REVIEW: THE SUMMER GIRLS, BY MARY ALICE MONROE

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With engaging prose that captured me from the opening lines, The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer Book 1) takes the reader on a voyage of discovery. A special wish and invitation from an aging grandmother brings three half-sisters to the lowcountry in South Carolina, and to a beach house that was a wonderful part of their childhoods.

Dora (Eudora), Carson, and Harper, all named after Southern authors by their wannabe-author-father, Parker, have been separated from one another by their life circumstances, and only brought together occasionally at Sea Breeze, their grandmother’s summer home.

Marietta Muir is an intriguing, eighty-year-old character who is used to getting what she wants. And what she especially wants is for her granddaughters, her only living heirs (her son died years before) to cement the bonds they once had together.

She lures them in with promises…and then divulges some secrets.

Carson’s life is in a shambles, her TV series canceled and her money gone. Dora’s husband Calhoun left her when he could no longer handle their autistic son. And Harper has been under her controlling mother’s thumb for too long.

Will the reunion summer on Sullivan’s Island be the answer for each of them? Will they find that special something that will turn their lives around? And how does the presence of a unique dolphin in the cove help Carson find the ability to connect?

A delightful beginning to a trilogy that I am looking forward to, this novel earned 5 stars.

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10 thoughts on “REVIEW: THE SUMMER GIRLS, BY MARY ALICE MONROE

  1. I want to read this one soon. Now that all three are out, it might be a good winter read. Yes, I know. Should be for the beach, but I’ve been reading ‘cold setting’ books this summer and the flipside is ‘beach or warm setting’ books for winter. Makes sense right? And I’ve loved other books by Mary Alice Monroe. I think the first one of her I read was called The Book Club. Loved it.

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  2. Just finished the trilogy. I loved Delphine in this book, what I liked more is that all their stories carry on in each book, it really is one that has to be read in order. So happy to see you enjoyed it so much.

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    • Me, too, Mary; even though I have never been to the Lowcountry, with all of my favorite authors taking me there, I can almost believe I have been. Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and I already have the second one on my Kindle.

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