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Return to the Outer Banks House

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  18 reviews
She was the spirited daughter of a North Carolina plantation owner, and he was a poor fisherman who she tutored on the porch of her family's Nags Head cottage. When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of "The Outer Banks House," they'd overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.

But now it's seven
Paperback, 418 pages
Published December 10th 2014 by Kill Devil Publishing
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Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I’m not surprised Ducharme delves into Abbey and Ben’s marital issues. Given their differing background and tragedy it’s no surprise they are experiencing issues. I did find their miscommunication a surprise, lots of assuming going on along with avoidance. Much hangs in the air with these two, most of which could be resolved with undivided attention and willingness. Once again Ben acts out of character – or maybe not given his last huge misstep in The Outer Banks, whatever his intentions he make ...more
Jenny Q
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I debated whether I should even write a review of this book, for I don't want to turn people off of reading it. It's very well written, with all of the historical ambiance of its predecessor. But I kind of wish I hadn't read this sequel. I loved the first book, The Outer Banks House, and I fell hard for the main characters of Ben and Abbie. They overcame tremendous differences and outside influences and received what I thought was a happily ever after at the end of that book, only it turns out t ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Denise by: 294
Shelves: first-reads
Full Disclosure: I was chosen a first reads winner and received a free copy of Return to the Outer Banks House in the mail. That in no way affects the review that follows.

Let me begin by saying that I have not yet read the first book in this series, The Outer Banks House, and reading this second book definitely makes me want to read the first one! Its vivid sensory descriptions, period dialogue, historical southern settings, believable characterizations, etc. are all really well-written and enti
Erin Peters
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the historical parts of this book, but I HATED the ending. All of this struggle in the book and in the end, it's like everyone just gives up!
Carole Rae
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to "Outer Banks House" that I had begged for in the last review. I must repent and take back what I said. I wish I could have stayed oblivious and allowed them to have an HEA and just imagined there life afterwards!

There is no HEA. This is real life people! They were an impossible couple that made it. Yes, they married, BUT real life comes in like a tidal wave. So many issues arise, can they really make it? I will not tell, but you must read the book to find out. I am glad tha
Linda Marie Marsh
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I did not read the first book, but after having read this one i honestly don't think it's necessary....tho i hope to!
It's historical fiction that brings you right on the scene with the characters...Ducharme uses her words to make the reader feel as tho YOU are using all 5 of your senses! The ocean air, the scent of the ambergis, the feel of the sand and roar of the sea, the beam of the lighthouse signal.....
Take all that and then add a marriage of two people from opposite sides of the spectru
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book and fell in love with the characters. In this second installment, I enjoyed the realism of coping with differences in a marriage - all to be expected. However I was disappointed with the characters emotional and communication constipation and inability to come to a resolution. Adding Eliza's perspective gave a great outside view and added another flavor into the mix. As another reviewer said, I hope that Diann Ducharme plans on making this a trilogy as there are too many ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did not read the first book in this series, but this sequel has the capacity to draw you into the lives of Abby, Ben and Eliza and evoke a vivid picture of their struggles to survive the extreme hardship and poverty of life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the late 1800s.
Well-written in the patois of this depressed area and the times, it is both interesting and heart-rending as you follow each character as he discovers and comes to terms with the path his life must follow.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won Return To The Outer Banks House from Goodreads.

The story takes place in 1875. Whales Head, North Carolina, on the Outer Banks.
Gutsy Eliza was my favorite character at the start of the story. Then I came to love Ben, Abby, and Asha. 1875 brings much tragedy, poverty, heartache, and love. Good book.
Carol Stanley-Snow
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I wasn't sure about this book when i first started...but...the more i read, the more i couldn't put it down!

The Outer Banks before 'people' was very different than the one we see today. The story of Ben and Abigail is heartbreaking. Then throw in Eliza, well...I don't want to give away anything!!

It's a good historical, human interest story.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did not read the first book The Outer Banks House. I think if I had the sequel would have made more sense. It was enjoyable. I love the Outer Banks and I love how the Moby Dick was incorporated into the story, but I wish I would have known the characters better by reading the first book. I would have understood the book better and I'm sure enjoyed it more

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Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read-wins
This was a Goodreads win, thank you for choosing me.

A historical fiction set in the late 1800s on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The main characters, Eliza, Abigail and Ben are full of Strength, Guts, Grit, heart and kept me interested in their stories and not able to put the book down.
Donna Gregory
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Return to the Outer Banks House is The first book I won from 'GOODREADS FIRST READS. It was a little deep for me but serves as a reminder that not everyone lives happily ever after. Thanks for the opportunity to read and share reviews. It was/is a good book.
Doug Turner
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Second in a series. I understand that a third book is in the writing.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Never read the sequels to books unless there is a third- lesson learned
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Was expecting a bit more cheeriness at the end after so many hard times. Maybe there will be more satisfaction in the future!
Like the first book much more. This was an easy read - but just not much to it.
Nicolle Gray
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author added a third narrator and it changed the flow of the book. It also ended very abruptly.
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Diann Ducharme holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of Newport News, Virginia, she has vacationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina all of her life and has used this intriguing setting as a backdrop for her writing. Ducharme's literary debut, The Outer Banks House, was pu ...more