Thursday, May 16, 2013

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 - The Beach Trees

The Beach Trees

I've just finished reading THE BEACH TREES by Karen White and enjoyed it so much that I've added her other books to my wish list. Not only did I like the plot, I came away with a better understanding of the outlook and attitudes of people who live in disaster prone areas. Seems to me that no matter where we live, Mother Nature has surprises in store for us!  

Book Beginnings on Friday - Opening sentences:
Death and loss, they plague you. So do memories. Like the Mississippi's incessant slap against the levees, they creep up with deceptive sweetness before grabbing your heart and pulling it under.

Friday 56 (from Page 56 of my paperback copy):

Aimee regarded me with a steady blue gaze. "Why build skyscrapers in San Francisco that might be knocked down by an earthquake? Or why build farms in Kansas and Oklahoma that might get blown away by a tornado?" 

Genre: Women's Fiction
Length: 432 pages
Amazon Link: The Beach Trees

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared - never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.

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  1. I agree with the beginning and have to agree with the proposed question in the 56 too... why???!!

    1. Wherever you live, there's some kind of natural disaster that threatens. Blizzards, earthquakes, tornadoes, drought, floods, etc. The characters in this book live on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and endure hurricanes. Their ways of coping fascinated me.

  2. The BB is so true! It is a really good description of memories! I love the look of the San Fransisco's skyline though! On a second note, would you like to be part of my blog tour for 'Confessions of a Harry Potter Fan'? Drop me an email, if yes :)
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    Thanks for sharing, I'm an old follower! Hope you have a great weekend,

    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. Memories can have such a bitter sweet quality - it's nicely summed up by your BB.

  4. I first discovered Karen White with The House on Tradd Street...and have bought up everything of hers that I can get my hands on since. I loved The Beach Trees, too.


    1. I should have known that you'd like Karen White's writing too! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  5. Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to go investigate this author.

    Thanks for posting on Book Beginnings!

    Rose City Reader

  6. Beautiful cover art! It reminds me of a local beach on the West Coast called Torrey Pines. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Sounds like a good book on a great topic. We will keep having catastrophic events because we're over-populated. Mother earth is just doing her housecleaning and we're in her way. there's no place to run.


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