This week we’re talking about Beth Webb Hart’s newest release, Moon Over Edisto, an absolutely beautiful read from the first page to the very last. Beth has a knack for building worlds that feel so authentic, we close the book feeling as if we’ve just visited the Carolina low country. All of my senses were engaged through these pages. I was particularly impressed by Beth’s ability to capture the contrasting worlds of the New York City art scene and the backwater tidal community of Edisto. She made me feel as if I understand both completely, yet I have no personal experience with either.
The theme of forgiveness is one of my favorite topics, and Beth handles it with honesty and grace. The main character, Julia, has struggled for years to forgive her father and her college friend for having an affair and destroying her family unit. She left her hometown and fled to NYC where she built a successful new life miles away from the damage that remained in Edisto. And that seemed to work. Just close the door, leave the pain in a separate place, and move on…as many of us try to do. But life is never that easy, and those closed doors sometimes open again.
In this book, a series of family events brings Julia home again. Her father dies and his young widow develops cancer. Their young children are left alone as Julia’s young stepmom enters the hospital for treatment. Julia does the right thing and returns home to care for her young half-siblings. During that experience, she is forced to face all the pain she left behind and come to terms with a new definition of family.
The story really begins there, and I haven’t ruined anything by setting the frame for you. This is where you really feel the emotional journey of Julia’s character and join with her in her search for healing.
I loved everything about this story, right down to the cover design, and I’m certain all of you will enjoy Beth’s latest contribution to the publishing world. Great job, Beth! Now, for those of you joining us on the porch today…what is the one thing you would find most difficult to forgive?