Beach House Memories
Publication Date: May 2012
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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
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Butterfly s Daughter, Last Light over Carolina, and Time Is a River for Gallery Books. The recipient of the 2008 Award for Writing from the South Carolina Center for the Book, she is also an active conservationist in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at www.maryalicemonroe.com.