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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Alice Monroe Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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Sweetgrass is a historic tract of land in South Carolina that has been home to the Blakely family for eight generations. But Sweetgrass - named for the indigenous grass that grows in the area - is in trouble. Taxes are skyrocketing. Bulldozers are leveling the surrounding properties. And the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together.

In this poignant novel of hope, acceptance and the powerful gift of forgiveness, Mary Alice Monroe paints an intimate portrait of a family that must learn to unravel old patterns and weave together a new future.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 2/19/2014

    " One of my favorite Mary Alice Monroe books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Lee | 2/7/2014

    " A bit hard to get into at first but overall a good read with lots of emotion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Fauth | 2/7/2014

    " This was such a great book. It is about a couple generations of a family and their homestead, Sweetgrass. This author is new to me and I will be reading more of her. She creates quite a visual! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/31/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book-loved the characters and all the southern charms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Goodwin | 1/27/2014

    " Love books set in my beloved Carolina counrtyside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie Reeves | 1/23/2014

    " Good story. Family leader has a stroke and his wife is thrust into the role of primary caregiver. About to lose their farm, she makes some tough decisions and brings up the past that everyone wants to forget. Quick read of family, friendship, betrayal, and healing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Arthurs | 1/21/2014

    " I read this book because a co-worker gave it to me because she knows I'm a reader. I didn't care for it only because I'm a literature snob, and this book didn't do anything original. The characters weren't original, the story wasn't original, and the writing was full of cliches. There was no real growth or character development. Still, I read the whole thing to see what would happen next, so it wasn't a bad book. It's like the difference between watching Two and Half Men and Breaking Bad. It's not that Two and a Half Men is horrible, only that Breaking Bad is sooooo much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/20/2014

    " The value of family, values & traditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 1/20/2014

    " After finishing this book I was intrigued enough to search the internet for information on baskets made of sweetgrass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/25/2013

    " More like 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed the story, but it wrapped a little too prettily even for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 12/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I have read many by this author and like her style. This is a story that includes romance, family relationships and conservation methods to prevent urban sprawl. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2013

    " Quick read but predictable. A little grandiose w/ the metaphors. Entertaining enough, but I probably wouldn't read another book by this author, despite my intense fixation with South Carolina, LOL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona Drozek | 11/30/2013

    " A surprisingly excellent read...especially if you southern stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/29/2013

    " Mary Alice Monroe is another one of my favorite authors. I havent found a book that she has written that I havent liked. This is a beautiful story about a son who returns home after his father has a stroke. Great family story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/25/2013

    " Interesting but not a must read. Learned a little about birds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/24/2013

    " This was a very nice family drama book. It also made me want to travel to coastal South Carolina. Sounds beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret McCullough | 11/24/2013

    " What a good book!! Great story about family relationships. Caught myself getting teary eyed a few times. Very touching story. And, I do love my books set in the south for some reason... could it be because that's where I live?? :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/19/2013

    " Good beach read, somewhere among the plantation and land/dysfunctionable family/TheHelp. Easy reading, somewhat predictable, but a good all around read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Grissom | 7/10/2013

    " Sweetgrass is a very good read. Mary Alice Monroe is a great lowcountry author and writes a compelling book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bj Travis Thomas | 7/5/2013

    " Nice easy read. Like the Low Country locale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 12/10/2012

    " My mother lent me this book and I was reluctant to start it, but glad I did. It's what I'd call a summer, beach read...and set on the coast of So. Carolina...I'd recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellenmrphy | 9/14/2012

    " Really good beach read-takes place in South Carolina-and not a bad family story. Plot follows a family struggling to maintain their homestead as their strained relationships are repaired or torn asunder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/4/2012

    " Another fine story about generations of a family by a very good writer. Not great literature, but enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/4/2012

    " Again, another winner, I love her books, I love her characters, the stories, I also love when the story comes together in the... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/23/2012

    " A fun beach read so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen Gembolis | 2/4/2012

    " Good family novel. Some story lines were too predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynn Mccarthy | 1/29/2012

    " This book left me wanting to move to South Carolina and weave baskets. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/20/2011

    " Love this book. Once again Mary Alice Monroe has brought her characters to life and entertained me for hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystyn | 11/25/2011

    " In the end, a good story, however it took me a good 150 pages to really get into the story and want to finish it. Just seemed like the first half moved really slow and then picked up half way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rebecca | 10/12/2011

    " beautiful story about multiple generations of family. bittersweet. i also appreciated the environmental message throughout the book about needing to preserve the land next to the coast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid Abell | 7/14/2011

    " Another low country favorite. Well written. Loaned to me by my mom; thanks Sam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie Scheirman | 4/24/2011

    " WOW!! This was one of the best books I have read. Loved the Mount Pleasant area setting, but most of all the story of Mary Jane and her family and family home as well as her relationship with family members and Nora. I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/10/2011

    " Loving the setting - low country. Interesting characters, good story development and a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willi | 3/2/2011

    " The old south and its memories where the land was an important part of family and heritage.Wonderful read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/25/2011

    " Two-dimensional characters. Really corny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/24/2011

    " Another fine story about generations of a family by a very good writer. Not great literature, but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 2/7/2011

    " So, why is it that my very favorite genera always involves simple plot lines, the South, family roots, romance, and drama? No idea, but I keep finding myself reading books like these in the winter.

    And they're like candy!
    Yum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chery | 1/5/2011

    " Time for an easy beach read - and she is the one I like for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/9/2010

    " Sweet story and a mystery to boot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/4/2010

    " Wonderful. Haven't read anything by Mary Monroe that I didn't enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/30/2010

    " Interesting but not a must read. Learned a little about birds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid | 8/28/2010

    " Another low country favorite. Well written. Loaned to me by my mom; thanks Sam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sdowning | 8/22/2010

    " very entertaining. This is one of her best!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenine | 8/1/2010

    " i could see this turning into a movie. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the author of nearly two dozen novels, several nonfiction titles, and award-winning children’s books. Her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She has served on the faculty of numerous writer’s conferences and retreats and is a featured speaker at events, both literary and conservation. Her books have achieved several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today, and are sold worldwide. She has been awarded the SC Center for the Book Award for Fiction, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, the Career Achievement Award for mainstream fiction by RT Book Reviews, and the South Carolina Book Festival Literary Excellence Award.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.