like to know what happens next on Lighthouse Island.3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Jess’ wedding is her chance to catch up with friends, celebrate and enjoy her next chapter at the exclusive Kennebunkport hotel. Bringing in her friends Diana and Allie, and reconnecting with a friend from her fat-camp stay, Lillo, gives Jess a reason to forget her doubts and move on. Yet, nothing is as simple as all that – Lillo is wondering why, after all these years, she and Jess would have anything in common, particularly when she knows that she couldn’t possibly ‘keep up’ to the affluence d Jess’ wedding is her chance to catch up with friends, celebrate and enjoy her next chapter at the exclusive Kennebunkport hotel. Bringing in her friends Diana and Allie, and reconnecting with a friend from her fat-camp stay, Lillo, gives Jess a reason to forget her doubts and move on. Yet, nothing is as simple as all that – Lillo is wondering why, after all these years, she and Jess would have anything in common, particularly when she knows that she couldn’t possibly ‘keep up’ to the affluence displayed here – in fact, she barely cobbled together everything to come. And then there’s Jess’ friends Diana and Allie: they know the Jess of today, and probably have more in common with her than she ever could, even after an unhappy summer together when they were fourteen. Diana and Allie are sure that their college-friend Jess is making a HUGE mistake, and although they’ve tried, in many ways, to make the point – they will be there to support her in her choice – even the wrong one. In fact, the only people who don’t think this marriage is not one to succeed are Jess’ parents – even the groom isn’t committed. Well, he is committed to doing things his own way when he’s discovered, pants down, in the parking lot. Relieved that they have a reason to run, the ladies head off in the van Lillo brought and travel to Lighthouse Island, to spend some girl time and help Jess recover from the hurt. Lyrical, lovely and fresh: stories are told and the women share their struggles, dreams and even secrets – certain of support and acceptance in this small group. Each woman brings her own needs and issues into the story: and their personalities all allow for connections to be built with one another and within a ‘girl power’ sort of group that is supportive, helpful and above all, honest. A lovely story that adds layers and nuance as each story is revealed and the connections are being built between them. This is a friends group that everyone could build, with the right intentions, and perhaps this book will give some pointers into doing just that. I received a paperback copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a really, really good read. It is a nice chunky length and leaves you satisfied but also wanting more, in the way that you can make some happy assumptions, but still hanker for certainty - I would definitely read a follow up if one were offered! We meet a wide cast of characters, but concentrate mainly on an unlikely quartet of women. They have all come together for a wedding that doesn't happen, and over the cou ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a really, really good read. It is a nice chunky length and leaves you satisfied but also wanting more, in the way that you can make some happy assumptions, but still hanker for certainty - I would definitely read a follow up if one were offered! We meet a wide cast of characters, but concentrate mainly on an unlikely quartet of women. They have all come together for a wedding that doesn't happen, and over the course of a week make some huge discoveries about themselves and each other. I loved how some things come out like a geyser, and others trickle out and in the end just cannot be kept quiet. We get an amazing introduction to the town and its inhabitants, most especially Mac, her lighthouse, and the visiting help. Threads about children, changes, poverty feed in and provide a backdrop to the excess wielded as a weapon by Mr Parker. I think this would make an awesome beach read, but would be just as good read curled up in the warm. Maine clearly veers more for the cold, wet and wild weather! It is a book full of emotion, secrets and hopes. It is not a romance per se, but has its foundations in love, respect and care for one another, which is just as valuable a story to be told.
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  • Catherine Mack
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I always enjoy books where the characters go through some sort of self discovery and this book has plenty of that! The characters are well developed with lots of background history making them who they are in the story. This book could easily have a part two. Would love to know what happens next! Certainly a great book to take to the beach this summer.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Won this book through Goodreads Giveaway. 3 women attend the wedding of a mutual friend and runaway with the bride before the nuptials. All 4 women have a story and on Lighthouse Island they help each other face whatever is holding them back.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Was a fast read filled with characters I liked. A little pat , but that is what one expects in this type of read. I found it to be enjoyable, well written and mostly would enjoy seeing what happens to all the characters next. I also would be interested in the back stories of some of the characters, what led them to the person they are now.
