Karen White is an American Author born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A student of the American School in London, Karen White knew that she wanted to write novels from a young age. It all begun when she was in seventh grade and stumbled upon a copy of Gone with the Wind. The author’s love for reading began to grow and that fed into her love for writing.
Order of Falling Home Series
Order of Tradd Street Series
|1||The House on Tradd Street||2008|
|2||The Girl On Legare Street||2009|
|3||The Strangers on Montagu Street||2011|
|4||Return to Tradd Street||2014|
|5||The Guests on South Battery||2017|
Order of Karen White Standalone Novels
|1||In the Shadow of the Moon||2000|
|2||Whispers of Goodbye||2001|
|3||The Color of Light||2005|
|4||Pieces of the Heart||2006|
|5||The Memory of Water||2008|
|6||The Lost Hours||2009|
|7||On Folly Beach||2010|
|8||The Beach Trees||2011|
|10||The Time Between||2013|
|11||A Long Time Gone||2014|
|12||The Sound of Glass||2015|
|14||The Night the Lights Went Out||2017|
|1||The Forgotten Room||2016|
However, Karen did not immediately take to writing, at least not professionally. Instead, she went the way of business and even acquired a degree in the field, graduating cum laude. Of course, as with most would-be authors, Karen couldn’t stay in business. After ten years, she left and began to write, a decision that has paid off rather well.
According to Karen White, she writes Southern Women’s fiction which she calls grit lit. The obsession isn’t that difficult to understand. Karen’s family hails from the South. Her clan has lived in the South for a very long time. And even though she grew up in London, her home has never left her heart.
Karen White, who writes more standalone novels than series, has been known to experiment with mystery and horror. Though, Karen’s horror novels are never true horror, merely utilizing supernatural elements of one sort or another and playing with spooky environments. Karen tends to garner more success with her attempts at telling romance and family-oriented stories. And while it could be argued that she succeeds at injecting suspense into her books—though she is hardly masterful as a writer of horror—Karen is often criticized for her mystery novels, not because they are badly written but because of the lackluster mysteries she typically delivers.
Karen White has a husband, two children and a dog that she will sometimes use in her books.
Karen White Awards
If there was ever a reason for Karen White to appreciate her decision to leave the field of business, it was when she was declared a Finalist for the RITA Award.
Naturally, she would have been happier winning the award, but her achievements in this arena are nothing to scoff at, and neither are the two National Readers’ Choice awards she won and her nomination from the Southeastern Booksellers Alliance.
Best Karen White Books
Karen White’s popularity, at least amongst her fans, emanates from her ability to write engaging material, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:
The Beach Trees: Julie Holt’s life changed when she was twelve. That was when Julie lost her little sister. Julie thought her family might pull together. Instead, she saw the bonds of her loved ones break and erode, leaving her without a support base to lean on.
As an adult enjoying the perks of her prestigious job in the arts, an encounter with a struggling artist leaves Julie haunted by memories of her lost sister. She quickly finds her protective instincts ignited. This new friendship begins to heal Julie’s wounds.
The Beach Trees is one of Karen White’s more popular works. The book kicks off with Julie Holt losing her friend Monica to a heart problem and then learning that she has inherited a home in Mississippi along with Monica’s five-year-old son.
The book reveals that Monica and Julie got along because they both came from dysfunctional families. Julie fled her home after losing her sister. Julie felt guilty because she was the one watching her little sister when she disappeared and that burden has followed her since.
The Beach Trees tells Julie’s story as she goes to Mississippi and meets Monica’s estranged family.
On Folly Beach: Following the loss of her husband, Emmy Hamilton decides to buy Folly Beach’s local bookstore on the encouragement of her mother. Folly Beach attracts all manner of people, some of them looking to get to the Atlantic while others are merely seeking sanctuary.
Emmy is hesitant to embrace Folly Beach. But then she stumbles upon a collection of love letters and encounters the difficult sister of the late owner who has been selling bottle trees in the bookstore’s backyard, and she realizes that Folly Beach has so much more to offer.
Emmy initially ignores Lulu. But then she begins to skim through the love letters she found and this allows her to gain an understanding of Lulu’s plight. The two women are soon drawn into a disappearance from World War II.