Sunday, September 13, 2015

Book Review: "The Sea Keeper's Daughters"

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate does everything a novel of its kind is supposed to do. It offers an intriguing story with tension and mystery and a hint of romance. It makes the reader curious to know more about real life subjects explored in the fictional book. It turns our minds and hearts toward God, leading us to contemplate some of the beautiful truths of Who He Is and What He’s doing all around us all the time. Though the story stands alone, it is the third in a series, and I loved how Wingate quietly brought elements of her other books in, giving subtle updates and even tying up a few loose ends. I’m not sure if this will lead to a fourth in the series, but it could, and I would love that.

In this story, Whitney Monroe travels from her home in Michigan to her grandmother’s home in North Carolina to see if she can collect on some of her inheritance in order to save her struggling business. There she finds some unusual keepsakes along with shredded letters written by a great aunt she didn’t even know she had. As she pieces the letters together and researches some of the area’s history, she realizes she’s stumbled onto a family mystery of national, historical significance. She’ll have to decide what’s more important: saving her business or honoring her past.

I loved the message of this book, the history explored in this book, and the characters I got to know. Even Clyde became lovable, and you won't want to miss out on meeting Ruby the dog. I didn’t see the ending coming, but it couldn’t have been sweeter. I’ll be watching for more from Lisa Wingate whose books are joining those who demand I drop everything else to read them next.

I received a complimentary copy of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.

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