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Grace at Low Tide
by Beth Webb Hart


Overview - "Beth Webb Hart shares her knowledge of the lowcountry] withskill, wisdom, and beauty."

- Pat Conroy, author of ThePrince of Tides

When a business venture goes sour, Charleston blue-bloodsBilly and Dee DeLoach uproot their family and move into the caretaker's cottageon what was once the family plantation estate on Edisto Island.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Beth Webb Hart shares her knowledge of the lowcountry] withskill, wisdom, and beauty."

- Pat Conroy, author of ThePrince of Tides

When a business venture goes sour, Charleston blue-bloodsBilly and Dee DeLoach uproot their family and move into the caretaker's cottageon what was once the family plantation estate on Edisto Island. While the restof her family falls to pieces, DeVeaux struggles to sustain them through herreluctant help and her stubborn hope.

Before the bankruptcy, the family had a graceful home in ahistoric Charleston neighborhood. Country clubs, cotillions, childhood friends, and a close-knit church group. Now they're living in a run-down cottage on anisland estate that is no longer in the family. DeVeaux has a restaurant job, acantankerous old truck, and mud on just about everything.

But something is wearing DeVeaux down. It's not living onthe island, which is actually kind of interesting. And it's not missing her oldfriends, who have developed an annoying fixation on boys. What really bothersDeVeaux is that being "ruined" has changed her dad into an ill-temperedjerk, and her mother just tiptoes around him. If the good Lord has a plan forsaving them, now might be a good time to start.

A gritty but gentle drawl of a story, Grace at Low Tide is atender and evocative portrait of a young girl embracing womanhood. With southernsociety as her backdrop, Beth Webb Hart paints for us a hard-luck familyscrabbling to find its heart again. It is a testimony to the small miracles oflove and loyalty--the gifts of grace that manage to keep us all afloat, even atour lowest ebb.

"a lovely, gifted writer."

-Publishers Weekly



 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781595540263
  • ISBN-10: 1595540261
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • Publish Date: June 2005
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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Southern discomfort

The transition from blueblood to redneck may be devastating to the strongest man or woman. But when you are a 15-year-old debutante, there are only two options—sink or swim. When DeVeaux DeLoach is faced with giving up Junior Cotillion, St. Mary's Boarding School in Richmond and the family's imposing Rose Hill Plantation home, she attempts to embrace her new reality rather than dwell on what might have been.

Writing from the viewpoint of a girl on the verge of womanhood, Beth Webb Hart captures the heart and soul of the low country, just outside of Charleston's genteel view in Grace at Low Tide. Hart refuses to sidestep the myriad landmines of adolescence, from peer pressure, emerging sexuality, drug and alcohol abuse and the strains of a family in transition. She has created characters that are full-bodied and resonant, and the story moves crisply, interrupted only when she pauses to quote scripture too perfectly.

Mike Parker is a former pastor who writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

 
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