The Shell Collector

A Novel

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Publisher Description

The Shell Collector is a beautiful story full of love, loss, and second chances.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

From USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle, The Shell Collector is a touching novel of a friendship that crosses generations, and learning how even the smallest gifts can change a life for good.

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.

May 11
The Crown Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

pudge48 ,

The Shell Collector

It’s a must read. Had to wipe my eyes to keep reading. Wonderfully written.

Rt2025 ,

The shell collector

I laughed and cried over this story. It’s about loving someone so much then learning how to deal with their loss. Then finding a wonderful, amazing friend to help you learn to live again. Very beautiful heartfelt story. This is a 10* all the way.

Moosech ,

Phenomenal, Unputdownable, Amazing, Unforgettable Read

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.

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