Set mostly on an island off the coast of South Carolina, Moon over Edisto is the story of a woman forced by her compassionate nature to return to the home she ran away from. When the woman who destroyed her family comes to her in desperation, Julia just can’t say no—though no one, except maybe her aunt, would have blamed her if she had. In a moment of crisis, Julia abandons overseas plans with her employer and fiancé in order to care for her three young half-siblings while their mother undergoes surgery. Back in her childhood home, she reconnects with the family and friends she left behind for a glamorous career as an artist in New York.
I loved this story of forgiveness and reconciliation. I especially loved the way God is portrayed as giving Julia what her heart desires through what seems to be great sacrifice. At one point, Julia thinks Marney is destroying her life a second time, when really she’s inadvertently offering what Julia most wants and needs.
As I reached the end of the story, I started hoping for a sequel, though. Julia’s story was complete as written, but the author left me with so many questions about Etta, Meg, Mary Ellen, and Jake. There’s plenty of material there for a second book, if this is what Hart has planned. I’ll be eager to read it if it shows up on the bookstore shelves.
I received a complimentary eCopy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this review.