As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girlís life.
Ducharme’s lush descriptions of both people and environs really captivate your attention. The post Civil War adjustment well depicted. Various themes are woven throughout the narrative. Abigail comes into her own, ripping off her rose colored glasses and standing her ground, metamorphisizing into a fine young woman. It was a relief when Abigail made the transition to her own person drawing her own conclusions and wants. Her lack of warmth and emotion from her parents made her an even more compelling and sensitive protagonist.
I wish we learned more of Ben. We were handed a rough sketch but not enough depth into his character and what was given was a bit of a contradiction. I failed to see the depth of Abbey and Ben’s attraction, especially after the horrific incident. I honestly don’t understand how Abbey could have seen past Ben’s part, such a brutal slaying. As bright as Ben was how could he not see what was going to happen given Mr Sinclair’s racial opinions. Ben should have reached out to Jacob seeking guidance especially with their deep rooted friendship.
The end was predictable, a tender story of two people against all odds, proving opposites attract.
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•Publication Date: December 10, 2014
•Kill Devil Publishing
She was the spirited daughter of a North Carolina plantation owner, and he was a poor fisherman who she tutored on the porch of her family’s Nags Head cottage. When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of The Outer Banks House, they’d overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.
I’m not surprised Ducharme delves into Abbey and Ben’s marital issues. Given their differing background and tragedy it’s no surprise they are experiencing issues. I did find their miscommunication a surprise, lots of assuming going on along with avoidance. Much hangs in the air with these two, most of which could be resolved with undivided attention and willingness. Once again Ben acts out of character – or maybe not given his last huge misstep in The Outer Banks, whatever his intentions he makes another surprising move. Expanding on Eliza makes sense given she’s the third party in this quasi triangle. Despite her nefarious and meddlesome ways Ben and Abbey would still be at an impasse. Eliza adds spunk to the narrative along with dimension.
The ending leads the reader to believe there will be another installment, I would be disappointed of Ducharme ends with Abbey and Ben in this very ambiguous state. A heartbreaking read but not a surprise given Abbey and Ben’s initial meet and greet.
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Diann was born in Indiana in 1971, but she spent the majority of her childhood in Newport News, Virginia. She majored in English literature at the University of Virginia, but she never wrote creatively until, after the birth of her second child in 2003, she sat down to write The Outer Banks House. She soon followed up with her second book, Chasing Eternity, and in 2015 the sequel to her first novel, Return to the Outer Banks House.
Diann has vacationed on the Outer Banks since the age of three. She even married her husband of 10 years, Sean Ducharme, in Duck, North Carolina, immediately after a stubborn Hurricane Bonnie churned through the Outer Banks. Conveniently, the family beach house in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina provided shelter while she conducted research for her historical fiction novels.
She has three beach-loving children and a border collie named Toby, who enjoys his sprints along the shore. The family lives in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, counting down the months until summer.
The Outer Banks Series Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, May 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl
Tuesday, May 26
Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, May 27
Review (Book One) at Back Porchervations
Thursday, May 28
Review (Book One) at In a Minute
Friday, May 29
Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Saturday, May 30
Spotlight at Becky on Books
Sunday, May 31
Review (Book One) at Book Nerd
Monday, June 1
Review (Book Two) at Let them Read Books
Spotlight at I’d So Rather Be Reading
Tuesday, June 2
Review (Book One) at Book Lovers Paradise
Wednesday, June 3
Review (Book Two) at Back Porchervations
Thursday, June 4
Spotlight & Giveaway (Book One) at View from the Birdhouse
Friday, June 5
Review (Both Books) at Bibliotica
Sunday, June 7
Review (Book One) at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, June 8
Review (Book One) at Ageless Pages Reviews
Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book
Tuesday, June 9
Review & Giveaway (Book One) at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, June 10
Review (Both Books) at Unshelfish
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, June 11
Review (Book Two) at Book Lovers Paradise
Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Friday, June 12
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes
Sunday, June 14
Review (Book Two) at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, June 15
Review & Giveaway (Both Books) at Genre Queen
Tuesday, June 16
Interview at Books and Benches
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch
Wednesday, June 17
Review (Both Books) at Luxury Reading
Thursday, June 18
Review (Book One) at Books and Benches
Interview at Layered Pages
Friday, June 19
Review (Book One) at Build a Bookshelf
Review (Book Two) at Ageless Pages Reviews
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