“Beach Colors” (William Morrow, $14.99, paperback) by Shelley Noble is a great read for summer. It's set in a small coastal town in Connecticut. While Margaux Sullivan was presenting her highly praised collection during New York City's Fashion Week, her husband was cleaning out their bank account.
The bank repossessed her home and business. Sullivan's only alternative is to go home to Crescent Cove, where her mother still owns a beach house, and try to figure out a plan get back in business.
As she is driving into town, she is pulled over by Nick Prescott, the local police chief, and given a speeding ticket. Nick is a local boy who remembers Margaux, although she has no memory of him. The “townies” and the summer people didn't mingle much back in the day.
Although Margaux's cutting-edge black and white fashion is what made her a success, she is inspired by the colors of the beach and creates a line of clothing for which she dyes the fabric the colors she visualizes.
With the help of several old friends, she succeeds in her own shop and is offered a position with one of the top fashion houses in New York City.
But she has become attached to Nick, his orphaned nephew and others in the community. She feels she has come home. To be a successful fashion designer has always been her dream. The question is, can she give up her dream for love?
— Betty Lytle