A Beach Wish

A Beach Wish

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble returns to the beach in her latest summer read about the family we create and the wishes we make that can shape us.Zoe Bascombe has never said no to her family. When she blew her Juilliard audition, she caved to their wishes and went to business school. But when her mother dies and leaves instructions for Zoe to spread her...

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Title:A Beach Wish
Author:Shelley Noble
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A Beach Wish Reviews

  • Linda 📚

    A Novel full of surprises in a lovely beach setting. Humor. The wind chimes are magical. Loved it!

  • DJ Sakata

    My Rating:

    4.5

    Favorite Quotes:

    Zoe took a quick last look in her rearview mirror, where her family appeared as a perfectly framed photo for a bare second before dispersing out of frame. Like an Etch A Sketch drawing turned upside down.

    Actually I’m, uh, working remotely.” Just a little white lie. Just reshuffle the words and you had “I’m not remotely working.”

    A feud, star-crossed lovers, an angry old rock star, and a missing hotel propriet

    My Rating:

    4.5

    Favorite Quotes:

    Zoe took a quick last look in her rearview mirror, where her family appeared as a perfectly framed photo for a bare second before dispersing out of frame. Like an Etch A Sketch drawing turned upside down.

    Actually I’m, uh, working remotely.” Just a little white lie. Just reshuffle the words and you had “I’m not remotely working.”

    A feud, star-crossed lovers, an angry old rock star, and a missing hotel proprietor—it’s just like Shakespeare in the Park without the mosquitoes…

    He whipped off his hat. His hair sprang out like a ballerina’s tutu from a totally bald head.

    Stupid, really, that even though she was currently unemployed, she was still herding relative strangers. Ha. Relative strangers. Strange relatives. Yep. She had plenty of both.

    My Review:

    This multi-textured tale was filled with long-held secrets, small-town corruption, a forty-year-old feud, adorable elderly hippies, a greedy and menacingly villainous ninety-year-old matriarch, and loads of complicated and turbulent family dynamics and drama; it was a tasty summer treat that didn’t require a cooler and supplied its own sand. Upon her mother’s death, Zoe was tasked with the errand of spreading the ashes on an unfamiliar beach, which lead to a multitude of challenges and earth-shattering revelations about her mother as well as herself. The storylines and writing were observantly insightful and engaging while laced with uncertainty and emotional tension as well as shrewdly placed snippets of wit and levity. My curiosity and interest were well engaged and I enjoyed the unusual premise as much as the peculiarity and vagaries of the diverse and large cast of compelling characters. This was my first time sampling the clever wordplay of the divine Shelly Noble yet Goodreads lists twenty books and novellas to her credit, where have I been?

  • Andrea Guy

    Shelly Noble is becoming one of my "summer" authors. I find myself always reading her latest at this time of year.

    This book was a bit of an emotional read for me and it was slow going because of it. That's just me. I just lost my mother this past Oct and any book that involves the death of a parent, especially a mother is hard for me to read, no matter how good it is.

    When Zoe's mom dies, she discovers that her mother has kept some secrets. She find

    Shelly Noble is becoming one of my "summer" authors. I find myself always reading her latest at this time of year.

    This book was a bit of an emotional read for me and it was slow going because of it. That's just me. I just lost my mother this past Oct and any book that involves the death of a parent, especially a mother is hard for me to read, no matter how good it is.

    When Zoe's mom dies, she discovers that her mother has kept some secrets. She finds that out when she has to take her mom's ashes to a place called Wind Chime Beach. These aren't any old secrets either, this is, mom had a whole other family that no one knew anything about.

    I loved how Zoe slowly becomes friends with everyone, even though she kept to herself at first. Truth be told, I didn't understand why she didn't say why she was there, instead telling people for awhile that she was just really vacationing.

    The other family she discovers is full of drama. (Romeo and Juliet kind of drama). I want to give props to Shelley Noble for referencing The Reflections song Just Like Romeo and Juliet in the book.

    I loved how all the characters managed to tie together. I loved Eve and her daughters that had there own drama. Then there was Henry and Floret and the hateful grandma, Hannah. The characters may all seem small at times but each played a big part in the outcome one way or another. Not to mention Lee, Mel and Eli

    This was a wonderful story about families and secrets and one that was perfect for a lazy afternoon when you can get lost in a book.

  • Marlene

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    A Beach Wish is purely delightful women’s fiction. Or chick lit. Some of the women who move forward with their lives in the course of this story are young enough to be figuring their lives out for the first time. And some are on their way to second, third or even fourth inventions of self. And one who might be on fifth or sixth – except that she fails, again.

    That’s only part of the story.

    As so many stories begin, to paraphrase Char

    Originally published at

    A Beach Wish is purely delightful women’s fiction. Or chick lit. Some of the women who move forward with their lives in the course of this story are young enough to be figuring their lives out for the first time. And some are on their way to second, third or even fourth inventions of self. And one who might be on fifth or sixth – except that she fails, again.

    That’s only part of the story.

    As so many stories begin, to paraphrase Charles Dickens in his immortal Christmas Carol, Jenny Bascombe was dead, to begin with. But the mess she left behind is very much alive, and plenty of people are getting kicked in the process of resolving that mess.

