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Overview When a business venture goes sour, Charleston blue-bloods Billy and Dee DeLoach uproot their family and move into the caretaker's cottage on what was once the family plantation estate on Edisto Island. Their wry, teenage son chronicles the adjustments, tensions, and tragedy.
Publishers Description "Beth Webb Hart shares her knowledge of the lowcountry] with skill, wisdom, and beauty."
- Pat Conroy, author of "The Prince of Tides"
When a business venture goes sour, Charleston blue-bloods Billy and Dee DeLoach uproot their family and move into the caretaker's cottage on what was once the family plantation estate on Edisto Island. While the rest of her family falls to pieces, DeVeaux struggles to sustain them through her reluctant help and her stubborn hope.
Before the bankruptcy, the family had a graceful home in a historic Charleston neighborhood. Country clubs, cotillions, childhood friends, and a close-knit church group. Now they're living in a run-down cottage on an island estate that is no longer in the family. DeVeaux has a restaurant job, a cantankerous old truck, and mud on just about everything.
But something is wearing DeVeaux down. It's not living on the island, which is actually kind of interesting. And it's not missing her old friends, who have developed an annoying fixation on boys. What really bothers DeVeaux is that being "ruined" has changed her dad into an ill-tempered jerk, and her mother just tiptoes around him. If the good Lord has a plan for saving them, now might be a good time to start.
A gritty but gentle drawl of a story, Grace at Low Tide is a tender and evocative portrait of a young girl embracing womanhood. With southern society as her backdrop, Beth Webb Hart paints for us a hard-luck family scrabbling to find its heart again. It is a testimony to the small miracles of love and loyalty--the gifts of grace that manage to keep us all afloat, even at our lowest ebb.
"a lovely, gifted writer."
From Publishers Weekly Critics of evangelical novels often talk about the dearth of literary fiction
in the Christian market, but this debut from South Carolina native Hart comes
close to that coveted adjective. DeVeaux DeLoach's Daddy has gone belly-up
after one too many bad business deals, so the DeLoaches must quit their fancy
Charleston digs for a small country cottage. DeVeaux has to pull out of her
posh prep school and take a weekend job. Daddy grows progressively meaner
throughout the book, screaming at the family, ordering DeVeaux's mother to get
a job and cruelly mocking her plump physique. For her part, Mama is mainly
worried that DeVeaux, now old enough to turn men's heads, remain chaste.
DeVeaux is kept afloat by her Christian faith, a cousin and the youth group
leader at her church. DeVeaux's charming narration is the book's greatest
strength-readers will love DeVeaux like a sister by the end-and its greatest
weakness, for she's still an adolescent but sounds implausibly wise for her
age. Still, this is a promising novel by a lovely, gifted writer. (July 14)
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Awards and Recognitions Grace at Low Tide by Beth Webb Hart has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews Grace at Low Tide by Beth Webb Hart has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2005 page 40
Publishers Weekly - 06/06/2005 page 42
Ingram Advance - 07/01/2005 page 89
Christian Retailing - 07/04/2005 page 78
Booklist - 10/01/2005 page 24
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595540261 ISBN13 9781595540263
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More About Beth Webb Hart
Beth Webb Hart, a South Carolina native, is the best-selling author of "Grace at Low Tide" and "The Wedding Machine". She serves as a speaker and creative writing instructor at schools, libraries, and churches throughout the region, and she has received two national teaching awards from Scholastic, Inc. Hart lives with her husband and their family in Charleston.
Reviews - What do customers think about Grace at Low Tide?
Not what I expected May 28, 2008
I didn't like this book very much but I really like Beth Webb Hart and loved "The Wedding Machine". That was a good book that I enjoyed very much. Not for the teen table at all. Sometimes I think that Beth Webb Hart has seen a lot in her life and has taken note of it all. I look forward to reading more of her books even though this one wasn't one of my favorites, I still enjoy her insights. In a way she reminds me of John D. MacDonald who muses about the human condition and assures us that we all have thoughts that frustrate us whether it's over ruthless development of a beautiful land or of how society is so much more crass than ever before. BTW MacDonald's books are NOT Christian lit so just wanted to warn you there. But his sensitivities are about the same as far as the land and the human condition aside from the fact that Beth Webb Hart's focus of hope is in God (which is a huge difference).
A Tender Coming-of-Age Story Sep 30, 2007
Fifteen-year-old DeVeaux is faced with choices and changes when her father, a formerly affluent and respected Charleston resident, goes bankrupt and moves the family to a much more isolated and much less refined life an on island nearby. DeVeaux, the youngest of the family, deals with her father's breakdown, her mother's illness, and her older siblings' and cousin's troubles, as well as her own relationship and friendship intricacies.
The story is understated, peaceful, intimate. You feel as though you're sitting on the front porch swing with DeVeaux as she relates the saga of the past six months to you. It avoids cliches without being overly cynical. And in my opinion, it is more well-written than many other contemporary Christian novels.
Not bad May 20, 2007
The writing is strong, but I felt the story was a bit too contrived and predictable. The setting and dialog are pretty strong, and the plot itself has a good premise. I did believe the narration was nicely done, but the book as a whole just didn't grab me. I didn't really get pulled in and found myself skipping many pages. I basically read it in about 2 hours and nothing in the book made me stop and re-read due its sheer beauty. It is one of the better Christian fiction books I've read. I hope the Christian market continues to opt for substance and good writing. Grace at Low Tide has a nice flow, just didn't really move me.
new literary voice Dec 10, 2006
I love this book. It has now become one of my favorite books. Devaux Deloach, though wise beyond her years, is a strong character and reminiscent of a character straight out of a Pat Conroy novel. I love the language of the low-country and the descriptions that place the reader right in the pages. This is a novel that sweeps along and never drags. Perfect pitch and poetic. A book to be cherished along with all contemporary Southern lit.
Sip a cup of tea and enjoy this book. Dec 29, 2005
This book has depth and is one of those to be savored. Read it slowly to take in the lush southern setting and experience the pains of a young girl growing up in a family situation that forces her to be wise beyond her years.