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From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina?s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt?s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny. . .Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina?s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at The Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney?s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney?s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a depression-era love story change everything?
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|Great Story Apr 12, 2017|
|The Sea Keeper's Daughter is part of A Carolina Heirloom Novel series, written by Lisa Wingate. Whitney Moore and her cousin Denise are forced to close their second restaurant or lose both restaurants. Whitney receives a message that her step-father has been hospitalized. Even though she does not have a relationship with him since her mother's death, she goes to check on the situation. While there, she goes through her grandmother's things to see if there is anything of value she could sell to keep the restaurant. Mixed in with her grandmother's things are letters from her grandmother's sister that Whitney never knew about. As she attempts so sell some of her grandmother's things, she finds out things of her family's history.|
As she goes through this process, she struggles with her step-father and the shop keepers renting the lower level of the building. Whitney is the owner of the building but her step-father is in control of it. As she interacts with the owner of the Rip Shack, Casey, they develop a friendship. He helps her with problems with the building as well as problems with her restaurants.
Even though this is part of a series, it is also a stand alone novel. The story does mention people and places that were mentioned in the first two books.
I like this series. It is a Christian Contemporary Women's fiction. Just like the previous stories, this one has a second story written within it. I like the mystery written within the story. It kept me wondering what was going to happen and what Whitney was going to find out next. I like that the story shows us how we can misunderstand others when we do not take the time to get to know them or communicate with them.
|Very good read Nov 27, 2016|
|I have not read the first books in this series but this one was very good on it's own. Whitney is a confused young woman who is an amazing cook that is trying to start a restaurant with her cousin. She receives a call that her step-father is not in good health and she returns to Manteo, NC, to take care of the hotel that her mother owned before her death. What follows is an amazing story of finding one's self. Decisions and choices that once seemed so easy don't continue to be that way. I loved this book from the beginning. I would recommend this book to anyone. |
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review from bookfun.org
|Christian Fiction Jun 20, 2016|
|The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate is a well-crafted, enthralling story. Wingate, the author of The Story Keeper—another wonderful tale—is an acclaimed writer. I whole-heartedly agree that she is a masterful writer.|
The story begins when Whitney Monroe, a struggling restaurant owner, is summoned to her late mother’s home in North Carolina’s Outer Banks to assist her estranged stepfather. He resides on the third floor in an historic building, a former hotel, and the tenants on the bottom level call her after he has fallen and been hospitalized. His own family does not assume responsibility for him. Originally, she thinks that the sale of this building might help to relieve her financial problems and save her second restaurant from ruin. She feels responsible for her cousin and other employees’ welfare and thinks that this would resolve all of their problems.
As she sorts through family heirlooms to sell or keep, she discovers a unique necklace among the jewelry and a treasure trove of old letters from her grandmother’s sister to her grandmother. These reveal the broken bond between them—a perplexing mystery—that leads to answers to Whitney’s own questions about her family and heritage. The letters reveal fascinating information about the Federal Writers’ Project during the Great Depression. Her great aunt had traveled and worked for the project.
This is a wonderfully captivating story with many layers. The reader gleans much historical background and pertinent information about the time period besides becoming involved in Whitney’s struggles in life and love. This is another great work that I highly recommend. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
|Clean, Romance, Humor & Touch of Suspense Apr 18, 2016|
|Whitney owns a restaurant and a hostile takeover is being planned. She inherits an old hotel on the banks of North Carolina. When she arrives her estranged step-father is in residence on the third floor. There are tenants downstairs with their own shops and a second floor that hasn't been touched in awhile. She goes through the things in the attic and the second floor hoping to find some heirlooms that will pay off her mortgage and save her restaurant and the hotel. Her tenants don't want to lose their businesses and try every way to keep her from selling. |
There is romance, humor, faith and if anything can go wrong then Whitney finds it. Trouble that is. Lisa Wingate keeps you interested in the different characters throughout the book. You will grow to love the tenants. You will be drawn into the story as Whitney and her step-father try to forgive each other and have a better relationship.
I received this book through Book Fun Network to read and leave honest reviews. Lisa Wingate is a masterful story teller and she brings God and faith in the storyline without being preachy. Her characters are delightful and I always enjoy a book with some humor.
|Great Storytelker at her best Dec 5, 2015|
|Have you ever been so successful at your job, that you decide to branch out? Whitney Monroe is just that person. |
She has decided with the help of her cousin, that they should venture out and open another restaurant. They are excited and begin to make plans for the new place. Not everyone is happy about their new restaurant though. Some of the local business owners can't handle competition and devise a scheme to sabotage them. They hit dead ends with building codes and other things that could prevent the place from passing inspection. Seems somebody is jealous of their success.
