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Moon Over Edisto

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    If I could get away with it, this would be a three-word post: Re

    If I could get away with it, this would be a three-word post: Read this book.

    Seriously, this may be one of the best books I've read in awhile. This author proves good writers can craft a book that contains the common elements of a dysfunctional family, a tough choice (or choices), and relationships without the raunchy sex scenes, unnecessary foul language, backstabbing, or anything else that can ruin an otherwise good book.

    I feel like can't give too many details about the plot because that will spoil it. However, I can say each chapter is told from one person's point of view, changing among five of the characters.

    An unexpected consequence of reading this book: I really want to take a cooking class now to learn how to make a bunch of Southern classics.

    The bottom line is you can't go wrong with this book, and I look forward to reading others by Beth Webb Hart.

    Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart is a stand-alone novel that b

    Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart is a stand-alone novel that beautifully captures the sights, smells and tastes of South Carolina's Lowcountry as the backdrop for this complex and moving drama involving the dysfunctional Bennett family. My attention was captured from the very beginning of this well-written novel.

    I was drawn to this story because it seemed to fit two of my interests - southern fiction and relationship drama - and it certainly did not disappoint. South Carolina's Lowcountry and Edisto Island are so vividly described and become such an integral part of the story that they are elevated to character status - traditional southern cuisine, the Ravenel bridge, salt marshes, winding streams, and "massive live oaks, their Spanish moss waving in the light evening breeze from the creek."

    This story is all about the Bennett family, a family Julia describes as "Southern Gothic Dysfunction." Instead of looking at how a seemingly loving marriage disintegrated, Moon Over Edisto focuses on the lingering effects of betrayal and desertion on the ones left behind, for it's always the innocent who are most affected.

    Characterization is rich and complex. The older sister, Julia, tried to cope by running away and starting a new life in New York, though often haunted by panic attacks and bouts of depression. Meg - feeling that her father was a fool, while her mother had no clue - became harsh and legalistic, wanting justice for the guilty ones rather than grace, to the extent that her own marriage was threatened. Meg "realized how very worn out she was. How exhausting it was to wear her masks, to build her reputation, to prove to the world day in and day out that even though her parents were fools, she was not. She was a responsible, morally upstanding citizen. She could be counted upon. She was worthy of admiration. She would not shame her husband or falter in any way. She had the blessed life, and she would not squander it. Or would she?"

    The three children from their father's other family simply captured my heart, especially Etta, who only talks to her little brother. I love how Beth uses art in this narrative, as Julia and Etta discover a shared talent. One day, Julia sees Etta's sketch of their father: "This young girl had captured something true about him. Something in his rich brown eyes that could only be described as love. How could someone with eyes like that cause so much damage?"

    Although the ending is upbeat and satisfying, this is not a story where everything is tied up neatly, nor should it be. If I wished for anything, it would be a longer ending, but that in no way detracts from this powerful novel. There is a strong spiritual message, but rather than being overt, it is embedded in Julia's heart and actions. Julia's character occasionally uses the phrase, "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy," and these words seem to have so much more feeling and depth at the end.

    I am so glad that I discovered Beth Webb Hart's work. Moon Over Edisto is a very moving novel with great depth, and I recommend it highly. I suspect many readers, especially those touched by divorce, will find that this story speaks to them.

    This book was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great story!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    How do you get a free copy for review.?

    Where do you get copy, on nook or hard copy? Is it random raffle or do you sign up? Am not use to all this electronics and barely function on pc since windows. Nook was a gift for my 85 birthday since no longer make it out to library and depend on reserve and systems for books. I am not the only one who says their one star reviews are never printed. I asked my daughter to look for my review on best sellers and they arent there or hers. Mrs B of Wis.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Frozenmoon

    Name- frozenmoon. Age-16 moons. Rank-queen. Looks- silver furred shecat with white under bellie, and white tabby striped leggs, gray eyes.

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Moon Over Edisto Beth Webb Hart ©2013 Thomas Nelson Publisher I

    Moon Over Edisto
    Beth Webb Hart ©2013
    Thomas Nelson Publisher
    ISBN9781595542021
    320 pp. pppbk.

    Julia’s best friend, Marney, shattered the family when she married Julia’s Dad and had three children. Julia’s sister, Meg, has never recovered and works desperately to be a perfect wife, mother and community leader. Julia’s Mom finally is beginning a new life.
    Julia is expecting a new job, a summer in Budapest lecturing on art, and new life for her own art work. She’s engaged to marry an art dealer who has given her a huge engagement ring. But what will she do about Jed?

    Now Marney is ill and needs help, so asks for Julia. How will all the family cope, including elderly Aunt Dora? And will the family ever be restored again? Maybe, but sadly only after the source of conflict is forever gone, leaving three orphans.

    Set in beautiful North Carolina, Beth Webb Hart’s story is compulsive reading with characters readers will care about, including Marney. How everyone finally copes is surprising and satisfying, although I wish the two main characters, the romance figures, showed more than a superficial Christianity. And I wasn’t convinced that Julia’s motivation for change showed the necessary depth for such an important and sudden decision. Nevertheless, an enjoyable story.


    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Midnight to Blue

    She pads in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Lily

    She growled. "WHAT, Bluemoon?" (Mignight, i'll get u later. Can u leave for two min?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Bluemoon

    Forget this i will get you at macbeth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Touching story!

    A truly touching story about heartbreak, family, betrayal and, ultimately, forgiveness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    I loved this book and could not put it down!

    I loved this book and could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    A Great Read!

    Very enjoyable story, nostalgic, romantic and a few surpeises.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Good story !!!

    Good story of family love, heartache and redemption over the years.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Recommended

    Very good. I recommend it to others, and I would read it again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Great South Carolina Read

    Living in Charleston, SC this was fabulous. I knew so many places in the book and could picture the things going on.I loved the characters too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Great

    This was a truely beautiful story and I really enjoyed reading it! It was filled with human emotion and real life experiences. There was love, anger, betrayal, bitterness, hate, compassion and forgiveness. This was a very complex book from several POV's in all of the ways of emotions and how each person thought or handled situations. I fell in love with this book and the three children. This was an excellent story with great complex characters! I loved it!

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    Excellent read!!!!!  Recommend Very Highly!!!

    Excellent read!!!!!  Recommend Very Highly!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    The ending saved it.

    I could not feel sympathy for marney - she along with the father betrayed and destroyed a family. Marney wanted the family julia had and did not care who she hurt to get it. He was too weak to realize what she was and his first family was too easy to tjrow away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Good

    Really enjoyed this story. Happy and sad. I love it when God is included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    I totally enjoyed this fast paced afternoon of reading. I bough

    I totally enjoyed this fast paced afternoon of reading. I bought it yesterday and finished it today and was sorry to see it end

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