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The Beach Trees Paperback – Bargain Price, May 3, 2011
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“The Beach Trees has beach in the title and has an ocean setting, but it’s more than just a ‘beach read.’ It’s a worthy novel to read any time of year—any time you wonder if it’s possible to start anew, regardless of the past.”—Durham Herald-Sun
“Tightly plotted...a tangled history as steamy and full of mysteries as the Big Easy itself.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Sense of place is high on the list of things that White does exceedingly well...But place is more than mere setting in this novel; it is also a character, as tenacious and resilient as the people who call this region home...I give this book my highest recommendation.”—The Romance Dish
“White has once again written a novel that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, and is filled with all the gentle nuances of the graceful, but steadfast, South...Readers will find White’s prose an uplifting experience as she is a truly gifted storyteller.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal
“White’s ability to write a book that keeps you hankering for more is her strong suit. The Beach Trees is a great book about the power of family and connection that you won’t soon forget.”—South Charlotte Weekly
“White...weaves together themes of Southern culture, the powerful bond of family, and the courage to rebuild in the face of destruction to create an incredibly moving story her dedicated fans are sure to embrace.”—The Moultrie News
About the Author
Karen White is the bestselling author of numerous novels including After the Rain, Sea Change, Falling Home, On Folly Beach, and The Color of Light, as well as the Tradd Street novels including The Strangers on Montagu Street and The Girl on Legare Street.
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Julie Holt has had her share of tragedy in her life. At the young age of twelve her sister is taken while Julie is supposed to be watching her. Julie has spent her life searching for Chelsea; it has consumed her. She simply can't believe Chelsea is really gone; as long as there is no body, there is still hope that she may be found or come home. Now Julie is heading to Biloxi to a beach house left to her by her late friend Monica. Along with that beach house Monica also left her five year old son Beau to Julie.
Julie arrives to find that the beach house no longer exists. It had been destroyed by Katrina. She is devastated and has no idea what to do next. Monica had told her to see Ray Von, an elderly woman who gives her a portrait that Julie's own great-grandfather had painted and that is worth a lot of money. She tells her to take Beau to New Orleans to meet Beau's great-grandmother Aimee and that she can be sure of a place to stay there.
Julie dreads the meeting as she will have to tell Aimee and Monica's brother Trey that she has passed away but she knows that both Beau and his family deserve to know each other. As she expected they are devastated but at least now they know what happened to Monica after she disappeared. They are thrilled to have a piece of Monica though in Beau and encourage Julie to stay. Julie takes to Aimee right away and vice versa.Read more ›
The characters are well formed and the plot of The Beach Trees keeps the reader guessing till the very last page. If you are looking for a really good read whether for the beach or the quietness of your own den, this is a definitely recommended book. Good job, Karen White, keep it up.
Julie never learned why Monica fled her family but hopes they will welcome Beau. Elderly Ray Von Williams gives her a sealed box sent by Monica to her to give to Julie and tells her to go to New Orleans to Beau's maternal great grandmother Aimee so they have a place to stay. Inside the box is a portrait by renowned Abe Holt, Julie's great-grandfather. Aimee and his Uncle Trey welcome the New Yorker and her ward. Julie begins to learn what drove Monica from Biloxi though what she learns remains confusing. However, what she finds out reminds her of what happened to her family when she was twelve and her sister Chelsea was kidnapped.
The story line contains two subplots respectively told by the prime two females; Aimee in the 1950s and Julie in the present. The comparison between the Gulf through the eyes of the native in the 1950s and that of the Massachusetts born Yankee five years after Katrina will fascinate the audience. The mystery of why Monica cut off her family who Julie believes she cherished based on the stories she shared with her lacks suspense so it is not as interesting as the tour of the Gulf past and present from Biloxi to New Orleans.
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Great description of New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and the 60s. Enjoyed going back in time with Aimee because I'm only a little younger than her. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Dallas Fillmann
I love how the book goes back and forth from past to present and makes them collide into one. you wont be able to put it downPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book. It held my attention. Did not want to put it down.Published 1 month ago by paula massey
The beach trees is the story of Julie. Julie is no stranger to tragedy: when she was young, her sister disappeared. This caused her family to fall apart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bhr
VERY slow moving. I'm not a 'soap opera' fan. I felt like someone had turned a soap into a 'book'. This one put me to sleep. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The story had many characters and switched back and forth between the current goings on and what happened two generations back. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have never been disappointed by Karen's books. her characters are so real you feel like they're friends. thanks so very much.Published 1 month ago by Pam Quilter
I really enjoyed reading Beach Trees. It was the first book I had read by Karen White and I was soon looking for what else she had written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer