The Beach Trees is a captivating and charming read. The family history that Julie investigates is a very intense mystery. Miss Aimee's story is gripping. The depiction of the Gulf Coast is extraordinary. I have always wondered why people chose to build, and rebuild, in the areas overcome by hurricane forces and now I recognize and understand the motivation. Karen White does a magnificent job in detailing the sights, sounds, and emotions of Gulf Coast life. I highly recommend this book for the beach and the pool.