Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.
80-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta - "Mamaw" - seeks to gather her three granddaughters - Carson, Eudora, and Harper - with the intent to reunite them after years apart.
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"[Anyone who] enjoys such fine Southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites." (Booklist)
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This is my first listen with this author. While I think she is a good writer she didn't keep my attention and it seemed slow. I like all the characters. The setting is good. The narration is good. It just didn't grab my attention. I think I may have become tainted by so many fast action type books and chick lit usually moves fast. At the time I purchased this one I purchased The Beach House also....I am going to wait awhile to try it.
The Summer Girls written and narrated by Mary Alice Monroe was well worth the listen and I will be eagerly listening to the next two in this trilogy. It is about three girls - half sisters, and their grandmother - Mamaw. They have all been invited to her house for the summer, and with a somewhat tentative approach they all end up responding to the invitation.
Eudora (Dora) is the oldest and has a young son who is autistic. She is in the process of seeking a divorce from her husband. Carson has turned up from California where she has just lost her job. Harper is the youngest, and works as an editor in her mother's firm. While the girls did meet up for summers when they were young, they are not particularly close. Perhaps this summer that will all change.
This story is mostly about Carson, she is a keen surfer and enjoys being out on the sea, until a chance encounter changes things up a bit for her. She also befriends Nate and helps him to learn to swim. Together they befriend a dolphin, that will have far reaching consequences. Carson also forms a relationship with Blake, a keen kite surfer and who also works on tracking the local marine life in this area. A bond forms between Carson and Blake, although it is not really centre stage. The story is more about how Carson is faced with her past and present and must decide how she is going to move into the future.
I liked all the characters, Mamaw was a wonderful southern character, the girls were all different and each had their flaws and strengths. I look forward to reading the next two books to find out the developments.
There is an environmental message to this book, it is not tacked on, but rather becomes very integral to the plot. I liked the way it was done and it is an important message. I also liked Mary Alice Monroe narrating the book, sometimes I shy away from an author reading their own book, but it works well on the whole.
Having previously lived in Charleston, this richly woven story took me right back there to the sights of Palmettos, the ocean and the slower southern lifestyle. I felt connected to the characters, and through the author's descriptions, I almost felt as though I had met each one. I thoroughly enjoyed having the author read her book, however, some of the editing leaves something to be desired- there are places where the author is heard to begin a sentence, it cuts off, and she begins again. PLEASE fix this, it detracts from the performance!
I have read or listened to all her books and enjoyed them and learned something from them. They are particularly interesting to me because I live in Charleston. The biggest issue I have with this book is the author's narration. She reads it with the intonation one would use when reading children's books aloud.
I love Mary Alice Monroe books not only because of the stories but because I always learned something, turtles, raptors, butterfly's but this book I really didn't learn anything. The story was there just no ending, her stories usual end good with you feeling good. This just ended
No, I will continue with Monroe and other writers in the genre. Hoping this is just a one time issue.
The people all came to life, you could feel for each of them and where they were in this time of their life.
No, not unless someone told me the ending was good.
Maybe Mary Alice Monroe with write a part 2 to this story. I can always hope.
Monroe sets the stage with interesting, likable characters and a good scenario but fails to deliver. It felt like the book ended with the prologue. Three half-sisters each with a multitude of personal issues are meant to come together for the summer to reconnect; however, the story ends up focusing on one character and all of the build up of the story-line is lost as the author never follows through.
This is one book you will want to listen to over and over. Mary Alice is not only a wonderful author but she reads her own books and, really, I can't imagine anyone else reading her stories to us. She knows her characters better than anyone and becomes them as she's reading her story to us!
The best part is that this is the first book in a trilogy and you will be looking for the second book as soon as you finish this one! But......we'll have to wait until next year and it will be well worth waiting for!
I know this book is the first of a trilogy, however, I felt like it left too many thing open. It defiantly makes me want for more! Hurry up and get the next few books out please!
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