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The Summer Girls (1) Paperback – June 25, 2013
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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
“In the bestselling tradition of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Mary Alice Monroe skillfully weaves together issues of class, women’s rights, and domestic abuse set in the tumultuous South during the 1970s. . . . Beautifully wrought, and rich with keen insight . . . an unforgettable tale of marriage, resilience, and one woman’s private strength.” ― Bookreporter
“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
“Monroe brings authenticity and a sense of wonder to the plight of the endangered sea turtles and their miraculous capacity for survival.” ― Publishers Weekly
“Monroe utilizes her signature combination of informative storytelling wrapped in the relatable sagas of her protagonists.” ― Charleston City Paper
“An exquisite, many-layered novel of an unsolved mystery, an obsession, a reconciliation, and a little romance.... Treats readers to lush descriptions of nature." ― Booklist
"An author of power and depth." ― RT Reviews
About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476709009
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476709000
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1.1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Gallery Books; Original edition (June 25, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #168,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mary Alice acquaints you with her characters in such a way that you feel you know them and would recognize them if you met them on the street. Her stories draw you in with her themes. I especially enjoy the wildlife and lowcountry conservation themes that are informative and interesting. Makes me want to see the lowcountry!
Great summer read!
This book had a lot of potential, but really left me disappointed. I loved the descriptions of the Lowcountry beach culture and natural world, but found the characters unlikable and the plot half-baked.
In particular, I really disliked the manipulative grandmother and the harsh, judgmental love interest. Really? As the book ended, one of the sisters is still trying to earn her way back into his good graces, and he's disapproving of her from start to finish. I didn't find that healthy or romantic at all. The storyline with the dolphin is silly and far-fetched...and I say that as a dolphin lover. None of the sisters had any sort of connection by the end of the book, and there was no resolution after the awful scene between the aunt and the autistic nephew either, it all felt like setup to suck the reader into buying the rest of the series.
Mamaw is approaching her 80th birthday. She decides to use this special event as an opportunity to bring her three granddaughters together in order to strengthen their familial bonds. They are stepsisters; they share a father, but each have a different mother. Mamaw convinces them to come to Sea Breeze, her home on Sullivan's Island, for her birthday. All three are at a difficult time in their lives. Carson has lost her job. Dora's husband left her, unable to accept her devotion to their autistic son. Harper has realized her employer-mother is treating her more like a servant than a daughter. Strengthening their sisterly family relationships will be difficult.
Carson is befriended by a dolphin - and by Blake, a NOAA dolphin expert. Their growing attraction for each other leads the reader through many interesting facts about dolphins and the need to protect them from human interaction as much as possible.
I like the way the dolphin information and Carson and Blake's romance are blended. As with her turtle series, Ms Monroe makes both interesting.
ocean. I was so there with these gals. I bought the second book as soon as I finished this one because
I wanted to follow the girls and their lives further.
The three half sisters come together for the summer to their grandmothers beach house at her request to
celebrate her birthday. Her mission is to help the girls who are now grown, reestablish the bond they had
when they were kids and spent summers at her beach house. The girls have all gone their seperate ways
and have lost touch with each other over the years. Their lives are completely different from one another and there are issues that arise and tense moments, but also some tender moments where they start to reconnect..loved it.
The reason I didn't give it five stars? There was one part in the book where I thought the girls went completely
out of character. They got greedy and selfish over inheritance from their grandmother. If that hadn't been part
of the story I would give it five stars. It just seemed so out of character from the way the author portrayed the girls
in the beginning.
I would recommend this book to anyone though that wants a good read...this is one for sure.
One of the sisters brings her autistic child with her for the summer and much of the book revolves around him, one of his aunts, and a dolphin. Together the summer girls begin to enjoy the island as broken fences begin to mend. It is truly a beautiful and touching story that I would highly recommend!
Top reviews from other countries
Very well written as all her books are. The dolphin was my favourite character and even made me cry. The history of the 3 sisters was so diverse and sad at times. Mamau was wise and so very good at trying to hold the family intact.