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The Sea Keeper's Daughters (A Carolina Heirlooms Novel) Paperback – September 8, 2015
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If restaurant ownership has taught Whitney Monroe anything, it is ferocity even amid threats from corrupt local officials set on driving her out of town. With her current investments at risk, she returns to the Excelsior, a crumbling hotel that holds her grandmother's treasures from an era of wealth and propriety. While digging through these objects, Whitney unwittingly stumbles into a gripping family mystery. As she reads through a series of old letters and contemplates an intriguing necklace, Whitney struggles against her need for quick money and becomes determined to preserve, at any cost, the belongings and story she has found. Set in North Carolina's picturesque Outer Banks, Wingate's ("The Story Keeper," 2014) tale of a dark family history becomes an intriguing patchwork of mystery and drama. Readers will feel revitalized as they journey with Whitney through her past as she grows more connected to her heritage and discovers who she really is.--Booklist
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Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Blue Moon Bay, and Larkspur Cove, which won the 2011 Carol Award for Women's Fiction. Lisa and her family live in central Texas. Visit www.lisawingate.com
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Clyde and Whitney had never gotten along very well and she still holds on to some resentment of her mother’s marriage to him after her biological father committed suicide. Neither of Clyde’s sons wants anything to do with him and since he had been living in a building that had formerly been a thriving hotel, the Excelsior, that Whitney had inherited, she felt duty-bound to find out what was happening with her step-father. She wanted to find out what she might be able to do with the hotel plus the contents that might take the edge off the financial distress she is under with her restaurants.
She always seems to butt heads with Clyde, but now also with Mark Strahan, who rents a store called the Rip Shack, on the street level of the Excelsior. Clyde is a crotchety old goat that does not give an inch and makes all his demands in sarcastic tones. All this while the building is in a sad state of disrepair. She starts the task of going through things in some of the old hotel rooms while trying to stay out of site from Clyde. Whitney finds lots of letters that had been torn up and she begins to piece them together. The letters tell the story of the relationship between her grandmother and her grandmother's twin sister that Whitney never knew she had.
In reading any of Lisa Wingate’s books, I get so interested that I just have to learn more about a place, a people, or the history she writes about. Lisa is a true genius at writing stories that will grab you from the very first page and will leave you wanting more long after you have read the final page. There also always seems to be a twist in the story that you won't see coming. In this delightful novel, you will get some shout outs to some old friends from the earlier Carolina series books. A 10+ book if ever there was one. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I enjoy Lisa’s writing style, character development, unique story lines and the fact that there is always personal growth, reconciliation and redemption in her novels. Lisa always finds an interesting premise, location or historical reference that leads me to do further research on the topic presented. I also like that her books are written in series which gives me an opportunity to get to know the characters better as the story lines develop and to see how they are progressing or what they are up to once they aren’t the focal point of the current story.
While I don’t always like the personalities of the characters (I’m sure that’s Lisa’s intent) at the onset, I do grow to love them and understand and appreciate their individual challenges and personalities as the story unfolds. I have sometimes felt uncomfortable as I was being taught lessons I needed to learn about how others might be challenged or struggling in their lives and the scenarios are realistic enough that you can certainly apply them to real life situations. At the end of the book, I am always loath to leave them and feel as if they are real people that I’ve grown to know and care about.
I have been inspired by Lisa’s wisdom, challenged to become a better person, laughed, cried and fallen in love with the people and localities she writes about.
I feel I am a better person for having read these books and always appreciate the measure of grace she brings to her writing. Each book leaves a great impression on me and my heart is full for a long time after the last page is turned.
It is important to me that Lisa somehow manages to do all of this without feeling the need to use graphic language or sex scenes as I do not find that these add anything to a story.
Don’t think that her books aren’t entertaining! Lisa adds wit to go along with the wisdom! There is always a little bit of romance, too!
I hope you will take the time to pick up one of Lisa’s books. You won’t be disappointed.
The Melungeons are a subject dear to my heart and I love how they are honored in this book.
The Federal Writer's Project, also has been a topic in our family at various times over the years., because of my Great Aunt Sue.
Thanks for the memories.
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