Several months ago one of my friends recommended a book " Time Is a River" by Mary Alice Monroe to me and though I had never read any of her work I agreed that it sounded like one I'd enjoy. I loved it, so I purchased 2 more! "The Beach House" and it's sequel "Swimming Lessons".
I wasn't sure about "The Beach House" because it was centered around a woman named Lovie Rutledge who was a Turtle Lady. The Turtle Ladies are a group of women on the Isle of Palms, SC who protect the Loggerhead Hatchlings. Now I love nature in all forms but I'd never given Loggerheads much thought. Now, they will never leave my thoughts!
Mary Alice Monroe is a readers dream author! Not only is her writing superb but she has something many writers lack, the ability to"capture place" so well you are THERE while you're reading and dying to GO THERE when you get to the books end!
Another endearing quality of her work is , whatever the theme in the book, (in this case Loggerheads) you are in love with it at the end. I wanted to learn to Fly-Fish after reading
" Time Is A River "!
I was up till 12:38 am finishing this book last night. It takes a awesome book to keep me up past 10:00 pm ! When it was over, I bawled like a baby!
"The Beach House" is a wonderful Women's Fiction read. Trust me, you will fall in love with the books characters, with Isle of Palms, SC and YES, you will LOVE those endangered Loggerheads with all your heart and want to be a Turtle Lady yourself !!!!!
This is an Ariel view of Isle of Palms. We have planned a trip in the Spring to Myrtle Beach, Folly Beach and Charleston, Isle of Palms is now a MUST see also! Can't wait!
I probably won't get to see a Mother Loggerhead lay her nest of eggs......
OR...watch the hatchling's when they "boil" out of the nest and head to the ocean...
BUT...if I'm lucky I will get to stay in this beach house while on the Isle...In the meantime...
I'm going to read the sequel and see what's going on with Carra, Brett, Toy and Little Lovie!!
Thank You Mary Alice for writing this AWESOME read!!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE !!!!!!!!! XOXO