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New York Times  bestselling author Shelley Noble takes her readers on another beach adventure where a young woman discovers the power of family and forgiveness. School teacher Julie Barlow and her two best friends, Beth and Aggie, are looking forward to an adults only beach vacation. Julie also plans to use the time to figure out why her perfectly planned life has gone t New York Times  bestselling author Shelley Noble takes her readers on another beach adventure where a young woman discovers the power of family and forgiveness. School teacher Julie Barlow and her two best friends, Beth and Aggie, are looking forward to an adults only beach vacation. Julie also plans to use the time to figure out why her perfectly planned life has gone terribly amiss. They’ve barely hit the road when a frantic call from Julie’s mother hijacks their best laid plans. Uncle Tony “Lucky” Costa is missing. Always entertaining, often irresponsible, never reliable, Uncle Lucky was a favorite with her friends.  For Julie, for whom he’d been a sometimes surrogate father, not so much. Her mother wants them to take a “teeny” detour to look for the irascible retired surfer. Julie makes excuses. After all, she was the one who decided she never wanted to see Lucky again. Overruled in this as she is in much of her life, Julie and her friends detour to   Lucky’s latest scheme, Lucky’s Beach Bar and Grill.  They find it tucked away in a quaint coastal town on the Delaware coast. With a crescent beach of white sand, large waves, plenty of tanned young men, a lively night life, it’s a perfect beach getaway. Beth and Aggie see good times ahead, Julie is determined to get through it as quickly as possible. But that will change as she gets to know Lucky’s friends and confidantes. The taciturn bartender, the loyal housekeeper, the local fortune teller, the whole town shares a determination to protect him. But from what? Soon Julie and her friends are swept up in an effort to save the town's—and Lucky’s— most closely guarded secret. And Julie begins to see her uncle in a new light. Julie Barlow has a few things to learn about life—and love—and sacrifice. Her lesson begins this summer at Lucky’s Beach.


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New York Times  bestselling author Shelley Noble takes her readers on another beach adventure where a young woman discovers the power of family and forgiveness. School teacher Julie Barlow and her two best friends, Beth and Aggie, are looking forward to an adults only beach vacation. Julie also plans to use the time to figure out why her perfectly planned life has gone t New York Times  bestselling author Shelley Noble takes her readers on another beach adventure where a young woman discovers the power of family and forgiveness. School teacher Julie Barlow and her two best friends, Beth and Aggie, are looking forward to an adults only beach vacation. Julie also plans to use the time to figure out why her perfectly planned life has gone terribly amiss. They’ve barely hit the road when a frantic call from Julie’s mother hijacks their best laid plans. Uncle Tony “Lucky” Costa is missing. Always entertaining, often irresponsible, never reliable, Uncle Lucky was a favorite with her friends.  For Julie, for whom he’d been a sometimes surrogate father, not so much. Her mother wants them to take a “teeny” detour to look for the irascible retired surfer. Julie makes excuses. After all, she was the one who decided she never wanted to see Lucky again. Overruled in this as she is in much of her life, Julie and her friends detour to   Lucky’s latest scheme, Lucky’s Beach Bar and Grill.  They find it tucked away in a quaint coastal town on the Delaware coast. With a crescent beach of white sand, large waves, plenty of tanned young men, a lively night life, it’s a perfect beach getaway. Beth and Aggie see good times ahead, Julie is determined to get through it as quickly as possible. But that will change as she gets to know Lucky’s friends and confidantes. The taciturn bartender, the loyal housekeeper, the local fortune teller, the whole town shares a determination to protect him. But from what? Soon Julie and her friends are swept up in an effort to save the town's—and Lucky’s— most closely guarded secret. And Julie begins to see her uncle in a new light. Julie Barlow has a few things to learn about life—and love—and sacrifice. Her lesson begins this summer at Lucky’s Beach.