While Whitney is fighting inspections and total chaos she gets a call about her stepfather. Why are they calling her about him? They have never been very close and she has little to do with his kids. The caller explains that her stepfather fell in the bathroom and had been laying on the floor for four long days. That seems very sad to hear that someone you know, has been helpless for a long period of time. Whitney makes a decision to travel to the hotel in Maneto, North Carolina to go through her grandmothers belongings. While she is there she can check on her stepfather since he lives in the building . This is not going to be a pleasant trip and old feelings start to surface for Whitney. What secrets will Whitney uncover? Will she be welcomed there without any problems?
Whitney begins a trip down memory lane as she is going through old papers and soon discovers secrets that are troublesome. How is it possible that her mother and stepfather knew each other before her dad was in the picture? Something doesn't add up and she wants answers. A project that Roosevelt's Federal Workers Program had in the 1930s somehow have ties to her grandmothers story. What has Whitney stumbled into?
This is Lisa Wingate at her best as she perfectly delivers two stories at the same time and tie them together like a pristine bow. The history in the story is very detailed and is brought to the present to make a story that gives you mystery and action. The author has given us two characters from the past that will have an impact on Whitney's life. What secrets do they hold? Is there danger for Whitney? Will history change her family dynamics?
I look forward to reading books from Lisa Wingste because I know she will sweep me on a journey with details and twists that make the story so intriguing and hard to put down. This is another master story teller at the top of her game .
I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
|Fascinating history! Nov 20, 2015|
|What a fascinating story that kept me wanting to know what would happen next! The book moves back and forth from modern Whitney’s story to letters from Alice written in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930’s (as part of the Federal Writers Project). Although this is not really a sequel to The Story Keeper’s Daughter, some of that novel shows up in this one but I don’t believe you have to have read it to follow this story line.|
Not only did this book fascinate me throughout it, I loved the ending! Whitney has so many challenges – from the restaurant business in Michigan to the inheritance of a rundown hotel in the Outer Banks, from the abandonment of her father at a young age to the fairly recent death by cancer of her mother. Which way can she turn? With the discovery of old letters in the old hotel, she feels drawn to the woman Alice whom she had never heard of before.
What a great read! I highly recommend this book! I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
|The Sea Keeper's Daughters Nov 3, 2015|
|The Sea Keeper's Daughters is the third installment of the Carolinas series. I thought this was a pretty good read. I enjoyed the true to life characters and situations. There's a mixture of mystery, drama, and even humor. I recommend this book.|
4 1/2 stars.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
|Loved this story! Oct 26, 2015|
|What a wonderful finale to the Carolina Heirlooms Series by Lisa Wingate. The series starts with The Prayer Box, followed by the award winning, The Story Keeper, and now, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter. There are also fun novellas disbursed along the way. It is so difficult to use the term “finale” because I would love to see this series go on and on. It is that good.|
The Sea Keeper’s Daughter is a contemporary fiction novel set in Roanoke Island with a back story from the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. The back story in the Blue Ridge Mountains is from the 1930s and features the assignments of WPA folklore writers. Ms. Wingate is very gracious in providing the reader with actual links regarding the real history of the WPA writers in her note at the end of the novel.
This novel features the character of restaurant owner Whitney Monroe. She is fighting to save her business from a hostile takeover when she receives unexpected news that draws her back to Roanoke Island. Whitney is a likeable protagonist with a troubled past. She is hardworking and loyal to her business partner and cousin, Denise. The supporting characters are unique and well developed. And, of course, cameo appearances from some characters in the past books are always delightful.
I am going to miss this series something awful. I look forward to reading it again in the future. I highly recommend this novel and the other books in the series. If you enjoy stories and folklore that are brilliantly articulated, you will love this novel.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
|The Sea Keeper's Daughters Oct 14, 2015|
|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 Tyndale House Publishers via The Book Club Network Inc. and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
|Lisa Wingate has done it again. Sep 19, 2015|
|The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is a multi-layered story. Lisa Wingate has always captured me with her beautiful writing, and this book did not disappoint. |
Like a decadent cake, there are many layers to this story. The first is s, Whitney Monroe's struggles. On one hand, she is trying to keep her restaurants afloat, along with the people who depend on her. She's drowning—until an inheritance of an old family property on the outer banks of North Carolina comes to the rescue. Or so she believes. The deep emotional journey unfolds into an unrelenting test of strength and soul-searching decisions.
