Beach House Reunion

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Series: The Beach House Series #5
Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 978-1501193293


Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family’s enduring love.

Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Everything is comfortingly the same, yet each detail is rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future.

Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn’t know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt’s beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original “turtle lady,” Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition.

In this heartwarming novel, three generations of the Rutledge family gather together to find the strength, love, and commitment to break destructive family patterns and to forge new bonds that will endure long beyond one summer reunion.

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BEACH HOUSE REUNION named one of Good Housekeeping Magazine's "Best New Books for Summer 2018"


“Readers clamoring for more of Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House series will be enthralled with this latest illuminating chapter in the storm tossed lives of the Rutledge Clan. Authentic, generous and heartfelt!”
-Mary Kay Andrews, NYT Bestselling Author of The High Tide Club


“This atmospheric novel depicts a lush sanctuary that draws in the needy and provides heartwarming inspiration.”
Library Journal, STARRED review


"Monroe returns with her fifth book in the Beach House series, and once again she doesn't fail to impress. Monroe's writing keeps it fresh, and every novel is like being transported to the beach house for the very first time. It's a beautiful novel and a fantastic read that is perfect for the start of summer."
—RT Book Reviews


"Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Mary Kay Andrews will adore this tender and openhearted novel of familial expectations, new boundaries, and the power of forgiveness."
—Stephanie Turza, Booklist


"Mary Alice Monroe delivers a beach read as refreshing as a day on the Isle of Palms shore in South Carolina."
Raleigh News & Observer


"Monroe's trademark mix of environmental awareness, coastal nostalgia and gentle wish fulfillment should be catnip for the hoards of recreational readers who've made her a New York Times best-seller."
Wilmington Star-News


Chapter One

In the spring, mature loggerhead females steadfastly swim thousands of miles through the Atlantic to nest in the region of their birth. The females repeat this journey every two to three years.

ALL ROADS LEAD home. That thought mingled with the soothing sound of Debussy as Cara descended from the majestic highlands of Tennessee toward the sultry lowcountry of South Carolina. Her brand-new red station wagon wound its way past racing rivers and creeks that flowed south to the ocean, past billboards advertising fireworks, fruit stands, deserted gas stations, and tumbledown antiques shops. Signs of spring—yellow jasmine blooms against lush greens—dotted the countryside. From time to time a flock of birds would fill the sky, and she would crane her neck to watch them migrating north. A short laugh escaped her lips. We are all heading home to nest, Cara thought.