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  • Cara Ross
    January 1, 1970
    When 3 women attend the wedding of a friend, little did they know that within 24 hours, everything would have changed! But that is exactly what happened to Lillo, Jess, Allie, and Diana.I have to say, that when I started out reading Lighthouse Beach, I thought it was going to be a funny, light-hearted book, but it is more than that! It's inspiring, funny, heartbreaking, confidence building story about new and old friendships, hidden pasts, secret, passion, and community, and that is truly what i When 3 women attend the wedding of a friend, little did they know that within 24 hours, everything would have changed! But that is exactly what happened to Lillo, Jess, Allie, and Diana.I have to say, that when I started out reading Lighthouse Beach, I thought it was going to be a funny, light-hearted book, but it is more than that! It's inspiring, funny, heartbreaking, confidence building story about new and old friendships, hidden pasts, secret, passion, and community, and that is truly what it feels like when you read it, like your apart of its community.So let's get to the basics, the story is a new approach to adult sisterhood; the writing has that melodic rhythm, which draws you in, and you never want to let it go. I'm hoping that the author doesn't leave the story there, that this book is just the beginning for Lillo, Jess, Allie, and Diana, and whether or not the town slogan of "Once you visit Lighthouse Beach, Life will never be the same" is true for this quartet.I give Lighthouse Beach 5 stars
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful story of 5 women finding their way. Lillo is heading to Jess's wedding. She hasn't seen Jess since they were together in fat camp during their teens. Jess is marrying the man her family has hand picked for her. Diana and Allie are college friends of Jess and are sure Jess is making a mistake. When Jess and her friends catch the groom to be in a car with a waitress they hightail it away to Lighthouse Beach and Lillo's small cottage. The girls come under the wing of Mac, the w This was a wonderful story of 5 women finding their way. Lillo is heading to Jess's wedding. She hasn't seen Jess since they were together in fat camp during their teens. Jess is marrying the man her family has hand picked for her. Diana and Allie are college friends of Jess and are sure Jess is making a mistake. When Jess and her friends catch the groom to be in a car with a waitress they hightail it away to Lighthouse Beach and Lillo's small cottage. The girls come under the wing of Mac, the woman to mans the lighthouse and has her own problems. These five ladies help each other and solve several problems within the small beach community. Great read, nice romance and a lovely setting where I'd love to live.
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  • Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI found the beginning of the narrative a little slow as it struggled to hold my by attention as I began my first Shelley Noble novel. However, by the time I reached Chapter Three, Lighthouse Beach had more than piqued my curiosity. Especially as the bride of the society wedding along with Lillo and two other friends make a dash from their hotel to escape the wedding!Lillo Grey was surprised when she received an invitation to the wedding of a friend she'd not seen in years. Yet, she some 4.5 starsI found the beginning of the narrative a little slow as it struggled to hold my by attention as I began my first Shelley Noble novel. However, by the time I reached Chapter Three, Lighthouse Beach had more than piqued my curiosity. Especially as the bride of the society wedding along with Lillo and two other friends make a dash from their hotel to escape the wedding!Lillo Grey was surprised when she received an invitation to the wedding of a friend she'd not seen in years. Yet, she somehow thought it would be a good idea to attend. It isn't until after the ensuing dramas have receded that she fully appreciates how she needs Jess, Diana and Allie friendship as much as they need hers.Diana, CEO is a no-nonsense and matter of fact woman. Jess is easily led, especially by her possessive family. Allie is a widow living with her in-laws and Lillo has issues she hopes no one will realise about until after they have left her haven at Lighthouse Beach. Somehow, these four unique women find a renewed perspective on their lives as they descend into the small town where Lillo sought refuge amongst people who have their own individual reasons to live there too.While the focus is on Lillo and her guest, an abundance of colourful, supporting characters add a wonderful community spirit to the proceedings. They are a mix-matched bunch of people who invade the lives of the unsuspecting outsiders and slightly irk our heroine Lillo when their interference is too much to handle, even when it is heartfelt.By the end of the novel, I was invested in all the characters. Whilst I appreciate it when the author writes a 'happy for now' ending; encouraging the reader to ponder about what happens next in the lives of the characters. There's an abundance of scope to unravel the loosely tied endings for a sequel. I sincerely hope Ms Noble will write more about Lillo as she goes off to pursue unfinished business and fulfil her potential and to know if Lighthouse Beach did change the lives of Jess, Allie and Diana for the better.A heart-warming and somewhat humorous novel about the power of friendship. Written exquisitely, the overall feeling of this novel is positive and uplifting with waves of melancholy woven into the narrative. It's definitely a wonderful book to relax with on the beach or by a pool.***arc generously received courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss+***
