Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5From the Back Cover:One fateful summer in the post-Civil War Outer Banks of North Carolina will forever change the course of young Abigail Sinclair's life.The Outer Banks House is both a coming-of-age and a love story set in the radically shifting world of North Carolina, three years after the Civil War. Seventeen-year-old Abby Sinclair comes to the shore with her family, to the odd little cottage her father has built, seeking respite from the deterioration of a once prosperous plantation and longing to enjoy a carefree summer before accepting an offer of marriage. Our first full day in Nags Head unfolded as thick and warm as honey from the hive. There wasn't a thing to do except eat, sleep, and daydream, and I imagined the days following like a stack of goosedown pillows, white and fluffy.But the Outer Banks have more in store for Abby: racial tensions, class divisions, disillusionment in her parents, and Ben, a dirt poor, good-natured local boy who opens her eyes to a world she didn't know existed, a world that makes Abby question who she is and whether she has the courage to stand up for what she believes in, to go after what she really wants out of life.Abby's father hires Ben as a hunting and fishing guide, and Abby is surprised and annoyed when Ben requests to be taught how to read and write as payment for his services. Abby's reluctance to teach Ben doesn't last long, and the narrative moves back and forth between Abby and Ben as the events of the summer unfold. Normally I don't care for multiple first-person points-of-view, but in this case it works, and it works well, because Abby and Ben have such individual voices and are products of such different backgrounds that walking in both of their shoes really enriches the story and adds a fullness to understanding the uncertainty of living in the Reconstuction South.The island itself is as much a part of the story as Abby and Ben; the rugged, simple beauty of its windswept dunes and inlets and forests provides the perfect setting for the bittersweet struggle of the hopes and dreams of first love amidst the harsh realities of a way of life on the brink of extinction.This book was a pleasant surprise. I picked it up after it arrived to thumb through the first few pages, intending to then add it to Mount TBR, but I started reading and didn't want to stop. I will say that after all of the angst and tension, the ending came around a little too conveniently and neatly, but I'll take my happy endings anyway I can get them, and the easy, lilting style, evocative imagery and memorable characters more than make up for any plot shortcomings. One for my keeper shelf and highly recommended. Would make a great beach read, or a great escape if you wish you were at the beach.