Mary Alice Monroe: Beach House Memories Beach House #3



Y a book written by an author who has become an xpert on the subject by research and actual hands on O Colégio de Todos os Segredos experience There is great joyveident throughout the telling of the tale of the Loggerheads although in many ways the book is actually uite sad I feel good for Lovie overall as she took a stand against Stratton and that he abided her wishes when reconciling their marriage I can relate to her in that we as women most often have to give up a part of who we really are when we become someone s wife someone s Mother someone s daughter someone s something or otherour true selves get placed on the back burner for many years and we are often not March Violets (Bernie Gunther, even aware that this has happened until something or someone like Russell Bennett comes along and there is a new dawning within us I loved this story and already have plans to pass it on to my twin sister who like me is a Loggerhead lover She can t wait to read it Three and a half stars I couldn t help but bring this home from the library as the cover reminded me very much of my favourite beach near where I live in Australia Plus I like Mary Alice Munroe s books This is the third story I have read featuring Lovie Rutledge The Turtle Lady and Injoyed finding out Zoete tranen exactly what happened to Lovie in 1974 When visiting biologist Russell Bennett appears on the Isle of Palms Lovie is prepared to dislike him thinking he does not have the interests of the island and her beloved sea turtles at heart That changes once she gets to know him A difficult marriage with Stratton whoxpects Lovie to be the perfect Southern wife raising a perfectly behaved and ladylike daughter and at the same time turn a blind Water Music eye to his absences and affairs takes its toll on Lovie But that is nothing to what happens when she finds herself falling involve with Russell and considering divorceI was interested in the way relationships developed in the story though it did remind me a little of Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks I found the story interesting when it moved away from feeding me information about the turtles and onto the relationships Maybe three books about turtles were too many for this person Still a verynjoyable story and worth reading Mary Alice Monroe has outdone herself again I re read The Beach House before reading this pre uel that was published ten years later to refresh my memory of the characters I think this novel was Revived even better The characters are believable likable and recognizable to those of us luckynough to live in South Carolina The coast is a special place and true to herself Mary Alice Student Research Projects in Calculus encourages her readers to respect the wildlife in our state You can genuinely feel Lovie s relief when shescapes her schoolyear schedule to play with her children and friends at the beach fo Third book completed in May CleanSweepARC ChallengeThis will not be the first time I ve mentioned how much I love the Lowcountry It will certainly not be the last it s one of my favorite southern fictional settings Monroe s love for the Lowcountry is also vident in her stories This time she has combined her passion for the beautiful coastal islands and the preservation of loggerhead sea turtles and their hatchlings Mary Alice tells two stories here really one of Olivia Rutledge a woman trying to make a difference in her beloved beach community who s trying to hold on to her family love and memories Second and what I found most interesting a story that revolves around preserving the nests of sea turtles and protecting the defenseless hatchlings from destruction development and predators In the nd Olivia is not much different from the mother sea turtle Both get their strength from the sea and return year after year to a beach home that s in their blood As always Monroe deliversE galley courtesy of xoxoafterdarkcom. To a passionate profound love forcing Lovie to face an agonizing decision Stratton’s influence is far reaching and if she dares to dream beyond a summer affair she risks losing her reputation her wealth Love for Imperfect Things even her childrenThismotional tale of a strong woman torn between duty and desire between tradition and change is an mpowering journey through the seasons of self discovery Until this autumn this time of winds and tides of holding on and letting go.

Beach House Memorieswhat a phenomenal book to follow Beach House and Swimming Lessons My heart soared and broke right along with Lovie I adored her character after the first two books but to find out her storyWow It is an amazing journey of heartache love loss devotion and friendshipGrowing up and still going to the beach very summer I ve always loved the ocean and all it s marvelous creatures However after reading Beach House and Swimming Lessons my love for sea turtles grew Beach House Memories shines so much light on Lovie s devotion to them Not only is it a great read it s inspiring as well like so many of Mary Alice s books I ncourage anyone who has read this book to get involved with the fforts to protect the sea turtles If you re not lucky Language and Linguistics enough to live near the beach or be part of a turtle team you can help by inspiring othersducating them sharing your love of sea turtles and these books or adpoting a sea turtle There are many links on Mary Alice s website to guide you Coincidentally the year I met Mary Alice at a bookstore in Emerald Isle I saw my first turtle nest hatch It is one of my personal favorite beach house memories Thank you Mary Alice Monroe for another wonderful story I can t wait for your next oneIf you loved this book for the turtles check out The Butterfly s Daughter Mary Alice will have you planting milk weed butterfly bushes butterfly perennials and researching them in no time Enjoy Lovie Olivia has spent her grown life being the perfect wife homemaker and best mother she could be Her husband shows little appreciation for what Lovie does for This was an amazing book I m so lucky I won it on Goodreads Set in South Carolina Beach House Memories is a wonderful blend of romance nature and women s issues Lovie the main character is a young mother of two with a passion for sea turtles Some of her struggles are uniue to the time period such as the Divertimento expectation that women should stay at home with the children But the importance of raising children while trying to maintain some sense of individualism remains the same today I think women will always have different challenges than men simply because the ties to our children are different I have only been to South Carolina as a child so I don t remember a lot but after reading this book I would love to visit The description of both the beach town and Charleston are so vivid andnticing As an animal lover it would be a thrill beyond belief to see a mama turtle climb up the beach to lay Love Is a Fairy Tale eggs or see the hatchlings return to the ocean This book is a must read and I ll be passing it along to friends and family so they cannjoy it also I will also be checking out books by Mary Alice Monroe Spoilers for those who have not read Beach House 1 and Swimming Lessons otherwise known as Beach House 2I ultimately felt bored and slightly letdown by the third book in the series I honestly considered just passing it up since I am not a fan of reading about affairs in romance novels Between that and how Lovie honestly seemed to ignore her two kids for her romance I wasn t feeling the plot at all And when Monroe showed how and why Lovie Promise at Dawn ended up staying in her marriage I maybe went bah So Beach House Memories has a present day setting with Lovie and her daughter Caretta Cara who are at the beach house Lovie knows she has cancer and her days with her daughter are numbered From there Monroe has her reliving her memories from 1974 when she had an affair with a biologist who was in South Carolina reporting on the turtle nests there So for me I found Lovie to be a weak character We are shown as readers that she realizes her husband is cheating on her Taking her mother in law s advice to ignore it who does that sheventually realizes she is sick of her husband and her living Autumn brings haunting beauty to the sun soaked dunes on Isle of Palms where Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage As the seasons change Lovie remembers one special summerIn 1974 America is changing but Charleston remains ternally the same When Lovie married aristocratic well connected businessman Stratton Rutledge she turned over her fortune and fate to his control But she refused to relinuish one thing her family’s old.

