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Beach House Memories

Monroe, Mary Alice (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Beach House Memories
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The author returns to her classic Southern setting in the Isle of Palms with the sequel to her novel The Beach House. She weaves together issues of class, women's rights, and domestic abuse set in the tumultuous South during the 1970s as she tells the story of Olivia, "Lovie" Rutledge, the mother from The Beach House. As Lovie sits on the porch of her charming beach house and looks out over the ocean, the old woman reflects on the difficult choices she made in many years earlier, during the summer that changed her life. In 1974, at thirty-nine years old, Lovie hosts a formal dinner party for her unappreciative husband in their lovely home in a neighborhood of privilege in Charleston. The following morning she takes her two children to a nearby barrier island where her family has a modest beach cottage. Behind closed doors, and exhausted from keeping up appearances, her husband's infidelity and his withering, disdainful looks, she can only find solace and happiness at the beach. But when a handsome biologist arrives to research the status of nesting turtles, a project that is Lovie's passion, she finds herself falling in love over the course of the summer, with devastating consequences. This novel is a tale of marriage, resilience, and one woman's private strength.
Authors: Monroe, Mary Alice
Title: Beach house memories
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
Characteristics: x, 385 p. ; 24 cm
Summary: The author returns to her classic Southern setting in the Isle of Palms with the sequel to her novel The Beach House. She weaves together issues of class, women's rights, and domestic abuse set in the tumultuous South during the 1970s as she tells the story of Olivia, "Lovie" Rutledge, the mother from The Beach House. As Lovie sits on the porch of her charming beach house and looks out over the ocean, the old woman reflects on the difficult choices she made in many years earlier, during the summer that changed her life. In 1974, at thirty-nine years old, Lovie hosts a formal dinner party for her unappreciative husband in their lovely home in a neighborhood of privilege in Charleston. The following morning she takes her two children to a nearby barrier island where her family has a modest beach cottage. Behind closed doors, and exhausted from keeping up appearances, her husband's infidelity and his withering, disdainful looks, she can only find solace and happiness at the beach. But when a handsome biologist arrives to research the status of nesting turtles, a project that is Lovie's passion, she finds herself falling in love over the course of the summer, with devastating consequences. This novel is a tale of marriage, resilience, and one woman's private strength.
ISBN: 1439171017
9781439171011
1439170940
9781439170946
1439170665
9781439170663
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: Mary Alice Monroe
Subject Headings: South Carolina Fiction Marriage Fiction Self-realization in women Fiction
Topical Term: Marriage
Self-realization in women
LCCN: 2012004099
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Aug 05, 2014
  • CeeWags rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Overall not a bad summer read. A woman torn between a world of what a "proper lady" does and says, an alcoholic/abusive husband,and a world of happiness.

Jun 22, 2014
  • Liselara rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent read, especially the backstory about the loggerhead turtle migrations; beautifully written. While the story is a little predictable, Monroe does a good job. There were two things that drove me nuts though: The author often started a sentence with "I swanny" (no idea what that means) and the other quirk is that she ended statements with question marks and leaders. For example, "I know that?..., I'm going to wear this dress?..."

Jul 09, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Dec 18, 2012
  • kmccool99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoy this author, this was a great book about a woman who is torn between her southern notions of what a lady should be and following her heart.

Jul 15, 2012
  • lfranz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great beach read for anyone familiar with the beaches of South Carolina - romance and great information on the loggerhead turtles

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Jun 22, 2014
  • maureenvanderheiden rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"We can all take a lesson from the sea turtle. . . . She has an instinct for greatness - one that I believe is found in all living creatures."

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