The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.
Caretta 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.
Book Nerd Kate’s Review: ☕☕☕☕
I read this on vacation at the beach last week. I was really excited for this book after hearing great things. Overall, I really enjoyed the book but I was expecting a much lighter read at the time. I didn’t realize until I had already started reading that this would be an emotional read.
Now please don’t think that means I didn’t enjoy it. I loved the characters and their stories. It was wonderful how their relationships evolved throughout the story as they finally were able to open up to one another about things from the past.
The love story was sweet but the emotional story of Cara and her mother Lovie growing closer throughout the summer was the focus of the novel. I had tears running down my cheeks at one point while I was reading at the beach. It was a beautiful story but be prepared for all the emotions. 💕