The Beach Trees

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From the bestselling author of After the Rain, Sea Change, and The Color of Light...

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 ...

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From the bestselling author of After the Rain, Sea Change, and The Color of Light...

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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White (On Folly Beach) spins a convoluted story of unexplained disappearances and family secrets stretching from New Orleans to Biloxi, Miss. Five years after Katrina, New Yorker Julie Holt arrives in New Orleans with a mission: she's got a deed to a Biloxi beach house and surprise custody of Beau, her late friend Monica's five-year-old son, and she intends to introduce Beau to the extended family he's never met. Soon, with the help of Monica's grandmother, Aimee, and brother, Trey, Julie begins to piece together exactly why Monica left her home and family, and that Monica's family's secrets run deep and murky—they involve a murder, a famous painter, and a disappearance—which Julie can relate to, as her own sister was kidnapped when she was a child. Told in alternating chapters—Julie in the present, Aimee in the 1950s—as both women search for answers to their respective mysteries, the novel is slow moving and more confusingly teased out than the plot warrants, with White's descriptions of the gulf coast—and New Orleans in particular—offering more reason to keep reading than the less than expert treatment of the families' tormented pasts. (May)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781593165871
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 1,149,366
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White

Karen White is the bestselling author of numerous novels including After the Rain, Sea Change, Falling Home, On Folly Beach, and The Color of Light, as well as the Tradd Street novels including The Strangers on Montagu Street and The Girl on Legare Street.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a inspiring story...

    ...about two very different women, family secrets, hope, survival and rebuilding lives. Karen White is a talented author, I have read and enjoyed many of her books, including this one. Don't give poor review ratings on books just because your "Nook Book" is overpriced; this site is to review the book; take your pricing complaints elsewhere...please.

    23 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Great Mystery!

    I enjoyed Beach Trees very much, it is refreshing not to have profanity and explicit sex scenes. The story weaving back and forth between Amy and Julia keeps your interest into what happens next. I could not put this book down, Karen White has a terrific imagination and I did not expect the ending. It is a worthwhile book to escape for a few days.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    An Incredibly Well Written Beach Read!

    I absolutely LOVED this novel! It's not your everyday novel...it's BETTER than that! If you are looking for a well written, mostly serious yet at times funny, beach read, look no further than Karen White's THE BEACH TREES. Her style is unique and gripping and will keep you hooked to the very end.

    The characters found amongst these pages are both complex and real. Julie and Trey both experience the tragedy and stress of loosing someone they love. But, when both are faced with decisions and huge responsibility, the story comes to life and the reader is taken on a wave of emotions. Julie and Trey learn the true meaning of family and redemption through out this moving novel. I felt myself completely drawn to Julie...for a time, I could imagine myself in her shoes, caring for sweet little Beau and dealing with Trey. I could picture my self in New Orleans along side the coast and watching the waves crashing and seeing the houses that were destroyed during Katrina.....an amazing experience!

    Honestly, though, this is not a book that I would have bought from a book store. I tend to stick with mysteries and historical ones from there. But, after reading this now, I can say that I would have been missing out on a wonderfully written story by a truly fantastic author!

    This is 5 star worthy and I highly recommend it. You'll quickly be taken away to the deep south in the town of New Orleans, hear the southern drawl of the natives and make amazing new friends. Karen White will mesmerize you with her incredible talent and if you're new to her work (like me) you'll be dying to read more works of fiction by this great author!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Great read

    This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Great story line in the past and present without getting bogged down in either. Interesting characters. When I finished I immediately came online to find more books by Karen White.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    I loved this book and could not hardly put it down. I have recen

    I loved this book and could not hardly put it down. I have recently discovered that I love Karen White's books and am working on reading all of them one at a time. The only complaint that I have is that she overdoes it a bit on repeating things that the characters like, such as stating over and over again how the child in this book loves Legos. And in the Tradd Street series she repeated over and over how the main character loved Abba. Over and over and over. This was irritating, but I still loved the book enough to give it 5 stars. I love Karen White's books and the characters in her books.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

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    An uplifting emotional Must Read of the Summer

    Julie Holt knows better than most that "death and loss plague you", she's had a lot in her life and now as she starts on this new and frightening adventure she feels it all again. Being named as guardian to her friend's small son after her death leaves more questions than answers for Julie so she loads herself and her small ward and goes to the other thing left to her by her friend, a home in Biloxi Mississippi named River Song. When she arrives it's to see only empty landscape where once a house stood and so she takes her next step in this journey to the family that her friend left behind. Maybe she'll find answers, maybe she'll find solutions or maybe she'll just find more questions.

