“The Sea Keeper’s Daughter” by Lisa Wingate, book review
Whitney Monroe is an accomplished chef and has worked in restaurants all over the world. But now she has her own restaurant, but it all is in trouble. She needs more money to keep it running. But when she receives a phone call from the neighbor of her step-father, informing her that he has fallen and is in the hospital, it all comes unraveled. Whitney has not had a good relationship with her step-father, but feels a sense of duty and goes to help him.
When she arrives, she finds the hotel where he lives, in disrepair. But she also meets several neighbors and tenants of the building. As Whitney works to help her step-father recover, she also starts sorting the belongings stored on the other floors. During this search, she finds some very interesting items. This includes letters sent to her grandmother from her sister. The interesting thing is that her grandmother did not read them. As Whitney puts the letters in order, she discovers many things about her family, past and present.
I enjoyed this book and appreciated the back and forth between modern day and the past. The characters were well developed. I did feel the book ended rather abruptly, but definitely set up the readers to want to read book #2. I also felt the chapters were too long.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.