In the Mike Davis' "BOOKS AND MORE: The Becker Library Blog" is Cynthia Bartek's review of this historical novel
Dark Water Rising - Marian Hale
It begins"Here's another current Lone Star selection Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale. This one surprised me quite a bit. The straightforward and simple narrative lulled me at first with its description of a circa-1900 Texas family moving from Lampasas to Galveston in search of a more prosperous life. Told from the point of view of Seth, a 17-year old young man with many pressing decisions and responsibilities, this historical novel does a good job of establishing a realistic picture of daily life on the island, familial relationships (including heavy expectations placed upon Seth), and social mores of the time"