THE SEA KEEPER'S DAUGHTERS
Wingate's third Carolina book follows the highly reviewed, The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper as well as related three novellas.
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.
A masterful tale so profound that I'm still reeling. Talk about compelling! I couldn't read fast enough. My eyeballs were tripping over each other in a race to the finish. I knew I should slow down, spend some time savoring artfully crafted gems like this: "Sometimes, even when you've spent years ignoring God, there are places where his fingerprint and his intentions seem absolute." (p.170) But I was so eager to find out what happens next I barely remembered to breathe.
This novel surprised me. Not because I enjoyed it so much -- I'm acquainted with Wingate's work so I knew that was a given. What surprised me was the incredible story within a story that I discovered within these pages. I knew nothing about Roosevelt's WPA folklore writers but I'm definitely going to follow through with the reference links the author provides at the end of the book and learn more.
An emotional read, I wept at the end. Great gasping sobs -- a mixture of sorrow and joy. The power is in the legacy of family -- the heart of this story. Whitney sums it up beautifully. "Despite the lack of answers, I know I've found the truth of who I am and where I come from. The path isn't straight. It winds and bends in magnificent ways, its course shepherded by strong women who've left their footprints behind." (p.403) Her journey of self-discovery makes for a truly mesmerizing read.
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