Breakwater Bay

Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Preservationist Meri Hollis loves her latest project, restoring one of Newport's forgotten Gilded Age mansions. And with summer approaching, she'll be able to spend more time with her Gran on the Rhode Island shore. She has a great job, a loving family and she's pretty sure her boyfriend is going to propose on her thirtieth birthday. But everything Meri believes about family, happiness, truth, and love is shattered when her family's darkest secret is exposed.

Thirty years before, Meri's neighbor and friend, Alden Corrigan, took his father's dinghy out to fish. In a sudden storm, he rushed to help a woman stranded on the breakwater. She was just a girl... a very pregnant girl who disappeared soon after they reached safety - but not before she left behind a very special gift. Now that the truth it out, life will change for everyone in Breakwater Bay, and Meri and Alden will have to make decisions that could insure their future together - or separate them for good.

©2014 Shelley Freydont (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[T]he intense romance that builds between Meri and Alden is slow, careful, and full of possibilities." (Sarah Eisenbraun, RT Book Reviews)

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Eh!!! Not my favorite.

A tad boring!!! Found that I wasn’t even listening to this at times...it was just background noise. I had to rewind to see if I missed anything....I hadn’t.

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Good multilayered story

Overall this book is a good listen, but a bit slow as the author repeats information about the main characters history making the story longer than it needs to be. I had to fast forward a few times. But overall, worth the listen, Especially if you are an Audible Escapes Member.

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Listen while you work!

Listened to this as I was canning and was able to listen to it in one sitting. Good book, interesting story line that kept your attention. I would recommend it...

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Wasted Potential

Breakwater Bay had lots of potential with the backdrop of Newport's historic mansions, solving a family mystery, a feisty grandmother and sarcastic teen. However, I didn't connect with the 2 main characters Meri (30) and Alden (42).

First, I couldn't get over the idea that Aldan helped babysit Meri - their families were neighbors- and Meri treated Alden like a combination big brother/favorite uncle. When they started having sex as adults, it almost felt like incest.

Mostly, they both acted so wimpy. When Meri's boyfriend moved to California, she didn't seem to care but still acted like she wanted to marry him. Alden allowed his bitchy ex-wife to tell him how and when he could see his children, as if there was no custody agreement.

The author has obvious talent, so would try another book by Shelley Noble. The narrator was okay but didn't do an authentic New England ascent.

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Awesome!

Great story, happy ending. Loved it! Wish there was a sequel! I’d like to know Jennifer got it up her ass!!!

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Wonderful story

Wonderdul story, I have listened twice in the last 12 months! Wnjoyed it both times!

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Nice steady enjoyable story

The entire story was nice and balanced. Very enjoyable. Narrator was great is an increasing sea of crappy narrators.

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ending was sudden

Loved it, but did feel a little cheated on the ending. It wrapped up rather quickly but had the outcome I was hoping for!

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And then it just ends....

Cute story, a tad predictable. If it was a movie, you’d find it on the Hallmark Channel. Just hate how it ended. Leaves it with the ending you’d expect but then, it just ends. Needs a part 2 to be worthwhile.