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Mary Alice Monroe

New York Times Bestselling Author

The Summer Wind

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Series: Lowcountry Summer Series #2
Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 978-1476709017

 
Synopsis

The Summer Wind is the second book in Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer Series, following the New York Times bestselling The Summer Girls. This nationally bestselling series is a poignant and heartwarming story of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to help them rediscover their southern roots and family bonds.

It’s midsummer and Eudora, nicknamed Dora, is staying at Sea Breeze, the family’s ancestral home on Sullivan’s Island. For years, Dora has played the role of the perfect wife and mother in a loveless marriage. Now her husband filed for divorce, her child is diagnosed with autism, and her house is on the market. Dora’s facade collapses under the weight of her grief and she suffers “broken heart syndrome.” Mamaw and the girls rally around Dora—but it’s up to Dora to heal herself as she spends the summer prowling the beach, discovering the secrets of the island and her heart. This is a summer of discovery for all the women of Sea Breeze. Carson returns from Florida to face life-changing decisions, Lucille confronts a health scare, and an unexpected visitor has Harper reconsidering her life’s direction.

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Praise

“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 rare enchantment. Next, Monroe’s brain assembles a plot that moves the characters from one amazing event to another. Then from Monroe’s heart comes the passion for 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

“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

"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

"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

"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

"The Summer Wind makes for an excellent beach read this summer."
The Literary Housewife


Excerpt

Chapter One

Sea Breeze, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

July was said to be the hottest month of the year in Charleston, and after enduring eighty Southern summers, Marietta Muir, or Mamaw, as her family affectionately called her, readily agreed. She delicately dabbed at her upper lip and forehead with her handkerchief, then waved to shoo off a pesky mosquito. Southern summers meant heat, humidity, and bugs. But being out on Sullivan’s Island, sitting in the shade of a live oak tree, sipping iced tea, and waiting for the occasional offshore breeze was, for her, the very definition of summer. She sighed heavily. The ancient oak spread its mighty limbs so far and wide, Marietta felt cradled in its protective embrace. Still, the air was especially languid this morning, so thick and cloyingly scented with jasmine that it was a battle to keep her eyelids from drooping. A gust of wind from the ocean carried the sweet scent of the grass and cooled the moist hairs along her neck.

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