Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side?

Today I am sharing The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller.  She is a new author for me. I of course saw the pretty cover that screamed “Read me!”   Are you a fan of this author?


Meri is just beginning her married life in a new town.  Her husband Nathan will be a college professor at the local college.  They move in across the street from their neighbor Delia Naughton who is married to the ex-senator Tom Naughton.  Delia and Tom share a checkered past where choices were made and consequences resulted.  What are these consequences?  Meri wants to know as she carries out her pregnancy.  Both women make choices that will either encourage a relationship or destroy it.  What will the final result be?

My Thoughts:

What did I think of Sue Miller’s writing?  I thought it was okay.  I might read another of her books.  What I found most interesting in this book was the comparison made between the couples Meri and Nathan and Tom and Delia.  Who really had the ideal marriage?  How do our choices impact others?  Another how do you forgive someone who does something you determine as unthinkable?

Who hasn’t struggled with these questions?  I also mentioned the grass is always greener.  Some people may seem curious to us because they don’t fit the framework of what we expect to see in a marriage or a family.  For me what I have learned is that forgiving is not an easy process but takes time.  I find that I am like Delia with choosing how to trust those who have hurt me. 

This novel was an interesting read.  I listened to the book on audio.  Blair Brown did a great job of narrating. 



Please visit Sue Miller on her Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You Are Invited!

It's time to celebrate!  I want to formally invite you to raise a glass with me at the official book launch party for THE SUMMER’S END at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC on Monday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m.  Invitation attached.  We want a proper launch for the end of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy!
Imagine strolling through the Aquarium at leisure--delicious food, wine, live music and books--while getting exclusive access to all of the exhibits, including the brand new Shark Shallows, and having a chance to tour the sea turtle hospital.  We're also making a special, exciting announcement!
If you’ve needed a good excuse to take a trip to Charleston (voted America’s #1 city four consecutive years in Conde Nast Magazine), this event is the perfect opportunity! 
We've arranged for a limited number of hotel rooms to be available at the Isle of Palms and downtown Charleston at a group discount rate under the name “Mary Alice Monroe Book Party”.  We are offering this opportunity to the ARTists before the public. So if you're interested, book now.  Here’s the hotel information:
The Palms Oceanfront Hotel                                                                   Francis Marion Hotel
1126 Ocean Blvd.,                                                                                       387 King St.
Isle of Palms, SC 29451                                                                              Charleston, SC 29403
843-886-3003                                                                                               843-722-0600
Group room rates available May 15- 18                                                 Group room rates available May 17-18
Reservation deadline:  April 24th                                               Reservation deadline:  April 17th

Thank you for your continued support.   I hope you can share this amazing event with me. After all, you’ve helped make my books a tremendous success.  I look forward to seeing the wings we will give to THE SUMMER’S END!

Much love,
Mary Alice

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spotlight on Flowers of Grace by Teresa Hirst

Flowers of Grace, a novel inspired by a true story, is a heart-wrenching book club choice that one reviewer called “a tribute to love and friendship.”

Set in an upscale St. Louis boutique amid a fragile economic climate when retail customers are trading brick and mortar stores for online shopping, Flowers of Grace is a story of love and loss, friendship and forgiveness.

Still mourning a broken engagement, Grace inherits a hibiscus with a legacy she fears she will kill. Doubt in her capacity to nurture anything prompts her to bring the plant into the clothing store she manages, and the dynamic personalities of the female staff band together to help it bloom. Grace and the hibiscus blossom through a wedding and a birth, but its unexpected death pushes her to face false assumptions, opening a path for new love to appear.

The simple gift is more than a plant. When it blooms, so does she.  But when it dies, she fears love will too.

Author Bio:

Teresa Hirst grew up in the Midwest with an imagination and creativity straight from the stories she consumed in her childhood. She put away her Harriet the Spy persona to attend Brigham Young University, where she studied journalism and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications, allowing her to engage in some legitimate people watching.

Today, she observes and tells insightful stories, both real and imaginary, that characterize our emotional experience with life. Teresa lives in Minnesota with her husband and teenage children. She is a Mormon choosing faith and gratitude to cope with neuroendocrine cancer. Teresa loves sentimental movies, Sunday afternoon walks and great conversations.

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Flowers of Grace--perfect for Spring and Mother’s Day.