In the powerful and heartwarming conclusion to her best-selling Lowcountry Summer trilogy, New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe brings her listeners back to the charm and sultry beauty of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to reveal how the pull of family bonds and true love is as strong and steady as the tides.
It is summer's end, and Sea Breeze, the family's beloved estate on Sullivan's Island, must be sold. It is an emotional time of transition as Mamaw and the three sisters each must face loss and find a new place in the world.
Harper, the youngest sister, arrives at Sea Breeze intending to stay only a weekend. But a rift with her wealthy, influential mother leaves her without direction or a home. During this remarkable summer, free from her mother's tyranny and with the help of her half sisters, Harper discovers her talents and independent spirit. But summer is ending, and the fate of Sea Breeze hinges on her courage to decide the course of her own life. To do so she must release her insecurities and recognize her newfound strengths. Harper must accept love fully into her life - the love of Mamaw, Carson, and Dora, the love of Sea Breeze and the lowcountry, and most of all the love of a wounded warrior who has claimed her heart.
©2015 Mary Alice Monroe, Ltd. (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Why did the author feel compelled to read the book? I can't even listen to it its so horrible!
Like,this series, just wish I was reading it
Hum, everything! She's not an actress and her voice inflections,are just weird. Trying to listen to her be a 20something woman is painful.
A nice easy summer book. Especially for Charleston lovers. I enjoy the story of the southern grandmother and her three granddaughters - all well developed characters. My one complaint is that Ms Monroe gets lost in a character's accent. Especially the British grandmother's. Her British accent is as good as my own which isn't close. But I enjoy most of Her narration.
Not much of a reader but love to listen
I love the characters and the stories. I listened to the one after the other. I hated for it to end but look forward to her other books.
The third book of a summer with a Grandmother and her three grand-daughters, all half sisters. They have shared the same father (Mamaw's son) but have different mothers. They are all quite different, have bonds that draw them together although at times there are tensions between them.
This book is essentially Harper's one. However each of these books build on one another as the three girls develop and grow as people. It is definitely a series that needs to be read in order as the struggles and challenges go from one book to the next.
Harper has come from a wealthier background compared to the other two girls, yet she has an ice queen for a mother. One who tries to control her and is unable to let her go. Just as well Mamaw is such a warm mothering character or where would Harper be.
In this book the reality of needing to sell Sea Breeze the home that they all love bites in. Each one as well must take the next step in their journey. And that's where The Summer's End brings this phase of their lives to a close, so that they can open on to a new one.
Again I enjoyed the author's narration. While she didn't always have a distinctive voice for each character, her phrasing and understanding of the characters shone through.
I believe there is at least one more in this series, titled Low Country Wedding due to publish May 2016. I wonder whose wedding it will be!
Patti C Fulmer
Sad to have this series end. I sure hope that we will hear more from all of these characters! I will miss them.
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