Title: The Beach House
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Blurb: Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her troubled family behind. But an unusual request from her mother — just as her own life is spinning out of control — has Cara heading back to the scenic island of her childhood. Before long, the rhythm of the island opens her heart, as she repairs the family beach house. But it’s 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.
My Thoughts: THE BEACH HOUSE is definitely a ‘summer beach read,’ for me that does NOT mean lying on a beach – loathe lying on the beach – instead it means a book that engages me, but is not too heavy in the subject matter but not complete fluff either, and is a quick and entertaining read. Cara left the family home at 18 to escape her abusive father and she has never returned and resented her mother who she always thought cared more about protecting the turtles than on protecting herself and her children from abuse. Now Lovie is dying and wants Cara to help with the Turtles for one last season. Cara has a good life for herself – she put herself through school, has a condo with a lake view and has a high powered job. Well, she HAD a high powered job – she has just lost it and been betrayed by her boyfriend. Cara promises to give her mother one last summer. Throw into the mix a pregnant teen mother called Toy, a brother in denial and a whole heap of friends and you get a rich mix of drama, pathos, comedy and love. There are beautifully written scenery and scene descriptions, and the inevitable end is done very sensitively. Both Cara and Toy have important decisions to make that will affect the rest of their lives, secrets are revealed, ruffled feathers soothed, and there is the start of a new life followed by the end of an old life and there is, of course, love.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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