«The Sea Keeper’s Daughters» by Lisa Wingate
Publication date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: christian, fiction, contemporary.
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Whitney is a restaurant owner who desperately needs money to save her business.
Her mother passed away years ago and her inheritance, The Excelsior building on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, could solve all Whitney’s problems but neither her stepfather nor the downstairs tenants would allow her to sell the place without a fight.
In midst of it, she will find Alice’s letter and in them a story that will change her life forever.
I read «The Prayer Box» and it blessed my life, so I took this one; but yeah, I skipped «The Story Keeper«, which I regretted for a moment because this book seems to make a lot of references to it.
«The Sea Keeper’s Daughters» has a very rich plot, which is characteristic in the series. Historical issues are very well-developed. I know it must require a lot of investigation and deep thinking process to cover every detail possible.
There’s this amazing connection between present and past, ancestors speaking through letters… it is all covered so neatly in order to be as realstic as possible. That’s impressive.
It’s first-person narrative and the main character, Whitney, shares in detail all in her mind and heart.
That was good because I got great insights, awesome lessons about life and love and trust and faith I couldn’t wait to tweet.
Yet sometimes she was so introspective that it made the story go in slow motion to the point I felt I was not going forward.
This changes a bit in second half of the book, which is why I enjoyed it more.
There is a subplot in some letters, Alice’s adventure, that for some reason didn’t keep me all that interested.
Some parts of them were written in a very informal English (hope that’s how to say), you know, all that «I ‘members clear»,»to play wit'», as well as some speaking manners I’m not used to; so it took me a while to be accustomed (since this is not my first language).
Now, I say this and I mean it: I loved Mark. I loved him. Period.
I think both he and Joel gave this book color and laughter and emotion. Otherwise, I’m afraid it’d be kind of gray, so to speak, because of all the melancholy going on in the other characters’ lives. So much pain and baggage.
In general, the story is good, characters grow in a logical way and you find very valuable lessons throught the book. I liked it!
**I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
– «There was nothing like the satisfaction of watching people awaken to their potential for the first time in their lives».
– «People can be too stubborn for their own good».
– «Sometimes when you’ve spent years ignoring God, there are places where his fingerprint seems absolute».
– «Life is a process of storms and rebuilding, of fires and regrowth, of loss and gain».
– «Joy is not complete until it belongs to more than one».
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». Lisa and her family live in Central Texas.
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