Book Review: Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart

4 02 2013

Title:  Moon Over EdistoImage

Author:  Beth Webb Hart

Genre:  Christian Chick Lit

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

Release Date:  February 12, 2013

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Julia left Edisto Island 20 years ago, after an indiscretion between her father and her best friend destoyed her family.  Now a successful artist and art teacher, she is opening another art exhibit and expecting a proposal from her art dealer boyfriend any day.  But Marney, the best friend who later married her father, shows up on her doorstep telling Julia she has cancer and needs her help to take care of the three half siblings that Julia has never known.  Will she return to Edisto Island to help her step mother?

This was a wonderful little story full of conflicts of various kinds.  Julia struggled with many parts of her life – the idea of leading a life that she had followed because of fate or luck – verses what was the life she really wanted.  The situation with Marney created this tension, starting with the question of “What is right thing to do?”  And if you know what is right, will you do it?

Each chapter was told in the voice of a different characters – Julia telling most of the story.  But we also heard from her mother,her sister, a local doctor and one of the half sisters.  The characters were delightful and varied – bringing a sense of Edisto Island and it’s contrast with Julia’s home in Manhattan.  There were many other little stories going on with other characters – both Julia’s mother and sister struggling with various things relating to the breakup of the family so many years ago,  The author captures the charm of the Island as well as Charleston.

This is a Christian story, but not a “come to Jesus” type read.  Julia doesn’t attend church, but has her moments of prayer.  An older aunt discusses God and reads stories to the children from the Bible.  The suggestion is more that the dependence on God gives one the opportunity to get through the trials and tribulations that come upon us.

I enjoyed this story very much.  It was one of those books that also reminds you to look at your own life and choose the things you want, but also that doing what is right in a tough situation comes with it’s own rewards.

Fans of Beth Webb Hart will enjoy this story along with those who like light chick lit and don’t mind a sprinkling of faith.

Note:  I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher – all opinions are my own.

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