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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-...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Thomas Nelson
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Nicole Flothe
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...more
Bluerose's  Heart
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....more
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...more
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...more
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
"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
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
Cheryl (Author)
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Melanie Coombes
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...more
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
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...more
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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Shellys♥ Journal
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)
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...more
"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
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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...more
Liz Terek
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...more
Elizabeth S.
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....more
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.
Janice Palko
In the space of two books, Beth Webb Hart has become my new favorite author. This is the second book of hers that I have read this month, and it certainly won't be the last of hers to read. She writes with warmth and insight about the human condition. It takes a lot to make me cry while reading, but this one did--and I love her for it.

As I writer, I hope to convey as much emotion as she does on the page.
I received this book for free from goodreads first reads giveaway. Julia is a successful artist in New York who just seems to have her life all coming together when part of her childhood comes back to haunt her. This prompts her to return to her family's vacation home in South Carolina, a place she vowed never to return to once she set out on her own. She returns to take care of her father's second family, two girls and a boy, he had with Julia's college roommate. After an eventful week in Edist...more
Emily Higgins
Julia's life was turned upside down when her father divorced Julia's mother and married Marnie, Julia's college friend.

Years later, after Julia's father died, Marnie asked Julia to return to South Carolina to care for Julia's 3 step-siblings while she has cancer surgery. Julia is a professor of fine arts at a college in New York and an artist of some renown. She is also engaged to a man who is a fine arts dealer. She is torn between the life she has built in New York and duty to family of the wo...more
`Moon Over Edisto' is about family - a purely dysfunctional one, but one that makes an interesting story. Mary Ellen's husband forsakes her and her 2 daughters to marry and start another family with his college age daughter's best friend. They have 3 children and when he dies everyone is left to pick up the pieces.

Julia is in New York working as an artist and teacher - her career is thriving as well as her love life, her sister Meg has her family back in South Carolina and their mother has her l...more
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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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