Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Review: The Beach Trees

"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."

This phrase summed this book all up for me:
"Because a person had to be defiant to be able to stand amid the wreckage of her life and instead of shaking a fist, pick up a hammer."

Resilience and Courage: 
These were the two words I kept thinking of throughout the time I read this book. 

Karen White did a superb job in her latest novel, The Beach Trees.  She intricately bound two different stories into one with such ease. 
There are two different stories of two pretty much equally different women, Aimee and Julie.  You get to read about Aimee's life coming up in 1950s New Orleans and Julie's struggles of a "temporary" life.  This novel had everything in it...a love triangle, suspense, murder, hope, tears, laughter, and hurricanes ( ! ).
The Beach Trees is set during post-Katrina and shows the resilience of the people of Louisiana explaining in lush detail the hurricanes that swept through this state.  And with each hurricane's destruction came a feeling of survival and no one turned into a victim.  Each story about the survivors of Katrina (and other hurricanes that ran through...) gives you hope and makes you either tear up a little or smile with warmth.
There are *too* many words and feelings I had with this book.  I loved reading every minute (hour...night...) of it. 
I am extremely grateful to JHS from Colloquium for giving me the chance to win this book from her giveaway.  If I hadn't read her fabulous review and won this fabulous novel, well, I would have missed out in a big way!

If you get a chance to pick up this book, read it!
I give this book a * 9 out of 10* since there was just one little bit that I wanted more of, but it was still great.
If you've read this, what did you think?

Happy Reading!
~ Nay ~

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