Sunday, August 8, 2010

" Author Karen White "

I LOVE discovering the writing of an author NEW to me! I'm not sure how I came across this very talented author, but I've spent quite a few hours lately savouring her books! Meet Karen White.......... Karen has written 13 novels that I can find, four of which I've got, three that I've read and two more that I've got ordered..............
The first one I read is titled: " The Lost Hours" This one is set in one of my very favorite places Savannah, Georgia. Piper Mills was raised in Savannah by her grandparents after her parents died tragically. Her valid hope of becoming an Olympic equestrian dies also after a near fatal fall from a horse. Drowning in her fear of horses and her grief from her loss of both grandparents, Piper is further stressed by being the heir to her grandparents Monterey Square home filled with secrets. A secret room is discovered, the memory of burying a box in the backyard with her grandfather when she was 12years old is remembered filling her with regret that she failed to ask questions which now appear too late for answers. Her search for those answers takes her on a journey that will not only give her the answers to those questions but also makes her face her fears...............and gives her new hope
I then read: " The House On Tradd Street" Melanie Middleton is a young successful real estate agent who sells historic houses in Charleston, South Carolina. She doesn't even like old historic houses. She also hates that she inherited her Mother's gift of " the sixth sense". So when a stranger leaves his entire estate to her including an 1840 haunted old historic Charleston house in need of restoration, she really feels cursed! In steps another stranger to invade her life, writer Jack Trenholm who offers his help in restoring the house if Melanie agrees to let him search for diamonds he believes were hidden in the house by the Confederacy during the Civil War! This was a wonderful read full of ghosts, intrigue, history and romance..........taking you on a delightful journey as Melanie makes lemonade out of her basket of lemons~
My favorite of the 3 I've read is the one I finished yesterday: " On Folly Beach" Set in Folly Beach, South Carolina this book is set in two time frames, 1942 and 2009.
In 2009 Emmy Hamilton is reeling from the loss her young soldier husband in Afghanistan.
Ater much resistence, and seeing some myserious love notes inside some old books her mother has bought from a bookstore in Folly Beach, SC, Emmy is convinced by her mother to leave Indiana and move to her mother's home town of Folly Beach and buy the bookstore store her mother frequented as a child, Folly Finds, site unseen.
In 1942 Folly Beach is front and center of WWII given reports that German Subs are being spotted off it's coast. Maggie O'Shea, the owner of the local bookstore Folly Finds has her hands full trying to raise her nine year old sister Lulu and console her cousin Catherine who has just lost her husband at Pearl Harbor.
Karen did a wonderful job of capturing place during both of these time periods. For anyone who loves books, bookstores, mystery and history, this is a must read! This is a story of love, loss and the power of the written word to tranform lives!
This book will make to want to visit Folly Beach! It will also make you yearn to own your own Bottle Tree as they play an important role in this book. This Bottle Tree was presented to Karen by some of her readers who loved the book!
I have not read "The Girl On Legare Street" yet. I know I will love it though as it is the sequel to " The House On Tradd Street " and I look forward to seeing what Melanie and Jack are up to in Charleston's Historic District! I will get to it............
Right after I read this....................
As you all know NC Author Vicki Lane is one of my VERY FAVORITE AUTHORS........
Well, she has BLESSED me with a galley of her new book " The Day of Small Things "
due for release on September 28, 2010 !!!!!!!!!!!
I'm 50 pages in and LOVING IT!!
A review when I'm through..................... :)
Karen White lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband and 2 children.
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Vicki Lane said...

Hope it holds up for you, Carol! I'm right proud of this book!

Pat in east TN said...

I am looking forward to the release of Vicki's book ... seems like ages since her last one.

I have several Karen White books on my 'wish list', and a couple of friends have raved about ON FOLLY BEACH.

crochet lady said...

Those all sound like great reads. I am putting them on my "to read" list. Thanks Carol.

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Tam said...

Enjoyed my visit this morning. I found you from grandmayellowhair's site. (Maggie)
She is a hoot and thought I would check out some of her friends.
Looking forward to being a new follower