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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.
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""The Summer Girls" is more than just a beautifully written, moving portrayal of three sisters finding themselves and each other after years of separation. It's also an important book that deals head-on with significant issues so skillfully woven into the narrative that I often stopped to consider the import of what I'd just read. If you're a dedicated environmentalist, this book is a must-read. If you're just someone who enjoys a good story, you'll get that, too, and much more."--New York Times bestselling author Cassandra King ""The Summer Girls" conveys sound environmental messages through a captivating story of how the ocean and a charismatic dolphin reunite sisters in the alluring ecological setting of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The story resonates on a personal level and, moreover, delivers a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting dolphins and the environment in which they live."--Patricia Fair, Director, Marine Mammal Program, NOAA "Monroe's resplendent storytelling shines even brighter . . . [with] startling insights into the intimate connection between nature and the human heart."--New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry "Magical! Mary Alice Monroe's writing is always sensitive and true, and as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes. This luminous tale--set in the South Carolina Lowcountry that we both love so deeply--was hard to put down."--Dorothea Benton Frank "Mary Alice Monroe has written another novel that is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me and...she has succeeded in making the marshes and rivers of the Lowcountry her literary home.... Haunting."--New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy "A soaring, passionate story of loneliness and pain and the simple ability of love to heal and transcend both. Mary Alice Monroe's voice is as strong and true as the great birds of prey of whom she writes."--Anne Rivers Siddons "Such a wonderful, exciting new read! Very well written and addicting! Looking forward to the next book in the series. Mary Alice--hurry up!"--Books Unlimited "Mary Alice writes the most readable books with important environmental story lines, but "The Summer Girls"might be my favorite. It's about family, finding yourself, getting through bad issues that could weigh you down, and enjoying the ride with the warm embrace of family. And there's a wild dolphin who helps heal the pain but finds his own. This book has everything--sense of place, family, strong characters, romance, a love of dolphins and more. This is BETTER than a beach read; this is a great book club book to discuss! Can't wait for the next in the trilogy. thanks, Mary Alice!"--First Reads "How wonderful it is to be able to dig into a summer novel and not only get so much pleasure from the awesome story, but to learn, learn, learn...[S]he brings new awareness to those of us who need enlightening."--Maurice on Books "[A] beautifully written and thought provoking work of fiction. Mary Alice Monroe once again delivers on her promise to write books that explore the beauty in nature and the complexity of human relationships as she delves into the human psyche."--Linda Hitchcock of Booktrib "This is "the" perfect summertime beach read."--Maurice on Books, on The Summer Wind "Pulls at your heartstrings."--Posting for Now on The Summer Wind, 5-star review "Monroe's writing is as lean and elegant as the lovely young women who grace the beach... a cool, refreshing breeze of a read."--Joan Leotta, Recipes for Success, on The Summer Wind "Mary Alice Monroe's books are written epitomes of what the lowcountry is all about. She captures the essence and spreads it on her pages, and she does it with stories that touch the mind and the heart of her readers. The Summer Wind may be part of a trilogy, but it is also a stand alone story of depth and compassion. It is the perfect beach read."--jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post, on The Summer Wind "Mary Alice Monroe has a way with words when it comes to her characters and her locations. No other author has ever made me want to be sitting on the beach more."--Charming Chelsey's on The Summer Wind "Once you get to know the sisters and Mamaw, you'll want to follow their lives beyond the summer, and the beach."--Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun, on The Summer Wind ""The Summer Wind "makes for an excellent beach read this summer."--The Literary Housewife, on The Summer Wind "Monroe s writing is as lean and elegant as the lovely young women who grace the beach... a cool, refreshing breeze of a read."--Joan Leotta, Recipes for Success, on The Summer Wind" "Once you get to know the sisters and Mamaw, you ll want to follow their lives beyond the summer, and the beach."--Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun, on The Summer Wind" Monroe s resplendent storytelling shines even brighter . . . [with] startling insights into the intimate connection between nature and the human heart. --New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry" Magical! Mary Alice Monroe's writing is always sensitive and true, and as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes. This luminous tale set in the South Carolina Lowcountry that we both love so deeply was hard to put down. --Dorothea Benton Frank" "It is hard to describe the beauty of Monroe's work.The words on the pages flow from the author's eyes to create a world of rareenchantment. Next, Monroe's brain assembles a plot that moves the charactersfrom one amazing event to another. Then from Monroe's heart comes the passionfor the story, one that is rich with love and depth."--Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post -It is hard to describe the beauty of Monroe's work.The words on the pages flow from the author's eyes to create a world of rareenchantment. Next, Monroe's brain assembles a plot that moves the charactersfrom one amazing event to another. Then from Monroe's heart comes the passionfor the story, one that is rich with love and depth.---Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post -Pulls at your heartstrings.---Posting for Now on The Summer Wind, 5-star review -Monroe's writing is as lean and elegant as the lovely young women who grace the beach... a cool, refreshing breeze of a read.