2. The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
Out 1st July, 2014
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"The Summer Wind" is the second book in Monroe's Lowcountry Summer trilogy, following the "New York Times" bestselling "The Summer Girls." This series is a poignant and heartwarming story of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to help them rediscover their southern roots and family bonds. It's midsummer and Eudora, nicknamed Dora, is staying at Sea Breeze, the family's ancestral home on Sullivan's Island. For years, Dora has played the role of the perfect wife and mother in a loveless marriage. Now her husband filed for divorce, her child is diagnosed with autism, and her house is on the market. Dora's facade collapses under the weight of her grief and she suffers "broken heart syndrome." Mamaw and the girls rally around Dora--but it's up to Dora to heal herself as she spends the summer prowling the beach, discovering the secrets of the island and her heart. This is a summer of discovery for all the women of Sea Breeze. Carson returns from Florida to face life-changing decisions, Lucille confronts a health scare, and an unexpected visitor has Harper reconsidering her life's direction. When tropical storm winds batter the island, the women must band together and weather the tempest--both the one outside their windows and the raging sea of emotions within each of them. They must learn again what it means to be a sister. It is up to Mamaw to keep the light burning at Sea Breeze to guide the girls through the lies, the threats, and the rocky waters of
indecision to home.
indecision to home.
I've read a couple of Mary Alice Monroe books before and have really enjoyed them. Before reading The Summer Wind I took time to read The Summer Girls as I hat starting with books in the middle of a series and I am glad that I did as I worry the story might not have been as clear if I hadn't. I loved this booked even more that The Summer Girls probably because I already had a connection with the characters and I am now eager to read the last in the trilogy to see how it ends up for everyone at Sea Breeze. I loved the location of this book and so want to visit the area on the US road trip I have planned for 2016 and it was great to see Monroe bringing back characters that I had met in the Beach House trilogy. I also just love the cover - who wouldn't want to be chilling out on that beach, cocktail in hand, reading a book.