On Ocean Boulevard

The Beach House
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: Beach House (Monroe), Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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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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Great read!

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

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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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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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Perfect

A light, summery beach read. The intricacies of family legacies and expectations and responsibilities brought to a lovely story that lightens your heart.

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Good beach read

Good book about the lowcountry. always enjoy this Mary Alice books good beach reading. Cannot wait for the next one.

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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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Loved it!!!

Wonderful book —-and continuation of the Rutledge family story. Hope there will be future stories!!

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Not very exciting

I think the author needs to move on and create some new characters. Going repeatedly back to the same old names and setting is getting tiresome.

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Pushing agenda!

I usually enjoy this author’s books and don’t mind the emphasis on the environment or conservation, but this book totally over did it! From the environmental agenda to the faux rant about vaccinations, I wondered how many issues were going to be pushed on the reader. It didn’t even weave seamlessly into the story.