Monday, February 4, 2013
Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart
When I was a little girl, I would spend part of my summer camping on Edisto Island, so I was simultaneously excited and dreading this book. You have to understand, Edisto is a very special place. There is a feeling that happens when you arrive on the island and a certain mood that permeates all that goes on there. So I was excited by the possibility of being able to go visit from my living room and dreading the potential of someone writing a book set in Edisto without capturing what makes it so special.
After devouring this book, I'm pleased to say that Beth Webb Hart did a great job of capturing Edisto in a book. Then there is the story of Julia and her family. Julia has basically run away from her broken family and made a new life for herself in New York. But when her step mother asks her to take care of three step sisters while she's recovering from surgery, Julia agrees. While caring for the children, she meets up with one of her childhood friends and a romance develops. The only problem is that her life and her fiance are in New York where she has created a nice tidy life that is worlds away from the relaxed lazy days of Edisto. The story is a development of Julia as a person. She goes from creating a bubble to protect herself to letting in the family that she had been keeping out for over a decade.
Moon Over Edisto is a great trip to the beach and the characters are engaging. The story has several perspectives in it to keep it interesting.
I received a copy of this from Booksneeze for the purpose of review.