Beach House (Monroe)
Books in series3
UNABRIDGED
(4.4 based on 357 ratings)
  • 1
    The Beach House | Mary Alice Monroe

    The Beach House

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Narrated By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    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 long thought lost.

    Feel good book, not riveting but enjoyable

    This is the first book I have read by Mary Alice Monroe. It's pretty vanilla as contemporary romance goes, with an old-fashioned approach to the telli..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 09 2013 by Jamie (Colorado)
  • 2
    Swimming Lessons | Mary Alice Monroe

    Swimming Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Narrated By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (54)

    It's been five years since the original turtle lady, old Miss Lovie Rutledge, passed away, but her legacy lives on with some special women, especially Toy and her daughter, young Little Lovie. Toy Sooner kept her graveside vow to her beloved mentor. She left behind an abusive, dysfunctional lifestyle to become a strong single mother and aquarist at the South Carolina Aquarium. But success has taken its toll, leaving Toy fearful of change and risks.

    Great!

    I have read/listened to this book 3 or 4 times. And listen to it again.😃

    Reviewed on September 13 2016 by Deb Crowder ()
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    Beach House Memories | Mary Alice Monroe

    Beach House Memories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Narrated By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Autumn brings its own haunting beauty to the sun-soaked beaches and dunes on Isle of Palms, where Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage with her daughter, Cara. Looking back as summer fades, Lovie can remember many island summers, but especially one. . . .In 1974, America was changing, but Charleston remained eternally the same. Lovie had always done what was expected — marrying the son of a historic Charleston family, Stratton Rutledge, and turning over her fortune and fate to his control. But one thing she steadfastly refuses to relinquish: her family’s old seaside cottage. The precious summers spent on the barrier island are Lovie’s refuge. Here, she can escape with her children from the social expectations of her traditional Southern mother, and her overbearing husband’s ambition and philandering. Here, she indulges her lifelong vocation as a “Turtle Lady,” tending the loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs in the warm night sand and then slip back into the sea. This summer, however, is different. Visiting biologist Russell Bennett arrives on the island to research the loggerheads. What begins as a shared passion for the turtles changes to a love far more passionate and profound than Lovie has ever known — but one that forces her to face the most agonizing decision of her life.For Charleston’s elite, divorce is an unforgivable scandal, and Stratton’s influence is far-reaching. If Lovie dares to dream beyond a summer affair, she risks losing everything: her reputation, her wealth, even her precious children.Beach House Memories — a poignant and emotional tale of a strong, passionate woman torn between duty and desire, between the traditions of the old South and the social changes sweeping America — will capture your heart. For Lovie, it is an empowering journey of seasons of self-discovery. Until this autumn, this time of changing tides, of holding on and letting go. . . .“This luminous tale — set in the South Carolina Lowcountry that we both love so deeply — was hard to put down. Fans of The Beach House will at last discover what happened during the summer of 1974. But readers new to Mary Alice Monroe need not worry, for this emotional story of love and loss stands alone.” — New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank

    REALLY GREAT STORY

    12 hours of listening, the author is the narrator, she was perfect for telling her story of Lovie and her life.... I learned alot about the turtles a..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 24 2012 by jacquelynn (morrisville, PA, United States)