A Lowcountry Wedding Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

A Lowcountry Wedding


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501125447

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A Lowcountry Wedding Excerpt :

Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s fourth novel in the “distinct, complex, and endearing” (Charleston Magazine) Lowcountry Summer series, set against the romantic, charming Carolina lowcountry. Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in storied Sullivan’s Island. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a sand dune at sunset… it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper, and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Wedding dresses are picked, venues booked, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson loves Blake, but struggles with giving up her independence. Harper questions if a prenuptial agreement will help or hurt the future of her marriage, and a newly unfettered Dora is uncertain whether she really wants to walk down the aisle again. Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upset even the most carefully laid-out wedding plans. With the weddings mere weeks away, the invitations sent out, and the family in tumult, Mamaw and her Summer Girls discover the enduring and powerful bonds of family, and realize that, no matter how different each bride might be, she can still have her perfect wedding.

A Lowcountry Wedding Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

A Lowcountry Wedding


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-04-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501125454

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A Lowcountry Wedding Excerpt :

Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s fourth novel in the “distinct, complex, and endearing” (Charleston Magazine) Lowcountry Summer series, set against the romantic, charming Carolina lowcountry. Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in storied Sullivan’s Island. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a sand dune at sunset… it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper, and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Wedding dresses are picked, venues booked, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson loves Blake, but struggles with giving up her independence. Harper questions if a prenuptial agreement will help or hurt the future of her marriage, and a newly unfettered Dora is uncertain whether she really wants to walk down the aisle again. Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upset even the most carefully laid-out wedding plans. With the weddings mere weeks away, the invitations sent out, and the family in tumult, Mamaw and her Summer Girls discover the enduring and powerful bonds of family, and realize that, no matter how different each bride might be, she can still have her perfect wedding.

A Lowcountry Bride Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

A Lowcountry Bride


  • Author : Preslaysa Williams
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-06-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780063040304

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A Lowcountry Bride Excerpt :

"I absolutely adore this book...love story begins slow—like a delicious lowcountry boil—but heats up to the perfect ending." --Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of The Black Midnight A heartwarming Avon debut of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Maya Jackson has worked for a renowned New York City bridal gown brand for years and dreams of becoming Head Designer. She has the talent, she just needs a chance to showcase her unique style. Due to an illness, she’s always prioritized her career over her personal life until Maya’s father fractures his hip and she returns to Charleston, SC. While home for only a few months, she’s thrilled to find an opportunity at the local bridal gown boutique, never expecting sparks to fly with its owner... A military veteran and widowed father, Derek Sullivan hopes to save Always a Bride from bankruptcy in order to preserve the legacy of his family. He also wants to reconnect with his estranged, twelve-year-old daughter, who is still recovering from the loss of her mother. The last thing he needs is a relationship with a beautiful, smart, complicated woman who will be leaving soon. When Derek begins to fall for the lovely Maya, he knows there’s no future. But destiny has its own plans, and these two lonely people with big hearts discover that coming home to love is the best gift life can give.

The Summer Girls Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

The Summer Girls


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-05-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476758831

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The Summer Girls Excerpt :

Summoned by their grandmother to a historic family home on Sullivan's Island, estranged sisters Carson, Eudora, and Harper share a summer of healing and forgiveness while exploring the tenacious complexities of sisterhood and friendship.

One Year Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

One Year


  • Author : Mary McDonough
  • Publisher : Kensington Books
  • Release Date : 2015-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780758293503

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One Year Excerpt :

“A warm, heartfelt novel about what it means to belong to a family. You won't want to put it down.” --Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of A Lowcountry Wedding In a heartfelt story set in a picturesque small town in Virginia, Mary McDonough portrays three generations of women in a modern Irish-American family as they navigate marriage, motherhood, and independence. . . The Fitzgibbons--especially the women--have long been the backbone of Oliver's Well, Virginia. Matriarch Mary Bernadette is still striking and tireless at seventy-five, with a generous heart that belies her sometimes sharp tongue. Her husband, Paddy, owns the local landscaping business, daughter Grace is a nun, and son Pat and his wife Megan are successful lawyers. Her grandson, PJ, and his new wife, Alexis, live in a charming cottage behind the main house. Church, family, tradition, and the local historical society--everything Mary Bernadette cherishes is here. Yet below the surface, there are fractures. Megan sees the strained relationship between her husband and Mary Bernadette, who has never quite recovered from the loss of her first-born son. Megan, too, is torn between gaining her mother-in-law's approval and living life on her own terms. Alexis loves PJ deeply yet chafes against his grandmother's influence in their marriage. But when a looming scandal brings unexpected tragedy, the Fitzgibbons are compelled to determine the depth of their loyalty, find their strength--and repair the bonds that have held a town, and a family, together for so long. "A heartfelt, charming story." --Library Journal

