I was hooked. That’s the easiest way to explain my feelings towards The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate. I recently read this book, and it was definitely one I struggled to put down. Though I consumed the book very quickly, the pace wasn’t overly fast, and I felt fully immersed in the novel. I just couldn’t put it down because the storyline was so arresting.The novel focuses on Whitney Monroe’s battle to save her restaurant while dealing with a family crisis back home in North Carolina. While this alone sprinkled a fair amount of conflict into the story, through all of this, a different, fascinating storyline from long-lost letters arose, detailing an unknown family member’s journeys with the Federal Writer’s Project.
The characters in this novel were well developed, the side story of Alice’s adventures with the Federal Writer’s Project was a delightful glimpse into a piece of history, and eventually a culture, that I was entirely unfamiliar with. Lisa Wingate has woven in unique pieces of Southern culture into this novel, and demonstrates her masterful knowledge of obscure bits of history through her writing.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a novel with a great historical background. While not a historical fiction novel, being set in the modern day, it will appease anyone who loves both contemporary fiction and historical fiction, and with a minor romantic storyline, even those who love fictional romance novels. I can’t recommend this book enough!
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale, in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links were used in this post.