Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Sea Keeper's Daughters By Lisa Wingate

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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  Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of over twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at or on Facebook at:

IN THE WRITER'S OWN WORDS: A special first grade teacher, Mrs. Krackhardt, made a writer out of me. That may sound unlikely, but it's true. It's possible to find a calling when you're still in pigtails and Mary Jane shoes, and to know it's your calling. I was halfway through the first grade when I landed in Mrs. Krackhardt's classroom. I was fairly convinced there wasn't anything all that special about me... and then, Mrs. Krackhardt stood over my desk and read a story I was writing. She said things like, "This is a great story! I wonder what happens next?"

It isn't every day a shy new kid gets that kind of attention. I rushed to finish the story, and when I wrote the last word, the teacher took the pages, straightened them on the desk, looked at me over the top, and said, "You are a wonderful writer!"

A dream was born. Over the years, other dreams bloomed and died tragic, untimely deaths. I planned to become an Olympic gymnast or win the National Finals Rodeo, but there was this matter of back flips on the balance beam and these parents who stubbornly refused to buy me a pony. Yet the writer dream remained. I always believed I could do it because... well... my first grade teacher told me so, and first grade teachers don't lie.

I loved every single page of this book. And not just because the back drop was North Carolina. The writing is out of this world great. Wingate grabs you from page one and never lets you go until the very last page. I was left wanting more.
You get to go back in time and the love story is so much fun to read about.
I love a story of redemption it's a keeper in my eyes.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review



  1. I cant wait to read this one your review has me wanting it in my hands right now. Thanks Mary

  2. It sounds really good. I love the fact that it's north Carolina thank you Mary

  3. Another great review, Mary! You are really cranking out the reviews! I must be as slow as a turtle when I read! LOL!

    I love Lisa's books. She is a good story teller.

    Judy B

    1. Judy, I have had some of these books for months! But the good ones I can read in a day! LOL

  4. O wow sounds Awesome !!!!!!!!!!! Blessings ,DanaGirl

  5. This sounds really good. I can't wait to get my copy and read it

  6. This book sounds so delightful. I am going to buy a copy now.

  7. Oh my sister is such a fan of Lisa. I will buy this for her. Thank you Mary

  8. I love Lisa Wingate. This is definitely on my buy list. Thank you so much.

  9. Love Lisa's books, and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the review, Mary!!

  10. This sounds fantastic. I love Lisa Wingate she is one of my favorites. Thank you Mary

  11. I know my wife is going to love this one. Thank you so much Mary.

  12. I think this is one that I wold love to read. I see it's on amazon too. I'm going over to buy it now. Thank you Mary.