Lowcountry Summer Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

Lowcountry Summer


  • Author : Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061999499

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Lowcountry Summer Excerpt :

“Frank…writes with genuine adoration for and authority on the South Carolina Lowcountry from which she sprang….[Her] stuff is never escapist fluff—it’s the real deal.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution Return to Tall Pines in the long-awaited sequel to Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved bestseller Plantation. Lowcountry Summer is the story of the changing anatomy of a family after the loss of its matriarch, sparkling with the inimitable Dot Frank’s warmth and humor. The much-beloved New York Times bestselling author follows the recent success of Return to Sullivans Island, Bulls Island, and Land of Mango Sunsets with a tale rich in atmosphere and unforgettable scenes of Southern life, once again placing her at the dais, alongside Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Wells, Pat Conroy, and other masters of contemporary Southern fiction.

On Ocean Boulevard Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

On Ocean Boulevard


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982147006

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On Ocean Boulevard Excerpt :

"New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Beach House series with this novel about one family's summer of new beginnings in old places"--

Beach House Reunion Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

Beach House Reunion


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Pocket Books
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982123628

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Beach House Reunion Excerpt :

The New York Times bestselling author and “skilled storyteller who never lets her readers down” (Huffington Post) returns to her beloved Beach House series with this “authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author) tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family’s enduring love. Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Comforting in its familiarity, it is still rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara let go of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new career and love. Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate with an uncertain future, 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 free to join the turtle team, learn to surf, and fall 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 tender and openhearted novel of familial expectations, new boundaries, and the power of forgiveness” (Booklist), 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.

The Summer of Lost and Found Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

The Summer of Lost and Found


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982148362

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The Summer of Lost and Found Excerpt :

A timely, tender, and compassionate tale of perseverance, love, and the bonds of family in the face of tremendous and sometimes painful upheaval in this latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Beach House series. The coming of spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, this spring is a season of challenge. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores, and her family’s finances, emotions, and health teeter on the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders—is it possible to love two men at the same time? Love in the time of COVID-19 proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea learns there are more meaningful lessons during this summer than opportunities lost: that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own backyards. Poignant and moving, The Summer of Lost and Found is “a novel of growing up, saying goodbye to the past, and learning to ask yourself the hard questions, including one of the most vital of all: ‘Who do you really want to be’” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author).

The Islanders Book

The Islanders


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781534427297

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The Islanders Excerpt :

An instant New York Times bestseller!​ “Storytelling for young readers at its finest—equal parts summer adventure and environmental suspense…[a] love letter to family, friendship, and the natural world.” —Kwame Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The Crossover From New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe comes a beautiful story of friendship, loss, and the healing power of nature in her first book for middle grade readers. Eleven-year-old Jake’s life has just turned upside-down. His father was wounded in Afghanistan, and his mother is going to leave to care for him. That means Jake’s spending the summer on tiny Dewees Island with his grandmother. The island is a nature sanctuary—no cars or paved roads, no stores or restaurants. To make matters worse, Jake’s grandmother doesn’t believe in cable or the internet. Which means Jake has no cell phone, no video games...and no friends. This is going to be the worst summer ever! He’s barely on the island before he befriends two other kids—Macon, another “summer kid,” and Lovie, a know-it-all who lives there and shows both Jake and Macon the ropes of life on the island. All three are struggling with their own family issues and they quickly bond, going on adventures all over Dewees Island. Until one misadventure on an abandoned boat leads to community service. Their punishment? Mandatory duty on the Island Turtle Team. The kids must do a daily dawn patrol of the beach on the hunt for loggerhead sea turtle tracks. When a turtle nest is threatened by coyotes, the three friends must find a way to protect it. Can they save the turtle nest from predators? Can Jake’s growing love for the island and its inhabitants (be they two-legged, four-legged, feathered, or finned) help to heal his father?

