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The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer) by [Monroe, Mary Alice]
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""The Summer Girls" is more than just a beautifully written, moving portrayal of three sisters finding themselves and each other after years of separation. It's also an important book that deals head-on with significant issues so skillfully woven into the narrative that I often stopped to consider the import of what I'd just read. If you're a dedicated environmentalist, this book is a must-read. If you're just someone who enjoys a good story, you'll get that, too, and much more."--New York Times bestselling author Cassandra King

""The Summer Girls" conveys sound environmental messages through a captivating story of how the ocean and a charismatic dolphin reunite sisters in the alluring ecological setting of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The story resonates on a personal level and, moreover, delivers a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting dolphins and the environment in which they live."--Patricia Fair, Director, Marine Mammal Program, NOAA

"Monroe's resplendent storytelling shines even brighter . . . [with] startling insights into the intimate connection between nature and the human heart."--New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry

"Magical! Mary Alice Monroe's writing is always sensitive and true, and as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes. This luminous tale--set in the South Carolina Lowcountry that we both love so deeply--was hard to put down."--Dorothea Benton Frank

"Mary Alice Monroe has written another novel that is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me and...she has succeeded in making the marshes and rivers of the Lowcountry her literary home.... Haunting."--New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy

"A soaring, passionate story of loneliness and pain and the simple ability of love to heal and transcend both. Mary Alice Monroe's voice is as strong and true as the great birds of prey of whom she writes."--Anne Rivers Siddons

"Such a wonderful, exciting new read! Very well written and addicting! Looking forward to the next book in the series. Mary Alice--hurry up!"--Books Unlimited

"Mary Alice writes the most readable books with important environmental story lines, but "The Summer Girls"might be my favorite. It's about family, finding yourself, getting through bad issues that could weigh you down, and enjoying the ride with the warm embrace of family. And there's a wild dolphin who helps heal the pain but finds his own. This book has everything--sense of place, family, strong characters, romance, a love of dolphins and more. This is BETTER than a beach read; this is a great book club book to discuss! Can't wait for the next in the trilogy. thanks, Mary Alice!"--First Reads

"How wonderful it is to be able to dig into a summer novel and not only get so much pleasure from the awesome story, but to learn, learn, learn...[S]he brings new awareness to those of us who need enlightening."--Maurice on Books

"[A] beautifully written and thought provoking work of fiction. Mary Alice Monroe once again delivers on her promise to write books that explore the beauty in nature and the complexity of human relationships as she delves into the human psyche."--Linda Hitchcock of Booktrib

"This is "the" perfect summertime beach read."--Maurice on Books, on The Summer Wind

"Pulls at your heartstrings."--Posting for Now on The Summer Wind, 5-star review

"Monroe's writing is as lean and elegant as the lovely young women who grace the beach... a cool, refreshing breeze of a read."--Joan Leotta, Recipes for Success, on The Summer Wind

"Mary Alice Monroe's books are written epitomes of what the lowcountry is all about. She captures the essence and spreads it on her pages, and she does it with stories that touch the mind and the heart of her readers. The Summer Wind may be part of a trilogy, but it is also a stand alone story of depth and compassion. It is the perfect beach read."--jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post, on The Summer Wind

"Written with convincing Southern charm and thoughtfulness, The Summer Wind explores the bonds of sisterhood and the challenges of modern womanhood with warmth and genuine affection."--Amy Garvey, Bookpage.com, on The Summer Wind

"Mary Alice Monroe has a way with words when it comes to her characters and her locations. No other author has ever made me want to be sitting on the beach more."--Charming Chelsey's on The Summer Wind

"Once you get to know the sisters and Mamaw, you'll want to follow their lives beyond the summer, and the beach."--Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun, on The Summer Wind

""The Summer Wind "makes for an excellent beach read this summer."--The Literary Housewife, on The Summer Wind

"Mary Alice Monroe has taken the rich waters of the Atlantic Coast as her own field of dreams. In "The Summer Girls," she sings a song of praise to the bottle-nosed dolphins that bring so much joy to the men and women who gaze at the creeks and rivers of the low country each evening. Like all her books, "The Summer Girls" is a call to arms."--New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy

"It is hard to describe the beauty of Monroe's work.The words on the pages flow from the author's eyes to create a world of rareenchantment. Next, Monroe's brain assembles a plot that moves the charactersfrom one amazing event to another. Then from Monroe's heart comes the passionfor the story, one that is rich with love and depth. --Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post"

"Monroe s writing is as lean and elegant as the lovely young women who grace the beach... a cool, refreshing breeze of a read."--Joan Leotta, Recipes for Success, on The Summer Wind"

"Once you get to know the sisters and Mamaw, you ll want to follow their lives beyond the summer, and the beach."--Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun, on The Summer Wind"

Monroe s resplendent storytelling shines even brighter . . . [with] startling insights into the intimate connection between nature and the human heart. --New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry"

Magical! Mary Alice Monroe's writing is always sensitive and true, and as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes. This luminous tale set in the South Carolina Lowcountry that we both love so deeply was hard to put down. --Dorothea Benton Frank"

About the Author

Mary Alice Monroe is the"New York Times"bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including"The Summer Girls", "The Summer Wind", "The Summer s End, " "Last Light Over Carolina", "Time Is a River", "Sweetgrass", "Skyward", "The Beach House"", Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons", and"The Book Club". Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at MaryAliceMonroe.com and at Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4635 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476785570
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (17 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEEYYR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a wonderful book- I was transported to Sullivan's Island for the summer and could just imagine being cosy at SeaBreeze. Three siblings are invited to spend the summer at the family home by Mamaw, their grandma. All three of them are at some sort of crisis point in their life and look forward to the opportunity to let the relaxing charm around their childhood memories surround them and start the healing process. They look forward to getting to know each other better now they are grown.

