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The Summer Girls: The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, Book 1 | [Mary Alice Monroe]

The Summer Girls: The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, Book 1

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Mary Alice Monroe (P)2013 AudioGO

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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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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 07-12-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I liked it but I didn't love it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 06-05-15
    Lori 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not thrilled"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who needs a sleeping aide


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There wasn't really an ending, the story lines of characters were left open--almost forcing one to purchase Book 2 for completion.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Alice Monroe?

    Anyone - she is a good writer and should stick to writing. Reading was lack luster, comparable to psychology 101 in large college auditorium. Monotone. This past month I have listened to Catherine Tabor and Amy Rubinate either would have made this so much more enjoyable.


    What character would you cut from The Summer Girls?

    None, the women need to be expanded on and not so predictable. While listening not so much "Carson said" Dora said" etc...


    Any additional comments?

    Although wondering where the other sisters wonder, not sure I can listen to another book with same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 05-23-15
    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 05-23-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Delightful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Dravenstott 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Took me back to the Lowcountry!"

    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!

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    CsShade 08-18-14
    CsShade 08-18-14
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    "Enjoy her books, but -"

    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.

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    Ethel Marietta, GA, United States 08-04-14
    Ethel Marietta, GA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "No ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    Has The Summer Girls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will continue with Monroe and other writers in the genre. Hoping this is just a one time issue.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The people all came to life, you could feel for each of them and where they were in this time of their life.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, not unless someone told me the ending was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe Mary Alice Monroe with write a part 2 to this story. I can always hope.

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    Suzanne Roanoke, VA, United States 09-04-13
    Suzanne Roanoke, VA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book never really gets there..."
    What did you like best about The Summer Girls? What did you like least?

    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.


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    susan 08-15-13
    susan 08-15-13
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    "Another great story with wonderful characters!"
    Would you listen to The Summer Girls again? Why?

    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!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Priscilla Petersham, MA, United States 07-26-13
    Priscilla Petersham, MA, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book... Great story... but ended so abruptly"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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