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Moon Over Edisto

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Edisto Island was where it all came apart. Can the Bennett girls ever be whole again?

Once, they were the happiest family under the sun, crabbing and fishing and painting on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina's lowcountry.

Then everything went wrong, and twenty years later the Bennett family is still in pieces. Mary Ellen still struggles to understand why her picture-
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 11th 2013 by Thomas Nelson
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Nicole Flothe
Mar 10, 2013 Nicole Flothe rated it it was amazing
I love reading and when I read the storyline of this book, I knew I would want to review it. I used to live in North Carolina so when I get a chance to read a story about southern living I always look forward to the adventure. What also caught my eye was the authors name, Beth Webb Hart. My connection was made and I was intrigued to see what kind of story she had to offer. This quote says it so perfectly...
“Moon Over Edisto is a rich, endearing, can’t-stop-reading book about what matters most, t
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20 years ago, Mr. Bennett left his family to start a new one with his daughter's friend. All these years later, even after his death, his first family is struggling with hurt and confusion.

Julia is an artist, like her dad. She's engaged, but maybe not to the right guy. When her former friend, Marty, her dad's second wife, announces she has cancer, Julia has to decide if she is willing to return to Edisto to care for her 3 half-siblings during recovery time.

This book started a little slow for me.
Feb 20, 2013 Lora rated it really liked it
I have to be honest. I don't read a lot of Christian fiction set in modern times. I adore historical fiction (must be the history buff in me), but in my experience most other Christian fiction is just very sappy fluff, and predictable. So I was curious how Moon Over Edisto, by Beth Webb Hart would turn out. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book did have a measure of predictability to it, I suppose, but the story was unusual and different than most. The main characters are struggling with deep hur
Jul 23, 2013 Honeybee rated it really liked it
Moon over Edisto was a delightful novel. Although the author made a slow start introducing all the players, once she built momentum, I found it was difficult to put the book down.

There were five main point of view (POV) characters. Most of them I liked; one was downright unpleasant. The author did a great job of creating a unique "voice" for each character. She also employed a technique I've never seen before to help us know who was the POV character in each chapter: She used that person's name
Jun 06, 2013 Tonya rated it it was amazing
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I love books from the Low Country. Just some kind of magic in them!

I love books about family, women so this one was right up my alley. The cover spoke to me, and it didn't stop there. Each page held such magic, as the Low Country does that I couldn't stop reading till the last page was turned.

On Edisto Island, at one time, the Bennett family seemed to have it all. But it fell apart, the 3 girls moving on and swearing to never come back. But the oldest, Julia, has to come back and take care of he
Apr 03, 2014 Debra rated it it was amazing
Julia Bennett's family fell apart twenty years ago when she brought her friend home from college. Julia left it all behind her and forged a new life as a Manhattan artist. Her sister Meg lives in deep denial, raising the perfect family and posting it on Facebook; and her mother, Mary Ellen, is still trying to understand what went wrong. But a family emergency has brought about the unthinkable: Julia is going back to Edisto Island to look after her father's second family. Her feelings for three i ...more
Delinda Mauney
Sep 08, 2015 Delinda Mauney rated it it was amazing
This was a special book about how unexpected family events can change everyone's life and sometimes bitterness can lead to such a hard heart that it seems unable to get through. Such is the story of the Bennett family.

It portrays the lives of the ex-wife and 2 daughters and how events can again bring them all together again. The story is of a family broken apart by the girlfriend of one of the daughters. The father divorces the mother to start a family with a girl his daughters age. Thus anger,
Feb 01, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Smooth writing, interesting characters and several story lines took me through this book in record time. Julia and her sister, Meg, are different with different lifestyles. Yet they have similar struggles resulting in the divorce of their parents when they were teens. The mom, Mary Ellen, has her own struggles as an outpouring of why the divorce even happened. When their seemingly perfect family is torn apart by one of Julia's college friends, forgiveness seems impossible. I recommend this books ...more
Jennifer Harrell Scott
Aug 02, 2016 Jennifer Harrell Scott rated it really liked it
This had strong Christian overtones, which is a turn off for me personally, but it was not overbearing enough to take away from the quality writing and content of the novel. The opening few pages were a bit dull and unnecessary, in my opinion, but the story quickly took off and pulled me in.

