Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Moon over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart

Julia has her life together.  A committed relationship, a good job, a little piece of sophisticated Manhattan.  She has worked years to run away from her broken family, and most of all, her ex-best friend Marnie, now her Father's wife.  One day, Julia gets news that Marnie is sick with lung cancer, and the 3 children that her and Julia's dad had before he died are in need of someone to care for them.  Now Julia must go to Edisto Island, her childhood vacation home, and take care of her half sister's and brother.  The problem is, she hasn't been back to Edisto to face her past in 20 years. 

I loved this book.  I think it is one of the best I have ever reviewed.  Beth Webb Hart paints a tremendous picture of a broken heart and all of its subterfuge.  My quick explanation of the book make's it seem almost soap-operaish (which it is not!)  It goes deep into life, the messiness of it, the tenderness of it, and its unexpected surprises.  

Honestly, if you do have any pain in your past, it is possible this might bring up some stuff. I almost didn't read it because I thought it might be a little dark, but Moon over Edisto has a very redeeming quality about it, and feels good in the end. 

I also loved the descriptions of the south; Charleston and Edisto Island.  The food, the culture, the way of life transported me to another place (away from the cold snow of Canada anyways.)

5 Stars Out of 5

I received this book for free from BookSneeze contingent on an unbiased review.

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