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