The Sea Keeper's Daughters


When I discovered Lisa Wingate’s novels, I certainly found true treasures. From her light-hearted contemporary romances to the more meaty stories in her latest Carolina Heirlooms series, I find myself totally immersed in them. I am not sure how it can be possible but “The Sea Keeper’s Daughters may just be the best one yet.

There are so many layers to this tale. On a basic level, Whitney is desperate to come up with the money needed to save the new restaurant she and her cousin plan to open. Then her trip to the Outer Banks to check on her ill step-father turns into something she could never have expected. The discovery of old letters from an aunt she never knew existed opens doors to family secrets that change everything for Whitney.

It is so very difficult for me to express just how good this book is. I loved everything about it. Reading the old letters along with Whitney revealed a part of our history that I did not know. The stories about the Melungeons actually made me wonder about some of my own ancestors. For me though, the very best part of “The Sea Keeper’s Daughters” was the intricate relationships in it and the way they evolved. It is such a wonderful illustration of faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation as well as an example of how God can change a person’s dreams to match the plans He has for them.

No question – you NEED this book – and while you are at it, you might as well pick up the first two books in the series too. I don’t think you will be sorry. Even my sister who has a preference for true crime novels, loves this series.

This book was provided for review by Lisa Wingate and Tyndale House Publishers.


From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?