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From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt's WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina's Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney's estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney's only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?

©2015 Wingate Media, LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Underdeveloped

I so very much wanted to like this book. The premise had me hooked. The underdeveloped characters and storyline left it flat, and I struggled to stay engaged.

The main character, while seemly motivated by circumstance, simply seems to sleepwalk through her life, including a romance with a "hero" who is selfish and quick to believe the worst about his new found love interest.

Even the characters in the 1930's and the antagonists lack any sort of personality. Motivation for behavior and actions aren't explained, like why a sister would destroy letters without reading them, and why the other sister would continue writing for years after she never receives any responses. One of many implausibilities.

Finally, it takes a lot for me to dislike a narrator. I can count twice in hundreds of audio books that I've been disappointed in one....and this book is one of those two. She sounds VERY mature. As in elderly, and the heroine is in early 30's. That and her inflection is very often "off", placing emphasis in the wrong parts of the narrative. Extremely off-putting.

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  • wendy
  • United States
  • 11-10-17

boring

I read "before we were yours " and loved it! so I tried this one.. I thought the story and the reader were boring.. it finally caught my interest around chapter 16. it ended better and did arouse my interest in the malungeons .. I didn't know about them and will read more about them.

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loved this as much as the last by Lisa...

Can't wait to get another! I love her very real, interesting, and imperfect characters. Their struggles and spiritual growth nudge my own journey toward growing ever closer to God.

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Wow! What an ending!

I have enjoyed this series from the beginning to the end. The author does a great job of working history and mystery and suspense and spirituality into her stories. I will definitely read more from this author.

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an excellent book

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was fine, but the story was excellent. I am so glad I bought this book. It kept my attention all the way through. I don't know if there is or will be another book to follow this one, but I hope so. Would like to follow up with some of the characters, especially Grandpa. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this book to anyone. And there is romance but not the sleasy sex that some authors seem to feel is necessary. It kept me going to the very end, following family through generations back when there was so much prejudice even with Indians, black folks and white folks! you will follow one family as they came to this country. And the search for proof that will back up the premise that they are all from the same family.

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Story started slow but ended well.

I liked this story after about chapter 16. I didn't like the narrator at all. It's not my favorite Lisa Wingate story however, it won't stop me from buying more of her books.

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The Sea Keepers Dayghter

I did not like the fact that the main character was so wishy washy,always taking forever to make a decision . Sentences rambled on and on before it got to the point. A business owner to me wouldn't be such a !ame brain,it drove me crazy .!!!

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  • Wilma
  • Seabrook, TX, United States
  • 04-10-18

A winner

This book is so good and filled with everything a book should have. Mystery, suspense, history, and love. Not the kind of love where they are jumping in bed every other page but the kind of love for home, family and truth. Did not want it to end. I read the first one which this one weaves into. Lisa wingate, good job.

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Needs a New Narrator!!!!!

Would you listen to The Sea Keeper's Daughters again? Why?

I have loved this series so much. I am a big historical fiction fan, but I would never listen to this again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sea Keeper's Daughters?

I loved the ending and how all of the characters throughout the series came together.

How could the performance have been better?

They should have chosen a different narrator. This narration sounded like it was from a 70 year old. The character was supposed to be 34....this was not a good match.

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I talked to the final installment not awesome

I couldn't stand the narrator's voice. She sounded like she was a 60 year old smoker no offense but it's true. She was supposed to be playing a late 30 something year old and I just couldn't ever envisioned her as a character. She was awesome at narrating the other voices and accents throughout the book but then again they should have just had two narrators instead of one. For this being the final installment of the series that I have raved about I was actually let down because I was so distracted by her voice the whole time I couldn't never really get totally into the story. Plus I feel like this was the most pessimistic of all the characters without as much detail and backstory as into why. It briefly goes over her husband suicide in her father's but never really gets ended up when in the end it's all tied into who her father was by her bloodline. I don't know if she was rushed to finish this book or what the deal was but it was not my favorite I even returns my credit on it and only finished it due to the fact that I have already committed to the first 2 Carolina Chronicle Books which actually equals 5 including all of the half books. I felt like since third installment I really should have had a peak of a month of good listening instead of a let down. the main character mint spent more time in her head then developing any sort of characters outside of herself except for the Side Story that was done really well as in all the other books