Ifferent lives She is hoping that their annual summer trip to the beach house that was left to her will bring them closer togetherReaders already know that this is a lost cause based on book 1 in the series So for me I was just beyond bored to read about things We get to see how Lovie s mother didn t really care to help her And we see how the long standing family housekeeper was there to support the children and Lovie And we get to see the man we have heard about for so long Stratton Rutledge who seems ven meaner and less appealing than possible Lovie and her relationship with Russell Bennett was boring I didn t see any chemistry but read a lot of justification for why she was doing what she was doing The hypocrisy of the whole thing after she rails at her husband for cheating on her just made me roll my Bangkok Wakes to Rain eyesThings got worse for me as we get to read about characters we have known and loved who in this younger setting are warning Lovie about the trouble she could be bringing upon herselfI honestly didn t get why Lovie stayed after anxplosive incident We had heard about things from the other books but this book was long justification that didn t fitOther characters are not developed that well as I said already We get younger versions of Cara and her brother And most of the book we don t really get to see Lovie mothering her kids She gets obsessed with spending time with Russell and that s all she wrote The house and the beach don t have the same appeal as they did in the first and later booksThe writing was up and down I thought that Lovie sounded ridiculous at times This book takes place in 1974 and characters were running around saying how disgusting they found bra burning and women s liberation Didn t that all happen in the late 1960s through the 1970s I know that the bra burning incident that most people talk about is the one at the Miss America s Pageant in 1968 For Lovie to act surprised by things that are going on in the US makes me think she had her head in the sand and never read a paperThe flow was awful I was happy to get to the The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery end There were no surprises there though Monroe interjects some magical realism that honestly didn t fit what came before Mary Alice Monroe s descriptions of the life of Lovie Rutledge intertwined with the beloved sea turtles keeps you captivated throughout thentire novel Lovie was one of my favorite characters in The Beach House I was very Darkmere excited that Mrs Monroe decided to tell her story Once I started reading it was very hard to put down Mary Alice Monroe s follow up to The Beach House takes readers back to Olivia s younger days and gives the heartbreaking romance between Olivia and the true love of her life Russell Bennett After getting bits of their tale in the first installment I had to get the details Torn between duty and her hearts desire this journey is verymotional and at times the despair is palpable Love heartache loss friendship courage and Olivia s passion to help preserve the loggerhead turtles all make this an absorbing read I have such mixed Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? emotions after reading Lovie s story I loved learning about the Loggerhead Turtle Project Howxciting to witness the miraculous journey of the Mother Loggerhead as well as the babies back to the sea They have to overcome such adversity and dangers just to survive It is my sincerest hope that the Loggerhead Turtle Project is still functioning and that many lives are saved as a result I wish we had Loggerheads on the West Coast I too am a beach girl having grown up on California s Central Coast Many days during my youth were spent running the beaches with my sisters Such glorious carefree days It is again uite obvious that Ms Monroe does her homework The research that went into writing BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES is immense I truly Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den enjo. Seaside cottage Precious summers with her children on the barrier island are Lovie’s refuge from socialxpectations and her overbearing husband’s philandering Here she is the “Turtle Lady” tending the loggerhead turtles that lay their ggs in the warm night sand and then slip back into the seaThen in the summer of ‘74 biologist Russell Bennett visits to research the loggerheads Their shared interest brings them together and soon it blooms in.

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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels including On Ocean Boulevard which is the sixth installment of the Beach House seriesMore than 75 million copies of her books have been published worldwide and she’s earned numerous accolades and awards including Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinct