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The Beach House
The Beach House
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 own li...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781551668994
ISBN-10: 1551668998
Publication Date: 5/1/2002
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 229 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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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!
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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!!!
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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.
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Helpful Score: 3
Nice, heartwarming story, but a bit contrived and the symbolism with the loggerheads made me think Monroe was trying too hard to warrant a comparison to Pat Conroy. It took me more than 100 pages to really get into this story, but I stuck with it because it was recommended and, ultimately, I'm glad I did. Cara, the lead character, bothered me, but when her attitude begins to change (and a man enters her life), I really got into it.
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Helpful Score: 3
After reading Monroe's The Four Season's & The Beach House, I'm hooked!
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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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This was a bit of a slow start and a pretty predictable ending, but I did really enjoy the story. Cara comes home to find that her mother is sick and she spends the summer at the beach with her. They both learn about each other and it helps to heal their realtionship.

I loved reading about the turtles, that was an excellant side story in the book.

Great summer read.
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Had never heard of the author when I read this book. Thought it was great and it made me want to read other books she has written.