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  • Beach House Memories

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

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

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY GREAT STORY

  • By jacquelynn on 07-24-12

Great book!!!

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Reviewed: 04-10-19

I am enjoying this series so much. Please have Hallmark make movies of all the others. Wonderful!!!

  • Beach House for Rent

  • The Beach House, Book 3
  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-selling author of the Lowcountry Summer series, returns to her beloved Beach House series with the highly anticipated follow-up to Beach House Memories and The Beach House!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather weak

  • By Mary on 08-01-17

Wonderful story

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Reviewed: 03-26-19

love this book. I hope you will write a series about Toy, Ethan, and little Lovie along with Heather and Bo. I love your characters. oh how I cried listening to this one.

  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One

  • By Robin Bergeron on 03-05-18

Fabulous story

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Reviewed: 03-22-19

I couldn't put it down... love this book ready to read the next Beach House for Rent..

  • Night Beach

  • By: Joanne DeMaio
  • Narrated by: Seth Podowitz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Everything was in place for the perfect beachside gathering. Lace-wrapped jars hung from white chairs on the sand. Paper lanterns and tiki torches glimmered in the twilight evening. A rowboat draped with roses and vines waited in the wings. Love floated on the salt air. Until the arrival of a mysterious guest named Shane Bradford, a lobsterman with a tangled past in this little New England beach town. Like a sudden sea breeze, the special evening quickly turns. And the residents of Stony Point must tread the darker water Shane brings to their Night Beach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book!!!!

  • By Mary P. Collins on 03-01-19

A wonderful book!!!!

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Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is wonderful, but you need to start with the first book to understand this one. This series is so strong I can't wait for Little Beach Bungalow... Thank you Joanne DeMaio for your stories. You make reading or as I do listening a complete joy.

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  • The Beach House

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, very poor audio quality

  • By Dawn on 04-11-16

love this book! This is such a wonderful story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-25-19

This is a must read or listen. The narration was wonderful!!! I have laughed and cried. I will read more of Mary Alice Monroe!!!!

  • Castaway Cottage

  • By: Joanne DeMaio
  • Narrated by: Seth Podowitz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Every cottage tells a story. It's a saying Jason Barlow returns to as an architect designing New England beach homes. The latest cottage story he hopes to tell rises from the Stony Point sand: the last cottage standing on the beach. It's the sole survivor - something Jason can relate to - as surrounding cottages washed out to sea in long-ago hurricanes. The owners aren't budging, though, keeping Jason's proposed renovation at bay. The cottage holds secrets darker than its gray, seaworn shingles. And secrets don't stay buried in this little Connecticut beach town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another wonderful part of the seaside saga. love

  • By Mary P. Collins on 01-22-19

another wonderful part of the seaside saga. love

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-22-19

I love this seaside sage. it always leaves you wanting to know more.. I am ready for Night Beach in audible...