    Jenny left instructions upon her death. Detailed instructions. She was just that kind of organized. Buttoned-up. Controlled. Definitely controlled – at least for all of the life that her three sons and one daughter ever saw.

    So her last request makes no sense whatsoever. For her daughter Zoe, and just her daughter Zoe, to take her ashes to a place called Wind Chime Beach and scatter them there.

    Her two older brothers are up in arms. Her closest brother, Chris, wants to help her however he can.

    But Zoe does what she has always done – she listens to her mother, one last time, and drives north from New Jersey to that beach.

    Where she discovers that she never really knew her mother after all – but that there are a whole lot of people who did. And that they have all been waiting for Jenny to finally come home. One last time.

    Escape Rating A-: I expected to like this, but I really, really liked this. Finishing at 2 am in the morning liked.

    This is one of those stories where the family is hella complicated, and only gets crazier as it goes. Zoe’s two oldest brothers seem to be chips off the old block, meaning dear old (left mom for his secretary) dad. Not that they seem likely to bail on their wives, just that they’ve bought into the whole corporate, suit and tie, climbing the ladder of success, living their lives based on other people’s judgments, kind of thing.

    Zoe and Chris are the rebels. Chris is an actor who is out of work as often as he’s in. He’s also gay, but that seems not to be much of an issue for the family (times definitely have changed, at least in fiction). But he’s not ever planning on doing the 9-to-5 routine that his brothers do, and it drives said brothers a bit crazy.

    Zoe tried the 9-to-5 – more like the 7-to-whenever, but her job as an events manager to the stars has just dried up. She got into events managing the music business because she wanted to BE in the music business, but now she’s neither. And at more than enough loose ends to be willing to carry out her mother’s last request – no matter how little sense it makes.

    Until it does. What makes this story so interesting and so much fun is what Zoe discovers at Wind Chime Beach. Once upon a time, her mother was someone entirely different from the uber-organized uber-planner who raised Zoe and her brothers.

    And there are a whole lot of people who remember that Jenny. The Jenny who might have been her best self. Those people are ready and willing to welcome Zoe into their midst. Some with open arms, some with a clenched fist.

    Figuring out the who and why of that past, and why Zoe’s strong resemblance to her mother evokes such strong reactions, is the heart and soul of this book. It’s Zoe’s journey of discovery, but that’s not all it is. It’s also a story of grief and reconciliation.

    In the end, Zoe and the people Jenny left behind at Wind Chime Beach have a chance to finally say their goodbyes and move on with their lives. It makes for a fascinating contrast that one of them doesn’t. Some people don’t want closure, they want to clutch their hurts like pearls – and isn’t that all too human.

    I enjoyed Zoe’s journey of discovery. I also found it refreshing that while Zoe opens her heart and lets plenty of new people into her life, there is no romance here – nor should there be. This is not intended to be a story about finding an HEA. It is appropriately, and wonderfully, a story about finding oneself. A Beach Wish is a terrific beach read – or a lovely read for any time at all.

  • Sue

    I love reading books about the beach during the summer. This was much more than a beach read - it was the story about family and love and a fun book to read. There were a lot of characters and I think some of them could have been left out with no problem but I was able to keep up with all of the main characters. My favorite had to be Zoe. She was on a quest to fulfill her mother's final wish and even though it made absolutely no sense to her why her mother wanted her ashes scattered on a beach t

    I love reading books about the beach during the summer. This was much more than a beach read - it was the story about family and love and a fun book to read. There were a lot of characters and I think some of them could have been left out with no problem but I was able to keep up with all of the main characters. My favorite had to be Zoe. She was on a quest to fulfill her mother's final wish and even though it made absolutely no sense to her why her mother wanted her ashes scattered on a beach that no one in the family had ever heard of, she was going to do it and then she was going to find out WHY Wind Chime Beach and WHAT her mother's connection was to the people who lived there.

    Zoe always wanted to be involved in the music business. After she failed her audition at Julliard, she went to business school as her family wanted and was thrilled to get a job in the music industry. When her job got downsized, she was left wondering what she wanted to do with her life. When her mother's final wish was for Zoe to scatter her ashes, she decided to do it despite the disapproval of her three brothers. When she gets to town, she runs into a lot of interesting people including an old hippie couple who still live life in a commune. She wonders what the connection is between her straight laced and proper mother with this place and with the older couple. What she finds out will totally change her opinion of her mother as well as change her future plans for her life.

    This was an easy read about family and love. Most important it was a reminder of the fact that our parents had lives before we were born and they were often very different than what we imagine.

    Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  • Berit☀️✨

    ᴘᴇʀғᴇᴄᴛ. sᴜᴍᴍᴇʀ. ʀᴇᴀᴅ.

    Shelley Noble has crafted the PERFECT summer read. Intriguing well developed characters. A beautiful beach setting. Plenty of family drama. And even a dash of romance. I love stories like this that completely whisk you away into the lives of the characters in the book. Zoe finds herself in a small New England town. She is there to spread her mothers ashes, but why would her mom want her ashes in a place that the family has never heard of? We all know our parents had a lif

    ᴘᴇʀғᴇᴄᴛ. sᴜᴍᴍᴇʀ. ʀᴇᴀᴅ.

