Date published: June 2010
Reviewed by Angie
Obtained via Publisher
Charlotte Tradescombe has come to realize her marriage to a man twenty years her senior is safe, yet not satisfying. Their daughter is the bright spot in her existence as they live in New York. When Charlotte's father-in-law dies and they inherit property on Cape Cod, she convinces her husband, Henry to sell off part of the estate and move to Cape Cod. Instantly they become millionaires, yet money is not what brings happiness to either of the Tradescombes.
Once moved to the Cape, Charlotte discovers a world she never imagined existed. She finds herself falling in love with a man more her age and social standing, yet her daughter and husband are much a part of her heart. As Darryl brings laughter to her life, he also brings feelings of guilt. She must find a way to be true to her heart, and her life.
THE HOUSE ON OYSTER CREEK is a book filled with emotion. Well written, the book will leave readers hoping that the "old timers" on Cape Cod win and are allowed to continue farming shellfish, and that the new money that comes in, loses the battle to own the land under the tide. Charlotte becomes an old soul; she has hopes and dreams that mesh with the past, yet the money and time to build a future for the community.
Charlotte and her daughter will steal reader’s hearts like they did mine. Fiona is a darling child whose motor skills may not be fully developed, but her mind and soul are that of an older generation. Her insight into her mom and Darryl's relationship is precious, and shows how innocent falling in love can be, even when it might hurt someone else.
As a reader, I could not find myself hating Henry, yet he just left me dreading his scenes. I felt as though I wanted the author to kill him off and allow Charlotte and Fiona to make a life with Darryl. The author kept true to her tone, and made this a realistic novel that felt timeless. While set in present day, the feelings of love, betrayal and honor have been felt for generations, and will be continued until the end of time. Henry however, bored me to tears. It is not often I find myself disliking a character so immensely, I just felt he took so much away from Charlotte whom I fell quickly in love with.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.