Diann DuCharme's first book, The Outer Banks House, has been a staple in our Outer Banks Fiction section for years and we always put it in the hands of readers looking for historical fiction set on the Outer Banks:
'In 1868, on the barren shores of post-war Outer Banks North Carolina, the once wealthy Sinclair family moves for the summer to one of the first cottages on the ocean side of the resort village of Nags Head. Seventeen-year-old Abigail is beautiful, book-smart, but sheltered by her plantation life and hemmed-in by her emotionally distant family. To make good use of time, she is encouraged by her family to teach her father's fishing guide, the good-natured but penniless Benjamin Whimble, how to read and write. And in a twist of fate unforeseen by anyone around them, there on the porch of the cottage, the two come to love each other deeply, and to understand each other in a way that no one else does.
But when, against everything he claims to represent, Ben becomes entangled in Abby's father's Ku Klux Klan work, the terrible tragedy and surprising revelations that one hot Outer Banks night brings forth threaten to tear them apart forever. With vivid historical detail and stunning emotional resonance, Diann Ducharme recounts a dramatic story of love, loss, and coming of age at a singular and rapidly changing time in one of America's most beautiful and storied communities.'
Diann followed up with a second book, Return to the Outer Banks House, in which Abigail and Ben return to Nags Head, seven years later. This year, 2022, Diann gives readers the third book -Home to the Outer Banks -which begins in 1875 and explores the people and places we yearn for and why we choose to call them 'home'. A long time Virginia resident, Diann relocated several years ago to the American West. She will be visiting the East Coast this summer and we are pleased to welcome her back to Downtown Books.