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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Alice Monroe Narrator: Mary Alice Monroe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781441852724
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Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings listeners a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.

Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her own life is spinning out of control—has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons—true love involves sacrifice, family is forever, and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

“Mary Alice Monroe is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me.…” —Pat Conroy

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  • “With each new book, Mary Alice Monroe continues to cement her growing reputation as an author of power and depth. The Beach House is filled with the agony of past mistakes, present pain and hope for a brighter future.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 2/11/2014

    " Another book taking place on a beach. Good story though the outcome was predictable I enjoyed it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I became involved with the story of the different characters, intertwined with the story of the turtles. A lovely heartwarming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andie Lipcon | 2/7/2014

    " Fell in Love with this book!... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Ayers | 2/2/2014

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/28/2014

    " A great snapshot of the Isle of Palms and the delicate balance between development and preserving nature. After several years, this story of strong women was worth this second read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Fopiano | 1/26/2014

    " Great book!!!! Learned things about the life of sea turtles. Very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 1/26/2014

    " Don't put off telling your loved ones how much they mean to you and spending time with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/21/2014

    " Loved this book. No only was it a great read, it taught me a lot about sea turtes that I wouldn't have known or even thought about. I can't wait to get Swimming that looks to be a continuation of the characters, whom I fell in love with. "

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

    " After losing her high-powered advertising job in Chicago, Caretta Rutledge grudgingly returns to her low-country home at her mother's behest. Cara has long resented her mother, who focused her maternal efforts more on looking after the annual loggerhead turtle spawn than on protecting herself and her children from their abusive father. But when Cara learns that her mother is ill, she must lay her bitterness aside and try to make amends. Cara starts by restoring her mother's small beach house and joining the same turtle brigade she resented while growing up. In the process, she reconnects with an old friend and finds love in the arms of a local boat owner and naturalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corky | 1/15/2014

    " much faster than Tipperary....OK it is a typical mom dying, long lost daughter returns home to the South from the big city and all ends well but - it's easy reading and good and sweet.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 1/13/2014

    " Great low country novel--love and death, relationships, environmental issues--something for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Mcdonald | 1/6/2014

    " This is a great low country book. I love books about SC. This is the first in a series of three. Looking forward to reading the other two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Rudman | 12/27/2013

    " Aside from caring about her characters, I always learn something. A great low=country author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Ray | 12/24/2013

    " Enjoyed this story and all the characters. Loved the lowcountry setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/1/2013

    " It was a fun little book to read - characters were believeable. Liked the way she opened each chapter with a fact about loggerheads and then used that info as a metaphor for the character's lives. Especially enjoyed the setting -- Charleston - one of my favorite places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 10/15/2013

    " Easy read. Really liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 10/11/2013

    " My most favorite book ever! Read it and you'll want to become a turtle lady, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/8/2013

    " The 4th book of hers I've read. Enjoyable. A 40 year old reconciles with her mother who is dying of cancer. Set on the barrier islands outside of Charleston, South Carolina. They also work to save nesting sea turtles. It makes you want to get involved with conservation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne Coldwater | 9/11/2013

    " Couldn't put this book down from page 1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/15/2013

    " A nice beach read, simple and satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/25/2013

    " This book was excellent! I love all books that are set in the low country!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derla | 9/26/2012

    " This is a book that really kept my interest. I'll read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 9/12/2012

    " I loved this book from the very start. It's a great mother-daughter story and the author subtly weaves an engrossing 'back story' into the book, the sea turtles. Very enjoyable book, probably more so to me because I'm familiar with the area. The sequel to The Beach House is Swimming Lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 6/11/2012

    " These books are my favorites of the summer so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 4/11/2012

    " Good chick lit. Nice story of mom and daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Mitchell | 1/5/2012

    " Wonderful, Heart warming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 12/12/2011

    " A great end of summer read. I liked how the story was told over time, with pieces coming together towards the end. There was also a sweet love story for the main character, but it wasn't over the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 10/20/2011

    " A sweet but not sappy story of a mother and daughter and far more than a chick lit romance. I enjoy her books and the way she writes. I particularly like the South Carolina setting and the nature aspect found in many of her works. In this book, it's loggerhead turtles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temptingat40 | 8/6/2011

    " slow to get into story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Trudeau | 3/12/2011

    " Realy 4.5 Stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bevvy | 11/10/2010

    " Really nice summer reading book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 6/28/2010

    " Really loved this book, was expecting a simple 'beach' read but it was so much more! "

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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.