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Sunrise on the Battery

by Beth Webb Hart

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Mary Lynn and her husband, Jackson, have long-term goals for their family. They push their children to do their best in school. In their social standing, they long to be one of the elite. They strive to improve themselves in every way. But they are not satisfied – ever. When Mary Lynn finds comfort in a new church, she longs for Jackson to share her experience. But when he does find God, he does it in a big and unexpected way. An impromptu announcement at a school assembly pretty much seals their fate, and not in a good way. The kids are now wondering if Dad is crazy, and Mary Lynn is weighing her options for her future. This tale has its moments, and some are hilarious. But it doesn’t quite hit the mark. ( )
  Maydacat | Mar 27, 2016 |
Sunrise on the Battery is a contemporary Christian novel. Beth Webb Hart has written this novel from different points of few inside this family. The mother Mary Lynn, the father Jackson and the oldest daughter Catherine. While this family struggles to be the best and attain the best social status all the pressure starts to cause problems. Each point of view shares with us their turning points. If you are looking for a well written novel with defined character development, christian theme and a heartwarming experience this is the novel for you. I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads.

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. ( )
  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
First off let me say I loved this book. Ms. Hart has a way of writing that makes each character easy to relate to. Even when their actions are not always what you think they should be and their desires are opposite to each other I found myself pulling for them. Ms. Hart gives you a view of what radical faith would look like today and how a society based on social status and appearance would respond to it, while also asking readers to consider where faith fits into their life. It's an absorbing story of a family whose desire to fit in almost costs them everything they value most.
The story will have you inspecting your motivations for what you do and what you want in life. What do you pray for and what happens when your prayers are answered in ways you are not expecting?
The story was developed nicely and the imagery is strong. The characters are complex and believable. Their emotions and actions are authentic. The relationships and dialogue were genuine. Sunrise on the Battery is a novel with strong characters and a well-written plot. This is a great read about a realistic family. I would highly recommend it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ( )
  debr56 | Feb 5, 2012 |
review to come ( )
  Coranne | Dec 5, 2011 |
If you love the historical Charleston SC then you will love this book. I live in SC and know everywhere the author talks about except Meggett, SC where Mary Lynn had grown up as an illegitimate child as was always talked about and made fun of in her school.

Mary Lynn met and married a very handsome young man whom had not had an easy life himself. They had three daughter and wanted more for them than they had grown up with. Jackson get in with a young man that he knew and begin to learn how to make and invest money. They bought an old Victorian home in Charleston, SC near the Battery. They wanted to get into all the society that they could and Jackson was very strict with their daughters. He pushed they very hard and wanted them to learn the things that he wanted them to learn and not what they really wanted. Mary Lynn was a Christian and went to some church and some of the ladies prayer meeting, but Jackson wanted nothing to do with God and didn't want his daughters to either.

When God really got into all of their lives after the marriage was almost destroyed they found out that they really didn't need to be in with the society groups but they all needed God more. They sold their fancy house and the family found out what love really was, they knew they did not need all the things the world has to offer.

Thanks so much to Book Sneeze for sending me this book and I chose to review it.
  EdnaT | Oct 1, 2011 |
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Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville 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. 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 is threatening their social status as well as their family mission statement. Is she willing to go along with him?… (more)

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