I really enjoyed this novel. It was light-hearted, fun and a cozy read. Yes, to some it might be on the heavy side with grief, but I really loved Amanda’s character and felt the author did a great job in making her grief acceptable with the help of Maeve’s character.
Amanda lost her husband two years ago and is still struggling- as to be expected. She has bought a fixer upper cottage and is wanting to give the kids a new start as well as herself. Although her mother is questioning her decisions, Amanda knows this is the right decision- it just feels right.
Maeve has lived on Whelk’s Island her whole life, and soon falls into being apart of Amanda and her two kids lives. Friendship seems to come very easily to them, and slowly Amanda opens up and Maeve is there to give her guidance and what advise she can- she is a widow herself.
The two quickly form a friendship and this is the type of relationship Amanda has been looking for in a mother figure, and Maeve has always wanted little ones to spoil and enjoy the rest of her days with. Children can see things so simply, and Maeve has quickly taken a liking to teaching and showing them all about the beach and the special shells.
With a little bit of nudging from Maeve, she has taught Amanda that it is ok to grieve, and take time for herself, and ask for help- and that she will find romance once again. It may not be the same as what she had with her husband, but she knows the right man will come along, and that man may just be from familiar to them both.
Thank you to the author for the free novel, and goodies and The Book Review Crew for the invite. I will be looking up more novels by Nancy, when I need something light and comforting. I really enjoyed this storyline, as well as Amanda and Maeve’s characters and relationship.
~ About the Book ~
The Shell Collector
Published May 11, 2021 By WaterBrook
“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.
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Free excerpt and downloadable shell quote cards from the book – https://www.nancynaigle.com/theshellcollector
Online crossword puzzle – https://crosswordhobbyist.com/878130
Online book cover jigsaw – https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=0b0f73ca9041