Lighthouse Beach is 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.
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From Shelley Noble:
Before I became a novelist, I was a dancer. Now dancing for a living is a great job, you see the world, though most of your time is spent inside a dark theatre. But in between rehearsals and performances and the occasional day off, I saw a lot of amazing places, met some incredible people, some who were famous, some who lived ordinary lives and were just as fascinating.
But the thing about dancing is you retire about the same time most people are hitting their stride in their careers, heading to the corner office or landing good assignments, getting tenure, or a raise for a job well done.
I was there. Wondering what the heck? And then I got this fortune cookie. I kid you not. I was having dinner with friends at a favorite restaurant in Chinatown and I was angsting about my next step in life and holy cow, I didn’t have any savings, so maybe I should stick it out one more year, even though, gulp, I was headed toward thirty eight. The waiter brought our fortune cookies. I opened mine. This is what it said.
“You can’t slide into second with one foot on first.”
Now I haven’t played softball in years, but I got it. I took the leap. And landed (eventually) in writing. And my stories? You guessed it, my characters are all in a state of flux, of reinvention, or redemption, moving from what we were, or thought we were into what we were meant to be. And depending on our friends and family to help us through and being there for them when they need us too.
Because I believe getting it right takes a village.
Yikes, that sounds heavy, but it’s really something we all do all the time, sometimes in little ways, sometimes in major life-changing ways.
So I put my characters at the beach because I live at the beach, love the beach, and if I have to work stuff out, I just as soon do it near the beach. I also surround my characters with friends and family, some who are helpful, some not so, maybe a love interest, definitely a villain (even if it lurks in my heroine’s own insecurities.)
And while they’re working out stuff and becoming who they’re supposed to be, they have a little fun, shed a few tears, maybe fall in love and let us join them in their journey from first to second, then third, and home at last. And when they finally get there, I hope they’ve helped us all come a little closer to finding our way, too.