Also by this author: A Lowcountry Christmas (Lowcountry Summer #5), Beach House Reunion (Beach House #5), On Ocean Boulevard
Published by Gallery Books on June 20th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Women's Fiction
New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.
When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted.
It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds—and the man who rescues them—begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.
And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible.
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Those of you who read my posts regularly have already figured out I have a weakness for books which take place in the Carolina Lowcountry where I was born and raised. Today’s review is the fourth in author Mary Alice Monroe’s series, The Beach House. Aptly entitled Beach House for Rent, the setting for this book is a family beach house, Primrose Cottage, which figures just as prominently in the storyline as any of the characters. Some of the more endearing of those characters are the “turtle team” ladies who devote much of their time to assuring freshly hatched sea turtles make their way to the ocean safely and, as strange as it may seem, a trio of canaries named Moutarde, Poseidon, and Pavarotti. As the author tells Heather Wyatt’s story, she focuses on the shorebirds and seabirds of the Carolina coastal region reflecting her passion for conservation. The shy and reclusive Heather is the summer renter of Cara Rutledge’s beloved beach house and she is an unlikely match for the strong and outgoing Cara, but when the two unexpectedly become housemates, each of them finds the other to be a unique source of support and encouragement.
I’m sure you noted that Beach House for Rent is book 4 in a series, so I’m also sure that even if I’ve tempted you with my review, you are wondering if you should even bother to take up this series at this point. The answer is a resounding “Yes!” There will be names from earlier books you won’t recognize, but anytime someone is important to the current storyline, enough information will be given to keep that person from being a parachute character. 😊
A hallmark of Ms. Monroe’s books is her ability to paint beautiful word pictures of her locales. As I read, I could almost smell the sea and hear the waves as they rolled onto the beach at the Isle of Palms where I spent many days basking in the sun and dancing at the old Seaside which was a favorite hangout when I was a teenager. I could see and hear the seabirds and shorebirds and envision the perilous first journey of the sea turtle hatchlings.
One of the things about Mary Alice Monroe’s books that always comes across loud and clear is her commitment to preserving the habitat of the many creatures who need our help. Not only does Beach House for Rent deliver a clear message about the delicate balance that exists between us and nature, it also tells a touching and poignant story about the delicate balance that exists between each of us as humans. Fans of this series won’t be disappointed in the latest installment and first-time readers will want to visit the Isle of Palms again in the other Beach House books.