The Beach House
By Mary Alice Monroe
(Mira, Paperback, 9780778313472, 480pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
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Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.
Caretta Rutledge thought she'd left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mothercoming just as her own life is spinning out of controlhas Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide "turtle lady" and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life's most precious lessonstrue love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her books received numerous awards, including the Award for Writing from the South Carolina Center for the Book and the International Fiction Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina where she is at work on her next novel. Visit her at www.maryalicemonroe.com and on Facebook.
"Mary Alice Monroe is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me."-Pat Conro
"An inspirational tale of redemption."
-Publishers Weekly on Swimming Lessons
"Monroe makes her characters so believable, the reader can almost hear them breathing. . . . Readers who enjoy such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites."
-Booklist on Sweetgrass
"Skyward is a soaring, passionate story of loneliness and pain and the simple ability of love to heal and transcend both. Mary Alice Monroe's voice is as strong and true as the great birds of prey of whom she writes."
-New York Times bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons
"With each new book, Mary Alice Monroe continues to cement her growing reputation as an author of power and depth. The Beach House is filled with the agony of past mistakes, present pain and hope for a brighter future."
-RT Book Reviews
"Monroe writes with a crisp precision and narrative energy that will keep [readers] turning the pages. Her talent for infusing her characters with warmth and vitality and her ability to spin a tale with emotional depth will earn her a broad spectrum of readers, particularly fans of Barbara Delinsky and Nora Roberts."
-Publishers Weekly on The Four Seasons