Beach House Memories

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.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439170663
1439170665
9781439170946
1439170940
9781439171011
1439171017
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: x, 385 p. ; 24 cm

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CeeWags
Aug 05, 2014

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.

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Liselara
Jun 22, 2014

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?..."

mrsgail5756 Jul 09, 2013

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

kmccool99 Dec 18, 2012

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.

lfranz Jul 15, 2012

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

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"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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