I love novels that take place near the ocean, so I was thrilled to find out this book takes place in Wellfleet (Cape Cod) Massachusetts. The story finds former New York City dwellers, Henry and Charlotte Tradescome, and their three year old daughter Fiona, moving to Wellfleet when Henry inherits his family's home. Imagining a quieter and better quality life for themselves and their little girl, instead they are seen as outsiders. Darryl Stead is the exception. He is one of the oyster farmers and handymen who welcomes the Tradescomes. Before long Charlotte finds herself attracted to Darryl.
More troubled waters surface when Charlotte convinces Henry to sell off a portion of the land surrounding the home, so that they can use the funds for improvements to their own place. Little did the couple expect that the new owners of the land were planning to build a mega-mansion. If that isn't bad enough, these same people initiate a move to ban oyster farms from the surrounding land, causing more controversy in this quiet seaside town.
The writing is simple, the story easy to follow and moves at a good pace, but is somewhat lacking in substance. Despite this, I think The House on Oyster Creek, might appeal to many women as a light summer read. Pack this one to take along with you, as you head for the beach.
RATING - 3.5/5 Stars - Review Copy