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Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme -- Excerpt

Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme -- Excerpt



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The Outer Banks House
A Novel
Written by Diann Ducharme
* Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
* On Sale: June 8, 2010
* Price: $25.00
As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girl’s life.
The Outer Banks House
A Novel
Written by Diann Ducharme
* Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
* On Sale: June 8, 2010
* Price: $25.00
As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girl’s life.

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Publish date: Jun 8, 2010
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delphimo_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
The story was well written with wonderful descriptions of the Outer Banks and the tensions in North Carolina after the Civil War. I thoroughly disliked the story about the romance between a plantation owner's daughter and the illiterate fisherman. The idea is charming, but for some reason, the rendering by Ducharme was distasteful. Many times, I wanted to discontinue reading, but since this is for a book club, I finished the story.
libraryscat reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme came to me via Crown Publishers, a division of Random House. As the name suggests, the setting is the Outer Banks of North Carolina. And the book is filled with the richness of North Carolina history and scenery. Taking place just after the Civil War, the tensions of the post-war South also play a significant role in the development of the book. Abigail Sinclair, her parents, and her siblings come to the North Carolina shore with Abigail looking toward her marriage in the near future while her father is hoping to escape a plantation that is faltering with the loss of slave labor. The family quickly, if reluctantly, joins in the rythms of the island. Abby is introduced to the island by Ben who is a young man with deep ties to North Carolina life and history. Abby teaches Ben to read and their temperments clash until Abby realized that Ben has much to teach her as well. While she becomes more involved in the lives of ex-slaves living nearby, Abby's father becomes involved in local attempts to put the ex-slaves back in their place. Of course, Abby and Ben fall in love, struggle, come apart, and come back together. It is actually this part of the book with which I have the most trouble. Perhaps the book follows the tried and true method of plot build up, conflict, and resolution ~ but I just did not find it to be real. Maybe as someone who lives in the South, I did not like the racial undertones of the conflict for Abby and her family. So I enjoyed the book for the descriptive narrative, but not the human interactions.
jdquinlan_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
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.
amanaceerdh reviewed this
Rated 3/5
slow at first but good at the end. reminded me of a mix between 'the help'' and 'the day the falls stood still' enjoyed the history of the outer banks.
khager_9 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Abigail and her family (parents and younger siblings) and servants are going to spend the summer in a cottage on the Outer Banks. Her dad hires her out to teach someone to read. Her new student is teaching her dad where to go to fish and hunt on the island, so her dad's inclined to help Benjamin out. Abby, meanwhile, is NOT excited, because Benjamin's kind of gross. He's described as being pretty much constantly filthy and smelling like dead fish. So yeah, NOT the guy you want sitting next to you during the summer.It's set shortly after the Civil War, and racial tensions definitely play a part.This is a fun, unexpected book. I was expecting a fluffy love story--and there IS a love story, of course--but it's so much more. It's about seeing who you are as a person and not just as your parents' child and about doing the right thing even when it's hard and when people dislike you for it.
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astounding detail, brilliance in every glimmer.
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