•Publication Date: June 8, 2010
As the wounds of the Civil War are just beginning to heal, one fateful summer would forever alter the course of a young girl’s life.
In 1868, on the barren shores of post-war Outer Banks North Carolina, the once wealthy Sinclair family moves for the summer to one of the first cottages on the ocean side of the resort village of Nags Head. Seventeen-year-old Abigail is beautiful, book-smart, but sheltered by her plantation life and hemmed-in by her emotionally distant family. To make good use of time, she is encouraged by her family to teach her father’s fishing guide, the good-natured but penniless Benjamin Whimble, how to read and write. And in a twist of fate unforeseen by anyone around them, there on the porch of the cottage, the two come to love each other deeply, and to understand each other in a way that no one else does.
But when, against everything he claims to represent, Ben becomes entangled in Abby’s father’s Ku Klux Klan work, the terrible tragedy and surprising revelations that one hot Outer Banks night brings forth threaten to tear them apart forever.
With vivid historical detail and stunning emotional resonance, Diann Ducharme recounts a dramatic story of love, loss, and coming of age at a singular and rapidly changing time in one of America’s most beautiful and storied communities.
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•Publication Date: December 10, 2014
•Kill Devil Publishing
She was the spirited daughter of a North Carolina plantation owner, and he was a poor fisherman who she tutored on the porch of her family’s Nags Head cottage. When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of The Outer Banks House, they’d overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.
But now it’s seven years later, and Return to the Outer Banks House finds the couple married and in hard times—riddled by poverty, miscarriages, and weakened family ties. The strong bonds that once held them together have eroded over time, and their marriage threatens to unravel, particularly when relationships from the past and ambitions for the future find their way into the mismatched couple’s present predicament.
Can their love survive? Or are the challenges they face insurmountable? Return to the Outer Banks House carries readers back to 1875 to answer these questions and explore the ebb and flow of a rocky marriage set against the enchanting North Carolina shoreline. Replete with history, intrigue, and plenty of maritime drama, it’s an evocative tale of struggle in the Reconstruction-era South.
About the Author
Diann was born in Indiana in 1971, but she spent the majority of her childhood in Newport News, Virginia. She majored in English literature at the University of Virginia, but she never wrote creatively until, after the birth of her second child in 2003, she sat down to write The Outer Banks House. She soon followed up with her second book, Chasing Eternity, and in 2015 the sequel to her first novel, Return to the Outer Banks House.
Diann has vacationed on the Outer Banks since the age of three. She even married her husband of 10 years, Sean Ducharme, in Duck, North Carolina, immediately after a stubborn Hurricane Bonnie churned through the Outer Banks. Conveniently, the family beach house in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina provided shelter while she conducted research for her historical fiction novels.
She has three beach-loving children and a border collie named Toby, who enjoys his sprints along the shore. The family lives in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, counting down the months until summer.
For more information visit Diann Ducharme’s website. You can also follow Diann on her blog, Twitter, and Goodreads.
The Outer Banks Series Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, May 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl
Tuesday, May 26
Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, May 27
Review (Book One) at Back Porchervations
Thursday, May 28
Review (Book One) at In a Minute
Friday, May 29
Interview & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Saturday, May 30
Spotlight at Becky on Books
Sunday, May 31
Review (Book One) at Book Nerd
Monday, June 1
Review (Book Two) at Let them Read Books
Spotlight at I’d So Rather Be Reading
Tuesday, June 2
Review (Book One) at Book Lovers Paradise
Wednesday, June 3
Review (Book Two) at Back Porchervations
Thursday, June 4
Spotlight & Giveaway (Book One) at View from the Birdhouse
Friday, June 5
Review (Both Books) at Bibliotica
Sunday, June 7
Review (Book One) at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, June 8
Review (Book One) at Ageless Pages Reviews
Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book
Tuesday, June 9
Review & Giveaway (Book One) at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, June 10
Review (Both Books) at Unshelfish
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, June 11
Review (Book Two) at Book Lovers Paradise
Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Friday, June 12
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes
Sunday, June 14
Review (Book Two) at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, June 15
Review & Giveaway (Both Books) at Genre Queen
Tuesday, June 16
Interview at Books and Benches
Spotlight at The Lit Bitch
Wednesday, June 17
Review (Both Books) at Luxury Reading
Thursday, June 18
Review (Book One) at Books and Benches
Interview at Layered Pages
Friday, June 19
Review (Book One) at Build a Bookshelf
Review (Book Two) at Ageless Pages Reviews
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