30 review for Lucky's Beach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    2.5 stars There was a lot going on in this book and I think the overall story suffered because of it. I would have been fine with less of the plot revolving around Lucky. The story got too bogged down with the Lucky drama. I think I get what the author was going for but the execution just felt like a bad movie plot. I thought for sure when I picked this one up it would be a fun summer read but when you start feeling bored with the story and the book is over 400 pages, let's just say it was not a 2.5 stars There was a lot going on in this book and I think the overall story suffered because of it. I would have been fine with less of the plot revolving around Lucky. The story got too bogged down with the Lucky drama. I think I get what the author was going for but the execution just felt like a bad movie plot. I thought for sure when I picked this one up it would be a fun summer read but when you start feeling bored with the story and the book is over 400 pages, let's just say it was not a fun summer read for me. It's the summer and Julie Barlow is headed to the beach with two of her best friends for a relaxing vacation. On the way to their destination, Julie's mom asks for a favor. She can't get a hold of her brother, Lucky, and she asks Julie to go check in on him to make sure he is okay. Even though Julie has been estranged from him for awhile, she agrees and is bummed it will cut into her vacation time. So Julie and her friends take a detour to the Delaware coastal town where Lucky owns a bar. Lucky isn't at his bar and the locals don't seem to want to share where he might be with Julie. What's going on? I think there truly was an opportunity to have a good story with Julie's uncle but how it was written just felt weird and not realistic. If the very basics of the character and his relationship with his niece were kept intact but maybe come up with something else for the current story, I probably would have enjoyed this book better. Lucky was the downfall of the book which was unfortunate because I thought Julie was an intriguing character but just kinda got lost in the story and didn't get fully fleshed out. Julie and Scatter (yeah, I kinda cringed every time I read the name) had good chemistry and yet it felt like their interactions were minimal which was disappointing. I don't really know how to describe this book. Is it a romance? Regular fiction? A mystery thriller? I think it tried to be a lot of things which was the problem. I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I love a good beach read. I love a characters that I have a connection with and can understand. This was my first Noble book and I was so pleased to dive into this summer beach read. I read it right through to the end in one hot summer evening. Thanks to William Morrow for this 4 star summer fun read. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Lucky's Beach was the first book by Ms. Noble I have read, and I liked it. I thought it was a good, light-hearted, easy to get into beach read. The main character is in a crisis, having always made choices about her life to make others happy, to the point that she isn't sure what she wants (personally or profesionally). To add interest, there is also some romance and mystery. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Short

    Main character, Julie Barlow, is heading off for a two week summer vacation with 2 of her best friends. As they are on their way, Julie’s mother calls and says she is worried about her twin brother....Uncle Lucky to Julie. Julie and her friends decide to take a little detour and go by where Uncle Lucky is supposed to be. I really couldn’t get into the story. There is plenty of mystery going on and definitely some romance. Almost felt like there was TOO much going. I recommend you give the book a Main character, Julie Barlow, is heading off for a two week summer vacation with 2 of her best friends. As they are on their way, Julie’s mother calls and says she is worried about her twin brother....Uncle Lucky to Julie. Julie and her friends decide to take a little detour and go by where Uncle Lucky is supposed to be. I really couldn’t get into the story. There is plenty of mystery going on and definitely some romance. Almost felt like there was TOO much going. I recommend you give the book a go.....for others this could make for a great beach read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I finished Shelley Noble’s Lucky’s Beach and rated it ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ on Goodreads, only because there’s not an option for 3.5 ⭐️. This book is expected out June 30, 2020 and is definitely a beach read but it is also about finding who you are. Most of us at one time or another have made decisions based on what other people want or expect from us. Some of those decisions are small such as where to get dinner from and some of those are big such as what career we should pursue. It is hard to draw the line I finished Shelley Noble’s Lucky’s Beach and rated it ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ on Goodreads, only because there’s not an option for 3.5 ⭐️. This book is expected out June 30, 2020 and is definitely a beach read but it is also about finding who you are. Most of us at one time or another have made decisions based on what other people want or expect from us. Some of those decisions are small such as where to get dinner from and some of those are big such as what career we should pursue. It is hard to draw the line between advice and guidance and orders and pressure sometimes. Also when you love someone and they are family you generally don’t want to disappoint them. Julie spends 10 days at the beach learning about herself and what she wants. She also learns that like herself the sleepy little beach town is not what it seems. Both Julie and Lucky’s Beach are so much more and better than first appearances. I rated this book 3(.5) stars because there were secondary storylines I would have liked to seen developed more. I felt there were unanswered questions and personally I hate unanswered questions unless I know there will be another book to come that will pick up on those storylines. That said I think this book has something for everyone: some romance, lively dialogue, a bit of intrigue, and family relationships. Grab your beach chair and sunscreen (please higher than the SPF 15 Julie, Aggie, and Kayla use), kick off your sandals, and settle in for an enjoyable afternoon at Lucky’s Beach. Happy Reading!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Julie Barlow is having a crisis of heart - she needs this annual vacation to the beach with her friends so she can decide what to do. Then, her mom asks her to check in on her estranged Uncle Lucky, the man she once idolized but who let her down one too many times. Now, strange things are happening and she has been pulled in to a community and her uncle's orbit once more. Part mystery, part romance, and packed with an unforgettable cast of characters, this book will keep you turning pages to the Julie Barlow is having a crisis of heart - she needs this annual vacation to the beach with her friends so she can decide what to do. Then, her mom asks her to check in on her estranged Uncle Lucky, the man she once idolized but who let her down one too many times. Now, strange things are happening and she has been pulled in to a community and her uncle's orbit once more. Part mystery, part romance, and packed with an unforgettable cast of characters, this book will keep you turning pages to the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Micayla Dempsey