    Reading a novel by Karen White always reminds me of salt sea breezes, sitting on a swing on a wide wrap around porch and sipping sweet tea and I always have one handy to read during my long Midwest winters while ice pelts the windows and the furnace works overtime to heat my home. This novel is no different only that I read it during the humid late spring instead.
    Set in the aftermath of the storm known as Katrina, Ms. White gives us in this incredible read a story line that will appeal to the mystery lover, the romance lover, the family drama lover and the literary fiction lover all in one with a tale that will entertain and educate us as she takes us deftly on her twists and turns and knots our emotions as she spins her tale. She gives us her narrative with a bit of southern hospitality mixed with New England stubbornness and an all American apple pie goodness. Her characters will endear themselves to us and by making them so believably real she also makes them temporary friends as each person she creates becomes someone we must know better and we do. She will also give us a hint of a romance to come and explore love stories gone by and the secrets, tragedies and milestones they've endured.

    So come with me on this sentimental journey, learn to love again, learn to hope again and learn to live again with her incredible story and the people who tell it. This is your first must read of the summer, a perfect beach read, a vacation staple and a friend you'll look for again at another point down your road.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    kajoma

    This was an excellent read. The story line and the recent history involved with Katrina, made this book come to life for me. The author makes reading enjoyable with her style. I had read The House on Tradd Street first and very much enjoyed this book although the two books were nothing alike! Such diversity and detail with this author's writing.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Outstanding book!!!!!!

    I would reconmend to other people. After awhile i couldnt resist it. Plus it certainly made me think.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Did not think it was among her best

    I am a big fan of Karen White and really love her style of writing and the locations of all her books, but this one was not one of my favorites. Too many characters with similar histories and issues...I almost needed a chart to keep them straight. But had to give her a 4 because I love her.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Loved it

    I couldn't stop reading this book! I've recommended it to everyone! I love the south, especially Mississippi and New Orleans. This book really showed how wonderful, beautiful, warm and generous the way of life is there.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Really enjoyed hearing a story about hurricane Katrina. A person never really knows how effected people are until a story is told. Really opened my eyes to how devastating a hurricane can be.
    Karen White has an amazing way of blending this story with many mysteries on many different levels.
    I loved it and was very sad to see it end.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Loved it!

    A story within a story! Ireally liked amiees story. Would habe loved to have read that book that was actuaaly condensed and interwoven into the beach tree. Highly recommend you read this

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

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    Well worth reading

    Not long after obtaining possession of a Katrina (don't mention that name in the Gulf) ravaged beach house in Biloxi, Julie Holt leaves New York for the Gulf coast. Her late best friend Monica Guidry who died from congested heart failure gave custody of her five year old son Beau to Julie as she trusted her buddy to take care of her child.

    Julie never learned why Monica fled her family but hopes they will welcome Beau. Elderly Ray Von Williams gives her a sealed box sent by Monica to her to give to Julie and tells her to go to New Orleans to Beau's maternal great grandmother Aimee so they have a place to stay. Inside the box is a portrait by renowned Abe Holt, Julie's great-grandfather. Aimee and his Uncle Trey welcome the New Yorker and her ward. Julie begins to learn what drove Monica from Biloxi though what she learns remains confusing. However, what she finds out reminds her of what happened to her family when she was twelve and her sister Chelsea was kidnapped.

    The story line contains two subplots respectively told by the prime two females; Aimee in the 1950s and Julie in the present. The comparison between the Gulf through the eyes of the native in the 1950s and that of the Massachusetts born Yankee five years after Katrina will fascinate the audience. The mystery of why Monica cut off her family who Julie believes she cherished based on the stories she shared with her lacks suspense so it is not as interesting as the tour of the Gulf past and present from Biloxi to New Orleans.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    a must read

    I love this book. I could not wait to find out Aimee story and how it ended.
    so well written. I would recommend this to any one I know

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Great read

    The story kept me going from start to finish. I will buy more of her books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Fantastic Book

    Would love to see more of these characters!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    What a great book!

    I had not read this author before, but I loved her use of history and current events. Terrific story, beautifully drawn scenery - loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    LOVED IT

    Karen White has a way to tell a story. I think she does it very well. This book was very dramatic. Always something going on. I loved every minute of it. Karen White better get busy writing her next book. I can not wait.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    One Of Her Best

    I'm reading "The Beach Trees" now and like "Falling Home", it's one of Karen White's best. I haven't finished because I'm savoring it (with only 6 chapters left to do). The characters are lovable, believable and interesting to the point where you're itching with curiosity to find out how life turns out for them and reading slower so you don't have to leave them behind. It takes you back to the 1950s and 60s to Aimee's youth and you find her story just as beautiful, if not more, than main character Julie's. I definitely recommend reading this novel!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    !

    Of course harriet klausner has to come along with her cliff note book report and ruin what could have been a good book. Ban this poster already, bn. Hasnt she ruined enough books? Another sale lost thanks to this egomaniac.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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