Dora is getting divorced and also looks after her autistic boy, Nate. After a health scare, her sisters look into a dolphin therapy centre for Nate. The previous summer he'd loved spending time with a wild dolphin who suffered a bad accident that they feel responsible for. Nate needs to heal aswell. His aunt Carson agrees to take him on a road trip to Florida to give his mum a break and chance to recoup her strength. She soon realises that her nephew is far from easy to settle- but really enjoys the chance to learn what makes him happy.

Lucille has looked after the family for years and you can just imagine her bustling around the house creating delicious but healthy food for her 'new' charges.

It was a really charming journey through the pages- and luckily this is part of a trilogy so I have the third book to look forward to. It made me want to escape to SeaBreezes for a few weeks this summer
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Good story line and descriptive detail of the setting. The characters are interesting and one wants to know how things turn out for them. A nice sense of time and ageing. Very readable, ideal for a holiday.
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One of my favourite authors.
Another fabulous holiday read.

I'd also recommend several of the other books by Mary Alice Monroe. I particularly love the books about the loggerhead turtles and a favourite would be hard to choose.
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I had never read anything by this writer, but this is the second book that I have read in this series it follows on nicely, once you start reading you don't want to put it down. I will definitely be reading more.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x898dab58) out of 5 stars 594 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x899c90d8) out of 5 stars I usually love Mary Alice Monroe 16 Sept. 2014
By The Spoiler - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually love Mary Alice Monroe....did not really like the first book in this series and am not liking this book. These grown women are so whiney I cannot stand it. They seem on the surface to have it all and yet here they are complaining, "I'm not good enough, I'm too old, I can't be pregnant", just a few of the many, many complaints coming out of their mouths. Dora especially gets on my nerves. She starts an affair with an old beau while still married to a husband who all but abandoned her and her special needs child, but still can't make up her mind to divorce him. UGH! I also thought that by having Lucille open up a little about her past we would have really had her play a bigger role in the story line, what we actually got was a teaser. Actually learned more about the dolphins then we did Lucille. And a final note, I do not know what in the hell a "smirk" looks like, but everyone in this book on it seemed like every other page was frickin' smirking!!!! Hated that. I swear Mary Alice even had the dolphins smirking and when you paint a guy as a buff ex-marine and have him smirking, I am so done.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89f5b570) out of 5 stars Not one of her best 27 Jun. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love reading Mary Alice Monroe because of the low country settings. These books are great adventures and easy read. This book had the one of the worse endings. It just sort of stopped. That's why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89f522a0) out of 5 stars the grandmother in this novel is my favorite. Her love of her 3 adult granddaughers and ... 13 July 2014
By Donna Rothe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I read 'The Summer Wind' and other books by Mary Alice, I try to read them by the sea. Everytime I read one of her books I learn something new about island life and the sea that surrounds it.

Mamaw, the grandmother in this novel is my favorite. Her love of her 3 adult granddaughers and having them spend one last summer at 'Sea Breeze' and the hold she still has them is endearing but yet powerful.

The Summer Wind is a great summer read but also it's a 'anytime' kind of read. Enjoy it, embrace it and.......I guarantee you will anxiously be awaiting for Book #3.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x898cc3e4) out of 5 stars Could have been much better....not her best. 7 July 2014
By P. Hayworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a loyal reader of every Mary Alice Monroe book, I feel compelled to say I was disappointed in this one. Several repetative over-used phrases (self-deprecating) were pretty annoying. Also one major bone to pick was a statement within the book (SPOILER AHEAD) when a character was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer it was stated it was a 'death sentence'. For cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment, this was not only innacurate by was very inconsiderate. How that got by the editor, I will never know.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba67ea0) out of 5 stars Fantastic Summer Read 10 July 2014
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This second book in this series is Dora’s story, but it also is Carson’s, Harper’s and Lucille’s story. Mamaw is the character who pulls it all together. Dora, long-time faithful wife, who has always put everyone’s needs before her own, faces a difficult divorce and a soon to be ex who is indifferent about everyone and thing except getting his money’s worth for the sale of their historic house, must help others learn to cope with her autistic son, rekindles her relationship with her sisters, and finally confronts a former lover and a relationship that may really have never ended years ago. The sisters are together for the first time in a long time, and their Mamaw’s goal is to reignite their once close relationship. A lot of things happen in this story over the course of a few summer weeks. I was a little bit amazed the author could cram so much into a novel that really wasn’t all that long and not bore the reader to tears or confuse the reader with details. Instead, the storyline flows along smoothly and nicely. Though there were a couple of sexual events described in the story, this is really great, heartwarming story of three sisters and how they come together and the two women, Mamaw and Lucille, who works for Mamaw and lives at the Sea Breeze house, make this happen. I became fully involved in the lives of the sisters from the very beginning of the story and was kind of sad when I reached the last page, since I had to leave my new-found family behind while I wait for the next installment. I cannot think of character or anything I did not like in the book. I think anyone familiar with the author’s other books would enjoy this as well as anyone who enjoys curling up with a great book. I am just glad I got to read it because of NetGalley.

y great, heartwarming story of three sisters and how they come together and the two women, Mamaw and Lucille, who works for Mamaw and lives at the Sea Breeze house, make this happen. I became fully involved in the lives of the sisters from the very beginning of the story and was kind of sad when I reached the last page, since I had to leave my new-found family behind while I wait for the next installment. I cannot think of character or anything I did not like in the book. I think anyone familiar with the author’s other books would enjoy this as well as anyone who enjoys curling up with a great book. I am just glad I got to read it because of NetGalley.
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