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Monroe, Mary Alice

Works: 141 works in 868 publications in 12 languages and 40,977 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Fishing stories  Road fiction  Diary fiction  Christmas stories  Juvenile works  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Classifications: PS3563.O529, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Mary Alice Monroe
Most widely held works by Mary Alice Monroe
Time is a river by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While recovering from breast cancer in a remote cabin in North Carolina, Mia Landan finds the journal of Kate Watkins, a 1920s fly fisher, and, inspired by Kate's example, learns to fish and uncovers many secrets around her
Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

42 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sweetgrass is a historical 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. Bulldozers are leveling surrounding properties, and the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together
The butterfly's daughter by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Russian and held by 1,976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the migrating monarchs across the United States to Mexico, Luz Avila arrives in San Antonio to find her aunt and meets her mother, who she had always believed dead. Now Luz must face her mother's reappearance in her life and get her grandmother's ashes to Mexico for the Day of the Dead
The summer's end by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 each 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 and recognize her newfound strengths. She must accept love fully into her life--the love of Mamaw, Carson, and Dora, the love of Sea Breeze and the lowcountry, and most of all, the love of a Wounded Warrior who has claimed her heart"--
The beach house by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

51 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caretta Rutledge returns to repair the family beach house on the Isle of Palms as she tries to rebuild her life and her family relationships
Beach house for rent by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it's a win-win by any standard: Cara's generating income necessary to keep her husband Brett's ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, a young artist who's been given a commission to paint shorebirds for postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted. It isn't long, however, before both women's idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds - and the man who rescues them - begin to draw Heather out of the shell she's cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara's life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amid life's storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart, they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other. And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so that by summer's end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible. -- from dust jacket
Swimming lessons by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

32 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toy Sooner, a single mother and marine biologist opening a turtle rehab facility with the help of a director at the South Carolina Aquarium, must find a way to deal with the return of her daughter's vindictive father, who has just been released from prison
Beach house memories by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this tale that explores the themes of class, women's rights and domestic abuse in the 1970s American South, the author returns to her classic Southern setting in the Isle of Palms with the sequel to her novel The Beach House. She weaves together issues of class, women's rights, and domestic abuse set in the tumultuous South during the 1970s as she tells the story of Olivia, "Lovie" Rutledge, the mother from The Beach House. As Lovie sits on the porch of her charming beach house and looks out over the ocean, the old woman reflects on the difficult choices she made in many years earlier, during the summer that changed her life. In 1974, at thirty-nine years old, Lovie hosts a formal dinner party for her unappreciative husband in their lovely home in a neighborhood of privilege in Charleston. The following morning she takes her two children to a nearby barrier island where her family has a modest beach cottage. Behind closed doors, and exhausted from keeping up appearances, her husband's infidelity and his withering, disdainful looks, she can only find solace and happiness at the beach. But when a handsome biologist arrives to research the status of nesting turtles, a project that is Lovie's passion, she finds herself falling in love over the course of the summer, with devastating consequences. This novel is a tale of marriage, resilience, and one woman's private strength
The summer girls by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

29 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this trilogy set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the author captures the complex relationships between three 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 has been years since they have visited. Mamaw fears 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 Marietta drops a subtle promise of loot, pearl necklaces, priceless antique furniture, even the house, to lure her "summer girls" back to the lowcountry. 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 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
The summer wind by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This heartwarming women's fiction series from beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe centers on Marietta Colson Muir, a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan's Island called Conquest, and her three granddaughters Carson, Eudora, and Harper. It's summer once again on idyllic Sullivan's Island, but Eudora, or Dora as she's affectionately called by her family, is feeling anything but perfect. With a perpetually withdrawn son and an impending divorce, the pressure is just too much to handle, and Dora cracks, suffering what the doctors are calling 'Broken Heart' syndrome. Mamaw, Lucille, Harper, and Carson all rally around Dora to support her and nurse her back to health--however, it seems Dora isn't the only one falling apart this summer. Between Lucille's health scare and an unexpected surprise that has Carson reconsidering her life's direction, it looks like all the women of Sullivan's Island could use some TLC. When Sullivan's is hit with a tropical storm, it will be up to the three sisters to band together and weather the tempest together--both the one outside their windows, and the raging sea of emotions within each one of them"--
A Lowcountry wedding by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding--or two!--in Charleston's fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset ... Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed."--
Beach house reunion by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 1,701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At Cara Rutledge's home on Isle of Palms, everything is comfortingly the same, yet rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future. Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn't know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt's beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original "turtle lady," Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition
The book club by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

43 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For five women whose lives are in transition, their regular book club meeting provides them a place of comfort, support, and sanctuary
Skyward by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

E.R. nurse Ellas Majors accepts a temporary position as caregiver to Marion Henderson, a 5-year-old who suffers from juvenile diabetes. Her father, Harris, is seemingly better at rehabilitating birds-of-prey at his South Carolina sanctuary than dealing with his daughter. As things start to happen, healing those whose hearts are injured, a troubled mother's unexpected return will test the fragile bonds of trust and new love
Last light over Carolina by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every woman in the lowcountry knows the unspoken fear that clutches the heart every time her man sets out to sea. Now that fear has become a terrible reality for Carolina Morrison. Her husband, shrimp boat captain Bud Morrison, the only man she's ever loved, is lost and alone somewhere in the vast Atlantic fishing grounds, with a storm gathering and last light falling.--From publisher's description
The four seasons by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

36 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the emotions of the past reverberate into the present, the Season sisters, Jillian, Beatrice, and Rose, attend their younger sister's funeral and begin a cross-country journey in search of a stranger who has the power to mend their shattered lives
A lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. A poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series. As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it's the worst Christmas ever. His father's shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can't afford the dog he desperately wants. "Your brother's return from war is our family's gift," his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor's service dog arrives--a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father's axe, determined to get his family the tree they can't afford, he takes the dog for company--but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas"--
One good mama bone : a novel by Bren McClain( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer's quest to find her "mama bone" after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls "Sister." When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah's fear that her mother's words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy: "You ain't got you one good mama bone in you, girl."
The long road home by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Her husband's suicide left Nora MacKenzie alone, and his shady Wall Street dealings left the Manhattan socialite penniless. By a miracle she's held on to their mountainside farm--and she'll keep holding on, no matter what. The property is Nora's one chance to wring some dignity out of the sham she's been living. The Vermont locals think she's a city girl on a nature kick, but she's not afraid to get her hands dirty. Nora's serious about learning the farming business ... if she can figure out where to begin. Against the locals' skepticism, she has only one ally: Charles 'C.W.' Walker. C.W. is hardworking, gentle with the animals and a patient teacher of the hundreds of chores Nora needs to learn. Slowly she starts to believe she'll survive in her new life, even flourish. She might even be willing to open her heart again. But she won't return to a life of lies ... and the truth about C.W. may be more than Nora's fragile heart can bear."--Page 4 of cover
Turtle summer : a journal for my daughter by Mary Alice Monroe( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mother's journal of a summer spent with her daughter on an island among loggerhead turtles
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Time is a river
SweetgrassThe butterfly's daughterThe beach houseSwimming lessonsThe summer girlsThe book clubSkywardLast light over Carolina
Alternative Names

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