I'm a big fan of Edisto Island (I'll admit the title alone is the reason I even purchased the book) so I'm sure that had a lot to do with why I enjoyed this so much, but it's more than that. The author did a
Apr 14, 2014 Suzanne rated it liked it
"Moon Over Edisto" would make a great beach book. It is a lighter read with a sweet story about a native Charlestonian who had moved to NYC to pursue her career as an artist. She has to come to grips with the family she left behind in Charleston and with her past. In the process, she comes to discover what love and family really mean to her. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Charleston and Edisto and truly felt like I was there. I also loved the descriptions of the meals and Southern food tha ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Diana rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this book because Edisto Island is basically my favorite place on earth. And, it was fun to have familiar locales woven into the story between Edisto, Charleston, and NYC. But, I gave this an 'OK' rating because the protagonist is pretty annoying. Her storyline with her fiance was downright silly and unbelievable, especially at the end of the book, and she was so self-centered that she was hard to like. Her mother, crazy aunt (doesn't every Southern story have one? a ...more
C.E. Hart
Sep 10, 2015 C.E. Hart rated it it was amazing
Moon Over Edisto touched me deeply. Julia, the main character, feels like a friend. I sympathized with her and urged her through the tough times. I took my time delving into the intricacies of her life, and ultimately encapsulated myself in her world. I wish the book didn't end. I don't want to say goodbye to her (or the other characters) and I yearn for the story to continue.

Chapters are told from different points of view and give a well-rounded view. I especially enjoyed little Etta's chapters
Despite the fact that I sometimes get irritated when authors take liberties with my beloved lowcountry, I like reading books set in and around Charleston. When this AR copy of Moon Over Edisto fell into my hands, I was prepared to be disgruntled by inaccuracies, and by the problems that often plague AR books: typos, weird printing sequences, etc. However, I was pleasantly surprised on both counts.

The story, told from 5 varying points of view, centers on old family hurts and betrayals which surf
Julia Bennett's family fell apart twenty years ago when she brought her friend home from college. Julia left it all behind her and forged a new life as a Manhattan artist. Her sister Meg lives in deep denial, raising the perfect family and posting it on Facebook; and her mother, Mary Ellen, is still trying to understand what went wrong. But a family emergency has brought about the unthinkable: Julia is going back to Edisto Island to look after her father's second family. Her feelings for three i ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
After a slow start featuring too many characters to keep up with, Moon Over Edisto picks up the pace and delivers a beautiful tale of the hurt of betrayal and the peace forgiveness brings. When Mr. Bennett leaves his family for a younger woman, one who happens to be his daughter Julia's best friend, the family is fractured forever, and he passes away before Julia can reconcile with him. When the new Mrs. Bennett becomes ill and Julia is the only one who can come watch her three children, the pas ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart was such an amazingly good read! I wasn't absolutely sure how good it would be when I read the short description while searching for a book to review. But let me tell you, this book far exceeded my expectations!

Julia has faced several heartbreaking situations in her life, situations many never have to face. She has loved and lost. And now, when she is asked to do the unexpected and to step far outside of her comfort zone, she finds inner strength that she did n
Apr 02, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got off to a really slow start. So much so that I read less than one chapter before setting it aside for something with a faster pace. After reading four(!) other books, I remembered this book on my e-reader and how much I was looking forward to reading a book set in the Low Country, and forced myself back into it. I'm so glad I did.

Once Julia makes the decision to head to South Carolina and care for her younger half-siblings, the story really picks up. I could almost taste the salty a
Dec 07, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I just finished Beth’s Webb Hart’s latest book and love it. Exploring the low country and Charleston, SC culture through fiction is always a pleasure and Hart does it so well. One can tell that she is a “born and bred Charleston lady” as we say in the South. Such rich details and so well woven into the story.

