Thursday, June 26, 2014


TITLE: Breakwater Bay
AUTHOR: Shelley Noble
GENRE: Women's Fiction/Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2014
PUBLISHED BY: William Morrow
FORMAT: eBook and Paperback
PAGES: Approx. 384

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The perfect summer story of family secrets, an abandoned baby, and new romance set in Newport, RI.
Meri Hollis is happy to come home as her restoration career takes her back to her roots in Newport, RI. She can spend time with her Gran, contemplate her future with her not-so-committed boyfriend, and help restore a classic Newport mansion to its former glory. But her idyllic summer takes a turn on her 30th birthday. She did not expect to have her family’s deepest, darkest secret exposed and she certainly didn’t expect that secret to have anything to do with her... 

30 years ago, Alden Corrigan was just a boy who snuck out of the house to take his father’s dinghy out on the water. But when a storm come up, he suddenly finds himself playing rescuer to a girl. A very pregnant girl. After he saves her life, the girl runs off. But not before she leaves behind a very special gift. 

Now that the truth it out, there is much more at stake for the summer in BREAKWATER BAY. And Meri and Alden are thrust into situation that could prove to be the making of their futures... or the end of their friendship.

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        Traffic was heavy as Meri drove north out of Newport.  Gran lived about a fifteen minute stone’s throw across the bay.  But to drive there she had to go up to Portsmouth, across the bridge, then south again.  So she hunkered down to endure the cars, the dark and the rain.
It must have been raining all day, not that she’d noticed, because the streets and sidewalks were slick and puddles had formed in the uneven asphalt. She never did notice things when she was deep into a project.  She had great powers of concentration and could spend hours lost in the zone.
Even as a child, Meri would look up from reading, or weeding, or just lying in the sea grass thinking, to find her three brothers standing over her. “We’ve been calling you for hours,” they’d complain.  “Dinner’s ready.” And they’d drag her to her feet and race her across the dunes to the house they shared with Gran.  When Meri was fifteen her father was granted a research position at Yale and the family moved to New Haven, only seeing Gran on long weekends and holidays.
Meri sighed. Thirty must be the age when you started reminiscing about life.  She was definitely feeling nostalgic tonight.  Maybe it was because her future was suddenly looking a little hazy. Though she had to admit, Peter’s change of plans hadn’t thrown her into depths of despair.  After her initial shock and dismay, her first thought was she would have more time to concentrate on her work without feeling guilty about neglecting him. 
Obviously, neither of them were ready for total commitment.  This would give them some time to really figure things out.
As she crossed the bridge at Tiverton, the drizzle became a deluge, and her little hatchback was buffeted by gusts of wind which didn’t let up until she turned south again toward Calder farm.  She could see the house across the dunes long before she got there. Every window was lit and the clapboard and stone farmhouse shone like a lighthouse out of the dark.  Way to the left of it, Alden Corrigan’s monstrous old house appeared as a ominous shadow.
Meri smiled. Looks could be deceiving. Alden’s house was merely untended.  It had seen its share of unhappiness like most of the old houses in the area, but it had also had its share of good times.

About the Author...

Shelley Noble is a former professional dancer and choreographer. She most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.

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