Reviewer Candace Lybarger: Candace is a young wife, mother, and lover of all books. She received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. Candace taught 3rd grade until an opportunity presented itself where she could work from home and be with her toddler. In addition to spending time with her family, Candace enjoys reading, music, history, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Her perfect day in a nutshell would be sitting in the sun with a book...or two!
Publisher: NAL Trade Publishing
Publisher: NAL Trade Publishing
Karen White's Sea Change is a welcome and pleasant departure from the books that I have read in the past few months. I equate it to eating fast food for a week and then getting a home-cooked meal. The fast food is sustaining and tastes good at the time, but it doesn't compare to your grandmother's Sunday dinner. The same can go for books (OK, maybe I'm stretching it a bit with my analogy here but I think you get my point). I have enjoyed the recent books that I have read but by reading Sea Change it made me realize what I have been missing out on. I discovered a terrific plot, believably flawed characters, conflict, suspense, emotional stirrings, and settings that could be vividly seen in my mind. And let us not forget the all important quality of great writing. Karen White's Sea Change has all of the above and more.
White's Sea Change is set on St. Simons Island off of the coast of Georgia. She describes it as a lovely Southern island that is immersed in history. Ava, a thirty-something year old Midwife, moves from Antioch, Georgia to St. Simons after a whirlwind romance to live in her new husband's ancestral home. Ava met, fell in love with, and married the charming Matthew after an extremely short courtship. She thought that by moving into his home she would just be dealing with the intricacies of a new relationship and living in a new town. However, she found that she would also be coping with ghosts of the past.
Sea Change is written from
two different perspectives. The first is present day Ava who is
trying to adjust to her new life and is also working to uncover the
mystery of Matthew's family history. The second point of view
is that of Pamela, an ancestor of Matthew's who lived in Ava's house
from 1804-1815 before life took an unexpected and unfair turn.
A theme that is discussed frequently in White's novel is that some
endings are really beginnings. This holds true for Ava and
Pamela. While Ava and Pamela seemingly have nothing in common,
the lives of the two women suddenly come together when Ava goes under
hypnosis to uncover a childhood secret. Ava then makes it her
priority to right a wrong that was done long ago.
I felt that Karen White
did a terrific job in transporting her readers back into the early
1800's. From the vocabulary that White used to the clothes that
were described, she had the period down perfectly. It also
seems that White put a lot of time into researching what was
happening in St. Simons during this time period. Being a
history buff myself, I enjoyed where White led her readers.
Furthermore, with Southern charm White described the landmarks on the
island that are there today such as the lighthouse and cemetery.
Sea Change is one of the most well written novels that I have read in recent memory. White was able to keep me on my toes as the suspense grew. She also did a terrific job of entertaining me. I definitely recommend Karen White's novel, Sea Change. Reading it will take you on a mysterious adventure that will leave you wanting more.
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