The Shell Collector - by Nancy Naigle (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: .7 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Romance
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Nancy Naigle
Language: English
Street Date: May 11, 2021
TCIN: 81509424
UPC: 9780593193594
Item Number (DPCI): 247-10-9579
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

"A touching novel of love and loss, a friendship that crosses generations, and learning how even the smallest gifts can change a life for good, from USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle"--

Book Synopsis

"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.

Review Quotes

"This is a beautiful story full of love, loss, and second chances. A collection of vivid characters, an inspiring setting, and heart-held hope for a better tomorrow."--Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"As an avid shell seeker, I enjoyed this tale of surprises deposited among the tides, with its underlying message of finding just the shells we are meant to discover. A tender story of faith, love, and friendship that will warm the hearts of beachgoers and lovers of the sea."--Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

"A touching story of hope and renewal--proof that you can find more at the beach than shells."--Sheila Roberts, USA Today bestselling author

"An amazing emotional story of putting one foot in front of the other, of overcoming heartache, and of learning to live--and love--again. You'll cry--and smile--and you'll close the book with a very full heart."--Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

"Nancy Naigle is at the top of her game with The Shell Collector. A compelling cast of characters tackles the issues of loss and grief with wit and grace. An uplifting, hopeful page-turner that shouldn't be missed!"--Barbara Hinske, author of the Rosemont series and Guiding Emily

"A touching story about love, loss, and healing, The Shell Collector gives you all the feels. I enjoyed spending time at the beach collecting seashells--and pondering the encouraging messages inside them--right along with the characters. Don't miss this uplifting, faith-affirming read!"--Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author

"The Shell Collector is a beautiful, emotional story about the glorious sunrise that can come after a dark night, about surviving loss and finding hope and joy again. Amanda, Maeve, and the entire cast will break your heart and then heal it all over again."--RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

"In The Shell Collector, Naigle takes readers on a hopeful journey of healing after unimaginable loss. A tragic past, lovable characters, and a charming small-town setting align for a meaningful beach read. Don't miss this tender tale full of wisdom and insight!"--Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Bookshop by the Sea

"The Shell Collector is utterly charming. Naigle's story of restoration, love, and hope is a perfect read any time of the year. The characters are fun if not a bit quirky, and the setting evokes so much peace. Well done."--Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author

"The Shell Collector is an unforgettable story of love, hope, and healing. This inspiring novel has found a place in my heart."--Jane Porter, New York Times bestselling author

"The Shell Collector gives voice to the profound truth of grieving and learning to come alive again. Nancy Naigle beautifully shows how love can come in so many different forms, as long as you're open to the unexpected miracles life has to offer."--Erin Cahill, actress

About the Author

Nancy Naigle is a USA Today bestselling author whose many contemporary romance novels include the Adams Grove, Boot Creek, and Christmas in Evergreen series. Several of her novels have been adapted to the television screen, airing on the Hallmark Channel and on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the popular Christmas Joy and Hope at Christmas. Nancy makes her home in North Carolina.
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4.7 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

Wonderful Story

5 out of 5 stars
SandyH - 2 years ago
A wonderful story of faith, friendship, second chances, and healing after loss. I absolutely loved Maeve's inspiring character.
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Loved it

5 out of 5 stars
Bea Followill - 2 years ago
Beautifully written , inspiring messages throughout the book. Love the characters and the storyline was so wonderful , I hope many read this book and are inspired by the shells and the heartfelt underlying message written throughout these pages, lovely author , personal feel to this one .LOVED IT!
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Wonderful book!

5 out of 5 stars
KrisM - 2 years ago
What a sweet, wonderful book! Full disclosure – have tissues ready when reading this one! There were so many parts I loved about this book; I loved the wonderful relationship formed between Maeve and Amanda, multigenerational and so precious. I loved the beach descriptions. And the mystery of the shells that randomly showed up. Although there is some sweet romance, it did not seem like a romance book to me but rather a book on seeing people as they are, where they are. I loved it and highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Heartwarming story of friendship

5 out of 5 stars
Anne - 2 years ago
What a wonderfully sweet story. I loved this story about friendships and second chance romance. Nancy Naigle has written a heartwarming story about the gift of new friends and old ones too in her newest book, The Shell Collector. Amanda and her two young children are dealing with the grief of losing their husband and father. Starting over seems like the right thing to do and yet there are struggles to overcome in their new situation too. Meeting Maeve is a God-send and the friendship evolves into such a special relationship. The characters are strong, realistic, and relatable, people I'd love to know in real life! People who breathe 'new joy in each other's lives.' Lots of interesting tidbits about life on the Whelk's Island in North Carolina, a trip to a Southern plantation to see the Spanish Moss, and shells with messages that seem to show up at just the right time to just the right person. I am so looking forward to reading more from this author. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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A touching tale!

