Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family’s enduring love
Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Everything is comfortingly the same, yet each detail is rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future.
Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn’t know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt’s beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original “turtle lady,” Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition
In this heartwarming novel, three generations of the Rutledge family gather together to find the strength, love, and commitment to break destructive family patterns and to forge new bonds that will endure long beyond one summer reunion.
Linnea has just graduated college. She cannot find a job so she takes a job as a nanny for Cara. It is perfect for her. She gets to live in the beach house and surf every day, and who doesn’t want to do that! Little does she know the family business is in ruins because of bad business deals made by her father. And her brother is about to make some terrible choices which could cost him his life.
I love Linnea and her ability to stand up for what she wants and what she needs. Every family has expectations and Linnea’s is no different. Her father wants her to do something different with her life and he also expects her brother to go to the Citadel plus go into the family business. These expectations rock this family to its core!
No one does a southern family beach read like Mary Alice Monroe. This one does not disappoint. Reading this book is like visiting with old friends and family. Just takes you home, home to the beach, shrimp and grits and of course, the sea turtles.
I received this novel from the author for a honest review.