Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The Sea Keeper's Daughter

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The Sea Keeper's Daughter

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Lisa Wingate. The Sea Keeper's Daughters. Carol Streams (IL): Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4143-8690-4. $14.99.

This is a particularly terrible book because the author has been on Booklist's Top 10 for a couple of years, and she has received glowing reviews from most major publications such as Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. She has penned twenty-five novels before, two-time Carol Award winner, etc., etc. And with all of these awards and accolades, this novel falls flat and leaves readers with an un-inflated story about nothing. The back cover advertises the book as being about Whitney Monroe's struggle to save her high-end restaurant from a hostile takeover. She suddenly inherits a hotel on North Carolina's Outer banks, and then to keep the story going she attempts to sell off family heirlooms all to make "quick cash." Is this a romance between a woman and money? In the "Acknowledgments," Lisa begins with this: "Writing fiction is the strangest of professions. Here is a job in which your task each day is to listen to the voices of people who don't exist and describe events that never were. It's the adult version of Let's Pretend..." (xi). She goes on to explain that real friends help her avoid listening to these non-existent voices, but these opening lines stunned me. Is that seriously a summary of what writing fiction is for one of the top bestselling writers today? Are they all listening for voices that aren't there and writing about stuff that never happened? Back in the nineteenth century in Britain, at least, the idea was to represent real events, people and voices in a way that dramatized and raised them above the ordinary to plots that could be enjoyed for entertainment. …

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