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|Title: The Shell Collector, A Novel|
By: Nancy Naigle
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 8 1/4 X 5 1/2 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW193594
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 husbands 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, hes convinced hes not suited for romance and is determined to find meaningalonethrough his work and role in the community.
Widowed Maeve Lindsay was born and raised on Whelks 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 thats bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have hoped for or expected.
"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 renewalproof 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 liveand loveagain. Youll cryand smileand youll 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 shouldnt 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 seashellsand pondering the encouraging messages inside themright along with the characters. Dont 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. Dont miss this tender tale full of wisdom and insight!"Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Bookshop by the Sea
"The Shell Collector is utterly charming. Naigles 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 youre open to the unexpected miracles life has to offer."Erin Cahill, actress
Author: Nancy Naigle
Located in: Patrick Springs, VA
Submitted: May 15, 2021
Tell us a little about yourself. Hi, Friends, I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. I never set out to be make my living as a writer. I had a wonderful twenty-year career as a Senior Vice President with Bank of America, but when I lost my husband in 2014 I felt the need to follow a new path. I had some books published, but that year my journey in writing changed. My stories changed as much as my life did. I took an early retirement from the bank and put all my faith into my writing. It's been so rewarding, and I feel so blessed by the opportunities that have come my way.
With 32 published works, I'm a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary small town love stories including the Adams Grove, Boot Creek, and Christmas in Evergreen series. Several of my 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. Sand Dollar Cove, based on my novella with the same title, will premiere on Hallmark Channel June 26th. For more information on new books and movies you can sign up for my newsletter on my website.
What was your motivation behind this project? My cousin once shared a story that she'd heard about a family friend who found a special shell as she walked the surf along the Outer Banks in North Carolina where she lived. With something heavy on her heart, she kicked up a shell, and when she reached down to pick it up she noticed there was a scripture written inside. She found great comfort in that message. A year later she found another. She found a few more over the years too. Each of the shells came to her when she needed it most. No one else ever mentioned finding one which left her wondering how they came to her, and why. She treasured them considering them gifts from her angels by the sea. I loved the idea of that, and thought of it often, but never more than in 2014. I lost my husband and my cousin within just weeks of each other. I could have used a boatload of those shells that year. The story of The Shell Collector took hold in my heart and over the years it grew into a story not just about shells, but the people whose lives they touched and the friendships and love that grew because of them--a story of kindness, friendship, survival and hope.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? If the reader has lived through this type of loss, I hope they find comfort and hope through this story. If they haven't, then I hope it encourages them to step up and be the for someone else, or when they are faced with this type of grief perhaps some of the comforting words in this story will give them strength and assurance to proceed with grace. Those feelings of loss never go away, but they do change. They lose the sharp edges and the weight. Unfortunately, there's no recipe to make it through faster or easier. Everyone is different. Life is rarely predictable, if were are doing it right.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It took me a long time to get to the point that I could write this story after going through the loss of my husband, but I was excited to share it and hopefully help bring something positive out of a hard part of my life. I am humbled and appreciative for the wonderful reviews and notes I've already received from readers about how it has touched their heart.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I have so many favorite authors, and am thankful to call so many of them my friends. I'm a huge Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, RaeAnne Thayne, Lisa Wingate, Mary Alice Monroe and Karen Kingsbury fan. Good stories, with real problems and communities that are filled with good people helping navigate life.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Thank you so much for picking up The Shell Collector. There are so many books out there, and I know how precious time is. It's truly a luxury to make the time to sit and read--escaping between the pages of a novel. I appreciate you spending your time in my novels. Hugs and happy reading, Nancy
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