On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe @gallerybooks @maryalicemonroe #fiction #review #beachread


The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Beach House series in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.

Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. “Authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.


Linnea is in a mess. She lost her job, she lost her guy and now she has moved back in with her parents. This is not the best situation for the 26 year old. Luckily, her Aunt Cara is there to help.

Cara has her own issues. She is about to get married. But, she and her fiancé just can’t seem to agree on many wedding issues. Then her daughter becomes desperately ill and this puts a new light on the situation.

I have been a fan of Mary Alice Monroe for years. However, I feel like she might be in a bit of a rut. I know this is the same story she wrote a few years ago, just with different characters. Now, if you have never read this author…this is a really good read. The setting, the story, the characters…no one does it better. I always feel right at home in the low country. And MAM does a fabulous job. I guess I am ready for her to get away from this family.

I do enjoy the beach scenes and the turtles. It is always magical through MAM’s eyes!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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4 Responses to On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe @gallerybooks @maryalicemonroe #fiction #review #beachread

  1. ondbookshelf says:

    To be honest, I gave up on her books a few years ago. They always have to revolve around a romance….ugh!

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