    family secrets. tight knit community. beach. bars. finding the truth about who you are and what you want. what more could you want in a book? i really enjoyed this and had a great time reading it. it was definitely a beach read and took me an adventure through trust and love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    You really shouldn’t judge people before you spend time getting to know them. Julie made assumptions about the people living at Lucky’s beach. She could tell they were hiding something about her uncle Lucky.Alex judged Julie based on the little girl he remembered from their childhood. Julie and her friends find a way to enjoy their vacation even while trying to figure out the truth about Uncle Lucky. Julie realizes that Lucky and Alex have changed her opinions of them and her past.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    If you are looking for a summer read that's more than just a vacation romance, try Lucky's Beach by Shelley Noble. This is an entertaining story about Julie Barlow and her two friends (all teachers) who set out on vacation once school is out for the summer. They get side tracked and take a detour to go check on Julie's uncle since it's been awhile since her mom has heard from him. When they ask around, interestingly the town won't tell them where he is. The girls meet many interesting people dur If you are looking for a summer read that's more than just a vacation romance, try Lucky's Beach by Shelley Noble. This is an entertaining story about Julie Barlow and her two friends (all teachers) who set out on vacation once school is out for the summer. They get side tracked and take a detour to go check on Julie's uncle since it's been awhile since her mom has heard from him. When they ask around, interestingly the town won't tell them where he is. The girls meet many interesting people during their stay and try to enjoy their vacation. But foremost on Julie's mind is figuring out what's going on with her Uncle Lucky! Julie also gives her future a lot of thought while trying to decide if she wants to continue being a teacher or do something else.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Just okay I was a bit disappointed with this book, but remain a fan of the author as I have enjoyed all of her other books. For me, this book just didn’t seem as cohesive as others. The characters and the plot didn’t feel complete. There were a lot of characters in the book, and the main characters seemed to need more substance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved it because it also took place in a place where I have been and I love when read books like that. But I needed more out of the ending. I need some type of closure...unless there is a second book??

  12. 4 out of 5

    helen ellison

    Want to make a change but don't want to let everyone down? A different kind of summer holiday story. A great teacher stifled by rules ...bought up to conform , meets up with her much loved but unpredictable and dare I say irresponsible uncle. A great read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Moira

    A great story of family, love and forgiveness. While on a vacation with her two childhood friends, Julie discovers her uncle's not as she expected. He's not just a surfer in search of his next great wave. He's involved with fighting wrongs forced upon children. His current band of characters have become his "family" over the years proving family is not simply determined by shared bloodlines, but experience, support, and dedication. Julie knows something is familiar with Scat who's running her unc A great story of family, love and forgiveness. While on a vacation with her two childhood friends, Julie discovers her uncle's not as she expected. He's not just a surfer in search of his next great wave. He's involved with fighting wrongs forced upon children. His current band of characters have become his "family" over the years proving family is not simply determined by shared bloodlines, but experience, support, and dedication. Julie knows something is familiar with Scat who's running her uncle's bar, but she can't put her finger on why. She finally figured it out and gains a new respect for him. She and her friends experience a vacation to remember. I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Tennant

