Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Review: Sea Change by Karen White

Ava Whalen's whirlwind romance and marriage to Matthew Frasier strains the already tense relationship she has with her mother. Moving to Matthew's ancestral home on St. Simons Island doesn't help matters any.

It doesn't take long for Ava to realize how little she knows about her new husband, especially the circumstances surrounding his first wife's death. Ava joins the St. Simons Island Historical Society and begins digging into Matthew's family history, while she tries to keep an open mind about his involvement in his wife's death. Unaware of her own connection to the place, her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

Karen White has done it again! Sea Change is the perfect blend of past and present. A beautiful story, rich in detail and filled with memorable characters, this book is a must read for anyone who enjoys stories showcasing how the past and present are entwined.

As a lover of history, I appreciated the moments where Ava acted on behalf of the historical society: visiting cemeteries, performing research, uncovering long-forgotten mysteries. These moments left me longing to do the same here in my town.

The story unfolds from multiple points of view: Ava's, her mother Gloria's, and Pamela's. Pamela is a nineteenth century mid-wife living on St. Simons Island. White moves the story seamlessly through past and present, unfurling a story that keeps the reader turning the pages.

Sea Change by Karen White is a riveting, eloquently told story of one woman's determined search to find love and happiness. Highly recommended!

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451236769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236760
  • SRP: $15.00 (also available in electronic formats)

  • I received a free copy of this book from the author's publicist in exchange for my honest opinions. No monetary compensation of any kind was provided for this review.

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    1 comment:

    Teena in Toronto said...

    I finished it tonight ... great story!