The Beach House, by Mary Alice Monroe is a wonderful book. After reading the book, I was excited to find out that it has been turned into a Hallmark movie! The Beach House is the first book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more books by Mary Alice Monroe. The author is a strong story teller and I felt like I knew the characters throughout the book.
The story is set in the south. Caretta Rutledge left her Southern roots and troubled family behind, years ago - or so she thought. When she receives a letter from her mom, begging her to come and spend some time with her over the summer, Cara's intuition says she needs to see her - even though it's been years since they've visited each other. One reason Cara agrees to see her mom now is because her own life is overwhelming her. She's spent her adult life climbing the corporate ladder and becoming a success...and then, out of the blue, loses her job. She doesn't know who she is or what she has without her career. She's lost and confused. Caretta heads south to the beach house where she spent her childhood summers, and reconnects with her mom, despite her hesitations and her painful past. While reconnecting with her mom and her childhood roots, Caretta learns about the loggerhead turtles on the beach from the "turtle ladies"...her mother included. Caretta begins learning that life isn't solely about achievement. It's about love, connection and family.
I rated the book 5-stars. The story made me smile and was well-written. The pacing was good and the characters were well developed. If you're looking for a good beach read, I recommend The Beach House!
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