The Shell Collector

Nancy Naigle

352 Pages

Published May 11, 2021 By WaterBrook

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.

Author Bio:

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

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OMG!! A little warning I would need tissues to read this amazing and beautiful story. I haven’t cried this hard reading a book in forever. I thank the author for writing such an inspirational and moving story, even though my heart was ripped to shreds.

Amanda moved to Wilkes Cove in search of a fresh start. It has been two years since her husband’s death ripped her world apart. Shortly after moving into a run down cottage she meets the most wonderful woman named Maeve. She is wonderful and the children love her. Little did she know her life was about to change.

One day Amanda comes across a seashell on the beach with an inspiring note inside “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.—Havelock Ellis”. It is a message with a lot of meaning. And this is where the story will take off.

I don’t know if I can properly describe how amazing this book is. I can just tell you how it affected me. As I sit here writing this review, I am still crying. I cannot express how much this book moved me. It was such a beautiful story, with amazing and inspiring characters. It is way more than a romantic story. It is a soul healing journey filled with inspiration and love.

This book is filled with precious moments and biblical aid. The characters are beautiful and awe inspiring. They each have had their own battles to overcome and each healing at the right pace with the perfect moment.

If you are looking for an inspirational story filled with an abundance of love, then this book is perfect for you. But be warned it will make you cry and really look at life with a whole new meaning. Awe inspiring and inspirational till the very last page.


Autographed copy of the book, beach bag and hand painted shell with a quote from the book.  


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