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The Value of Diamonds: A Coastal North Carolina Down East Novel

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Community means something special in the original Down East of coastal North Carolina, and for many generations growing up there, it has nurtured both a distinctive culture and an appreciation for the beauty of life in a fishing village. This fictional narrative follows the story of a hardworking family and not one, but several unique love stories.

The Value of Diamonds captures what it was like in times past to be surrounded by neighbors who may chat about your personal business around the potbelly stove at the local family-owned store, but always take care of one another in times of need. It looks at both the humorous and the serious nuances of life in a remote, small waterfront town. But, it's mainly a story of love... the love of families figuring out life together, first love, sacrificial love, and the chance to love again.

author Lura J. Salter Hill was uniquely inspired by her reflection on over 90 years of her Down East life. She paints a beautiful tapestry of characters with the backdrop of her hometown perched on the sparkling Core Sound, where you can still look across to spot Core Banks, the most southern untarnished tip of the famous Outer Banks.