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The Whitaker family's Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea, has always been a haven for artists, a hotbed of creativity, extravagances, and the occasional scandal. Art patrons for generations, the Whitakers supported strangers but drained the life out of each other. Now, after being estranged for years, four generations of Whitaker women find themselves once again at the Muses. Leo, the Whitaker matriarch, lives in the rambling mansion. She plans to stay there until she joins her husband, Wes, on the knoll overlooking the cove and meadow where they first met. Jillian is a jet-setting actress, down on her luck. She thinks selling the Muses will make life easier for her mother, Leo, by moving her into assisted living. Issy, Jillian's daughter, has a successful life as a museum exhibit designer that takes her around the world. But the Muses and her grandmother are the only family she's known, and when her sister leaves her own children with Leo, Issy knows she has to step in to help. Steph is only 12 years old and desperately needs someone to fire her imagination and bring her out of her shell. What she begins to discover at the Muses could change the course of her future.

©2017 Shelley Freydont (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"With charming, believable characters and a delightful setting, this enchanting family drama makes for a perfect beach read." ( Booklist)

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A great read that takes you along for the ride!

To be honest, this was one of the best novels I have read in a while. It develops the characters so well, that you feel that you know them personally and are involved in the story- as any good fiction should do. With twists and turns in the plot, colorful and whimsical characters, and the historical/artistic aspect, makes this novel a definite re-read(or relisten in this case). I would definitely recommend.

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A new author for me who I will read again!

As the headline says, this is a new author for me. I thorughly enjoyed this book and have added the other two books on audible to my wishlist. The story is well told, and the narration is excellent!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great

Always a good story from this author and no exception here and I love this narrator! I have tried books just because she performs such a good story,

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fun read!

Enjoyable beach read! loved the story and Whittaker family, nice light tale. Good to read for vacation.

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The Beach

Not what you expect a story to be when titled The Beach....at time the story line and characters were confusing and a very slow start. I am glad i stuck with it to the end. The story made me laugh and cry.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book!

I loved this book it kept me wanting more more more. When I was unable to listen to it my mind drifted to what would happen next. 5 stars

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Great Summer Read

Easy and refreshing break from my norm. The narrator was great for this story.

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Enjoyable read!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The book had many interesting characters, in which I like.

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Save your credit.. wheres the the story?

The story is just about family dynamics with a lot of different personalities no real plot . A granddaughter is called home to sort out the affairs of her grandmother who is getting on in age.

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The Beach at Painter's Cove

Loved it looking forward to other books by this author. will share will listen to other stories.

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