The synopsis on the back cover of “Sunrise on the Battery” by Beth Webb Hart gives away the story. The reader is introduced to Jackson and Mary Lynn Scoville. The Scovilles are a Charleston couple who work hard to give their daughters the type of life that they never had. Just as they reach the point that they consider to be the ultimate in success, a life-changing event challenges their faith and their way of living.
The problem I have is that the life-changing event that is described in greater detail on the back cover doesn’t actually happen until three quarters of the way through the book. There really isn’t much suspense, as anyone who has read the back cover knows what is
If I had not read the back cover, I probably would have enjoyed the story. As with Beth Webb Hart’s previous books, the characters are well-drawn and easy to relate to. I would have preferred to read less about the Scovilles before the life-changing event and more about how their lives and those of their three daughters were impacted after the event.
Those who like reading about modern Charleston society will enjoy this book, as long as they don’t read the back cover first.
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