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Shelley Noble has, over the years, become one of my favorite writers of “beach books,” as most of her novels are set in coastal locations. (I grew up on the Jersey shore, and it’s still the home of my heart, so even when a story takes place in Maine, as Lighthouse Beach does, I feel like I’m visiting the beaches of my childhood.)In this book, she combines two of my favorite things: beach settings, and women supporting other women, which may be the ultimate combination of storytelling. Each of th Shelley Noble has, over the years, become one of my favorite writers of “beach books,” as most of her novels are set in coastal locations. (I grew up on the Jersey shore, and it’s still the home of my heart, so even when a story takes place in Maine, as Lighthouse Beach does, I feel like I’m visiting the beaches of my childhood.)In this book, she combines two of my favorite things: beach settings, and women supporting other women, which may be the ultimate combination of storytelling. Each of the five women in this story: Lillo, Jess, Allie, Diana, and Mac, are a bit broken, a bit lost, a bit in need of a restart. In “kidnapping” Jess from a wedding she truly didn’t want to go through with, and using Lillo’s Lighthouse Beach community as their sanctuary, each of them begins to heal. (Mac is a longtime resident, but her story becomes intertwined with that of the other four, so it seems wrong not to include her.)Friendships between women are things to be treasured, and while some of the friendships among these five people exist at the start of the story, others form as the tale is told. Never once does anything feel contrived. Noble’s characters all have distinct voices and personalities, and they feel like the women we all know.While Lillo and Jess are the true heart of this book, I found myself (likely because I’m three months away from turning 48) identifying with Mac a lot. Maybe it’s because I’ve always harbored a secret desire to live in a lighthouse (or at least in the keeper’s cottage).While the women in this book are the main characters, there are men, lovely men, in the story as well. Ned, Ian, Clancy – all have their moments to shine, and all are as distinct and interesting as the women who interact with them.As I was reading this, I found myself wishing I could join the group in Maggie’s kitchen or Lillo’s living room, or on the beach. It doesn’t matter if it’s wine or beer or tea or some of each. What matters is the support we get from our circle of friends, and Shelley Noble has captured that with humor, wit, sincerity, and real dimension.Goes well with a glass of cabernet sipped while sitting in the sand on a chilly coastal evening. Sweaters, jeans, and bare feet recommended. Bonfire optional.
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  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    January 1, 1970
    When an invitation lands in her mailbox for her long lost friends wedding Lillo Gray wasn't quite sure what to think of it, they haven't spoken since they were teens and to hear from her like this out of blue is quite peculiar. They met at fat camp when they were fourteen, and made an instant connection, bonded over things and became inseparable for the duration of the summer. But then time passed and they moved on with their lives, and drifted far apart.Jess is dressed and ready to walk down th When an invitation lands in her mailbox for her long lost friends wedding Lillo Gray wasn't quite sure what to think of it, they haven't spoken since they were teens and to hear from her like this out of blue is quite peculiar. They met at fat camp when they were fourteen, and made an instant connection, bonded over things and became inseparable for the duration of the summer. But then time passed and they moved on with their lives, and drifted far apart.Jess is dressed and ready to walk down the aisle, marry her fiance and start the next chapter in her life... but minutes before that is supposed to happen she discovers her fiance in a compromising position with a waitress in the parking lot. Now she knows the doubts she has been fighting the last few weeks held some weight, she should have listened to her gut, and her heart, and stopped this sham of a wedding before it came to this point. But that would have disappointed her parents, and that's unacceptable...After the devastating discovery, Jess, and her friends Allie and Diana jump into Lillo's old van and hit the open road to Lighthouse Island for a little life reboot vacation.... not realizing this little vacation of theirs holds the keys to futures they never expected for themselves, as well as lots of fun and healing they all desperately need.Lighthouse Beach is a poignant tale that will tug on your heartstrings, leave you inspired, and renew your faith in the power of friendship! From the moment I started this one I found myself identifying with these ladies, developing a deep understanding of where they were at and where they wanted to end up, it was such a wonderful journey to be a part of, and quite inspiring too. I sure hope the author plans to revisit Lighthouse Beach and give us another peek at these wonderful characters, I would love to see how they are doing and where they all end up! If you are looking for a heartfelt and humorous tale to dive into this summer I highly recommend you add this one to your list, it sure to take you on an truly pleasurable literary escape!I requested an advanced copy of this title and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
