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Beach house reunion
2018
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Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family's enduring love.

Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Everything is comfortingly the same, yet each detail is rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future.

Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn't know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt's beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original "turtle lady," Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition.

In this heartwarming novel, three generations of the Rutledge family gather together to find the strength, love, and commitment to break destructive family patterns and to forge new bonds that will endure long beyond one summer reunion.
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Cara Rutledge adores the beach house her family has owned for decades on South Carolina's idyllic Isle of Palms, not just as a summer getaway but also, now, as her full-time residence. She knows it's the perfect place to focus on being a mother to her adopted infant daughter, Hope. Cara's niece Linnea has also returned to the Isle of Palms after graduating from college. She loves the slower pace of island life, but her job hunt isn't going nearly as well as her overbearing father would like. As Cara and Linnea contemplate their futures, they find a true community on the island. Focusing on the tradition-bound Rutledges, Monroe's newest novel in the Beach House series (following Beach House for Rent, 2017) brings back many of her beloved characters. Monroe's commitment to wildlife conservation is a common thread throughout the series, evident in the generations who have served on the island's turtle team and form the backbone of the community. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Mary Kay Andrews will adore this tender and openhearted novel of familial expectations, new boundaries, and the power of forgiveness.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist
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