Moon Over Edisto is about a young woman, Julia Bennett, whose best friend from college has an affair with her father, and the ripples of this particular betrayal expand like this: Julia’s father divorces her mother, marries his young love, they have a family of their own before he dies very suddenly of a heart attack one morning while painting a landscape on their Edisto Island dock. Then, the real action begins…
Because the back cover editor says it so much better than I do, here is the novel’s description, and I’ll follow up below with a few thoughts on forgiveness:
Edisto Island was where it all came apart. Can the Bennett girls ever be whole again?
Once, they were the happiest family under the sun, crabbing and fishing and painting on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina’s lowcountry.
Then everything went wrong, and twenty years later the Bennett family is still in pieces. Mary Ellen still struggles to understand why her picture-perfect marriage came apart. Daughter Meg keeps a death grip on her own family, controlling her relationships at a distance. And eldest daughter, Julia, left it all behind years ago, forging a whole new life as an artist and academic in Manhattan. She’s engaged to an art dealer and has no intentions of returning to Edisto. Ever.
Then an emergency forces Julia back to Edisto to care for her three young half-siblings. She grudgingly agrees to stay a week. But there’s something about Edisto that changes people. Can Julia and her fractured family somehow manage to come together again under that low-hanging Edisto moon?
So why did I choose to write about the need to forgive a parent and an old friend for a particularly painful betrayal? Well, I can tell you it certainly isn’t because I have the whole forgiveness thing down to a science, checked off my list of to-dos and folded neatly in a drawer next to the linen napkins. Rather, it’s because it’s something I struggle with daily. It’s completely counterintuitive. It’s something I agonize over quite frequently because I know I am absolutely commanded to do it (and if I don’t, my spiritual growth is stunted)… and yet – oh my – it’s hard, hard, hard! (Especially after you’ve nursed a wound for years, reenacting a painful scene over and over for decades in your mind.)
However, that’s what makes story such a safe and therapeutic place to redress old wounds, to confront injustice and ultimately, to ask God for the supernatural help to let it go. And then, to reach out in love.
Like Julia I’m a broken, flawed, weak human being living in a fallen world where I’m surrounded by others who share my affliction. I’ve been wounded and unfairly treated, and I’ve done those things right back at the people I loved most, even the most innocent. Such is my condition, the human condition. Such is my need for someone to rescue me from myself and the world in which I have no choice but to live in.
Julia finds a way through this, and she finds an utterly unexpected hope and joy in the most unlikely of places. Love, in the end, covers a multitude of sins. I know from personal experience, that this much is true. Thanks be to God!
To celebrate the release of Moon Over Edisto, Beth’s publisher is giving away 5 copies of the book (one each day)!
To ENTER: answer the question of the day: Do you think forgiving those who have wounded you is crucial to your overall well-being? Share your thoughts.
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