The Beach House Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

The Beach House


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Release Date : 2017-01-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488022876

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The Beach House Excerpt :

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of On Ocean Boulevard! 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 life is spinning out of control—has Cara heading 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. The perfect summer read!

Search for Treasure Book

Search for Treasure


  • Author : Mary Alice Monroe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2022-06-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781534427327

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Search for Treasure Excerpt :

The sequel to New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s The Islanders, a beautiful story of friendship, loss, and the healing power of nature. Jake Potter is back on Dewees Island for another summer with his beloved grandmother, Honey. This time, Jake is excited that his dad will be there as he continues to recover from his injuries sustained in Afghanistan. But Jake also knows they both need get used to a new normal, which isn’t easy. Jake also discovers that his two best friends, Macon and Lovie, are struggling as well. Macon is adjusting to being a big brother, while Lovie is navigating a new relationship with her dad, who has long been absent in her life. To cheer everyone up, Jake decides that the trio needs a new mission, just like they had the previous summer in saving the turtles. He discovers that his dad loved spending time in an old tree fort on the island, and there is a special treasure box hidden somewhere nearby. Jake just knows if he can find it, maybe his dad will be happy again—and he knows Macon and Lovie are the perfect fellow treasure hunters! Their search leads them to discover there might be actual buried treasure somewhere on Dewees, all while they battle some unwelcome guests on the island, of both the two- and four-legged kind! On the three friends’ biggest quest yet, they realize that the treasures they really want in life were with them all along.

Rustic Wedding Chic Book

Rustic Wedding Chic


  • Author : Maggie Lord
  • Publisher : Gibbs Smith
  • Release Date : 2012-08-01
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781423630692

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Rustic Wedding Chic Excerpt :

Rustic weddings are the hottest alternative to the traditional hotel ballroom, allowing couples to make their day more personal. Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com shares inspiration, ideas and advice on planning a rustic and country wedding. Get an insider’s look at real weddings set in rustic locations, country and farm destinations, and backyard venues, all with an independent, eco-friendly and creative approach. Rustic Wedding Chic is also the inspiration for a collection of rustic wedding favors and goods from Whispering Pines.

The Wedding Dress Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,497 Ratings

The Wedding Dress


  • Author : Rachel Hauck
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2012-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401686314

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The Wedding Dress Excerpt :

Four brides throughout time. One dress that ties them all together. The New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Rachel Hauck! Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift—and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress—or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history—and its new bride—begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the beauty of finding true love. Rachel Hauck sweeps the reader away in this New York Times bestselling tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love. Praise for The Wedding Dress: "Hauck weaves an intricately beautiful story centering around a wedding dress passed down through the years...considering the spiritual message both on the surface and between the lines, this novel is incredible. Readers will laugh, cry and treasure this book." —RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK! for The Wedding Dress Sweet contemporary romance novel with a split-time period Part of the Wedding Collection of stand-alone novels: Book 1: The Wedding Dress Book 2: The Wedding Chapel Book 3: The Wedding Shop Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Folly Beach Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

Folly Beach


  • Author : Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062091406

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Folly Beach Excerpt :

“Dottie Frank’s books are sexy and hilarious. She has staked out the lowcountry of South Carolina as her personal literary property.” —Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad The incomparable Dorothea Benton Frank is back with her latest Lowcountry Novel, Folly Beach. As she has with Lowcountry Summer, Return to Sullivans Island, Land of Mango Sunsets, and so many other delightful literal excursions to this magical Southern locale, the perennial New York Times bestselling author enchants readers with a heart-warming tale of loss, acceptance, family, and love—as a woman returns to the past to find her future. Folly Beach is a constant delight from “a masterful storyteller” (Booklist) who has already secured her place alongside Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Wells, Barbara Delinsky and other contemporary queens of bestselling women’s fiction.