3 out of 5 stars
- 2 years ago
The Shell Collector by Nancy Naigle is a sweet, inspiring story. It is one of those novels that makes you feel good. It is the perfect type of book to read while relaxing by the pool or while on vacation. We get to meet Amanda Whittier and her children along with Paul Grant and Maeve Lindsay. I just loved Maeve who is a free-spirited woman who enjoys life to the fullest. The friendship between Maeve and Amanda was touching. The point-of-view switches between Maeve, Amanda, and Paul. This allows readers to see things from each of their perspectives. The Shell Collector is an emotional story that will tug on your heartstrings. I thought The Shell Collector was well-written with developed characters and a beautiful setting. I just loved the sound of Whelk’s Island. I liked the small-town community as well as the beautiful beach. The shell descriptions allowed me to imagine what they looked like. I thought it was creative for someone to write inspirational messages inside shells and leave them where they can be found. It seemed the right shell was found by the person who needed it at that time. One of my favorite quotes from The Shell Collector is, “Unfortunately no life is free of sadness, be it from pain, loss, ill, or…, well, you get the idea. It’s all a necessary part of a life well lived.” In life we need both the good and the bad so that we have balance. The other is, “When the tide goes out, we get to appreciate the treasures it reveals. And when it comes in, new life is washed ashore. There’s beauty in both.” I did feel the story was a tad too long. It could have been fifty pages shorter. I also felt the characters were too perfect especially Paul and the kids. I cannot imagine kids behaving as good as Amanda’s two children (they were polite, corrected themselves if they made an error, played together nicely). Faith is at the forefront of The Shell Collector. Our three main characters are Christians who knows God is there for them. They pray for his guidance and know that all things happen in His timing. This is a story about wisdom, friendship, a second chance at love, and finding joy in nature’s beauty. The Shell Collector is a touching tale with cute kids, a playful pooch, special seashells, a mournful mother, a free-spirited friend, superannuated soldier, and a gracious God.
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Meaningful Interactions

4 out of 5 stars
ChritianFictionandMore - 2 years ago
Nancy Naigle is a new-to-me author, and I am happy to have discovered her with such a poignant story. She says by way of an introduction that this story is one that was birthed the year she lost her husband, but only recently was she able to bring the words to the page. It is a story of grief, of love, and of coming alongside one another to walk the path of grieving and to living. A, if not unlikely then unexpected, relationship develops between a young widow with two children and an octogenarian who has been widowed for some time, and who had no children, although she mothered many in the small town of Welk Island. Each bring special gifts needed by the other. Not only is this story an enjoyable read, but it inspires readers to look at their personal interactions with others and to seek ways to make them more meaningful as well as to be open to those unlikely and unexpected relationships. I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of The Shell Collector from WaterBrooke via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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Friendship, Grief, & Healing

5 out of 5 stars
Connie Saunders - 2 years ago
This is such a lovely story, and I found myself feeling many of the emotions that a well-written novel can evoke. I was washed in sadness as Amanda and her children adjusted to life without a husband and father, and I rejoiced as they began to feel moments of joy even in their grieving. I also loved the friendship that developed between Amanda and Maeve, despite the fact that they were years apart in age. Maeve had lived through much of what Amanda was experiencing, and the fact that she'd never had her own children, made the love and attention that she lavished on Hailey and Jesse even more poignant. Watching her patiently show them the satisfaction in searching for shells along the beach warmed my heart, and her kindness and wisdom was special, indeed. We all need a Maeve in our lives! "I'm an excellent listener. I won't ask or push. Just let be there for you a you're ready. Don't make the mistakes I made. I wasted so many years buried in suffering." The Shell Collector has a perfect setting, an assurance that, even after loss, life does go on, and a faith-revealing message that God is always with us. It also reminds us that love comes in many forms, and each one is equally important. Romantic love is wonderful, but the love between friends can be life-altering and life-sustaining! Nancy Naigle has written an exceptional book and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary women's fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
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Love and Loss

5 out of 5 stars
Maureen - 2 years ago
This book will put you in touch with your emotions, so much love and loss. A young mother trying to keep life a bit normal for her two young children after the loss of her husband, and we are here to walk in her shoes. Add a wonderful seasoned woman who lost her husband at a young age, and we are in for a page turner of a read. God's hand placed Amanda where she would meet Maeve, and they blessed one another, in more ways than one. We are given unconditional love at all levels, and the gifts keep giving. When Paul enters this book, you will need the tissues handy, oh, how I wished it could have been whom the little one wanted it to be, but again Paul blesses all we come to love. You don't want to miss this beautifully written story of love and loss, and love again. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher WaterBrook & Multnomah, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Beautifully Written

5 out of 5 stars
KM - 2 years ago
A beautifully written book about grief and the strength of friendship that overcomes and uplifts the spirit.
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