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Instant New York Times Best Seller

The New York Times best-selling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Isle of Palms in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been 16 years since Caretta "Cara" Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.

Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. "Authentic, generous, and heartfelt" (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times best-selling author), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.

©2020 Mary Alice Monroe (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Slow!

Struggled to finish. Very predictable.
Story lines would begin, then suddenly we were on to the next chapter & story and the previous story had apparently moved forward in time.

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I am disappointed by one of my most favorite authors.

I am an older woman who lived for over 30 years in our National Parks. I have always appreciated Ms Moore’s environmental aspects
Of her books presented within the lives of those that live off of the South Carolina coast. And I have to say her book about the butterflies ...The Butterflies Daughter, which was not set in NC was superior! I wanted more from this story and itdid not rise to her previous standard.

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Most Boring Book Ever

I felt as if Ms. Monroe just phoned this one in. It was SOOOOOO boring. The conversations between the characters were so contrived it was painful to listen to. Lalani was so whiney, it was extremely irritating. And, I'm sorry, I just can't relate to people who are so very wealthy that they can afford more than one beach house. I've been to IOP and Sullivans so I know what the houses look like there, nothing I could ever afford in a million years.
I listened to several chapters and knew exactly how it would turn turn out. I was so bored I skipped over most of it and listened to the last chapter. Of course, I was right on how things would end. Oh, the narrator's British accent made me cringe. I can't believe Ms. Monroe would actually write an English character using the words "across the pond". Do English people really use that phrase?
My last complaint is how the narrator mispronounced several names of places. Narrators really need to research how names of places before reading a book.

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Nice continuation of the series.

Loved being back at the Lowcountry with the Rutlidge family. Great narration and great story.

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Another Great Listen

Mary Alice Monroe does it again. On Ocean Boulevard is entertaining and a great way to spend some summer time. Maybe there will be a sequel.

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Felt like an advertisement

I did not like this book at all. The story was boring and predictable. I’m all for conservation but it was extremely annoying to hear detail after detail. Very preachy. Shouldn’t have had to pay for this.

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Great read!

You know it was a good book when you end it with a smile on your face!!

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On Ocean Boulevard

Predictable story. Very Hallmark Movie. Light read. The references to Oceanography, 4 Oceans and educational prolongs to each chapter were nicely done.

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A wonderful continuation of old friends as well as some new ones too

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I have just finished it and it's a delight!!! A wonderful continuation of old friends as well as some new ones too. The perfect installment in the series but left open-ended which means more, I hope!
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While not necessarily a negative, I did miss hearing the author narrate her book. But Cassandra Campbell did a great job!

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Another beautiful beach story

This is another beautiful book to go along with the series. I missed Mary Alice Monroe reading it, but was still a beautiful beach love story.