    I loved this funky fun read. The characters were quirky and mysterious at the same time. It takes place in a Delaware beach town but it could have been any East Coast water town. Several layers to the story which kept me guessing. Highly recommend this one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    What an amazing inspirational story that acknowledges that the best path is not always the safest or the securest. In this engaged story, Julie is dealing with an internal conflict that she can’t quite put her finger on. Only after stepping outside of her comfort zone is she able to see the life she was meant to live!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Thanks to Goodreads contest and William Morrow for the Kindle copy! Fun romance/mystery story that is really about being true to yourself and listening to your heart rather than those around you. Julie has always been the good, safe, conscientious child that her mother wanted. She chose a job in teaching because it was safe and reliable and had a good pension. But she doesn't feel fulfilled, something is missing. As she leaves for a two-week beach vacation with her friends, her mother asks her to Thanks to Goodreads contest and William Morrow for the Kindle copy! Fun romance/mystery story that is really about being true to yourself and listening to your heart rather than those around you. Julie has always been the good, safe, conscientious child that her mother wanted. She chose a job in teaching because it was safe and reliable and had a good pension. But she doesn't feel fulfilled, something is missing. As she leaves for a two-week beach vacation with her friends, her mother asks her to check in on her uncle who they haven't seen in years and who didn't make the weekly check in call that he normally does. What Julie and her friends find is a small town that protects their own and a lot more action and adventure than Julie is used to. In the process, Julie finds her passion, some friends, and reunites with her uncle.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    This is one of those it takes a village novels- although in this case, it takes a beach town. Julie detours from her plans at the request of her mother to check in on her uncle Lucky and finds more than she expected. No spoilers from me as to the issue for Lucky but know that he's got a strong set of friends. Julie also has good friends in Beth and Aggie. These three have fun (Julie less so it seems) and meet fun guys. There's a little romance and a little introspection. One quibble- this would This is one of those it takes a village novels- although in this case, it takes a beach town. Julie detours from her plans at the request of her mother to check in on her uncle Lucky and finds more than she expected. No spoilers from me as to the issue for Lucky but know that he's got a strong set of friends. Julie also has good friends in Beth and Aggie. These three have fun (Julie less so it seems) and meet fun guys. There's a little romance and a little introspection. One quibble- this would have benefitted from some tightening as it drags a bit in the middle. Nonetheless, it's got good characters, a great setting, and Noble's storytelling is on point. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. A beach book for sure but also one if you're not able to get to one this year.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    #GoodreadsGiveaway Julie Barlow is a teacher going on vacation with her two best friends who take a detour to check on her Uncle Lucky that she hasn’t seen in over six years for her mother. Things aren’t as they seem and the towns folks in Lucky’s Beach seem to be hiding something. A great read that doesn’t disappoint. I only hope Julies and Scatters story continues.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoyed this quirky little book . Haven’t read anything by this author as yet but will be looking forward to reading more of her books. I love anything that takes place in summer at a beach and this one was a mystery too. Perfect for me!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Beck

    I could not put this book down. Now when do we get more...You too will fall in love with this book..

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl S

    I found this book so enjoyable! What we have here is Julie, a 30ish women who doesn't like her job. She has no boyfriend. This all comes out in the beginning. She lives to please her mom. Her and her 2 bff's are heading for 10 days to the beach. It is a jack of all trades. Theres mystery, romance, family drama, drama in general, sexy surfers, and a beach. Just beware of the shark breeding grounds! There were so many characters in this book and they were so easy to remember because they were all s I found this book so enjoyable! What we have here is Julie, a 30ish women who doesn't like her job. She has no boyfriend. This all comes out in the beginning. She lives to please her mom. Her and her 2 bff's are heading for 10 days to the beach. It is a jack of all trades. Theres mystery, romance, family drama, drama in general, sexy surfers, and a beach. Just beware of the shark breeding grounds! There were so many characters in this book and they were so easy to remember because they were all so likable. There is so much going on and it's easy to get sucked right in to the story. These small town people of Luckys Beach have a secret to hide. Julie has a life to figure out, and I'm not all that sure they can co-exist in this beachy Delaware town. Thank you to William Morrow Publishing for providing me a free copy through a goodreads giveaway. This should be your new next beach read. 4 stars!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marti Wilson