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  • Rachel Kamery / Never Enough Novels
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review! When Lillo receives an invite to the wedding of her childhood friend, Jess, she isn’t quite sure what to expect. They haven’t spoken in years, but she discovers Jess needs her support to find the strength to leave her controlling family and cheating fiancé. On the eve of her wedding, Jess escapes with Lillo and two friends in tow. They retreat to Lillo’s small hometown, Lighthouse Beach. Over the next week, each of the women are I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review! When Lillo receives an invite to the wedding of her childhood friend, Jess, she isn’t quite sure what to expect. They haven’t spoken in years, but she discovers Jess needs her support to find the strength to leave her controlling family and cheating fiancé. On the eve of her wedding, Jess escapes with Lillo and two friends in tow. They retreat to Lillo’s small hometown, Lighthouse Beach. Over the next week, each of the women are affected by the town and inhabitants in unique and meaningful ways.This is a classic summer beach novel with an idyllic New England setting and four female friends on a journey of self-discovery. Each of them had a unique story and personality, so I enjoyed their reactions to the small town and various situations they found themselves in. Lillo is clearly a bit of a loner, so it was rewarding to read how she interacted with these three women and slowly let them into her life. Their growing bond is clearly the heart of this novel and it felt genuine and relatable.The author adds a bit of mystery to Lillo and Ian, the local veterinarian, with references to scarred pasts throughout the first half of the novel. I appreciated that extra bit of depth and was eager to find out what had happened to them. Although at times, this slow build felt a bit tedious. I knew there were big reveals planned and I found the build-up to them was lengthier than necessary.That speaks to a general feeling I had while reading. I often ended up passing over this book in favor of other novels. The plot is relaxed and meanders along, which made it feel longer than the 400 pages. If you enjoy that sort of pace for your summer reading, then this book is perfect for you. However, it might be worth passing over if you relish a “can’t put this down” fast-moving story.
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  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    This was a goodreads giveaway win! And again I'm going to complain about the rating system! I really wish we could give half stars!!! Because this book was better than 3 stars but I reserve 4 stars for books I'd read again and 5 for fantastic books. And though it was good, I honestly wouldn't read it again!Lillo and Jess haven't spoken in years when Lillo receives an unexpected invitation to Jess's wedding. She pulls up to the swanky event in an old VW van, a borrowed dress and second thoughts a This was a goodreads giveaway win! And again I'm going to complain about the rating system! I really wish we could give half stars!!! Because this book was better than 3 stars but I reserve 4 stars for books I'd read again and 5 for fantastic books. And though it was good, I honestly wouldn't read it again!Lillo and Jess haven't spoken in years when Lillo receives an unexpected invitation to Jess's wedding. She pulls up to the swanky event in an old VW van, a borrowed dress and second thoughts about being there. Before she can tuck tail and run, Jess spots her and quickly introduces her to Diane and Allie. The four girls sneak off to somewhere private to get to know each other, to catch up and have a few drinks. Many drinks later, they are walking back to their rooms through the parking lot when they hear some "unexpected noises"! The noises end up being the groom and a waitress having sex. Jess is horrified and the other girls try to rush her back to her room before any of the guests see her. They're blocked by Jess's parents who try to tell her to "go get some rest and things will be better in the morning", and the wedding will go as planned! Well, this is something that just won't "be better in the morning!" So, the girls sneak off in the middle of the night and head to Lighthouse Beach, where Lillo and Jess spent their summers together. Once there, the girls bond and each of them try to work through past hurts and wounds and use each other to heal and move on with their life's. A great summer and girl-bonding book!
