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Kay Salter. Twelfth Summer. Beaufort, NC: SoundSide Publications, Inc., 2008.

Sarah Bowers’ father has just been called to serve in World War II. To give the rest of the family a diversion, her parents decide that Sarah, her mother, and her brother should live with her grandparents in Beaufort, North Carolina for the summer. Although at first Sarah is disappointed to leave the bustle of Raleigh, she learns to love the sight and the smell of the salt marshes as well as the kind coastal natives. Surrounded by her adoring grandparents and new acquaintances, Sarah finds many adventures in Beaufort that she could not experience in Raleigh. For example, she and her friend, Porter, find themselves stranded on Piver’s Island in the middle of a storm – and an air raid drill. As the Bowers cope with the temporary absence of her father and their sacrifices amid the ongoing war, Sarah discovers what is truly important in life: family.

This is the first novel in the Sarah Bowers Series.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2008, Carteret, Children & Young Adults, Coast, Historical, Novels in Series, Salter, Kay, Wake

Waldron Baily. June Gold. New York: W. J. Watt & Co., 1922.

It’s rare to find a novel about the illegal liquor trade in North Carolina that isn’t set in the mountains. This is that rare novel. It’s a prohibition era romance set around Bogue Banks. When one of their friends is blinded by bad liquor, a group of New York financiers decided to use a hunting preserve on Bogue Banks as a way station for their rum running. Lora Humphrey falls for one of the New Yorkers and spurns the attentions of a local coast guards man. Her jilted suitor seeks revenge by mobilizing the religious folks in the area against the liquor trade. When Lora takes her New Yorker to a revival they are singled out for condemnation; a well-described brawl ensues. As the locals start taking sides, Lora occupies herself helping a minister’s daughter and searching for long-buried treasure. All the plot lines come together in the end; along the way, the reader gets a good sense of the local geography.

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Filed under 1920-1929, 1922, Baily, Waldron, Carteret, Coast, Novels to Read Online, Onslow, Romance/Relationship

Patrick Hillman. The Pirates of Pamlico Sound. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2007.

This brief novel was written during National Novel Writing Month in 2005.  It’s a fantasy that plays with the idea that all women love pirates.  Aithne Reade was a witch who escaped from Salem in 1692.  Aithne made her way to coastal North Carolina where her daughter Brenna grew up and fell in love with the pirate Red Davies.  Their happiness was cut short, and Brenna remains a restless spirit through the centuries.  When Bernice Sarris and her husband buy an old chest at an auction, Bernice finds within it Brenna’s diary and clothes that have some special properties.  Bernice is delighted by what the pirate jacket in the trunk does for husband’s sexual prowess (nice woman that she is, she even lends the jacket to her friends), but she is unprepared for consequences of wearing Brenna’s dress. The chapters in this book alternate between the colonial era and the present, but the two stories are woven together in a satisfying tale.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Carteret, Coast, Dare, Hillman, Patrick, Hyde, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Karen Dodd. Begin Again, Quinn. New Bern, NC: K. E. Dodd, 2008.

Quinn Winslow is happy to retire and move back to the North Carolina coast where she grew up.  She’s had a good career, but a bit of a disappointing life.  She hopes that being back among friends will help her forget an abusive marriage and renew her body and soul.  Once settled in, Quinn adopts a pleasing, healthy lifestyle, and begins to attract the interests of Danny, a friend from childhood, and Charles, a neighbor.  However, the town itself is having problems.  A number of older people have died under questionable circumstances.  When the killer targets members of Quinn’s investment club, she enlists her best friend in her search for the killer, imperiling them both.

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Waldron Baily. When the Cock Crows. New York: Bedford Publishing, 1918.

Beaufort fisherman Ichabod Jones attempts to rescue New York socialite Ethel Marion from a nefarious opium-crazed doctor who has kidnapped her. While tracking down Miss Marion and her kidnapper, Captain Jones is reunited with an old love. Captain Jones’ pet rooster, Shrimp, is delightful addition to the plot.

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Filed under 1910-1919, 1918, Baily, Waldron, Carteret, Coast, Novels to Read Online

Nicholas Sparks. The Choice. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2007.

Beaufort, NC resident Travis Parker has a pretty good existence: he has seen the world, owns a boat and a house on the beach, and is satisfied with his small-town veterinary practice. One evening he meets his new neighbor, Gabby, and Travis quickly realizes that she is a woman he could share his life with. Gabby falls for Travis as well, but she already has a long-time boyfriend. Her choice between the two men is only one of many choices made by this book’s characters as they struggle to find happiness.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Carteret, Coast, Romance/Relationship, Sparks, Nicholas

Pamela Duncan. The Big Beautiful. New York: Dial Press, 2007.

This sequel to Moon Women continues when Cassandra Moon skips out on her wedding, jumps in the limousine and races away from her groom, her family, and the North Carolina mountains. Her escape does not go smoothly, however, and she has to be rescued when the limo breaks down. Realizing that she must start her life anew, Cassandra ends up in the beach town of Salter Path, N.C. where she may have found the love of her life.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2007, Carteret, Coast, Duncan, Pamela

Bill Morris. Saltwater Cowboys. Wilmington: Coastal Carolina Press, 2004.

The residents of a small maritime community in Down East Carteret County are surprised when sea turtles began showing up in places as odd as a hotel jacuzzi and the mayor’s truck. Dodge Lawson, who operates a sort of marine salvage service when he’s not fishing, has the job of hauling the turtles back out to sea. Dodge becomes embroiled in the turtle mystery, which seems to be the work of environmental activists. Much of this funny novel is given to the story of the honest and genuine Down Easters who are simply trying to save their community from an onslaught of aggressive developers and inconsiderate recreational fishermen, while being harassed by a documentary filmmaker who pokes his nose into everything, and the never-ending parade of university researchers studying the local dialect.

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B.J. Mountford. Bloodlines of Shackleford Banks. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2004.

Wild ponies have run wild for centuries on the Outer Banks island of Shackleford Banks. But modern development and diseases have taken their toll, and each year volunteers gather to roundup the ponies for a checkup. This year, however, things don’t go quite as usual. One of the horses is missing, and there are signs of foul play. The stakes quickly escalate when one of the volunteers is murdered. Park Service worker Roberta “Bert” Lenehan pursues the case, in the course of which she encounters greedy developers and environmental activists, and studies the long lineage of the horses.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2004, Carteret, Coast, Mountford, B. J., Mystery, Novels in Series

B.J. Mountford. Sea-Born Women. Winston-Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair, 2002.

Wanting to start her life anew in a quiet, out-of-the-way place, Roberta (“Bert”) Lenehan takes a job in the coastal town of Portsmouth, N.C. But peace and quiet never come as she is disturbed by mysterious noises in the night. When Bert becomes romantically involved with a younger man, she learns from him about the legend of the “Sea-Born Woman,” whose ghost is supposed to aid sailors but, as many are beginning to fear, may be involved in recent unsolved murders.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2002, Carteret, Coast, Mountford, B. J., Mystery, Novels in Series