In “Moon” she has implanted Julia into my heart with her talent for character development. So sad that Julia was betrayed by her father and her best college friend when the two became lover
Melanie Coombes
Mar 11, 2013 Melanie Coombes rated it really liked it
Moon Over Edisto is about the Bennett family and the aftermath of a divorce.
Julia's best friend from college, Marney betrays her by falling in love with her dad. Her family divorces. Julia moves to New York to pursue her passion of art, her mom, Maryellen moves away to find peace with why her marriage fell apart and younger sister Meg struggles to create the picture perfect family of her own.
The book opens when another tragedy forces Julia to return to her childhood home on Edisto Island in Sou
May 02, 2013 Kerri rated it liked it
First, let me say I LOVE reading books about the South, especially South Carolina. I have family that live right outside of Charleston, and I have been visiting there almost yearly for most of my life. When I read a book set in Charleston, I get an extra thrill, because I know those streets, store, restaurants, etc. I also know the outlying islands, including Edisto. The author does a great job bringing the area to life. The story, of betrayal and forgiveness, works very well in the southern set ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
As I started this book, I have to admit that I was not sure if I would like it. There are some very serious hurts that are being dealt with in this book. But as I read on, I discovered that I did not want to put this book down. The author did a great job of telling this story through the different perspectives of the characters in this book. The book delves into infidelity, desertion, desire for love and family, injustice, anger and hurt. We view much of the book through Julia's eyes, the oldest ...more
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Apr 11, 2013 LIZA fan rated it it was amazing
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Julia is an almost 40 art teacher/artist in Manhattan. She has a swanky boyfriend and extravagant life, although due to family issues, she has been only in distant contact with her family over the last 20 years. Now her father's second wife has cancer, and her three half siblings need her help. Living on Edisto Island in South Caronlina, they have less than a charmed life. But will Julia forsake her own plans to help these children who she has never really met? Chapters are told from the viewpoi ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Mar 04, 2013 Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM) rated it it was amazing
Life is messy and oftentimes the messiness inflicted on you is the result of others’ actions. Several years before this story takes place Julia’s father made a very messy decision. This decision shattered many lives and the cracks kept appearing even after he was gone. His actions set into motion repercussions for both of his families.

Julia has spent many years isolating herself from all of the pain and mess of her family. But sometimes there are journeys that we need to take. It may see as if w
Oct 08, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
"Moon Over Edisto" is a well-written novel by Beth Webb Hart. From the first page, it seems as if Edisto Island itself is one of the compelling characters. Growing up on the island, life seemed perfect for the Bennett family, until the summer when it all fell apart. Her parents divorced ("why" is a spoiler so i'll let you find out for yourself)and Julia moved to New York city where she is now a college professor and a successful artist, who is recently engaged. Her mother, Mary Ellen, has had to ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Britney rated it it was amazing
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As I began reading Moon Over Edisto, I was quickly swept away to South Carolina. Beth Webb Hart does a wonderful job capturing the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry. The novel is different from most, in that it is written from the perspectives of the individual characters in the story. Reading from this perspective allows you, as the reader, to more readily identify the complexity of each of the characters and bett
Liz Terek
Mar 05, 2013 Liz Terek rated it it was amazing
Nowadays, it seems everyone’s family is dysfunctional. Julia’s, though, may be a tad more dysfunctional than others. With a successful career as an artist, Julia thought she had left her painful past behind her. But, when her stepmother appears on her doorstep all that changes in an instant. Marney isn’t simply a stepmom. She & Julia are only a year apart in age & were college friends. In fact, Julia brought Marney home with her which in tur
Elizabeth S.
Mar 10, 2013 Elizabeth S. rated it really liked it
Beth Webb Hart's Moon Over Edisto is a book that grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go.

Julia Bennett's childhood was spent in the South Carolina low country where she enjoyed the leisure of fishing, crabbing, and painting along the shores of Edisto Island. Her family and childhood were picture perfect until they weren't.

During their years in college, Julia and Marney were the best of friends. Because Marney didn't have a family of her own, Julia and her family welcomed Marney with open arms.
Sep 02, 2015 Pernette rated it really liked it
Southern literature wouldn't be complete without a dysfunctional family. Julia's best friend does the unthinkable and makes a play for her father and being a man he is flattered and falls for her. This causes friction between her father and the rest of her family. Twenty years later and 4 years after her father's death Julia is summoned home to help her father's second family. Will she give up everything she has worked for and help out? What about when even more is asked of her?
Mar 12, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read. What an amazing story of love, lack of faithfulness, sorrow, and healing. Forgiveness and healing are difficult to achieve. The characters are well developed and you feel the emotions they are experiencing right along with them. Get a few tissues handy because it will move you at the end. One of those books you can't put down until you've read the last sentence, closed your eyes, and take a deep breath as you close the book.
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Beth Webb Hart holds a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, Grace at Low Tide, was one of three finalists for the 2006 Christy Awards in the general/contemporary fiction category. She lectures on a variety of topics and has taught creative writing on the college and high school level. She serves as a writer- ...more
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