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Grace at Low Tide by [Hart, Beth Webb]
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Critics of evangelical novels often talk about the dearth of literary fiction in the Christian market, but this debut from South Carolina native Hart comes close to that coveted adjective. DeVeaux DeLoach's Daddy has gone belly-up after one too many bad business deals, so the DeLoaches must quit their fancy Charleston digs for a small country cottage. DeVeaux has to pull out of her posh prep school and take a weekend job. Daddy grows progressively meaner throughout the book, screaming at the family, ordering DeVeaux's mother to get a job and cruelly mocking her plump physique. For her part, Mama is mainly worried that DeVeaux, now old enough to turn men's heads, remain chaste. DeVeaux is kept afloat by her Christian faith, a cousin and the youth group leader at her church. DeVeaux's charming narration is the book's greatest strength—readers will love DeVeaux like a sister by the end—and its greatest weakness, for she's still an adolescent but sounds implausibly wise for her age. Still, this is a promising novel by a lovely, gifted writer. (July 14)
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*Starred Review* Like Mick in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, DeVeaux DeLoach is one of those precocious southern girls full of wisdom and charm. She serves as the wry witness when her dad's investments go sour and his proud family must decamp to their rundown plantation on the South Carolina island of Edisto. Various of Daddy's schemes to recoup his losses come to nothing, and he grows steadily more abusive; meanwhile, DeVeaux gives up her fancy private school and takes a job, her faith sustaining her. Hart has turned in a fine first novel. Fans of Anne Rivers Siddons John Mort
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  • File Size: 1277 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
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  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 10, 2005)
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2005
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DS6OHY
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The first thing you should know about GRACE AT LOW TIDE is that it's a work of literary fiction. The second thing you should know is that it's a work of Christian literary fiction. And the third thing you should know is that it's a work that offers further proof that God has not given up on the Christian publishing industry.

In case I haven't made myself clear, let me do so now: I loved GRACE AT LOW TIDE.

The story is told from the perspective of DeVeaux DeLoach, a teenager whose father, Billy, has suffered one business failure too many. His latest debacle has forced the family to move from their fine home in Charleston to a caretaker's cottage on the grounds of Rose Hill Plantation, which used to be the family plantation. From their new home in the South Carolina low country, the family has a clear view of a multi-million dollar development rising on a nearby island --- the very project that did Billy's business in and sent the family packing for poorer quarters.

If you've ever known a bona fide member of pretentious Southern gentility, the name DeVeaux DeLoach just has to make you chuckle inside. Who else would couple the name DeVeaux with DeLoach but an aristocratic wannabe? And one of those wannabes is named Billy! Oh my. I guess you can take the aristocrat out of the Southerner, but you just can't take the Southerner out of the aristocrat. I love it.

DeVeaux, who has been forced to leave prep school to attend the local high school, now spends her free time waiting tables rather than focusing on those accomplishments that will impress university admissions departments. As the story unfolds, she serves as a highly attached observer as she and her family try to adjust to their deteriorating circumstances.
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Beth Webb Hart's "Grace at Low Tide" is a delightful story of a teenage girl's struggle to reconcile her faith with her family's economic misfortunes and her own emotional and moral decisions. Set in the Low Country of South Carolina, Ms. Hart's ability to deliver such an accurate portrayal of this special place and the people who live there is comparable to that of any of the best selling Southern authors writing today. The story is engaging and the writing is superb. This is her first novel- read it and you will long for the next one.
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This is a delightful and well written book by a talented young author. You will fall in love with the main character, DeVeaux DeLoach, who matures as the story progresses while confronting issues of family, faith, and friendship. DeVeaux and her family are forced to move from the city of Charleston to Edisto Island, and through her rich and beautiful descriptions, Hart evokes a sense of peace and tranquility found in the South Carolina low country. I highly recommend this enjoyable novel, and I look forward to reading more from this gifted author.
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This is a beautiful, well-written story about a young girl who will truly capture your heart. Hart's writing brings you into the story as if you were a part of it. She had me laughing outloud and at the same time in tears. This story about God's great love, mercy, and redemption has truly blessed my life and most importantly, encouraged me and given me hope.
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I love southern fiction and I absolutely adore Edisto Island, have visited many times, however, this author made it sound like a drug infested slum instead of the beautiful island it is. If I had never been myself, I wouldn't be tempted to visit after reading this. She made islanders seem trashy and uneducated. I did like the Christian theme throughout, but the book jumped from scene to scene with no cohesion. I finished because I kept thinking there was going to be an epiphany of some sort but shouted "Thank the Lord" when I hit the last chapter. So disappointed in what had potential to be a great read.
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The writing is strong, but I felt the story was a bit too contrived and predictable. The setting and dialog are pretty strong, and the plot itself has a good premise. I did believe the narration was nicely done, but the book as a whole just didn't grab me. I didn't really get pulled in and found myself skipping many pages. I basically read it in about 2 hours and nothing in the book made me stop and re-read due its sheer beauty. It is one of the better Christian fiction books I've read. I hope the Christian market continues to opt for substance and good writing. Grace at Low Tide has a nice flow, just didn't really move me.
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I loved this book so much that I read it twice. From the depth of the characters to the sweet quirky Southern setting and redemption theme, this is one of the most unforgettable novels I've ever had the privilege to read. Twice.
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I didn't like this book very much but I really like Beth Webb Hart and loved "The Wedding Machine". That was a good book that I enjoyed very much. Not for the teen table at all. Sometimes I think that Beth Webb Hart has seen a lot in her life and has taken note of it all. I look forward to reading more of her books even though this one wasn't one of my favorites, I still enjoy her insights. In a way she reminds me of John D. MacDonald who muses about the human condition and assures us that we all have thoughts that frustrate us whether it's over ruthless development of a beautiful land or of how society is so much more crass than ever before. BTW MacDonald's books are NOT Christian lit so just wanted to warn you there. But his sensitivities are about the same as far as the land and the human condition aside from the fact that Beth Webb Hart's focus of hope is in God (which is a huge difference).
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