Friday, April 25, 2014

Moon Over Edisto by Beth Hart

From the Publisher:

Edisto Island was where it all came apart. Can the Bennett girls ever be whole again?

Once, they were the happiest family under the sun, crabbing and fishing and painting on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina’s lowcountry.

Then everything went wrong, and twenty years later the Bennett family is still in pieces. Mary Ellen still struggles to understand why her picture-perfect marriage came apart. Daughter Meg keeps a death grip on her own family, controlling her relationships at a distance. And eldest daughter, Julia, left it all behind years ago, forging a whole new life as an artist and academic in Manhattan. She’s engaged to an art dealer and has no intentions of returning to Edisto. Ever.

Then an emergency forces Julia back to Edisto to care for her three young half-siblings. She grudgingly agrees to stay a week. But there’s something about Edisto that changes people. Can Julia and her fractured family somehow manage to come together again under that low-hanging Edisto moon?

My Review:

I picked this book up to read because it was set on Edisto Island and at the time I was living in South Carolina (though a different part of the state) and was somewhat familiar with Edisto.

I enjoyed this book. The story was heart breaking and touching. I liked the main character, Julia, and it was nice to read along as she won the kids over and they won her heart as well. I couldn't stand Julia's sister, Meg. Her attitude annoyed me. I appreciated how gracious Julia's mother was despite her own heartache.

The setting was wonderful. I liked the author's descriptions of Edisto Island and Charleston and could almost picture myself there. Based on what I remember from those places, they were pretty accurage descriptions.

The story was good and I wasn't left with a ton of unanswered questions. I liked the way things unfolded.

I recommend this book and would be interested in reading more by this author.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review through the BookLook Bloggers program.


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