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  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - loooooooved this story! This was my second book by this author - the first one was just OK for me - I loved this one soooo much better. I loved this book right from the start, had no trouble getting into it at all. I was hooked after only a few pages.You know how sometimes you read a book and you feel like "This book was written just for me ;-)" Well this was one of those books! I loved everything about it. In the dictionary under "Wendy's perfect book" it would say - See Lighthouse Beach. Wow - loooooooved this story! This was my second book by this author - the first one was just OK for me - I loved this one soooo much better. I loved this book right from the start, had no trouble getting into it at all. I was hooked after only a few pages.You know how sometimes you read a book and you feel like "This book was written just for me ;-)" Well this was one of those books! I loved everything about it. In the dictionary under "Wendy's perfect book" it would say - See Lighthouse Beach.Character development - Excellent! And - I actually loved all the main characters even the men and that doesn't happen all the time! What a riot they all were. Now this was a group of ladies I could have hung out with! I seriously loved them all. I could relate to each one in a different way. I would have loved to read a single book about each one. The ending kinda leaves it wide open for each of them... soooo hmmm will there be a sequel? This kind of starts out very Chick-lit-ish which I don't have a problem with because I love that! But it really turned into so much more, it got very deep and more serious but still with a touch of chick-lit.I loved how this group of very different women, each with their own set of problems, come together and end up helping each other. It sounds unrealistic when I say that, but it isn't at all! It actually reads very realistic!Pool Rating - 5 Stars! this is definitely a great pool side book!I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours - Thank You!!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble is a beautiful novel of friendship and healing.Although Lillo Gray has not heard from her childhood friend Jess Parker for several years, she reluctantly decides to attend Jess's upcoming wedding. Barely recognizing her formerly overweight friend, Lillo senses all is not right with the bride-to-be. Her instincts prove to be correct when she, Jess, Jess's friends Allie Lusano and Diane Walters catch Jess's fiancé in flagrante delicto in the parking lot of the hot Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble is a beautiful novel of friendship and healing.Although Lillo Gray has not heard from her childhood friend Jess Parker for several years, she reluctantly decides to attend Jess's upcoming wedding. Barely recognizing her formerly overweight friend, Lillo senses all is not right with the bride-to-be. Her instincts prove to be correct when she, Jess, Jess's friends Allie Lusano and Diane Walters catch Jess's fiancé in flagrante delicto in the parking lot of the hotel. Defying her overbearing father, Jess cancels the wedding and runs off with Lillo, Jess, Allie, and Diane to Lighthouse Beach, Lillo's small hometown on the coast of Maine. Lillo is a reluctant hostess who gradually come to enjoy the new friendships she is forging as she reconnects with Jess.  With their departure date fast approaching, the women support one another as they face their problems head on. But will Jess continue to resist her controlling father's extreme efforts to bring her back into the family's stranglehold?Lillo's family unexpectedly provided her with the opportunity to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. On track to become a surgeon, she returned home, heartbroken, devastated and unwilling to talk about what precipitated her decision to leave her residency.  Feeling overwhelming guilt about her parents' sacrifice to pay for college and med school,  Lillo avoids talking to them now they have moved to Florida. She leads a very solitary life and ekes out a paltry living as she works a variety of odd jobs.  Having Jess, Allie and Diane stay with her in her cozy cottage is at first a huge inconvenience yet oddly enough, their presence slowly forces her to confront her demons.Jess's wealthy family has eroded her self-worth as they bullied her into her agreeing to marry a man she does not love or particularly like. She lets them walk all over her and finds it easier to give in their demands.  Allie and Diane are shocked at the change in her behavior and they, along with Lillo, give Jess the courage she needs to reclaim her life. But will Jess remain firm about her decisions when confronted with her father's wrath?Diane is the CEO of company that develops phone apps and she is confident and outspoken. A chance encounter with Ian Lachlan, the town's  brooding and troubled veterinarian, provides her with the chance to reconnect with her love of horseback riding. Diane is not put off by Ian's taciturn and moody company as she mucks stalls in return for riding his horses. Diane is taken off guard by her unexpected attraction to Ian but will she break through the walls he has erected to protect himself from further pain?Allie is a bit of an enigma since she is a bit reticent, shy and intent on keeping the peace.  