The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

sea keepersIf you enjoy reading novels set in North Carolina, check out this book by an author whom Library Journal calls “a good option for fans of Nicholas Sparks” and whom Booklist describes as a “master storyteller.”

The novel’s heroine is a middle-aged woman, Whitney Monroe, who’s trying to come to terms with her past.  Its setting is 21st Century Manteo, a small town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

When Whitney’s elderly stepfather suffers a serious fall, she drives from Michigan to her childhood home in Manteo.  While she checks on him, she hopes to sell some family heirlooms – and possibly the historic building that she inherited from her mother – to get the money she needs to save her struggling restaurant business.

After meeting two handsome men with very different dreams for her property’s future, Whitney faces difficult questions.  Should she sell her building to someone who’ll tear it down and replace it with new construction, or should she try to preserve this part of the town’s history?  Also, what roles will the two men play in her life?

When searching the cluttered building for heirlooms, Whitney discovers the letters of her great-aunt, who interviewed North Carolina’s mountain people for the Federal Writers’ Project during the Depression years.  Some of these letters tell about discrimination against the group of mountain people called the Melungeons, whose origins remain a mystery.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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