Julia has her life neatly in order: fiancee, career, and professional reputation. It was no mean feat, considering the chaos and betrayal that marked her early years. She is finally getting to where she believes she needs to be.
And then, one day, her past comes calling. Her ex-best friend, Marney, who stole Julia's father away from their family years ago, has terminal cancer, which makes her temporarily unable to care for her three children--Julia's half-sisters and half-brother. Julia is called upon to go and care for them.
Believing it would be a quick and temporary fix, Julia returns to her childhood home. It is there, in the lowcountry of Edisto, South Carolina, that she begins to realize how much she has truly lost, and how much she truly wants back.
As Marney gets sicker, Julia grows closer--to Edisto, to the three children, to her own mother, who still lives there, and to Jed, an old flame from her early days. And so her own struggle begins--between her future as she had always imagined it and the future she might get to have instead.
Beth Webb Hart did a beautiful job with this novel. It is written from the perspective of each character, by chapter: Julia, Jed, Mary Ellen (Julia's mother), Meg (Julia' sister), and Etta (one of Julia's half-sisters). Although there is a bit of a slow start and some confusion over the initial characters, the story quickly takes over. Julia is a believable and likable woman who is facing a familiar struggle, and even a bit of a faith journey.
If you are looking for a heart-warming and lose-yourself-in-it kind of read, I highly recommend Moon Over Edisto, by Beth Webb Hart.
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