This is an amazing book! "The Outer Banks House" by Diann Ducharme is a historical novel that is a romance, but also a period piece about the aftermath of slavery. Taking place in 1868 in North Carolina island, Nags Head, Abigail is a southern planter's daughter that has a thirst for reading and education. After arriving at the island in the Outer Banks home, she comes to teach a local "Banker" Ben to read and write. The unlikely pair form a friendship, then a romance while they are exploring the class and race differences on the island.
This book is engaging. It is extremely well written. The characters are realistic. I was to write this review earlier today, but just had to finish it beforehand. No regrets. There is a part two, "Return to Outer Banks". I will be finding and reading that book! Five stars. Just a word of warning, there is a horrifying death scene in this book. It isn't long, but it makes an impression. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from HF Virtual Book Tours.