Set in Georgetown, a town just south of Charleston, this latest historic coastal book by Karen White, author of more than 20 novels, is a multi-generational tale of three women and promises they made in the 1950s.

A sweeping epic covering five decades, it is a blend of historical fiction, women’s literature and love story.

Ceecee, Margaret and Bitty grew up best friends in a small Southern town and spent much of their time on Margaret’s family-owned rice plantation.

Among the many live oaks on the property is a tree with a crevice; they call it the “wishing tree.”

Upon graduating high school, brimming with optimism and dreams for the future, they each write their most fervent wishes on a ribbon and place them in the tree.

“Forever friends” was their mantra and their promise to one another.

More than 50 years later, Margaret’s granddaughter, Larkin, returns to the family’s long-abandoned plantation when she receives word of her mother’s disappearance.

Beginning with the search for her mother and ending with the discovery and reading of a letter written by her grandfather, Larkin discovers secrets that reverberate in her life today. She learns just how strong the bonds between lifelong friends can be.

The mystery of what happened to Margaret and why the plantation is in ruins will keep the reader turning the pages, as will the likable characters drawn by the author. The romantic aspects are both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

White’s descriptions of the Lowcountry setting are authentic and compelling and will make one want to at least visit if one is not lucky enough to be living here.

This novel comes a year after White’s “The Night the Lights Went Out,” published in 2017 to great reviews. Both these books make perfect summer reads and are highly recommended.

Also check out this New York Times bestselling author’s Tradd Street Series, comprising five novels set in Charleston, with supernatural elements, history, romance and humor masterfully rolled up into a fun and easy read. In order, the titles are “The House o Tradd Street,” “The Girl on Legare Street,” “The Strangers on Montagu Street,” “Return to Tradd Street,” and The Guests on South Battery.”

Published by Penguin Random House, “Dreams of Falling” was published in June and is available from major book outlets and online in hard back, e-book or audiobook.

Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.