Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: The Beach Trees by Karen White

"The Beach Trees" by Karen White is so much more than your typical beach read.  It is a story of destruction, tragedy and survival and hope.  

The story takes place in New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi five years after Katrina.  There is mystery, history and love.  You are transported into the lives of these characters, and you will grow to love them.  Each character is down to earth and you find yourself relating to each of them as though they are close friends.  I loved that the mystery is not easily solved until the end of the story, and it takes you by surprise.  

I truly enjoyed how Ms. White wrote Julie's story in present day and Aimee's story from the past and intertwined them.  I could not set this book down.  It was a great novel that I did not want to end.  Hopefully, there will be a follow up novel to continue their story.  This is a very well written novel and one you should read, whether you are on the beach or in your living room in front of the fireplace.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
The moving new novel from bestselling author Karen White.
From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.


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