Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart
The past has come knocking on Julia's door. Can she summon the courage to answer betrayal with love? Julia’s best friend, Marney, broke up her parents' marriage years ago. Now Marney shows up at her Manhattan apartment, asking the impossible—come home to Edisto Island to care for the half-sisters and half-brother she has never known. Marney, recently widowed, has lung cancer. There's no other family to care for the children while she’s in the hospital following surgery.
Julia loathes Marney. But if she doesn’t step in, her own mother—who has never gotten over the divorce—will be called upon to take care of the children. So she heads to South Carolina to keep the peace.
On Edisto, she begins to reconnect with the place and the people and she’s been running from her whole adult life. There’s the local doctor who once stole a kiss from her on that very beach, and the siblings she’s never known—especially the sister with selective mutism named Etta who’s the keeper of nearly every family secret . . . including the very one that just might bind-up Julia’s long-since shattered heart.
When I read the book description I was excited to read this book, the storyline is wonderful. I feel there was some things missing though, for instance, Julia's sister absolutely cannot stand Marney or her children, she has not forgiven her father for being unfaithful.
When asked to handle funeral arrangements for Marney she immediately agreed. Julia's decision to move to Edisto was also sudden and she didn't even bother to talk to her fiance about it.
It just didn't seem finished in areas, I was left wondering why in many of the situations and people's decisions. That being said everything else was enjoyable, Julia and her mother were very likeable as was Aunt Dot. I'm happy things turned out as they did.
I received a copy of the book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.