Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moon Over Edisto

Julia has built a decent life in Manhattan far from her dysfunctional family of South Carolina.  It was at their vacation home on Edisto that she has her most treasured childhood memories.  It was also there that her father fell in love with her college roommate, divorced her mom, and then had a second family.  Julia has spent the last 20 years avoiding the messy family situation.  But when her old college roommate and now step-mom is dying, Julia must face her past and decide if she can forgive.

There were many things that I liked about this book.  The writing flowed well.  The story progressed nicely.  The characters were real and relateable.  There were a few things that the book was lacking.  Julia, and a few other characters, must search their hearts and determine to forgive; however, the author does not go into depth with how they were able to forgive.  It just happened.  I wanted to know how these characters were able to overcome the bitterness that grew in their hearts for the last 20 years.

I also wanted to know more about the dad who loved his first wife and family but was so easily swayed by this young college girl.  Julia remembers him as a wonderful man, but there must have been some sort of character flaw or moment of weakness that is left out of the story.

This was an enjoyable, albeit shallow book to read.  Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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