Like a decadent cake, there are many layers to this story. The first is s, Whitney Monroe's struggles. On one hand, she is trying to keep her restaurants afloat, along with the people who depend on her. She's drowning—until an inheritance of an old family property on the outer banks of North Carolina comes to the rescue. Or so she believes. The deep emotional journey unfolds into an unrelenting test of strength and soul-searching decisions.
The next layer is the historical aspect of this story. Whitney happens upon curious items and letters within the inherited property—which derails every plan. It doesn't help that the inhabitants and shop keepers of the property depend on her as much as her employees back home. The guilt and indecision haunts Whitney, and just when she thinks she's made up her mind, another thing drops her to her knees.
There are so many quotes of this books which struck me, way too many to include in this review. Therefore, I will give you my favorite:
"…sometimes the hardest things in life become the building blocks of the greatest achievements."
The icing on this delicious story is what I learned about The Federal Writers, and the mystery behind the Melungeons they came across in their travels.
I've read every book in the Carolina Chronicles and am sad to see it end with The Seakeeper's Daughters.
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