Thank you to Gallery Books and Mary Alice Monroe for sending me a copy of Beach House Reunion. I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review.
The perfect way to begin the summer is to make another trip to the beach house. It is three years after the events of the previous book Beach House for Rent which has been reviewed here. Also I hope that everyone has seen the Beach House movie that so perfectly introduced readers to Lovie’s family and many of the characters we will see in this book.
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. (maryalicemonroe.com)
I always look forward to each summer to sharing the latest Mary Alice Monroe book. I will confess that I have not read all of the Beach House Books. I still enjoyed Beach House Reunion. Ms. Monroe moves the book forward three years from Beach House for Rent. Cara comes back bringing a new daughter into the family. She hopes to get family involved while she hunts for a new job. Linnea the daughter of Palmer comes to help Cara. I enjoyed seeing her blossom as a character in this book, and see what Palmer’s family is like. Palmer does not have an easy path in this book. It concludes with a magical ending, which changes Palmer’s mind about the beach house. My only issue with the book is the timing of some of the things mentioned in the book like the hurricane that happened last year or the age or Heather’s baby.
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The Beach House movie air again on Wednesday June 27th at 9pm est or purchase it here.
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