It’s time to share! Today’s featured book is The Summer Girls, by Mary Alice Monroe, Book I of a trilogy.
Intro: (Sea Breeze, Sullivan’s Island, SC)
April 5, 2012
My darling granddaughters—Dora, Carson, and Harper,
Greetings, my precious girls! On May 26 I celebrate my eightieth birthday—can you believe I’m so ancient? Will you come home to Sea Breeze and your old mamaw and help me celebrate? We will do it proper with a lowcountry boil, Lucille’s biscuits, and most of all, each other.
My dears, like an overripe peach, I’m past my prime. My mind remains sharp and my health is good, considering. Yet, with an eye to the future, I’ve decided to move to a retirement community, and it’s time to sort through all that I’ve managed to clutter my house with all these years.
(I love stories about decluttering, as there is usually some hidden treasure somewhere).
Teaser: (Carson) Never, not even as a little girl, had she hesitated to leap into the salt water, as eager as any other creature of the sea that had been on land too long. The ocean, the Atlantic especially, was her motherland. (p. 49).
Blurb: From New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe, the heartwarming first installment in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, a poignant series following three half-sisters and their grandmother.
Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house.
In this enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe captures the complex relationships between Dora, Carson, and Harper, three half-sisters scattered across the country—and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds.
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 heartwarming 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.
Would you keep reading? I know I am already hooked.