The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme

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“I was the first passenger off the steamboat. My fellow travelers had insisted, for I had spent the duration of the journey in the throes of boatsickness. Everyone, including my own mama and daddy, had watched me from afar, afraid to get their Sunday best too close to me. Behind me, I could hear them all lining up, eager to disembark, but I stood directly in the way, unable to make my way down the skinny pier toward land. Folks started to politely fuss at me, but Charlie and Martha, my younger brother and sister, began pushing on my backside, forcing me forward….” read more…

In 1868, on the barren shores of post-war Outer Banks North Carolina, the once wealthy Sinclair family moves for the summer to one of the first cottages on the ocean side of the resort village of Nags Head. Seventeen-year-old Abigail is beautiful, book-smart, but sheltered by her plantation life and hemmed-in by her emotionally distant family. To make good use of time, she is encouraged by her family to teach her father’s fishing guide, the good-natured but penniless Benjamin Whimble, how to read and write. And in a twist of fate unforeseen by anyone around them, there on the porch of the cottage, the two come to love each other deeply, and to understand each other in a way that no one else does.

All you lucky Read It First winners out there who got a copy of Claude & Camille: you will love this book! Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude & Camille, says that The Outer Banks House is a “heart-felt and engrossing novel….[that gives] a beautiful sense of this place by the sea, of a country in conflict, of death and redemption, and of new love.”

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KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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