The next layer is the historical aspect of this story. Whitney happens upon curious items and letters within the inherited property—which derails every plan. It doesn't help that the inhabitants and shop keepers of the property depend on her as much as her employees back home. The guilt and indecision haunts her.
There are so many quotes of this books which struck me, way too many to include in this review. Therefore, I will give you my favorite:
"…sometimes the hardest things in life become the building blocks of the greatest achievements."
The icing on this delicious story is what I learned about The Federal Writers, and the mystery behind the Melungeons they came across in their travels.
I've read every book in the Carolina Chronicles and am sad to see it end with The Seakeeper's Daughters.
|Beautifully Written. Love this story! Sep 9, 2015|
|The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is a beautifully written, expertly layered story of mystery, history, and the family dynamics of multiple generations. Lisa Wingate creates captivating characters and heart penetrating emotion, showcasing the unrelenting strength of the human soul. |
“…sometimes the hardest things in life become the building blocks of the greatest achievements.” ~Quote from the book
Whitney Monroe desperately wants save her restaurant, and her inheritance in North Carolina might be her only hope. Things aren’t so easily tied up though. There are too many things, and people, who keep tripping up her plans. While digging through family heirlooms she finds old letters that give glimpses into the past, and can drastically change the course of her future, and those around her.
“If Satan has toeholds that allow him to claw and climb from the underworld to this one, they lie in our failure to see ourselves in others.” ~Quote from the book
I’ve read the entire Carolina Chronicles series and am so sad it has to end with The Sea Keeper’s Daughters! I will miss the many characters, their stories, and their hearts. My eyes have been opened to the history of the Outer Banks, the mysterious Melungeons, The Federal Writers, and so much more.
This book has such an interesting cast of characters—flawed, diverse, and relatable. I cared about what happened to each and every one of them. And like I said, I’m sad that their stories have come to an end.
“Every once in a while, you hit a minute in your life when you know the Almighty is standin’ right over your shoulder, and he’s expectin’ you to be true to yourself—to the moral fiber you got inside. And if you don’t stand up for that, you’re gonna be less of yourself tomorrow than you was today.” ~Quote from the book
A thought that came to my mind numerous times as I read this book, is how grateful I am that God puts obstacles, people, circumstances, etc., in our paths with purpose.
First Lines: Perhaps denial is the mind’s way of protecting the heart from a sucker punch it can’t handle. Or maybe it’s simpler than that. Maybe denial in the face of overwhelming evidence is a byproduct of stubbornness.
I received a Review Copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the options I have expressed are my own.
|Sea Keeper's Daughter Sep 8, 2015|
|The Sea Keeper's Daughter by Lisa Wingate|
Whitney and her cousin run 2 restaurants but one is failing and has met with disapproval at every turn. She hopes there is still some hope to get them out of debt and to make a go of both, but in the meantime the second one remains closed.
She then gets notified her step father, Clyde is in the hospital off the coast of NC and she decides to go there to help with his estate and try to get his kids to care for him...
Love the mystique of the sea captains, their ships that have wrecked on the coast and the wild horses...
Love hearing of all the treasures in her parents house, so precious! Fascinating to learn about the FWP, never knew of it.
Story inside of this other story are the letters from her grandmother's twin sister who she had no idea even existed. Loved hearing of the FWP and the places it took her and her daughter in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Facts about the sea turtles and how they are hatched are welcome new to me, information. Like references to Sandy's Seashell Shop and the story keepers saga.
She does have a decision to make about the property and she also has choices. Love how the stories are all connected.
I received this book from Tyndale via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
|Woman Finds Happiness Searching Past Sep 1, 2015|
|“Without even realizing it, The Excelsior and I had stepped into a local news hotbed. Somewhere in there, Alice’s letters niggled, too. What had she learned about the necklaces and the Melungeon women who wore them?” Whitney questions in Lisa Wingate’s novel, The Sea Keeper’s Daughters.|
Another Carolina Heirlooms novel, this four hundred and forty-eight page paperback targets those who enjoy historical fiction involving cultural biases, hidden pasts, and complicated family dynamics. With one slang word, the topics of racism, abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this current-day story written in first person, thirty-eight-year-old single Whitney Monroe keeps busy running two restaurants in Michigan with her cousin. When her world collides due to one of the high-end eateries being targeted for a take-over, she must find funds quickly to keep it afloat.
Knowing years ago she inherited a rundown historical building in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, she takes a trip to see if her grandmother or mother’s belongings can be sold to keep her businesses’ doors open. There is only one problem: her ornery stepfather lives on the third floor of the old building that also leases to several retail tenants on the first floor.
