The Beach Trees (Paperback)
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street novels comes a story of one woman’s journey into a secret past—and a life she never expected on the ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi....
Working at an auction house in New York, Julie Holt meets a struggling artist and single mother who reminds her very much of her missing younger sister. Monica Guidry paints a vivid picture of her Southern family through stories, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life.
Feeling as if she’s lost her sister a second time, Julie inherits from Monica an antique portrait—as well as custody of her young son. Taking him to Biloxi, Mississippi, to meet the family he’s never known, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, of an old Guidry relative, was done by her great-grandfather—and unlocks a surprising family history....
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About the Author
Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room and The Glass Ocean with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.
Praise for The Beach Trees
“[White] describes the land and location of the story in marvelous detail.”—The Huffington Post
“Tightly plotted...a tangled history as steamy and full of mysteries as the Big Easy itself.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution
“White has once again written a novel that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, and is filled with all the gentle nuances of the graceful, but steadfast, South...Readers will find White’s prose an uplifting experience as she is a truly gifted storyteller.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal
“White’s ability to write a book that keeps you hankering for more is her strong suit. The Beach Trees is a great book about the power of family and connection that you won’t soon forget.”—South Charlotte Weekly
“White...weaves together themes of Southern culture, the powerful bond of family, and the courage to rebuild in the face of destruction to create an incredibly moving story her dedicated fans are sure to embrace.”—The Moultrie News
“A worthy novel to read any time of year—anytime you wonder if it’s possible to start anew, regardless of the past.”—The Herald-Sun (NC)
More Praise for the Novels of Karen White
“There is a rhythm to the writing of Karen White. It has a pace, a beat, a cadence that is all its own.”—The Huffington Post
“The ultimate voice of women’s fiction.” —Fresh Fiction
“White’s dizzying carousel of a plot keeps those pages turning, so much so that the book can [be]—and should be—finished in one afternoon, interrupted only by a glass of sweet iced tea.”—Oprah.com
“This is storytelling of the highest order: the kind of book that leaves you both deeply satisfied and aching for more.”—New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams
“White entwines historical fact and research seamlessly through the lives of these strong and intriguing women.”—Library Journal
“White’s ability to showcase her characters’ flaws and strengths is one of the best in the genre.”—RT Book Reviews