Beach House Memories

Beach House Memories

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Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, returns to her beloved South with Beach House Memories , the sequel to The Beach House !

Autumn brings haunting beauty to the sun-soaked dunes on Isle of Palms, where Olivia "Lovie" Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage. As the seasons change, Lovie remembers one special summer...

In 1974, America is changing, but Charleston remains eternally the same. When Lovie married aristocratic, well-connected businessman Stratton Rutledge, she turned over her fortune and fate to his control. But she refused to relinquish one thing: her family's old seaside cottage. Precious summers with her children on the barrier island are Lovie's refuge from social expectations and her overbearing husband's philandering. Here, she is the "Turtle Lady," tending the loggerhead turtles that lay their eggs in the warm night sand and then slip back into the sea.

Then, in the summer of '74, biologist Russell Bennett visits to research the loggerheads. Their shared interest brings them together, and soon it blooms into a passionate, profound love--forcing Lovie to face an agonizing decision. Stratton's influence is far-reaching, and if she dares to dream beyond a summer affair, she risks losing her reputation, her wealth, even her children.

This emotional tale of a strong woman torn between duty and desire, between tradition and change, is an empowering journey through the seasons of self-discovery. Until this autumn, this time of winds and tides, of holding on and letting go...
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781439170946
9781439170663
Branch Call Number: MON
Characteristics: x, 385 pages ; 24 cm

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CeeWags
Aug 05, 2014

Overall not a bad summer read. A woman torn between a world of what a "proper lady" does and says, an alcoholic/abusive husband,and a world of happiness.

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Liselara
Jun 22, 2014

This is an excellent read, especially the backstory about the loggerhead turtle migrations; beautifully written. While the story is a little predictable, Monroe does a good job. There were two things that drove me nuts though: The author often started a sentence with "I swanny" (no idea what that means) and the other quirk is that she ended statements with question marks and leaders. For example, "I know that?..., I'm going to wear this dress?..."

mrsgail5756 Jul 09, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

kmccool99 Dec 18, 2012

I really enjoy this author, this was a great book about a woman who is torn between her southern notions of what a lady should be and following her heart.

lfranz Jul 15, 2012

Great beach read for anyone familiar with the beaches of South Carolina - romance and great information on the loggerhead turtles

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