The Sea Keeper's Daughters
The Sea Keeper's Daughters is the third book in Lisa Wingate's A Carolina Heirlooms/A Carolina Chronicles series, following The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper, both of which were excellent. There are also three short stories which I haven't been able to read yet: The Sea Glass Sisters, The Tidewater Sisters, and The Sandcastle Sister. Lisa Wingate's books tend to be hit or miss for me (some I've had to force myself to finish because they were so slow), but this series is definitely a hit for me. The premise of the third book is this:
"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?"
The beauty of the Carolina Heirlooms novels is their ability to sweep you away into the magical, lush world of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Her writing is lyrical and transports you straight into the world of the characters. She has a magical quality to her writing that makes you feel like you're a part of the story. Reading this book was like a warm hug - it's the perfect summer beach read. Not too heavy but not too light, it's a great way to pass a summer afternoon. There's just enough intrigue to keep the pages turning. I highly recommend The Sea Keeper's Daughters to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.