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.
I really enjoyed this book. 4 women brought together in support of Jess, who’s being bullied into a marriage to a man that will only bring misery to this marriage. After catching the groom in a totally compromising sexual encounter with a cocktail waitress in the parking lot in front of hundreds of invited guests, her friends help her escape. They head to an island, seemingly forgotten by time. Each woman has a different issue that she confronts as they lay low trying to “save” Jess. There’s no big romance, no pages & pages of over the top sexual encounters, only 4 women bonding, sharing the things that have been hidden, too painful to face. And how they are there for each other. Woman power without the heavy hand too often seen women’s lit.