by Beth Webb Hart

July 2005
ISBN: 1-5955-4026-1
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press
Trade Paperback

When Billy’s business dealings fail, Billy DeLoach moves his family to a caretaker’s cabin on the family’s old plantation—after he sells it. His teenage daughter, DeVeaux, helps the family out by working as a gopher in the only nice restaurant in town, which isn’t saying much.

DeVeaux keeps hoping things will get better for her family, but her dad keeps digging the family deeper in debt even as he struggles to get out of it. Now DeVeaux has to be taken out of her beloved school and sent to a cheaper school. The next step will be a public school, which her former blue-blood parents hope it won't come to. When a cousin the family supports has to drop out of college due to funds, the family hits rock bottom. Is there any hope to be had? Will the family learn to be content in the circumstances they are in?

Grace at Low Tide is written completely in DeVeaux’s point of view. I found it very hard to get into this story and struggled to keep reading. There is no real plot for the story, things just happen.

On the other hand, DeVeaux has some pretty colorful southern friends and relatives, Charleston bluebloods and red necks alike, and the characterization of these are absolutely excellent. The book is worth reading on that point alone.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Laura.

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