At first planning to leave Lighthouse Beach, she changes her mind although she is rather uneasy about extending her time away from home. She begins to come out of her shell and in the process, Allie begins to heal from a heartbreaking loss.  The  future for Allie and a man she is smitten with is rather murky as her vacation draws to a close.Lighthouse Beach is a delightfully engaging novel with a wonderful cast of eclectic characters.  The women's newly formed friendships are believable and their interactions are endearing. Shelley Noble brings the beach setting vibrantly to life and her descriptive prose makes it very easy for readers to picture the beach, lighthouse and tight-knit community. An uplifting and heartwarming novel that will appeal to readers of contemporary women's fiction.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsLighthouse Beach is about four women who are at a crossroads in their life. When Lillo was invited to an old friend's wedding, she didn't anticipate going home with the bride and her two friends in tow. A girls' road trip just might turn out to be what each of them need to change their life.Lighthouse beach is a beautifully written story. I really enjoyed it and it's characters. Lillo, Allie, Diana and Jess all seem to need something in their life, but they are stuck. Diana's story was 3.5 starsLighthouse Beach is about four women who are at a crossroads in their life. When Lillo was invited to an old friend's wedding, she didn't anticipate going home with the bride and her two friends in tow. A girls' road trip just might turn out to be what each of them need to change their life.Lighthouse beach is a beautifully written story. I really enjoyed it and it's characters. Lillo, Allie, Diana and Jess all seem to need something in their life, but they are stuck. Diana's story was my favorite out of all four. I loved her and Ian. I was rooting for and applauding Jess as she finally found herself again and had the courage to stand up to her family. Lillo's story was the most frustrating. I was like Ned toward the end of the book;. I wanted to strangle her in frustration most of the time. Allie's story was one I wish had been delved into a bit more. I felt like hers was kind of an after thought.My biggest issue with the book is that I would have liked each woman to get her own book or maybe a combination of two in each book. There was so much to each of their stories, that it would have been nice to have them expanded on. The entire story takes place over a week, which wasn't enough time for me. The ending was extremely open ended and felt a bit unfinished. An epilogue would have been nice. At any rate, it is a story well worth reading. I definitely recommend it.
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  • Gmr
    January 1, 1970
    What started out as the story of a runaway bride, turns into a tale of four women repairing wounds they didn't know existed, and discovering the true selves they want to be.Women's Fiction stories, or even Contemporary Romance novels for that matter, can be fickle creatures. More often they follow a formula of certain character types, storylines, issue parameters, and the eventual TADA, happily-ever-after moment....not so much here, but in the BEST way possible! I was never quite sure where the What started out as the story of a runaway bride, turns into a tale of four women repairing wounds they didn't know existed, and discovering the true selves they want to be.Women's Fiction stories, or even Contemporary Romance novels for that matter, can be fickle creatures. More often they follow a formula of certain character types, storylines, issue parameters, and the eventual TADA, happily-ever-after moment....not so much here, but in the BEST way possible! I was never quite sure where the story was going to take us, and though I knew all the characters more deeply by story's end, it didn't make it any easier to predict...or say goodbye. (~tear~) Sound daunting? Ah, but it really wasn't...it was actually refreshing. It kept me on my toes in the most delicious way, and spiked my curiosity when things went left when I was anticipating right...and let's not forget about the laugh out loud moments because there are quite a few! Honestly, this group of gals, along with the whole of Lighthouse Beach really, were rather memorable. In short, it was a wonderful adventure filled with loss, laughs, and most importantly love...not necessarily of the romantic type, but of the kind that matters most; that which comes freely and is good for the soul.**copy received for review
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  • Clwseattle
    January 1, 1970
