Beach House for Rent, Praise

“Reading this novel feels like a long, luxurious trip to the beach. Mary Alice Monroe writes gorgeously, with authority and tenderness, about the natural world and its power to inspire, transport, and to heal. Readers will love this story of two unforgettable women–one reeling from an unexpected tragedy, the other drawn into a daring and passionate new love.”
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs 

“Readers interested in environmental fiction highlighting endangered birds, turtles, and lands will delight in this latest novel featuring women who need the healing power of nature.”
-Library Journal, starred review

“…a skilled storyteller who never lets her readers down…she makes Isle of Palms come enticingly alive, calling all readers to this garden of paradise which is just ripe for a visit. Mary Alice Monroe creates characters that you wish/hope could be real people so that they could become your friends. And you feel if you could visit the Lowcountry they would be there waiting.”
-Jackie K Cooper, The Huffington Post

“Mary Alice Monroe understands that a house is never just a house. As we revisit The Beach House we are immersed in the heartbeat and pulse of her South Carolina Lowcountry as never before. Monroe’s singular ability to blend the natural world with the emotional world allows for a gorgeous novel, wondrously both bittersweet and also life-affirming. The story reveals its secrets with shorebirds and human hearts at the center of its graceful axis. No one else tells an insightful and powerful story quite like Mary Alice Monroe—and in BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT, you won’t be able to stop reading –for even that glass of sweet tea.”
New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry 

“BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT is a story woven with passion for the diversity of shorebirds and seabirds that live on South Carolina beaches. From brown pelicans that nest on the outer edges of our coast to red knots stopping to feed on their way to artic breeding grounds, Monroe’s thoroughly researched information about these bird’s behaviors and conservation status will inspire any reader to share the beach with the feathered creatures that make the ocean’s edge their home.”
-Felicia Sanders, South Carolina Shorebird Coordinator (SCDNR)

“Beach House for Rent is choice property.”
-Ben Steelman, Wilmington’s Star News

“Now here is a true beach read … Monroe’s novel will keep readers moving on the next chapter.”
-Faye Dasen, features editor, The Pilot Newspaper

“It is a wholesome, uplifting novel that demonstrates the emotional strength that love can give, and reminds us of the kindness we can share with others. It’s easy to see what this author holds close to her heart. She begs us to take better care of our wildlife, especially along our shores. She teaches us about brown pelicans, red knots and sea turtles, and she schools us on the correlation between the shore bird population and ocean health … prepare yourself for a masterpiece of imagery.”
-Brian Favretto, Manasquan Life Magazine