This is a follow up to "The Beach House." Toy Sooner, after the death of the woman who took her in and taught her all about sea turtles, remains on the Isle of Palms with her young daughter where she begins a new career and a new relationship. While I liked this story, I found it dragging on at times and didn't think it was as good as The Beach House. Still, if you are a Mary Alice Monroe fan, then you will probably like this book as well.
The sequel to the Beach House. One of my favorite writers. It's set in the Carolina Lowcountry on the Isle of Palms. A young woman finds she has many friends after a rocky teenage. Believable characters and situations.
If you read Beach House this is the next read. But you don't have to read them in order. This is a darling read, about Turtle lady, Toy Sooner and the challenges she has faced. She is the single mother who left an abusive relationship, to raise her young daughter. She has found meaning working at an aquarium, but she is not sure she is ready for the challenges of starting a new turtle hospital, or a new relationship with her boss. As the summer progresses and the turtles take their steps towards healing ans freedom, Toy must find her own strength. Excellent book.
This is a continuing story from the first book, "The Beach House"....and it flows beautifully as the characters face loss, hard decisions, and coming to terms with the past. The ongoing story about the sea turtles is facinating and beautiful.
I read SWIMMING LESSONS this month with my online book club, The Reading Cove. Wish I could say I enjoyed it, but sadly, I cannot.
The first half of the story was akin to a sleeping pill for most of us. If you have no interest in sea turtles and loggerheads, it'll probably be hard to keep turning the pages. The main character, Toy (I'll get to the ridiculous names in a minute), works as a South Carolina aquarist and loves them. The story opens with her finding a near-dead turtle and proceeding to nurse it back to life with a poorly written parallel to her own growth as a single mom.
The narrative had an old-fashioned 1980s tone and did nothing to spark an interest in the subject-matter for me at all. I finished only for book club.
The other thing that kept me from getting into it more were the corny and obvious tropes of the names. We never really know why the main character is called 'Toy' and her daughter is ever so cutely called 'Little Lovie' after a 'Miss Lovie' who passed away.
The last half of the story picked up the pace and became a little more interesting, but not much. The romance was two-dimensional, the tension non-existent.
Unless you're really into aquatic life or sea turtles in general, I recommend skipping this and reading Mary Alice Monroe's SWEETGRASS or THE BOOK CLUB instead. C-.