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The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1)
The Beach House - Beach House, Bk 1
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers 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 ow...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781551668994
ISBN-10: 1551668998
Publication Date: 5/1/2002
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 233 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I was a little sceptical but needed a break from my suspense thrillers and picked it up. It ended up being one that I'd wished was longer!
ShareBear avatar reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 159 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
If you have heard the old cliche that you can never go home again, this story proves that sometimes you can. Caretta Rutledge and her mother never saw eye to eye and she left home at age 18. At the age of 40 she loses her job. Her mom writes her a letter asking her to come home for a visit to the family beach house in South Carolina. While there she and her mom begin getting to know each other. Can people change? A very emotional story that you have to read!!! Awewome!!!
Callaway avatar reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Very enjoyable book. This is not my normal genre of books, but the story line was very intriguing. It was definately worth it to branch out to this type of novel. It was very moving and reminded me that situations aren't always what they appear to be. We can never take things at face value.

I highly recommend this book, to mothers and daughters alike.
reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
EXCELLENT!!!
After reading Monroe's The Four Season's & The Beach House, I'm hooked!
reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 140 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was such a wonderful book about finding your way back home. I cried in the end as I knew I would.
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smileen avatar reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 194 more book reviews
A very nice beach story. High pressure job behind her, Cara returns home for the summer to the beach. Her mother is the turtle lady overseeing nests of loggerhead turtle eggs over the summer.Family issues unsolved her whole life become clear, plus there's a cute guy!
Bama-Booklover avatar reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on + 136 more book reviews
Rating 4 out of 5 stars. I'll grab any book with a beach in the story and give it a whirl. In this story, Cara returns to her home in the lowcountry where she learns to be a "turtle lady" and mends her relationship with her estranged Mother and renews old acquaintances. The author uses the rhythm of the turtles life as a symbol of the rhythm or changes in our lifes. This was a very interesting story for me.
emeraldfire avatar reviewed The Beach House (Beach House, Bk 1) on
Caretta Rutlege had thought that by moving to Chicago at age eighteen, she had effectively left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind her. Over the past two decades, Cara had created a comfortable life for herself, as well as a successful career that kept her busy. The status of polite truce that currently exists between herself and her mother has worked well for them both - and she sees no reason why that should change.

But an unusual request from her mother - coming just as her own life is spinning out of control - has Cara questioning the years of self-imposed estrangement. So now, she is heading back to the Isle of Palms - 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.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very well-written story, with an engaging plot and sympathetic characters. In my opinion, my reading pace was slower with this book - much slower than with some books that I've read recently.

It certainly had nothing to do with this particular book, overall the story was still very interesting - I just think that I was slightly distracted while reading. I give this book a definite A! and will certainly be reading more from this author in the future.

I've read two previous books by different authors relatively recently - both dealing with sea turtles as an element of the plots. Some readers may find learning so much about sea turtles very informative, but for me, I may have just learned too much, too fast. As a result, I went into 'Sea Turtle Information Overload'!
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loved this book


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