Purposely keeping her distance from her gruff relative and one renter in particular, Whitney gleans what she can from the long-untouched rooms on the second floor. When she finds an old necklace, brooch, and scrimshaw carving along with letters from a woman she never knew existed, her life becomes more complicated.
Learning about the poverty of the Appalachian people during the Depression, the young woman who needs to stop running from and to things wonders what happens to the Melungeons and if they are connected to the Lost Colony.
Tying her previous novel, The Story Keeper, into this account, Wingate shows how one woman’s insecurity in making decisions can be challenged through another’s history. With an abrupt ending that has a confusing twist, Wingate keeps the reader guessing if Whitney will find happiness.
Author, magazine columnist, and speaker, Wingate has written over twenty novels. Nominee and winner of several writing awards, she concentrates on Southern backgrounds and history in her storytelling.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
|A captivating story! Jul 30, 2015|
|Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller! Not only do her stories entertain, they also speak to the heart of the reader. |
Weaving together past and present, The Sea Keeper’s Daughters shares a captivating story full of unexpected discoveries. While I enjoyed the contemporary story line, I was most fascinated by the history of the story and delighted in the threads that tied the two time periods together. I especially loved the pearls of wisdom and historical gems that adorn this story; their beauty shines through the entire narrative. Lisa Wingate has shared another dramatic journey that is not to be missed!
I was privileged to read a prepublication copy of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters through the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and share my thoughts.
|Powerful storytelling at it's best May 21, 2015|
|Lisa Wingate is a powerful storyteller. In every book, she engulfs the reader and transports them through time and space to the very heart of her story. The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is no exception. It’s a compelling book that is not only a page turner in a great storyline but one that will bring tears to the reader eyes. Already a huge fan of Lisa Wingate, I can say that I am never disappointed in her books and always thrilled when a new one is released. I had the incredible privilege of reading this book in an Advanced Reader Copy from Tyndale House Publishers on Edelweiss. This book follows The Story Keeper but can easily be read out of order.|
When Whitney Monroe is called to help her ailing stepfather, it seems like the straw to break the camel’s back. Already under severe pressure to keep one of her restaurants running while the other is being held up in local bureaucracy, Whitney finds life spinning out of control. “Perhaps denial is the mind’s way of protecting the heart from a sucker punch it simply can’t handle.” (pg. 1)
Money is tight and with the second restaurant’s issues, Whitney is doing all she can to be everything to everyone and failing miserably. Denise, her business partner and cousin, is the only family she can count on and she’s determined not to let her down. Whitney answers the call to help her stepfather with intentions on reclaiming what was hers and fixing the issues with the restaurant. Making the trip from Michigan to North Carolina, Whitney arrives at the Excelsior Hotel, her grandmother’s home and Whitney’s childhood summer location. Although it offers no great memories of her grandmother, Whitney finds the memories of her mother there suffocating. She also finds her cantankerous stepfather pretty much where she left him all those years ago.
Coming to terms with the past she left behind and tried to forget, Whitney finds herself having to deal with the closure of her mother’s death and the things left behind. “What are you trying to tell me? I whispered to the building, to the ghosts, to my ancestors.”
The power of words can never be underestimated as Whitney discovers while trying to clean up the hotel and contemplating its future as well as her own. She comes across a series of letters written by an ancestor. The letters tell of a woman’s courage to trudge through the wilderness only to face racial prejudice, orphan children and romance. The letters although written in another time, seem to speak to Whitney and through them, she discovers strength: “How sad, I think now, to live an entire life blinded by the ordinary, when the path to the extraordinary waits just beyond the well-meaning prisons of our own making.”
Whitney’s abandonment issues with her father’s death have left her cautious, suspicious and self-protecting. “I have lost the carefree girl I once was…allowed the cutting blades of fear to whittle me down to nubs. I dearly believe it was not fate that brought me here, but God himself. This is the place I will finally find courage, and breath and voice. What I’d witnessed as I’d watched Mark tend to Joel was the work of love. I needed that like I needed air.”
Whitney had known the results of allowing one’s heart to harden and in a quote from the book she says, “Anger and blame were so much easier to manage than acceptance. They were hard and solid. They made good walls. Acceptance was soft. It let everything in, including the pain”. But remembering how her grandmother was so cold and bitter, Whitney ponders, “Had my grandmother hardened herself to keep from being crushed by the painful disappointments in her life?”
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is written with such powerful quotes. Thought provoking, enticing and empowering, it leaves the reader wanting more yet satisfied with the power of fantastic storytelling. It deserves without a doubt, a five out of five star rating!
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