Tuesday, May 11, 2021



This emotional, amazing, unputdownable, and unforgettable read will stick with long after you finish the book.  This must read novel is sure to become one of your all time favorites. I loved every bit of this book. 

Amanda Whittier lost her Marine husband two years ago and she is still trying to find her way in life.  She is a single mother to two amazing kids, Hailey and Jesse.  Amanda decides to make a fresh start and move her kids to Whelk’s Island, North Carolina, and she purchases a fixer-upper cottage by the sea.  While on the beach Amanda meets Maeve, who has lived in Whelk’s Island her entire life.  She is an older woman, also a widow, and every morning of everyday Maeve goes down to the beach and collects seashells.  The friendship that develops between Amanda and Maeve is so amazing, uplifting and encouraging.  Maeve helps Amanda through the lingering grief of loosing her husband.  Maeve becomes Amanda’s best friend and the perfect support system that she didn’t know she needed.  This story of family, love, overcoming grief, second chances, old and new friendships is one that you can’t help but read in one sitting.  But keep the Kleenex box nearby because there is no way to escape the flow of tears while experiencing this wonderful story. I loved the well written description of the seashore and the amazing and well developed characters, I couldn’t help but make a connection with each and every one of them.

Don’t pass up this charming and heartwarming story with all the feels.  It is sure to pull at your heartstrings and is an absolute must read.  I loved this book, and I highly recommend it.  Thank you Nancy Naigle for such a wonderful story, I wish I could give ten stars.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Nancy Naigle

Publisher:  WaterBrook & Multnomah
Publication Date: May 11, 2021 
Pages: 347 
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A touching novel of a friendship that crosses generations, and learning how even the smallest gifts can change a life for good, from USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle.

Two years after her husband’s death, Amanda Whittier has two children to raise alone, an abandoned dream of starting a business, and a fixer-upper cottage by the sea. She has no room in her life for anything else and little interest in moving on after losing the man she loved. 

Paul Grant is a relative newcomer to the area, and his work with former military dogs needing rehabilitation has been good for the town. Though he loved once before, he’s convinced he’s not suited for romance and is determined to find meaning—alone—through his work and role in the community. 

Widowed Maeve Lindsay was born and raised on Whelk’s Island. Spirited, kind, and a little mischievous, she pours her life into the town. But she carries a secret that shapes her every move. 

Together, these three souls find encouragement in the most mysterious places and discover a love that’s bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have hoped for or expected.


USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began her popular contemporary romance series, Adams Grove while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre farm. Over twenty-five novels later, Nancy is a Romance Writers of America and ACFW Honor Roll author. Her books have been translated into multiple languages and received favorable reviews from major trade journals. 

In 2018, Crown Media brought two of Nancy’s novels, Christmas Joy and Hope at Christmas to life. She also novelized two Hallmark Original Movies set in the town of Evergreen, and the third is a work in progress, bringing the whole story and bonus epilogues to Hallmark fans. Watch for The Secret Ingredient and Sand Dollar Cove coming later this year.

Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and horseback riding with friends. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.

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