Sandlapper Society

Sandlapper Book Club

With so many books on the bestsellers' lists, how can you decide which books would be good reads for your book club? If you are starting a book club or even if your book club has been around for a while, you will want to check out this reading list authored by South Carolinans or set in the South, all sure to promote lively discussions in your book club.

A Hundred Years of Happiness

By Nicole Seitz

A beautiful young woman. An American soldier. A war-torn country. Nearly 40 years of silence. Now two daughters search for the truth they hope will set them free and the elusive peace their parents have never found.

From a beloved Lowcountry author comes this generous story of family, war, loss and longing… of the ways we hide from those we love and the ways that love finds us anyway.

The Belles of Charleston

By Steve Brown

Set in Charleston during the years leading up to the War Between the States, The Belles of Charleston is a coming-of-age story about two sets of cousins: one set identical twin boys, one set identical twin girls. One male cousin attends West Point, the other The Citadel. Of the twin sisters, one sister can do “sums” in her head; consequently, she cannot be a true Southern belle.

Render Unto the Valley

By Rose Senehi


Karen Godwell isn’t as much ashamed of her mountain home heritage as what she had to do to preserve it. Karen reinvents herself at college and doesn’t look back until her clan’s historic farm is threatened. The gutsy curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum returns to the mountains only to come face to face with who she was and what she did. Contemporary fiction writer Rose Senehi is noted for weaving environmental themes into her plots.

Burnt Mountain

By Anne Rivers Siddons

From one of our most beloved Southern writers comes this dramatic tale of love and betrayal within a wealthy Southern family. Lyrical and evocative, this layered family drama is mixed with a touch of the supernatural that brings the novel to an exciting climax.

Dangerous Alterations

By Elizabeth Lynn Casey

In this fifth book in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series we are back in Sweet Briar, SC with Tori Sinclair and the ladies of the Southern Sewing Circle. When Tori’s philandering ex turns up dead, the police chief believes it was murder and that she may have been involved. Now only the girls from the sewing circle will be able to help keep her life from coming apart at the seams.

Carolina Rain

By Nancy B. Brewer

Open the pages of Carolina Rain and step into an era gone by. Carolina Rain is not just a read, but an experience. Smell the magnolia trees, feel the sun on your face and share the bittersweet tears of a beautiful young girl coming of age at the dawning of the Civil War.

Love, Charleston

By Beth Webb Hart

Anne Brumley has always thought of Saint Michael’s Church as a magical place. It was there in the bell tower several years ago that she received a message from God to “stay and wait.” She is certain that the prophetic words reveal something about her undiscovered true love. Good-ol’-boy and widower Roy Summerall, Saint Michael’s new rector, may just be the answer to Anne’s prayers.

Family, friendship and faith converge in a beautiful story about how God’s transforming love works in this inspiring, heart-warming novel set in the Holy City of Charleston. 

Wadmalaw, A Ghost Story

By Bart Bare

Liv and Autis Oakley, a young professional couple, have purchased Maxton Manor on several wooded acres of Wadmalaw Island— one of the Sea Islands bordering Charleston. They soon discover that they are not the only residents and that their occupancy is a well-laid plan beyond earthly control. As ghostly spirits rage and ravage their dream home, they are faced with the choice to fight or flee.

Wadmalaw is a contemporary ghost story with a satisfying and surprising ending.

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