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Sea Change Paperback – June 5, 2012
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About the Author
Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.
Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.
Top Customer Reviews
SEA CHANGE takes us into the lives of characters who are all trying to find their way and live their lives the best way they know how, yet come to realize that they can only be who they are when they face all that they are.
We get to meet Ava, a woman who has earned a great deal of respect in her profession as a midwife, but has longings of her own that she can't seem to shake. It's not until she finds love for herself in Matthew that she believes that all of the puzzle pieces will come together for her---but it is really at that time that she discovers more than she could have ever imagined.
Combining the past with the present in such a way that a skilled storyteller can, White is able to weave tragedy and heartbreak from centuries ago together with a modern story that is sure to have you guessing until the end. Not to give too much of the story away, I do feel as though one of the greatest lessons I took away from the book was that our lives and the things that happen to us do take place for a reason. Many times it is just up to us to figure out what that reason is and be able to deal with the aftermath that may come.
Showcasing once again why readers of all genres love her, Karen White's SEA CHANGE shows the connections we all have to the past and how it affects each day of our lives.
However, I just finished this one and I unfortunately have to say, I did not like it at all. It seemed to ramble on and on with repetitive sentences. Yes, there were some interesting moments. But, for the most part, I didn't like jumping from one generation to another and continually back and forth from one person to another. I had to work hard trying to tie everything in, and at the end, thinking I had wasted my time in reading it. All this detailed information about the research that was discovered was boring. Except for Pamela, her characters didn't have the charm that I had seen in her past books. For me, it was exhausting reading and I had to keep putting it down because of loss of interest.
I feel this book didn't have the same quality that her other books have delivered. It left me with out the joy or the lingering imagination that her other books provided. With the others, I didn't want the story to end. With this one, I couldn't wait for it to end. It seemed like she tried to jam too many character's lives into a story that seemed to be a big-to-do about nothing. Most of it was non believable to me. In trying to bring all the characters together, there were too many clues and details that bogged down the story for me. And when I finished.........that was it. Nothing memorable about it.
Ms. White really has an award winning book with Sea Change. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. White in the future. She has a definite talent for writing this type of literature!
I generally read her novels as fast as I can because I find them so interesting and entertaining. But, this one just did not work for me. The Grandmother was very interesting but that was about all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Historical novels about St. Simon's Island have drawn me in since I first read the trilogy by Eugenia Price. Read morePublished 18 days ago by D Bender
Loved the mystery & intrigue! A little difficult to follow story line at times.Published 1 month ago by Winifred L. Manners
Karen White has done it again with Sea Change! After reading her Tradd street series I purchased every book of she wrote out in print. Read morePublished 2 months ago by silencenomore
Sea Change is a very intriguing book that connects family members from the past with those in the
present. Read more
I enjoyed the story premise, but had problems with Karen White's similes. They were certainly creative, but often upstaged the story action which was often very complicated. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kathyd
What a delightful, intriguing book. I have recommended it to many friends. I plan to read more of Karen's books soon.Published 4 months ago by Gae Miller