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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Hobcaw Point by Taylor Rickard is an LGBTQ novel in which two talented young women find themselves confronting their family legacies and discovering each other. Caitlin Baile is a descendant of a Scotsman and his Irish wife who settled in the New Carolina Colonies three hundred fifty years ago. The couple bought land on Hobcaw Creek and eventually built a shipyard that would be instrumental in the creation of the Port of Charles Town. Amanda Sherman, on the other hand, is a descendant of General Sherman who burned the port to the ground in 1865. Today, Caitlin’s family still owns the land until a city councilor attempts to build a community yacht club on it, hiring Amanda as the civil engineer to oversee the project. What follows is an engaging plot with several twists and turns that makes it doubly difficult to stop reading this book until the last page.
Taylor Rickard’s Hobcaw Point unravels in Charleston County, South Carolina as Amanda Sherman drives to a piece of undeveloped land that was a shipyard long ago and which her forefather had razed at the end of the Civil War. The sense that something ominous is going to happen is immediately established from the outset and as the conflict within the story is revealed, we get to meet many characters, some likable, others less so, but all of them interesting. Shady politicians, censuring mothers, and well-meaning ghosts are just some of them. The novel centers on Caitlin’s emotional state and feelings which arouse sympathy. The book is above all about preserving a family legacy, the consequences of a lesbian relationship, and the spirit that’s required to pursue it.