Book review: The Last Carolina Girl #HistoricalFiction @mchurchwriter @sourcebooks

The Last Carolina Girl is a moving account of a young girl, Leah, living with her beloved father near Holden Beach, NC.  They are quite poor and their home is a one-room shack, but they are very happy.  Leah has a dream of living in a house right on the water in Holden Beach, which her teacher says is “not realistic.”  She also has what she calls “flashes,” which are short periods of time when she freezes almost like a statue before coming back to reality. But she lives a beautiful life with her father and cherished friends.   When tragedy suddenly strikes, she finds herself serving a coldhearted family as a “helpmate,” or basically a maid. 

This is a well-written story, which at the core of it exposes the way the poor were exploited and used by the rich back in the early 20th Century.  The rich have always had power, but back then they could pretty much do whatever they wanted, body and soul, to a person.  As Leah says, “…the ghosts of the real world were scarier than the imagined ones.”  Based on a true story from within the author’s own family, this novel will shock, anger, and break the heart.  But the beautiful imagery of the North Carolina coast and the love of true family also shines through.

I read both the ebook and audiobook versions.  The audiobook is narrated by Susan Bennett, who does a great job.  The Southern accents are true to the area and not overdone.  The emotion of the book is well conveyed. 

I received a free ebook from Sourcebooks and a free audiobook from RB Media. My review is voluntary and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating is 4.5 stars, rounded to 5 on sites with no half-star option.

The Last Carolina Girl will be released on March 28, 2023.


Meagan Church is an author, wordsmith, and storyteller by trade. She received a B.A. in English from Indiana University, and her work has appeared in various print and online publications. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children, and a plethora of pets. To follow her storytelling, visit

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8 thoughts on “Book review: The Last Carolina Girl #HistoricalFiction @mchurchwriter @sourcebooks”

    1. I hope you do. It’s well written and a sad reminder of another shocking part of our history and the awful things people can do to each other. Historical fiction is so important because it brings these parts of history to life.

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