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Review & Giveaway: The Outer Banks House & Return to the Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme

02_The Outer Banks House_Cover•Publication Date: June 8, 2010
•Crown Publishing

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As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girlís life.

Ducharme’s lush descriptions of both people and environs really captivate your attention. The post Civil War adjustment well depicted. Various themes are woven throughout the narrative. Abigail comes into her own, ripping off her rose colored glasses and standing her ground, metamorphisizing into a fine young woman. It was a relief when Abigail made the transition to her own person drawing her own conclusions and wants. Her lack of warmth and emotion from her parents made her an even more compelling and sensitive protagonist.

I wish we learned more of Ben. We were handed a rough sketch but not enough depth into his character and what was given was a bit of a contradiction. I failed to see the depth of Abbey and Ben’s attraction, especially after the horrific incident. I honestly don’t understand how Abbey could have seen past Ben’s part, such a brutal slaying. As bright as Ben was how could he not see what was going to happen given Mr Sinclair’s racial opinions. Ben should have reached out to Jacob seeking guidance especially with their deep rooted friendship.

The end was predictable, a tender story of two people against all odds, proving opposites attract.

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•Publication Date: December 10, 2014
•Kill Devil Publishing

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She was the spirited daughter of a North Carolina plantation owner, and he was a poor fisherman who she tutored on the porch of her family’s Nags Head cottage. When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of The Outer Banks House, they’d overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.

I’m not surprised Ducharme delves into Abbey and Ben’s marital issues. Given their differing background and tragedy it’s no surprise they are experiencing issues. I did find their miscommunication a surprise, lots of assuming going on along with avoidance. Much hangs in the air with these two, most of which could be resolved with undivided attention and willingness. Once again Ben acts out of character – or maybe not given his last huge misstep in The Outer Banks, whatever his intentions he makes another surprising move. Expanding on Eliza makes sense given she’s the third party in this quasi triangle. Despite her nefarious and meddlesome ways Ben and Abbey would still be at an impasse. Eliza adds spunk to the narrative along with dimension.

The ending leads the reader to believe there will be another installment, I would be disappointed of Ducharme ends with Abbey and Ben in this very ambiguous state. A heartbreaking read but not a surprise given Abbey and Ben’s initial meet and greet.

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About the Author04_Diann Ducharme_Author

Diann was born in Indiana in 1971, but she spent the majority of her childhood in Newport News, Virginia. She majored in English literature at the University of Virginia, but she never wrote creatively until, after the birth of her second child in 2003, she sat down to write The Outer Banks House. She soon followed up with her second book, Chasing Eternity, and in 2015 the sequel to her first novel, Return to the Outer Banks House.

Diann has vacationed on the Outer Banks since the age of three. She even married her husband of 10 years, Sean Ducharme, in Duck, North Carolina, immediately after a stubborn Hurricane Bonnie churned through the Outer Banks. Conveniently, the family beach house in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina provided shelter while she conducted research for her historical fiction novels.

She has three beach-loving children and a border collie named Toby, who enjoys his sprints along the shore. The family lives in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, counting down the months until summer.

For more information visit Diann Ducharme’s website. You can also follow Diann on her blog, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Outer Banks Series Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 25

Spotlight & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, May 26

Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, May 27

Review (Book One) at Back Porchervations

Thursday, May 28

Review (Book One) at In a Minute

Friday, May 29

Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book

Saturday, May 30

Spotlight at Becky on Books

Sunday, May 31

Review (Book One) at Book Nerd

Monday, June 1

Review (Book Two) at Let them Read Books

Spotlight at I’d So Rather Be Reading

Tuesday, June 2

Review (Book One) at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, June 3

Review (Book Two) at Back Porchervations

Thursday, June 4

Spotlight & Giveaway (Book One) at View from the Birdhouse

Friday, June 5

Review (Both Books) at Bibliotica

Sunday, June 7

Review (Book One) at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, June 8

Review (Book One) at Ageless Pages Reviews

Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book

Tuesday, June 9

Review & Giveaway (Book One) at A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, June 10

Review (Both Books) at Unshelfish

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, June 11

Review (Book Two) at Book Lovers Paradise

Interview at Boom Baby Reviews

Friday, June 12

Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, June 14

Review (Book Two) at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, June 15

Review & Giveaway (Both Books) at Genre Queen

Tuesday, June 16

Interview at Books and Benches

Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, June 17

Review (Both Books) at Luxury Reading

Thursday, June 18

Review (Book One) at Books and Benches

Interview at Layered Pages

Friday, June 19

Review (Book One) at Build a Bookshelf

Review (Book Two) at Ageless Pages Reviews


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