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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.

Caretta Rutledge, Florence Prescott and Emmaline Baker have all experienced loss. This summer, with each other's friendship and support, they will try to make their dreams a reality.

The turtle season begins the day Toy rescues a sick sea turtle on the beach. When Toy brings the loggerhead to the aquarium, she begins a turtle hospital with the help of her boss, Ethan. As the summer progresses and the sea turtles take their measured steps toward healing and freedom Toy, Cara, Flo and Emmi must find their own strength to face their fears and move courageously toward their futures.

Mary Alice Monroe delivers another deeply satisfying novel written with an eye to nature and keen insights into the connections between women.

©2007 Mary Alice Kruesi (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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Another Good One

This is a good sequel to this story. I can't wait to read the next one.

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Right from my life

Having grown up near Isle of Palms, I found this story vividly real. It was as if she dipped into my life and pulled out segments. I found the alligorical nature of the story a beautiful thing. Thank you Mary Alice Monroe for the gift of this story.

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I'm in Love!

Love story, subject, characters and reading by author!! Plan to read all of Mary Alice Monroe's books!!

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This book could have done with using Gods name in vain and F words. Completely unnecessary.

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A Nice Enough Story, But...

There is an awkwardness to this sequel, unfortunately, especially if you’re one who notices small details. There are too many repetitive descriptive phrases. Also some just inaccurate enough to irritate—Costa Rica is not an island, Ticos have their own unique style and it’s not just an adopted “island garb.”

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loved it

loved it , but I do love all her books and she does a great job narrating the story. I really enjoy the turtles too .

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Good Story, Great Narration and Setting

I liked this book but the story did not hold my attention as well as The Beach House. I love the narration and the setting of my beloved SC coastal area.

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Fabulous story

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

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I now love turtles!

Beach House was actually my favorite book of all time!! TRUST ME... read it. However the following novels, of which this is one, carry the story further and I was actually sad when I finished all of them. I couldn't wait to get home from work and settled and find myself in a lovely cottage facing the ocean.


I have read BEACH HOUSE several times. Her characters are outstanding as well as her descriptions of the area. A movie was made from Beach House and it was entertaining, but of course, the book is better. I


I recommend anything she writes!

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Too much turtle talk.

Lacking an interesting story line for me. There are lots of details about turtle rescue but the story regarding relationships was a bit dull and predictable. I’m not sure I will continue with this series.