Before the Blog #4: The Beach Trees

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 


The Beach TreesThe Beach Trees by Karen White

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Publisher: NAL


Julie Holt’s sister disappeared when she was twelve years-old. It changed her family forever. They’ve never stopped searching.

As an adult, Julie meets a struggling artist and single mother, Monica. Monica reminds her of her lost sister. They develop a friendship filled with stories of the past. When Julie loses Monica to a heart condition, she is left with Monica’s son. Together, they head to Biloxi, Mississippi to meet Monica’s family. While in Biloxi, Julie discovers a connection to Monica she never knew about before.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

I love Karen White’s novels. They all combine family, mystery and a love story. The Southern settings she writes are rich in history and beauty. The Beach Trees was the first book I read by Karen White and it’s still my favorite. It cemented her as one of my favorite authors.

When did you read this book?

I must have read it shortly after its release in May of 2011. I used to hang out at Borders Books when my daughter was a baby and my mom would come watch her to give me a break. I would walk around the store reading backs of books and then grab a cup of coffee and read. I remember seeing The Beach Trees on the shelf and picking it up. It was one of the best book decisions I’ve made!

Who would you recommend this book to? 

Anyone that likes books set in the South or a great romantic mystery.

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