The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

Carette Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother-coming just as her own life is spinning out of control-has 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 with her mother that she will earn life’s most precious lessons — true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

For the first sixty pages, I struggled to continue reading The Beach House. The story it’s self is not overly fascinated, although it does have it’s frantic page turning sections. However, one of the things I love about Monroe’s books is how believable her characters are. The Beach House‘s love story is not gushy, overhwelming. Insteady, the story is weaved with real-life struggles and hardships, allowing the characters to be someone I can identify with.

Book Mentioned:

  • Monroe, Mary Alice. The Beach House. London: Mira Books, 2002. Print. 416 pgs. ISBN: 9781551668998. Source: PaperBackSwap.
Book Cover © Mira Books. Retrieved: November 9, 2008.

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