Thursday, October 13, 2011

" THE BEACH HOUSE " by Mary Alice Monroe

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...... 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!!!



Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh Honey, I've read the Beach House and just adored it. Ya nailed that review smack on the head!!!

Have a wonderful trip and I'm sure you'll have plenty of stories about your own stay at the beach house!

God bless and have a marvelous trip!!! :o)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Sounds like a great read, Carol... AND I hope you do get to make that trip to the beach in the Spring ---AND get to stay in that house!!!!

NitWit1 said...

My husband is from South Carolina. It is a unique cultural blend. He lived in or near several small communities; the largest city is Lake City near Florence.

I did not learn the meaning of being a "sandlapper" but did understand a little about the Gullah cuisine, the basis of some of his favorite dishes.

Obviously, being a Southwesterner, our cuisine cultures often clash.

Linda@VS said...

What you wrote about "capturing place" is so true. I read Vicki Lane's Elizabeth Goodweather books shortly before a Tennessee vacation, and they greatly enriched the whole experience. Now I look forward to "traveling" someplace new with Mary Alice Monroe. Thanks for the review.

NCmountainwoman said...

I have read several of her books. "The Book Club" is my favorite. I especially like Monroe for summer reading. Not deep or difficult to follow, but still not fluff and/or light romance.

For the most part, I do not read deep or complicated books in the summertime. I prefer to read those during the winter when I can cozy up to the fire and enjoy my tea.

Susie Swanson said...

I haven't read any of her books but sounds great. I'll have to check it out. Hope you have a great trip..

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