Thursday, 27 December 2018

MPOV: Whisper Beach

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.6/5
Originally published: June 16, 2015
Author: Shelley Noble
Genre: romance fiction

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Vanessa Moran fell in love and lost her virginity but not to the same boy. Pregnant, desperate, and humiliated, she fled friends and family and Whisper Beach, New Jersey, never breathing a word about her secret to anyone. She hasn’t been back since. Now a professional Manhattan organizer, she returns to the funeral of her best friend’s husband. She intends on just paying her respects and leaving—though she can’t deny she also wants the town to see how far she’s come as a successful business woman. But her plans to make this a short visit fall by the wayside when her girlfriends have other ideas.

Dorie, the owner of the pier’s Blue Crab Restaurant where Van and her friends worked as teenagers, needs help. Dorie’s roving husband spends every penny they make and now their restaurant is failing.

Joe, the boy Van left behind without an explanation, has never stopped loving her. While he’s wary of getting hurt again, he also can’t help wondering what would happen if they took up where they left off.

As the summer progresses and the restaurant takes on a new look, trouble comes from unexpected sources. For Van, this summer will test the meaning of friendship and trust—and how far love can bend before it breaks.

The above taken from Goodreads.

The first half of the book was basically monotonous and kinda dragging from one character to another. It picked up pace midway when Van decided to stay back and initiated Blue Crab Restaurant's refurbishment. More or less predictable plots with women's diva moments. Definitely had me thinking of Diva channel's women / romance movies LOL!

Well, the turning point was when Gigi, the least prominent character, turned out to be the "villain"! Sorry for that spoiler but I can't help it as it was the only peak moment for me. The ending was a little too rush for my liking and I didn't get a "Happy ever after" ending so it was kinda lukewarm to end as such. Overall, it was an easy read, just don't expect too much.
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