The Summer Guests

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This “authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times best-selling author) novel from the New York Times best-selling author of the Beach House series is about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances - or perhaps because of them - you discover what is most important in life.

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast - the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. It's the perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: It’s also the beginning of peak hurricane season. 

When a sudden storm threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flee for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’ daughter, Moira, and her rescue dogs; famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz; makeup artist Hannah McLain; horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter, Elise; and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can carry. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together. 

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters wasn’t what they brought with them to the mountains but what they’ll take with them once they leave. 

“Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Wendy Wax will enjoy the picturesque setting and heartwarmingly intertwined character arcs.” (Booklist)  

“Monroe writes gorgeously, with authority and tenderness, about the natural world and its power to inspire, transport, and to heal.” (Susan Wiggs, number one New York Times best-selling author)

©2019 Mary Alice Monroe (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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AWFUL

How does this book have 4 stars? I bought the audiobook version. I wish I could return it. Do not waste your money. I cannot believe a publisher published it.

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Disappointing!!

narration ok, Not Mary Alice Monroe style AT ALL! I have read ALL of her books but, couldn't get past chapter 7. Disappointed!!

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Good light read,

The author really went off the rails with a horse being reincarnated - two unrealistic

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EQUESTRIAN ENTHUSIASTS? You may enjoy this book..

I found this story to be very boring and over-the-top ridiculous.... For those of us who have lived up and down the east coast and have weathered many a hurricane, please don't insult our intelligence! I could not relate to any of the character's in this book and found them to be extremely shallow...as was the book itself. Mary Alice Monroe should probably stick to her knowledge about the "lowcountry" as well as her beloved "sea creatures"...

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Not up to author's usual standards

This book was somewhat boring with too many characters that the reader does not have time to like. I was really disappointed that she has a very brief episode with the character Cara from the Beach House series ( a series I loved) Please go back to the Isle of Palms setting and the beloved characters there.

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Not a good book

I love this author but this book was NOT good. Story line was slow and featured so much about horses. Unless you are an equestrian you will be bored. Disappointed and retiring this book.

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Narrator excels

The story wa a bit predictable but well written and fun for beach read. The narrator did an excellent job with accents and tone.

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Enjoyable Light Read

I first have to comment on some of the reviews that reference the horses. Admittedly, if you do not know much about horses, the terminology and subject matter might lose you. However, I think the author gives enough explanation that a non-horse enthusiast can follow along. I thought of this as a fun light summer beach read, if your are looking for literature that knocks your socks off, this isn't it. The story is cute and fun, whether or not some of the plots are realistic again is what makes it a fun read, and not serious literature. I did find some of the relationships that developed to be over the top **spoiler (Greta and Angel) fell in love and decided to live together, over the course of a 4 day storm..and Angel arrived at the beginning of the book with a different girlfriend. Too quick, and really unbelievable. But again, light and easy reading. I definitely feel a sequel coming on, as none of the story lines for any of the characters wrapped up by the end of the book. So be aware of that. Lastly, I love Cassandra Campbell, and this was yet another highly enjoyable narration by her - which is why I gave the Performance 5 stars. If you are looking for a light fun read, I don't think you will be dissapointed.

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Bad recording...

This recording skips words and I am not able to hear the entire story I would like a refund or a good recording

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Disappointed

I have really enjoyed reading Mary Alice Monroe’s books but this one just didnt grasp me. I listened through the 12th chapter and finally just gave up.