---Joan Leotta, Recipes for Success, on The Summer Wind -Mary Alice Monroe has a way with words when it comes to her characters and her locations. No other author has ever made me want to be sitting on the beach more.---Charming Chelsey's on The Summer Wind -Once you get to know the sisters and Mamaw, you'll want to follow their lives beyond the summer, and the beach.---Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The Herald Sun, on The Summer Wind -Monroe's resplendent storytelling shines even brighter . . . [with] startling insights into the intimate connection between nature and the human heart.---New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry -Magical! Mary Alice Monroe's writing is always sensitive and true, and as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes. This luminous tale--set in the South Carolina Lowcountry that we both love so deeply--was hard to put down.---Dorothea Benton Frank -Mary Alice Monroe has written another novel that is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me and...she has succeeded in making the marshes and rivers of the Lowcountry her literary home.... Haunting.---New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy -A soaring, passionate story of loneliness and pain and the simple ability of love to heal and transcend both. Mary Alice Monroe's voice is as strong and true as the great birds of prey of whom she writes.---Anne Rivers Siddons -Such a wonderful, exciting new read! Very well written and addicting! Looking forward to the next book in the series. Mary Alice--hurry up!---Books Unlimited -Mary Alice writes the most readable books with important environmental story lines, but -The Summer Girls-might be my favorite. It's about family, finding yourself, getting through bad issues that could weigh you down, and enjoying the ride with the warm embrace of family. And there's a wild dolphin who helps heal the pain but finds his own. This book has everything--sense of place, family, strong characters, romance, a love of dolphins and more. This is BETTER than a beach read; this is a great book club book to discuss! Can't wait for the next in the trilogy. thanks, Mary Alice!---First Reads -How wonderful it is to be able to dig into a summer novel and not only get so much pleasure from the awesome story, but to learn, learn, learn...[S]he brings new awareness to those of us who need enlightening.---Maurice on Books -[A] beautifully written and thought provoking work of fiction. Mary Alice Monroe once again delivers on her promise to write books that explore the beauty in nature and the complexity of human relationships as she delves into the human psyche.---Linda Hitchcock of Booktrib -The Summer Girls conveys sound environmental messages through a captivating story of how the ocean and a charismatic dolphin reunite sisters in the alluring ecological setting of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The story resonates on a personal level and, moreover, delivers a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting dolphins and the environment in which they live.---Patricia Fair, Director, Marine Mammal Program, NOAA -The Summer Girls is more than just a beautifully written, moving portrayal of three sisters finding themselves and each other after years of separation. It's also an important book that deals head-on with significant issues so skillfully woven into the narrative that I often stopped to consider the import of what I'd just read. If you're a dedicated environmentalist, this book is a must-read. If you're just someone who enjoys a good story, you'll get that, too, and much more.---New York Times bestselling author Cassandra King -Mary Alice Monroe has taken the rich waters of the Atlantic Coast as her own field of dreams. In The Summer Girls, she sings a song of praise to the bottle-nosed dolphins that bring so much joy to the men and women who gaze at the creeks and rivers of the low country each evening. Like all her books, The Summer Girls is a call to arms.---New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy -The Summer Wind makes for an excellent beach read this summer.---The Literary Housewife, on The Summer Wind -Written with convincing Southern charm and thoughtfulness, The Summer Wind explores the bonds of sisterhood and the challenges of modern womanhood with warmth and genuine affection.---Amy Garvey, Bookpage.com, on The Summer Wind -This is the perfect summertime beach read.---Maurice on Books, on The Summer Wind "The Summer Girls conveys sound environmental messages through a captivating story of how the ocean and a charismatic dolphin reunite sisters in the alluring ecological setting of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The story resonates on a personal level and, moreover, delivers a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting dolphins and the environment in which they live."--Patricia Fair, Director, Marine Mammal Program, NOAA "The Summer Girls is more than just a beautifully written, moving portrayal of three sisters finding themselves and each other after years of separation. It's also an important book that deals head-on with significant issues so skillfully woven into the narrative that I often stopped to consider the import of what I'd just read. If you're a dedicated environmentalist, this book is a must-read. If you're just someone who enjoys a good story, you'll get that, too, and much more."--New York Times bestselling author Cassandra King "Mary Alice Monroe has taken the rich waters of the Atlantic Coast as her own field of dreams. In The Summer Girls, she sings a song of praise to the bottle-nosed dolphins that bring so much joy to the men and women who gaze at the creeks and rivers of the low country each evening. Like all her books, The Summer Girls is a call to arms."--New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy "The Summer Wind makes for an excellent beach read this summer."--The Literary Housewife, on The Summer Wind "Written with convincing Southern charm and thoughtfulness, The Summer Wind explores the bonds of sisterhood and the challenges of modern womanhood with warmth and genuine affection."--Amy Garvey, Bookpage.com, on The Summer Wind "This is the perfect summertime beach read."--Maurice on Books, on The Summer Wind

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