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The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Girls

by Mary Alice Monroe

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What a satisfying summer read! This is the first book in a trilogy that follows the lives of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who lives in the costal South Carolina island, Sullivan Island. All of the girls have been drawn back to their grandmother's house for the summer after long periods of time living their separate lives. The girls come together and need to learn how to love one another again. The costal location of the book plays a role in all of their lives as they re-connect to a long forgotten love of the place. This has all of the beach you could want, so much so that a dolphin plays a major role in the plotline. The author even goes so far as to adding facts about dolphins at the end of the book! The story of the sisters really draws the reader in and makes you want to read the next book to see how each of their lives unfold. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
I dearly love when an author so gently weaves a location into the story that it becomes a character in its own right. Mary Alice Monroe never fails to disappoint me, I am utterly transported. This is a story of three step-sisters that have lost touch, all at various stages in their lives, called back to their grandmothers home to spend one last summer during her 80th birthday celebration. It is the first in a series. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Beach House, Mary Kay Andrews, or Nancy Thayer. ( )
  CMDH5 | May 3, 2017 |
The first book in a trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe, Summer Girls shares the stories of three girls, sisters with the same father. The girls, Dora, Carson, and Harper return to Sullivan's Island where they spent summers in their youth with their paternal grandmother, Mamaw, or Marietta Muir. This first installment focuses mostly on Carson and her struggle with coming to grips with her past. The ending clearly leaves the reader unsatisfied and wanting to where the story will next lead for all three women and their grandmother. ( )
  Dmtcer | May 4, 2016 |
A spoiled and worthless mama's boy begets three daughters with three different women and names each daughter after a Southern writer: Dora for Eudora Welty, Carson for Carson McCullers, and Harper for Harper Lee. Parker, the drunken womanizer has passed to greener pastures, and his 3 daughters convene in Sullivan's Island for the summer at the request at Mamaw, their grandmother. Dora presents a picture of a Southern matron who loves hearth and home, Carson darts from location to location, and Harper illustrates a quiet mouse. The story recites many old and worn platitudes about breeding and good manners, and throws out lectures on the importance of conservation and marine life. Carson monopolizes the novel, and becomes a little too “in your face”. Many of the episodes fell flat, in my mind, and to think that two more books must be endured in this jaunt into Sullivan’s Island. ( )
  delphimo | Mar 20, 2016 |
Good Lowcountry book. I've got to get to this part of the world!!! ( )
  nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this trilogy set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the author captures the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country, and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds. Set amid ancient live oaks and palmettos, overlooking the water, historic Sea Breeze is Marietta Muir's ancestral summer home. Her granddaughters once adored vacations there, but it has been years since they have visited. Mamaw fears once she is gone, the family bonds will fray. The Muir family is one of Charleston's oldest and the blood of their pirate captain ancestor runs strong, so Marietta drops a subtle promise of loot, pearl necklaces, priceless antique furniture, even the house, to lure her "summer girls" back to the lowcountry. For years, Carson Muir has drifted, never really settling, certain only that a life without the ocean is a life half lived. Adrift and penniless in California, Carson is the first to return to Sea Breeze, wondering where things went wrong, until the sea she loves brings her a minor miracle. Her astonishing bond with a dolphin helps Carson renew her relationships with her sisters and face the haunting memories of her ill-fated father. As the rhythms of the island open her heart, Carson begins to imagine the next steps toward her future. In this novel, three sisters discover the true treasures Sea Breeze offers as surprising truths are revealed, mistakes forgiven, and precious connections made that will endure long beyond one summer.… (more)

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