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.
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I was not expecting what Nancy Naigle gave me with this book. This is such a touching story about women becoming friends and the support system for each other with no exclusions for the generation gap between them. Maeve was someone I wish I had really known. All she did was uplift others, even though she was the one who probably needed it the most. Amanda was really floundering in her grief and in trying to move on after the death of her husband that left her with two small children. She pretty sure she's done the right thing by moving to the little cottage by the shore, but meeting Maeve makes her sure of it. She doesn't think she'll ever love another man like she did Adam, but sometimes fate has other ideas. I loved the forgiveness and the healing that took place in this book. Moving on can come in a lot of different forms and it certainly did in this book. Grief is a huge part of the story and I had to put it down numerous times until I could staunch my tears. The story destroyed me, but then it built me back up. Incredible read! I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
Going through my own loss I could very well relate with this book. The story was captivating and has a slow build. I admired Amanda's strength despite her pain and loss. I admired how she chose to build a great future for her kids even though that meant leaving what she knew. The friendship between herself and Maeve was the highlight of the book for me. I love deep and meaningful friendships like theirs. The book is about love, friendships in the midst of storms and the help God sends to us in the most beautiful of ways. The settings of the book was also a huge plus for me. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
This book is more than a great beach read. It’s a perfect anywhere read! The Shell Collector shares the story of a military widow with two young children who moves to a small town where she knows no one to find solace in the beach that has held a special place in her heart for many years. Nancy Naigle writes a delightful story of how cross-generational friendships can be a godsend for hope and healing from life’s tragic experiences. You will enjoy the supporting characters as much as those in the central love story. I love Tug! I’m always excited to read a good story set on the beach, and this one does not disappoint! If you enjoy clean and wholesome romances full of friendship and second chances, you’ll want to read The Shell Collector!
What a beautifully written, emotional story. This story is centered around Amanda and her two young children, Hailey and Jesse. Two years after her husband, Jack, was killed in action, she moves her family to Whelk’s Island, North Carolina, where Jack and her married. While at the beach, they meet Maeve, an older woman that has moved back to her family home. I’m not going to leave any spoilers because I hope everyone will grab this amazing story and read it for themselves. I will say there’s romance, shells with written messages inside, and tears involved. I really love The Wife, Tug’s African gray parrot.. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.
A beautifully written story centered around two courageous women, Amanda and Maeve. Their brief but poignant friendship brings out every emotion-lost love, pure joy, intense grief but mostly hope. My absolute favorite part of the book was being transported to the serenity and enjoyment of the beach. It brought back so many magical memories of flying kites, building castles and crab hunting. I believe I might have a little bit of Maeve in me and I just adored her. I was honored to be part of the launch team and received an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley ,these are my honest opinions. I highly recommend putting this uplifting novel in your beach bag, put your toes in the sand and enjoy!
Loved it! There is so much love in this story. Mother and children, dogs, new friends and old friends, all showing love to one another in special ways. There is laughter and tears. A heartwarming tale from beginning to end. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
This was such a lovely story of moving through grief after the loss of a loved one - be it spouse or friend. Nancy Naigle lived that journey and was inspired to write this novel. Amanda, a young widow and mother of two young children is beginning that journey in a new community. It's there she meets an elderly woman, Maeve, on the beach. An instant connection is formed between Maeve and the young family. There are more people whose importance to this core group is apparent. I enjoyed them all and loved the message of living each day in the moments. Recommended.
You know you are reading an excellent book when you have tears in your eyes and a smile in your heart. Such is The Shell Collector by Nancy Naigle. A widowed mother of two and an elderly, free spirited woman meet on the beach where the widow had been married. This meeting brings to both more than they could ever have expected. Secret messages, wisdom, love and second chances come together to give you a reading journey not to be missed. Thank you Netgalley and Publisher Waterbrook and Multnomah foe an advanced copy of this novel. The comments and review are my honest opinion.
What can I say? Nancy Naigle is a master and writing books is her medium. Amanda and her children are trying to put their lives together and doing okay when they move to Whelk Island. When they meet Maeve and find those mysterious shells the true path is revealed. I read this book without expectation other than the knowledge that I have enjoyed every single book I have read by Nancy and continue to look forward to everything else she writes. You cannot go wrong with this one.
Every now and then, I come across a story that simply fills my heart. The Shell Collector is a beautiful, heartwarming, and inspirational story. When I started reading, I soon realized I was following a journey of God’s love as I watched and listened to all the characters as their lives were unveiled through the author’s beautiful characterizations. I felt their heartbreak and pain; and their faith, joy, and love as Author Nancy Naigle so eloquently penned the words of this magical story. Keep a soft tissue close by because you’ll need it. The writing shines as bright as the stars twinkling in the sky making this book a keeper to read again and again. “Your presence is a gift”. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Waterbrook & Multnomah. All opinions are my own. Thank you.
This was such a beautiful story that had me wiping tears more than once. Loss and unbearable grief lead to a new home that brings a very special person into Amanda and her children's life. As the friendship grows an old friend that had been lost also finds his way back to Amanda. Together they heal and come to terms with another impending loss that will lead Amanda, Paul, Hailey and Jesse to a life that honors two very special people lost but never forgotten