Book Review: Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

Amazon summary
Now that she’s arrived at her ultimate address, will Mary Lynn’s longed-for view of the harbor satisfy the craving of her heart?

At last, Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville are living the life they’ve dreamed of. Two self-described “small town bumpkins” from Round O, South Carolina, they made a small fortune selling the little gems of lowcountry real estate Jackson inherited and now they are living in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, carefully working their way up the social ladder in hopes of meeting their ultimate goal: to give their three daughters the life they themselves never had.

But the long-forgotten God of Mary Lynn’s childhood seems to be trying to get her attention in clear and unusual ways. So clear and strange she can no longer deny it. When Mary Lynn prays for Jackson to open his mind and heart to God, her prayers are answered beyond her wildest imaginings. Now Jackson’s dramatic conversion (which includes street witnessing, giving away a lot of money, and inviting poor, desperate and marginalized people into their home) is threatening their social status as well as their family mission statement. Is she willing to go along with him?

What would it be like to go “all out” for God? Jackson, a sharp and focused Type A man, is unafraid and willing to go all the way. Mary Lynn has her doubts.

My review
Mary Lynn and Jackson have worked hard to give their daughters all the culture and education they didn’t have access to growing up. Sometimes, Mary Lynn worries that they’re working a little too hard and pushing the girls too hard, but Jackson never does anything halfway and he won’t back down. He loves his children, but they always have to do more, and better, speaking several languages, playing instruments, making the highest test scores.

One morning, during her daily run, Mary Lynn experiences a miracle and starts thinking more about the God who has been relegated to the edges of her life. When she prays for Jackson to know God, the results are unexpected and not entirely welcome.

When Jackson decides to do something, he goes all the way, and doesn’t let anything stand in his way. But when he ruins in one instant what they’ve all worked toward for ten years, will his family forgive him? When Mary Lynn realizes she isn’t as into the whole “God thing” as she first thought and that she has other options, will she turn back to God and Jackson or have her answered prayers ended her marriage and her dreams?

This wasn’t a favorite book, but it was a quick read and “good enough” to take the time to read.

About the book
Title: Sunrise on the Battery
Author: Beth Webb Hart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: October 11, 2011
Pages: 304
Where I got the book: Free from the Booksneeze review program in exchange for an honest review

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