North Carolina’s Outer Banks hold little appeal to Whitney Monroe. She left the place behind for a reason, but when her dreams go up in smoke, returning to the crumbling Gilded Age hotel might be her only option. Selling the Excelsior would answer a lot of her problems, but it doesn’t come without complications. Namely her estranged, grumpy stepfather who has holed up on the third floor of the building and refuses to budge.
Matters only complicate further when Whitney discovers an old necklace and shredded letters that make her question everything she thought she knew about her father’s family. With the help of some and the resentment of others who view Whitney as a threat to their livelihood, she must delve into the past before she can learn how to navigate into the future.
In The Sea Keeper’s Daughters, Lisa Wingate masterfully weaves the past and present to create two compelling stories that transport readers, carrying them through the beautiful yet harrowing journeys of two young women — modern-day Whitney and depression-era Alice. Though never a predominant feature of their tales, I enjoyed watching both women’s budding romances and getting to know the men who caught their eyes and hearts.
While the author brings the book to a satisfying conclusion, Wingate doesn’t wrap everything up into a perfect little bow. Instead, she leaves a few niggling questions, keeping this tale true to life.
Wingate delivers authentic characters and vivid description that make the story pop. Picking up one of her novels means total immersion, leaving me briefly disoriented whenever I’m forced to resurface. I strongly recommend this novel to anyone looking for powerful writing and a gripping plot. Congratulations on another incredible story, Lisa!
Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Life is Story.