On Ocean Boulevard

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Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 978-1982146948



The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Beach House series in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.

Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. “Authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.

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Book Praise

"I start my summer season with the enchanting novels of Mary Alice Monroe.  I'm a devoted fan of her magical depictions of the lowcountry and the charms of her characters."
--New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand


"It is an absolute must-read for anyone who cares about the environment, especially the coastal areas of our low country. Filled with our favorite characters, it examines so many important current issues, all set in a wonderful romance novel. It may be one of the most important books this year on climate change, beach erosion, plastics in the ocean, and many others."
--Maria L. Montgomery, www.GrumpyBookReviewer.com


"Authentic, generous, and heartfelt!"
--New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews


"Monroe know show to weave a tale...She creates vibrant characters [who] live and love in the paradise-like world of the South Carolina low country. It is a magical place in many ways, especially in the words with which Monroe describes it."   
  --Huffington Post