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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Alice Monroe Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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It's been five years since the original turtle lady, old Miss Lovie Rutledge, passed away, but her legacy lives on with some special women, especially Toy and her daughter, young Little Lovie.

Toy Sooner kept her graveside vow to her beloved mentor. She left behind an abusive, dysfunctional lifestyle to become a strong single mother and aquarist at the South Carolina Aquarium. But success has taken its toll, leaving Toy fearful of change and risks.

Caretta Rutledge, Florence Prescott and Emmaline Baker have all experienced loss. This summer, with each other's friendship and support, they will try to make their dreams a reality.

The turtle season begins the day Toy rescues a sick sea turtle on the beach. When Toy brings the loggerhead to the aquarium, she begins a turtle hospital with the help of her boss, Ethan. As the summer progresses and the sea turtles take their measured steps toward healing and freedom Toy, Cara, Flo and Emmi must find their own strength to face their fears and move courageously toward their futures.

Mary Alice Monroe delivers another deeply satisfying novel written with an eye to nature and keen insights into the connections between women. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandie | 2/15/2014

    " It was the first book of Mary's I have read and I love turtles! It was great and I'm glad I won her new one I Can't wait read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Bradley | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this summer beach read. I always love books about SC and the loggerhead turtles made the story more interesting. I am looking forward to reading more of the author's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 2/8/2014

    " Love this story! Another excellent book from Mary Alice Monroe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AM | 2/6/2014

    " better than The Beach house that is follows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale Harcombe | 2/5/2014

    " Three and a half stars. I enjoyed this as I have the Mary Alice Monroe books I have read, and I liked discovering more of Toy Sooner's story I first met her in The Beach House.I enjoyed seeing her develop, though at times I found her decisions like with Darryl inexplicable.It is obvious a lot of research had gone into the turtles and their habits. However though I enjoyed this story, at times I found the amount of turtle detail overwhelmed the characters and story a bit. While I enjoyed it and read it though quickly, I didn't find it quite as captivating as I did Skyward and The Buttefly's Daughter. Maybe I'm not that into turtles? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/24/2014

    " Sequel to the beach house, continuing from one character's point of view. Immediately read this after the Beach House. Wonderful book, you really want to root for the main character's success, love interest and career as biologist. What a success story for a young female character who had an abusive boyfriend in book I and was estranged from her irresponsible parents. Loved this book and looking to read many more of Monroe's books. This is about the power of female friendships and the turns life can take. Buy The Beach House and this one together because it will leave you wanting for more, I would like to see a third book with these lovable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BC | 1/17/2014

    " I thought it was a very interesting story. I learned so much about sea turtles. But the main story kept me reading to see what was going to happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Mcdonald | 12/27/2013

    " This is the second in a series. Still enjoying the series and I am getting ready to read the third installment. The third book is Beach House Memories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth B | 12/7/2013

    " Easy, mindless read. Pleasant to the point of almost annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Readstoomuch | 12/7/2013

    " Almost finished and have really loved this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/29/2013

    " Picks up on characters in The Beach House. A drama that leaves little to the imagination, but I'm okay with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 11/22/2013

    " I wasn't as impressed with SL as I was The Beach House. However, you're visiting old friends with Toy and her daughter, little Olivia. The book has transitioned several years so it was interesting to see what became of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/22/2013

    " A nice follow up to The Beach House. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Dahl | 11/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this sequel to The Beach House. This book also focuses on relationships. The setting for the book is the South Carolina coast (Charleston) and weaves in interesting information about the loggerhead turtle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 10/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this and The Beach House so much, I bought Turtle Summer for my seven-year-old granddaughter for Christmas. Her family vacations on Topsail Island, NC and alway go to the turtle rescue center while they are there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie Scheirman | 10/12/2013

    " This is the sequel of Beach House, so it was interesting to find out what has happened to the characters. Toy has certainly grown, and her "Turtle Life" was interesting. Loved the Isle of Palms setting! Hope there is another sequel so we can keep up with the Turtle Ladies and Toy's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Houston Fields | 9/3/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I learned so much in the process about the turtles and the devoted caretakeers of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 7/26/2013

    " Very different and an interesting plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/17/2013

    " classic mary alice...makes me want to move to the low country!!! This is a sequel to the beach house "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jo | 9/9/2012

    " Another great book by Mary Alice Monroe. It is a sequel to Beach House. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/5/2012

    " Great follow-up to The Beach House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/18/2012

    " This book was the continuation of the Beach House and once again loved the characters and the topics covered in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/28/2012

    " It was a great read. As a continuation of The Beach House, it brought closure to beloved characters from the first book. I love how Mary Alice Munroe teaches you something about nature while she spins a tale of strong female characters who meet life's challenges with strength and courage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/28/2011

    " This book, I thought was great!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Lee | 5/3/2011

    " My favorite book. This and the beach house are fantasticly written. You get so involved with the cheaters I love these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chery | 11/17/2010

    " Just a fun beach read. She is the only series author of easy reads that I like. About the loggerhead turtles of South Carolina and a continuing story of Beach House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lisson | 8/23/2010

    " daughter goes home to stay with mom after losing her job. mom lives in cottage on lake and is dying from cancer. she is the turtle lady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Gerard | 6/22/2010

    " I also enjoyed this one as it is a continuation of The Beach House. The focus on the turtles is about rehabbing those found injured. It also finishes up some story lines from The Beach House. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/4/2010

    " This book was the second part to the Beach House and just as good!! LOVED IT!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela | 4/3/2010

    " Too boring--stopped reading after a few chapters. Sick sea turtles kind of made me nauseous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindy | 9/18/2009

    " The next generation of turtle lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 3/1/2009

    " I read Beach House and Swimming Lessons back to back. By the end of the two books, I really wanted to go visit Charleston and see the sea turtle center. Both books make a great summer beach read. "

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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.