Summer Beach Reads

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by Lindsay Gifford

Summer is always the best time of year to dive into a trilogy and best selling author Mary Alice Monroe has touched the hearts of readers, once again, with her heartwarming third entry of her Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. She take readers on a journey to Sullivan's island, showing off our picturesque Lowcountry and charming way of life. Grab all three books for wonderful insight into Mamaw's summer girls—Dora, Carson and Harper—and explore their individual lives and their ever-changing plans for the future as summer comes to a close. Be careful, you may not be able to put the books down!

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The Summer Girls

The Summer Girls, the first book in an enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, S.C., captures the complex relationships between three adult 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’s been years since they’ve visited. Mamaw fears that 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 Mamaw drops a subtle promise of loot—pearl necklaces, priceless antique furniture, even the house—to lure her “summer girls” back to
the Lowcountry.

“A fabulous book, with all the requisite twists and turns, as sisters are reunited for a last summer at The Sea Breeze. The Summer Girls will have you grinning ear to ear, then shedding a tear and leaves you begging for book two!”

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The Summer Wind

Bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe draws readers back to the unspoiled beauty and unhurried pace of the Carolina Lowcountry for this charming second story in an emotional trilogy about sisterhood, second chances and lifelong bonds.

Dora’s world is crumbling in the sultry July heat. Raised to believe that following the rules prescribed for Southern belles would assure the expected lifestyle, Dora is instead facing divorce, and her soon-to-be ex has no interest in their autistic son. Dora begins to rediscover the shining confidence of her youth, a brilliance that her first love—Devlin Cassell—has never forgotten. There are other changes blowing in with the summer wind, however, and the women of Sullivan’s Island must hold tight and face them together.

"The Summer Wind takes you through a journey with Dora as she finds her real self among the sandy shores. With lots of laughs, Mary Alice Monroe immerses you in the immense beauty of Sullivan's Island and leaves you falling in love with the family!"

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The Summer's End

It is summer’s end and Sea Breeze, the family’s beloved estate on Sullivan’s Island, must be sold. It is an emotional time of transition as Mamaw and the three sisters must face loss and find a new place in the world.

Harper, the youngest sister, arrived at Sea Breeze intending to stay only a weekend, but a rift with her wealthy, influential mother left her without direction or a home. During this remarkable summer, free from her mother’s tyranny and with the help of her half sisters, Harper discovered her talents and independent spirit.

But summer is ending, and the fate of Sea Breeze hinges on Harper’s courage to decide the course of her own life. To do so, she must release her insecurities, recognize her newfound strengths, and must accept love fully into her life. 

The Summer's End has the power to pull at your heartstrings as the summer girls suffer through tragedy and celebrate their newfound appreciation for family and, most of all, sisterhood. Follow Harper through her struggle with family dynamics and triumph of finally planning her own future."

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