Description form the publishers through Netgalley:
New York Times
bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.
When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Fordham for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted.
It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds—and the man who rescues them—begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.
And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible.
Many years ago, I read the first book in the Beach House series. I remember really enjoying it. I don’t know why I didn’t continue on with the series as they came out, but when I saw this new one, I thought I would see if I could catch up without reading the other books in the series that I missed.
This is the 4th book in the series but I didn’t feel lost at all. I read it as if I didn’t know some of the characters and that was ok. Cara and Heather are two women from different backgrounds who are searching for peace in their lives. This beach house, owned by Cara, is the place where their lives come together.
It was a nice, contemporary story for the summer. I was able to feel what the characters were going through and cheer them on along the way. As I was reading this, I wanted to be in a beach house and experience a slow down of life.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.