    I really enjoyed this book. I had never read this author before, and had won this ARC. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot. Everyone was not quite as they appeared, and they all worked together for the people and the community. Will definitely read this author again, and I sure hope there is a sequel, there are so many stories left untold. Recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I have really mixed feelings about this book. I really, really liked the atmosphere of the small village of Lucky's Beach; the beach and its surroundings are beautifully represented; the small town personalities, their loyalties and their foibles are warm and human. I liked Julie and thought she was an interesting character trying to find the courage and motivation to add more 'life' to her life. But, the plot itself didn't work for me. It seemed forced and contrived. I did like the ending where I have really mixed feelings about this book. I really, really liked the atmosphere of the small village of Lucky's Beach; the beach and its surroundings are beautifully represented; the small town personalities, their loyalties and their foibles are warm and human. I liked Julie and thought she was an interesting character trying to find the courage and motivation to add more 'life' to her life. But, the plot itself didn't work for me. It seemed forced and contrived. I did like the ending where the future is left a bit ambiguous and I was left to wonder what was in store for these characters. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Julie and her friends were off for an adult vacation. They headed for Dewey Beach in Delaware. After a call from Julie’s mother who was concerned about not hearing from her brother Lucky, the girls took a detour to look for him at a bar he owned at Lucky’s Beach. That’s when their vacation went from sitting on the beach to a full fledged adventure. It was an exciting book with great characters and plenty of action. Thank you for the ARC, it was more special since I live in Delaware.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I may not be the best judge of this since the romance genre is one of my least favorites, but I found this very formulaic and dull. I liked the main character, but she often seemed dumbed down, like she was making a concerted effort to relate to the people around her at pretty much all times. The plot left many things unexplained, and there wasn't a whole lot of background information given before new twists were thrown in out of nowhere. Ov I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I may not be the best judge of this since the romance genre is one of my least favorites, but I found this very formulaic and dull. I liked the main character, but she often seemed dumbed down, like she was making a concerted effort to relate to the people around her at pretty much all times. The plot left many things unexplained, and there wasn't a whole lot of background information given before new twists were thrown in out of nowhere. Overall, I was pretty unimpressed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toni Laliberte

    This book was good. Set during a summer vacation, three friends have to alter their plans, when they're beloved Uncle Lucky goes missing. They end up in a small beach town in Delaware and the mystery deepens. The story felt a little disjointed at times but I liked the characters and how they came together to help one another and helped out a family that was in trouble. This story had heart, friendship, a little romance and some excitement.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Too much going on for me personally. I like the focus in one, maybe two, places. Quick read. This was my first by this author, I'll give another one a try. Thanks to the author, publisher, and goodreads for the chance to read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane Sallans

    I received a copy of this book thru a Goodreads giveaway - it is the first book I have read by this author. I liked the characters and the location (a small beach town with eccentric characters). It surprised me a bit with an element of suspense, but I didn't totally buy the circumstances. I read it in two days, so it held my attention. While I enjoyed the read, I was a bit disappointed in the ending - it left a lot hanging and unfinished (and I don't think it is a start to a series).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Podbielski

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Lucky’s Beach was okay. For me, the book had potential, but it just never really got there. Overall, the book was longer than it needed to be and had too many characters. This made it hard to feel connected to any of them, or stay focused on the plot. I wish there would have been more character development of the main characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    DNF. Oh my goodness. Can this book be any more tedious. If she cut out half of the sitting on the beach and all of that cr--, it might have made the story move along. I don't care what all the intrigue was after slogging thru all of that. Nor did I care for the main character.

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