From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.
Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?
Is is possible for a reader to dwell in a story, to become so caught up in it’s telling that it’s as if you are living the life of the main character? This is how I feel when I read Lisa Wingate’s work. Her latest novel, The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is a thought provoking story about overcoming an unthinkable past through the powerful and redeeming work of love. You will want to buy it, dwell in it, and then add it to your collection of favorite books. It has certainly earned a spot on my #Bestof2015 book list.
Perhaps the single biggest reason I chose this book was because I had read The Story Keeper. Both books share Wingate’s multidimensional storytelling, laden with emotionally charged scenes. I personally enjoy how the author interjects well timed and well executed humor to break up the more tension-filled moments. This enables her readers to both laugh and cry in one sitting.
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is A Carolina Heirlooms Novel (part of a series). However, a reader could pick up this book and not be left floundering, because of the author’s ability to make tie-in’s without completely retelling what has previously transpired. In fact, the main character, Whitney Monroe has an ample amount of her own baggage to unpack over the course of the book. My heart went out to Whitney as she wrestled with grief, responded in anger as a means of self-preservation, and eventually learned to trust again. So many people today long to be accepted and loved for who they are — for them especially this story will be profoundly moving.
If I keep writing I fear I may give away too much, so let me conclude by saying The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate is a book worth staying up late and losing sleep over. Pre-order your copy today or purchase it when it becomes available from Tyndale House on September 8th, 2015.
**I received this book for free as a member of the Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
About the Author
Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, and Drenched in Light. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in Central Texas.