The Sea Keeper's DaughtersLisa Wingate
In The Sea Keeper's Daughters, by Lisa Wingate, Whitney Monroe is a restaurant owner desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. She is hopeful that the inheritance of an old decaying hotel could be just the break she needs. As she searches through the family hei... Read More
Page Count: 400
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 8, 2015
- UPC: 9781414386904
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 448
- Publish Date: Sep 8, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC044000"
- ISBN: 1414386907
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- Really Enjoyed it by Seasons of Opportunities on 2/15/2016
It took me a month to read this book, but not because it wasn't good. It was amazing!! It was so very intriguing but also detailed and I didn't want to miss a single detail. To be honest, it was so fascinating I had to read slowly to take it all in. I absolutely loved it.
It is actually two stories in one, that tie together in the end. Whitney Monroe is having some serious financial woes over a restaurant she is trying to get up and running. In the midst of it all, she gets a call that her step-father has been admitted to the hospital and really needs someone to come take care of business. In spite of her reservations about it, Whitney drives to Outer Banks, North Carolina from Michigan to see what she can do. After her mother's death, she inherited some property there as well as whatever was left of her grandmother's possessions, but there were a few strings attached so she has left well enough alone til now.
Her mission is to see what her step-father needs, maybe sell a few things for some quick cash, and head back to save her restaurant. But life never goes as planned, does it? And Whitney finds much more than she bargained for in the old hotel. How does all this tie in with her current situation? Is she just wasting her time reading some old letters found in her grandmothers stored items?
I can't say enough good about this book and yet, I don't want to spoil it for you. The story drew me in. I was fascinated not just with it, but with the historical aspect of it. Lisa had me looking into the past and wanting to know the stories of those who lived back then. I could also feel Lisa's emotional battle, the ties to her past, her mother, the building. And yet the need to let go, take a leap of faith, trust. It's a beautiful story. This is the first book, I have read by her, and Oh my! I am certainly going to be reading more! I can't wait to get my hands on another one of her books. This one is definitely worth the read!!
I received this book from bookfun.org and Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
- Filled with intrigue! by Nancee on 12/26/2015
This is a trip back in time to the once prestigious hotel Whitney's family owned, which now belongs to her. Many decisions are to be made about what the hotel can do for her, and what she can do for the hotel. Included are mystery, intrigue, history and very detailed letters from the past, written by a member of the Federal Writers' Project. The story weaves two timelines together through those letters, bringing a great deal of interest to the protagonist and her family.
I had no idea this was part of a series of books. It reads very easily as a standalone, and swept me away from Michigan to the Outer Banks and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Characters are strong, diverse, and numerous, but easy to follow as they are encountered. I loved the history and the stories of the very small group of people referred to as the Melungeons. Information obtained about these people is well researched and documented.
I thoroughly enjoyed this somewhat complicated book, a lengthy one. The plot developed at a pace that kept my attention throughout. It was difficult to put the book down as clues to the past led to a better understanding of the present. The main character frustrated me at times, but that is "who she is." She was clearly defined as her personality is as real as any other individual's. I highly recommend this interesting and entertaining book!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Great read by Ramona on 11/4/2015
This is the second book I have read by Ms. Lisa Wingate; the first being The Story Keeper. This book did not disappoint. It was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it.
In her acknowledgments, Ms. Wingate writes “writing fiction is the strangest of professions. Here is a job in which your task each day is to listen to the voices of people who don’t exist and describe events that never were. It’s the adult version of Let’s Pretend.” Pg. xi. Well, I say to Ms. Wingate, “you could have fooled me.” The characters in this book were very much real as were the situations they found themselves in. As with The Story Keeper, Ms. Wingate writes of the mountains and the history of some of the mountain people. In with this she has woven another story of Whitney Monroe, a struggling restaurant owner, who is called from Michigan to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to take care of a grouchy, solitary, hard to deal with step-father Clyde and The Excelsior (a historic building she has inherited). While meanwhile, back home in Michigan, her restaurants are barely surviving and money is very short.
Along with Whitney and Clyde, throughout this book we meet Mark, Joel, Ziltha, Denise, Queen Ruby, The Benoit family, Alice, Thomas and Able. How are all these people connected? How are their lives woven together? Are they all striving for the same purpose? Can they come to an understanding of each other to save Whitney’s struggling restaurants and the Excelsior?
Pick this book up. Find a nice cozy couch and blanket and read away. This book is another wonderful story by Lisa Wingate. You will not be disappointed you picked this book.
Thank you Ms. Wingate for the opportunity to read yet another great story.
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
- Lisa Wingate does it again! Fantastic book! by Debra on 10/29/2015
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate was a great read. This is part of a series, but the book certainly can stand on its own. It turns out that I had already read one Carolina Heirlooms Novel before, The Prayer Box. Some characters from The Prayer Box do make an appearance in this novel, but not knowing their back story wouldn’t make a difference in following the story told in this novel.
Another title in the series is The Story Keeper, which I have not read. By looking at the description of that novel, characters from that novel appear in The Sea Keeper’s Daughters also.
What I loved about both The Prayer Box and this title is how old letters create a separate storyline in the novel. You are reading the story of a modern-day woman with issues of her own, and watching her read about the problems of someone from 80-90 years ago. The stories intertwine, and both stories completely drew me in. When the story went from Whit’s point of view to the letters that Alice wrote, I was disappointed that I wasn’t finding out what happened next for Whitney. And when the letter ended and we were back in today, I was wanting to know more about Alice.
Lisa Wingate is becoming a favorite author of mine. Her stories twist and turn, and tell some real history. I feel like I’m a part of her communities. I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Family Christian and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”