The Beach Trees is the Perfect Summer Read

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There hasn’t been a book in a long time that makes me want to stay awake until 3 am in order to finish it. The Beach Trees by Karen White did just that. By looking at the cover, I expected a light read that I could enjoy at the pool or beach and could leave in my beach bag until the next time. However, The Beach Trees was a book I couldn’t put down and finished in two days.

The main character, Julie Holt, piqued my interest right away. She has never been able to get over the disappearance of her sister and has blamed herself ever since for the loss. Julie is a captivating character who has spent her adult life searching for her sister and not committing to anyone or anything.

While working in New York, she met a single mother named Monica Guidry who she is drawn to and reminds her of the sister she lost so many years before. Unfortunately, her friend is also taken from her too soon when she gets sick and passes away. Monica’s young son, Beau, is entrusted to Julie with instructions to return to Monica’s home of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to take care of some business.

Along her journey, you will fall more in love with her character as she struggles to be a mother figure for young Beau while understanding why Monica sent her to the South. Julie’s character works to rebuild her and Beau’s new life together while living in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, which is also rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Julie’s mission to solve Monica’s family mysteries can easily make you pull an all-nighter, I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see what unfolded next. I loved The Beach Trees and was sad when I finished it, despite it being 3 am. This book will definitely be going into my pile of books labeled, “Keepers, read again!”

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