In the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on - painful and forever altered, but ripe with new beginnings. For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected....
Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica - a struggling artist and single mother who reminds Julie so much of her sister that she can't help feeling drawn to her: Monica paints a vivid picture of her family, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life.
When Monica dies, Julie inherits from her an antique portrait - as well as custody of her young son. Taking him back to Biloxi and New Orleans to see the family he has never met, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, of an old relative, was done by her great-grandfather - and unlocks a family history she never knew.
©2011 Karen White (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
I have never written a review before but Amy's southern accent was so grating that I had to comment
about it. The book was great but the awful really was distracting.
I enjoyed this book while on a long car trip. The long story was a perfect match to the long journey.
The discriptions of the storm damage were so real I felt like I too was there.
The accents didn't ring quite true.
not really one moment, just the developement of the people.
I would not recomend this book to anyone in a hurry, you need to just enjoy the slow reveal
Classic Karen White. Family mystery told in flashback. Great character development. Some may argue a predictable storyline, but there were a few twists to the plot. Overall, a great story. Loved Amy's character.
concerned for the Republic
I've noticed that the Karen White's books I've listened to have strong grandmothers as central and influential characters. That's the case in this story, as well, although it seems that Amy's story is a little more developed in Beach Trees. I enjoy the local aspect of her books, as well, and the accurate sense of the cities and communities featured therein.
I was not really crazy about the narration. The accents seemed a little off, and a little too generic Southern. Not every Southerner drops their "g"s.
The story is good, leaves a mystery unsolved which irritates me. My low rating is due to the narration. Both narrators sound very stilted when switch character voices which annoyed me.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
This book switches from past to present and kept me on the edge of my seat!! Would recommend.
The concepts are quite good in this book. It reads too much like modern romance, not my thing but I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships and reading about the people of Biloxi and New Orleans and their sense of home and why they rebuild after disasters like Katrina.
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