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    Needed more polish!

    I just finished reading The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate. Whitney Monroe is co-owner of La Tazza restaurant. She recently purchased an old mill (and did not research the town prior to purchase) to open a second location. Unfortunately, Tagg Harper and his cronies are doing everything in his power to stop her from opening the new restaurant (he has the local people in his back pockets). Whitney and her partner, Denise are about to lose everything they have worked for over the last few years. Whitney refuses to back off from the new location. When her mother passed away, Whitney inherited The Excelsior hotel in Manteo (which is in the Outer Banks of North Carolina). Her step-father, Clyde Franczyk has the right to live in the hotel until his death, and he is firmly entrenched on the third floor (he is cranky). Whitney received a call that Clyde is ill and had to go to the hospital. Whitney is hoping to find something of value in the hotel to sell to help her keep her restaurants (search while he is away). Whitney finds old letters addressed to her grandmother, Ziltha Ruby Benoit from her twin sister, Alice Loring. Whitney did not know her grandmother had a twin sister. Alice was a part of the Federal Writers Project regarding stories of people and their histories. Whitney finds the letters fascinating. Clyde, who has returned from the hospital, also gets involved in the project (the letters are in pieces). While looking in an old captain’s desk, she discovers some beautiful jewelry and scrimshaw. Can they help her save the hotel? But, at the same time, Whitney will be sacrificing her family history. Mark Strahan owns The Rip Shack which is housed on the first floor of Whitney’s building. Mark does not Whitney to sell the building to the developer, Casey Turner. Mr. Turner will demolish the beautiful and historical building. Mark would also like to start a special youth program on the second floor of the hotel. Can Whitney find a way to save her restaurants while keeping the building and preserving her family history? What did Alice Loring discover during her travels? I found The Sea Keeper’s Daughters to a very long book. I really enjoyed the history part of the book (it was fascinating). I found Whitney to be stubborn, frustrating, and ridiculous (who hangs on to a restaurant when it will bankrupt you and your family). I was so glad when I finished this book. There are pages of Whitney’s rambling thoughts (you can really just skip over these pages as they do not enhance the book in any way). What Whitney uncovered about her family history was expected, but I found it (the actual history) fascinating. I give The Sea Keeper’s Daughters 3 out of 5 stars. I think this book just needed more polish. I received a complimentary copy of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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    The Sea Keepers Daughters

    The Sea Keeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate is an intricate tale that weaves the past and present in a memorable way. When Whitney returns to the place of her childhood summers with the intention of cleaning The Excelsior out and selling it, she is completely unprepared for the journey she finds herself on. With a lot of turmoil in her life, Whitney is prepared to just sell and move on...but history just won't let her. The pieces of her family's history she finds surprised and intrigued her, and letting go of it all might not be as easy as she wants it to be. I loved how Lisa brought the past to life in The Sea Keeper's Daughter - how history and old letters have a chance to change the present and the future. I liked how this made Whitney pause, think and really question what she was doing and why because I felt like Whitney started off in The Sea Keeper's Daughter with a very single minded focus. In the beginning I had a difficult time liking Whitney, but as the story grew and her character evolved it was really good to see the person she was growing into. The characters in The Sea Keeper's Daughter all form a great mix. There is a great variety of conflict, tension, humor, warmth, caring and thought in The Sea Keeper's Daughter from all of them. It was interesting to get to know them all and then get to know them better as the story progressed. All of them are realistic and could be someone just down the street from you. They all had unique stories and together added a lot of dimension to the plot. The interactions Whitney has and her relationships with the other characters are all a little different. I really liked and could see the growth of relationships in The Sea Keeper's Daughter. At times intense and angsty, Whitney in particular grew and developed significantly. I was intrigued to see what Whitney would end up doing, and the wrap up to The Sea Keeper's Daughter is unexpected and fulfilling. The Sea Keeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate is part of her Carolina series, but can easily be read as a stand alone as I did. A nice mix of historical and present day, I'd recommend The Sea Keeper's Daughter to any women's fiction reader.
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