    There is a lot I liked about Lighthouse Beach. All the stories within the story are compelling, the characters are interesting, each with something they are hiding. The problem with Lighthouse Beach is that none of the major characters problems and concerns are revealed until more than half the book has passed. Also, I really dislike the disjointed writing where there is a conversation ending in a heart-stopping comment, then immediately the conversation goes to something so inconsequential that There is a lot I liked about Lighthouse Beach. All the stories within the story are compelling, the characters are interesting, each with something they are hiding. The problem with Lighthouse Beach is that none of the major characters problems and concerns are revealed until more than half the book has passed. Also, I really dislike the disjointed writing where there is a conversation ending in a heart-stopping comment, then immediately the conversation goes to something so inconsequential that I felt insulted reading it. Pg 218, addressed to all the women: Diana reached for her glass. "So, it's all good. Whatever you want to do." [Allie] "I want my husband back." Jess, Diana and Lillo exchanged looks and said nothing. After a few moments Allie shook herself and looked up. "Are those crackers on that plate?"Really? A heartbroken character finally tells her trusted friends she wants her dead husband back then immediately seques to CRACKERS?4 stars, solid B
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    When Jessica Parker decides to become a runaway bride, she needs her two college roommates and her childhood best friend to help her escape. Jess and Lillo had become friends at the "fat camp" Lillo's parent's ran in Lighthouse Beach, Maine but haven't seen each other in years. When the four women embark on a road trip to Lighthouse Beach, none are aware of how much their live will change. Jess may finally have the will to stand up to her domineering family; Diana, the twice-divorced CEO of an a When Jessica Parker decides to become a runaway bride, she needs her two college roommates and her childhood best friend to help her escape. Jess and Lillo had become friends at the "fat camp" Lillo's parent's ran in Lighthouse Beach, Maine but haven't seen each other in years. When the four women embark on a road trip to Lighthouse Beach, none are aware of how much their live will change. Jess may finally have the will to stand up to her domineering family; Diana, the twice-divorced CEO of an app company, might meet her perfect match; Allie, a widowed winery owner from California, may find a new direction for herself and her four year old son; Lillo, who is hiding a painful secret as well as hiding away from life, will finally get the chance of redemption. In the course of an eventful week, the four will find that friendship gives them the strength to make major changes int heir lives.
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  • Megan Oneail
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐ of 5 Stars So I was excited about this book for two reasons. 1) it takes place in Maine, which is my home state and very dear to my heart. 2) there is a classic VW bus, which makes me so happy because I drive a classic VW beetle, and therefore they are my tribe. So this has the makings for a great read already. However, I found myself a bit bogged down by the many characters, the frequently changing POVs, the overlapping storylines, and the bucketload of secrets everyone alluded to the whole ⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 Stars So I was excited about this book for two reasons. 1) it takes place in Maine, which is my home state and very dear to my heart. 2) there is a classic VW bus, which makes me so happy because I drive a classic VW beetle, and therefore they are my tribe. So this has the makings for a great read already. However, I found myself a bit bogged down by the many characters, the frequently changing POVs, the overlapping storylines, and the bucketload of secrets everyone alluded to the whole book but didn’t actually share until the end. And even then I finished the book feeling like there were a lot of loose ends that still needed tying up. These things made me sad because I genuinely enjoyed many of the characters (Jess, Mac, and Diana especially) and loved their stories. Perhaps we will get another book in the future featuring these great ladies? Please? A girl can hope...
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Very nice tale of four women who "run away" from a wedding and start to find themselves. Why on earth Jess continued to obey her parents and agreed to get married is beyond me but that failed union is the catalyst for the rest of the story. Each of these women- Lillo, Allie, Diana, and Jess- have had problems with men and relationships. Decamping to Lillo's house at Lighthouse Beach (and meeting Mac) is one of the best things that's happened to any of them recently. This is a classic plot but No Very nice tale of four women who "run away" from a wedding and start to find themselves. Why on earth Jess continued to obey her parents and agreed to get married is beyond me but that failed union is the catalyst for the rest of the story. Each of these women- Lillo, Allie, Diana, and Jess- have had problems with men and relationships. Decamping to Lillo's house at Lighthouse Beach (and meeting Mac) is one of the best things that's happened to any of them recently. This is a classic plot but Noble executes it well, with each woman's personality shining through. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. A good beach book!
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