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The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer) Paperback – June 17, 2014
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"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)
"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)
"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
"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)
"A consummate storyteller." (The Best Reviews)
"A master storyteller." (Southeastern Charm magazine)
"A strong, warm voice that brings the South to life." (Powell's Book Review)
"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)
"Monroe makes her characters so believable, the reader can almost hear them breathing." (Booklist)
"Mary Alice Monroe has become one of the premier voices contemporary women's fiction today. Her lyrical, emotional, and gripping stories make for superb reading experiences." (RT Book Reviews)
"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)
"Mary Alice Monroe writes from her heart to the hearts of her readers." (Charleston Post & Courier)
"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)
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, The Book Club, and Beach House for Rent. 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.
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Mamaw (Marietta Muir) is firm in her support, albeit still planning to sell the summer estate.
Dora is in the midst of settling the divorce issues and helping little Nate with his grief over the dolphin’s injuries earlier in the summer. A health crisis causes big changes in how she faces her life.
Carson is instrumental in helping her nephew heal, by taking him to Florida to the treatment center where children and injured dolphins heal together. But her own unexpected life change leads to moments of facing her fears.
Harper plants a garden and deals with her own issues. Secretly she writes on her computer, but shares nothing with the girls or her grandmother.
Like the summer winds that come along toward the end of the story, with a big storm that resembles their own challenges, the three women will move a little closer to their own resolutions.
I enjoyed The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer Book 2) and reconnecting with the characters. The support and advice of Mamaw and their old maid Lillian felt like the kind of true strength offered by a close family. I also loved how the author painted a picture of the lowcountry, making me feel as if I were right there with them. The story concluded without an “end” to the conflicts and challenges, but a feeling of moving in that direction. There were sad moments, but also a stronger bond between the women. I am looking forward to the final book in the trilogy. 4.5 stars.
First, let me say that I am an intense fan of Mary Alice Monroe, have read everything she has written, and look forward to every book. I felt that the first in the series was a tad slow, but this one enlarged upon the characters, gave us something to hold on to, and as always with Monroe's books, made us care about a wild species, in this case, dolphins.
We first met Delphine the wild dolphin, a viable character in her own right, in "The Summer Girls." Spoiler Alert if you have not read this one: Delphine meets with a possibly fatal accident due to the carelessness of humans. Enough said. In THIS book, there is quite a lot of information about dolphin conservation and care, and I ate it up. It was secondary to the plot, but melded in beautifully, just like Monroe has melded in her stories of wild turtle conservation in so many of her previous books.
Yes, Monroe has an agenda, and that is the preservation of the Low Country's creatures, beaches, environment, and charm. And yes, she preaches her message, but unlike other authors of the same ilk, she draws the reader in without lecturing or badgering. Maybe that's because she always weaves her tales around such interesting people, and this book is no exception. The main characters, five women in different stages of their lives with different problems and agendas and yet bound together by family, are well drawn and totally believable. Each has to solve a problem on her own, some very serious life-altering problems--but each has the love of the others to keep her strong.
This book left me very anxious to read the last in the trilogy. I hope it appears soon!