    Shelley Noble has crafted the PERFECT summer read. Intriguing well developed characters. A beautiful beach setting. Plenty of family drama. And even a dash of romance. I love stories like this that completely whisk you away into the lives of the characters in the book. Zoe finds herself in a small New England town. She is there to spread her mothers ashes, but why would her mom want her ashes in a place that the family has never heard of? We all know our parents had a life before we were born, but what happens when that life includes an entire different family?

    Zoe was such a great character and I truly enjoyed spending time with her. She was so relatable and I really appreciated her quiet strength. The rest of the cast of characters were a true delight. The family drama was very reminiscent of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Two families with an age old dispute, and two kids in love. There was also a little magical element to the story, a beach called Wind Chime with an intriguing story of its own. This really is the perfect book to spend a lazy summer afternoon with.

    🎧🎧🎧Vanessa Johannsson has a crisp youthful voice that really blended well to the story.

    *** Big thanks to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

  • Patty

    I was able to read this beach read at the beach – it doesn’t get much better than that, does it? This is my second book by Ms. Noble; I had previously read her Stargazey Point. In A Beach Wish the reader is introduced to Zoe, a young woman who loves music but failed at her goal to get into Juilliard so is now just treading water through her life. Then her mother dies which rocks her world. Her mother leaves instructions for Zoe to scatter her ashes at a place called Wind Chime Beach. A place tha

    I was able to read this beach read at the beach – it doesn’t get much better than that, does it? This is my second book by Ms. Noble; I had previously read her Stargazey Point. In A Beach Wish the reader is introduced to Zoe, a young woman who loves music but failed at her goal to get into Juilliard so is now just treading water through her life. Then her mother dies which rocks her world. Her mother leaves instructions for Zoe to scatter her ashes at a place called Wind Chime Beach. A place that Zoe nor anyone else in the family has ever heard of. Her stepbrothers want to forgo her last wishes but Zoe heads out to follow them. While there she finds not the end of her mother’s life but rather the beginning. She also finds herself.

    A Beach Wish was a quick and easy read. I read it in an afternoon. It’s full of interesting and diverse characters who are at odds with one another. Zoe knows nothing of this place but soon comes to realize that her mother had a completely different life before her second marriage. The ending was pretty easy to figure out but it still made for a good story. The compulsory bad actor seemed a bit over the top but there does need to be conflict of some sort.

    Overall a satisfying read with a solid plot and interesting characters.

  • Sharlene

    I enjoyed this book very much. Shelley Noble always writes great books about family relationships. I always consider her when I need a good book for the beach, pool or easy chair. Appealing location with great characters.

  • Bruna Looby

    I devoured this book over the course of two days. It is such a pleasant story and the whole time I was reading it, I wished I could transport myself to Wind Chime Beach. Shelley Noble did an amazing job describing the city and the lovely hippie commune around it.

    Zoe’s mom, Jenny, passed away and left a letter with her last wishes: she wants Zoe to spread her ashes at Wind Chime Beach. Zoe has no idea where this place is and how her mom knows about it.

    As soon as Zoe gets to this

    I devoured this book over the course of two days. It is such a pleasant story and the whole time I was reading it, I wished I could transport myself to Wind Chime Beach. Shelley Noble did an amazing job describing the city and the lovely hippie commune around it.

    Zoe’s mom, Jenny, passed away and left a letter with her last wishes: she wants Zoe to spread her ashes at Wind Chime Beach. Zoe has no idea where this place is and how her mom knows about it.

    As soon as Zoe gets to this small city in New England, she meets Floret and Henry, a friendly couple who had met Jenny back in the days when she was an adventurous teenager living in the hippie commune. Zoe had no idea the woman she knew as her uptight mother was such a free-living teenager in her youth.

    Jenny left Zoe a letter explaining part of the story. She had fallen in love when she was younger and became pregnant. Zoe’s sister that she never met before lives in this city, as does Zoe’s real father. The letter stuns her. She wants to meet her real father, her sister, and other family that she had never heard of.

    But apparently her father is not very happy to meet his “new” daughter – the spitting image of the woman that once broke his heart and ran away from him, leaving him miserable. Her father’s mother is also not pleased about meeting Zoe. Her grandmother is the most powerful woman in the city; she despises the hippie commune and would do anything to get rid of it.

    Despite the huge surprise that changes her life forever, Zoe finds herself bonding with her sister and nieces. She also becomes fond of the city and the people she meets there. But will she be able to make her dad forget about the past and accept her as his daughter? What happened in the past that makes Zoe’s grandma hate her so much?

    The story has drama all over it: an old fight between families, Zoe’s new family, forbidden young love, and more. But at the same time, it’s a light story about forgiveness and letting things go.

  • Leah

    This wasn't what I hoped it would be. I liked the beach and the house and the wind chimes. Those were delightful. The characters were okay. Some were over the top. I didn't like the story. It was not what I was expecting. I knew it was about family, but I didn't think it would go down that road.

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