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The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Alice Monroe

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"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

“In the bestselling tradition of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Mary Alice Monroe skillfully weaves together issues of class, women’s rights, and domestic abuse set in the tumultuous South during the 1970s. . . . Beautifully wrought, and rich with keen insight . . . an unforgettable tale of marriage, resilience, and one woman’s private strength.” (Bookreporter)

“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)

“Monroe brings authenticity and a sense of wonder to the plight of the endangered sea turtles and their miraculous capacity for survival.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Monroe utilizes her signature combination of informative storytelling wrapped in the relatable sagas of her protagonists.” (Charleston City Paper)

“An exquisite, many-layered novel of an unsolved mystery, an obsession, a reconciliation, and a little romance.... Treats readers to lush descriptions of nature." (Booklist)

"An author of power and depth." (RT Reviews)

"A consummate storyteller." (The Best Reviews)

"A master storyteller." (Southeastern Charm magazine)

"A strong, warm voice that brings the South to life." (Powell's Book Review)

"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)

"Monroe makes her characters so believable, the reader can almost hear them breathing." (Booklist)

"Mary Alice Monroe has become one of the premier voices contemporary women's fiction today. Her lyrical, emotional, and gripping stories make for superb reading experiences." (RT Book Reviews)

"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)

"Mary Alice Monroe writes from her heart to the hearts of her readers." (Charleston Post & Courier)

"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)

Kurzbeschreibung

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.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4634 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 385 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gallery Books (17. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GEEB9B0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #114.326 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Summer Wind 17. Juni 2014
Von Trish - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
there isn’t many authors that I’m willing to lose a good night’s sleep over reading their books but Mary Alice Monroe is one of them. Not that the choice was really mine to make, once you open one of her books you step into a whole new world full of characters so alive that you feel like you know them and want to stay visiting with them long after the last page is turned…. in “The Summer Wind” we step back onto Sullivan’s Island , into the Summer Breeze, a home owned by Marietta Muir. Marietta (or MawMaw as she is often called) is the Grandmother of three Girls, Carson (who’s story is more of the main focus in book one of this trilogy “The Summer Girls”), Dora, and Harper.

In “The Summer Wind” we learn more about the eldest sister Dora and what makes her tick…. she is a woman who has tried to be the perfect Southern wife but failed miserably, stuck in a loveless marriage and now facing divorce she feels her whole world come crashing to the ground. Her son Nate , who has Autism is the focus of her world, the reason she lives and breathes but with that comes a huge price tag, she loses part of who she is. We take the journey of rediscovery with her as she learns to get her voice and life back. She makes the transformation from Caterpillar to Butterfly .

as with most of Mary Alice’s books , she also deals with an environmental issue be it Sea Turtles, Birds of Prey or Monarch Butterflies.....in this trilogy it's the Bottlenose Dolphins. Delphine, the dolphin in the book is a character onto herself. Most of us can’t help but to fall in love with these sweet , smart, smiling creatures but we learn from Delphine’s story the negative impact we can have on them if we feed them or have too much human contact.
Mary Alice Monroe does an incredible amount of research with all her books and always has a lesson for us readers but it is never told in a preachy, annoying way…. she just intertwines it cleverly through her story. (on a side note she really does an excellent job of capturing the mannerisms of a child with Autism )
Not to sound corny but Mary Alice has a way of touching one’s soul and heart with her books, I am never disappointed when I read her work! Grab yourself a copy of “The Summer Wind” (and “The Summer Girls” too if you have not read it yet) and be prepared to be entertained , it is like taking a vacation but never leaving home!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully Written and Captivating,- Mary Alice Monroe’s best work thus far! 27. Juni 2014
Von Judith D. Collins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
A special thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE SUMMER WIND is beautifully written and captivating, Mary Alice Monroe’s best work thus far----a powerful trilogy, of three grown step-sisters, from different walks of life, a loving sixth-generation, southern Charlestonian grandmother, a wise and loyal housekeeper, and a charismatic dolphin who touches the lives of a troubled boy and his aunt.

As guilt and healing are constant themes of the poignant book, these experiences are apparent in each of the character’s lives, as well as a courageous Dolphin.

Being a fan of Mary Alice Monroe for a number of years, she is a master at skillfully weaving into her narrative, significant environmental topics, blending them into the lives of her flawed characters---as they mature, learn, and find healing from life’s lessons and experiences.

Monroe’s theme of humans and animals--sharing a connection, is evident throughout THE SUMMER WIND--with Nate, Carlson, Delphine; Cara/Sea Turtles, and Taylor/Jax/Thor. Monroe’s books demonstrate a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting animals, and the environment in which they live. Each one being unique--speaking to readers’ hearts, with richly developed characters, you will not soon forget, even after the story ends.

I loved THE SUMMER GIRLS (#1) in the Lowcountry Trilogy, and was delighted to attain an advanced reading copy of THE SUMMER WIND (#2), to catch up with these lovable characters: Delphine (Dolphin), Nate, Carson, Dora, Harper, Lucille, and MaMaw.

As these three half-sisters reunite in this alluring ecological setting of the Lowcountry of SC, at the historical Sea Breeze home, with stunning views and tranquil waters, filled with summer memories with their wise grandmother Mamaw and side kick, Lucille, (African American housekeeper, which is at the center of the fun); her utmost desire, is for her three granddaughters to rediscover their southern roots, family bonds, and connect with one another, even through life storms. Each have a common link, an alcoholic father, Parker, now deceased (MaMaw’s son, a “want to be author” who named each daughter after a famous author)—all with different mothers.

To pick up from Book One, MaMaw (Marietta) celebrated her eightieth birthday, alluring the girls home before putting the home on the market, in order to plan to go into an assisted living facility. She threatened to cut them of the will if they did not spend the entire summer with her. (of course, her motives--not all selfish, as each of the girls needed a kick in the butt and some good LowCountry healing).

CARSON (33) living in California, a free spirit, surfer and water lover, (runs at the mention of trouble or problems), recently lost her job, was pleased to spend the summer rent-free on the island. Readers were all delighted to find how she worked miracles, finding a connection with her nephew, Nate (Dora’s autism son), sharing her love of dolphins and the ocean.

Carson, does not want to get too close to anyone, with the fear of getting hurt. Even though she does meet Blake, an environmentalist and Taylor, a veteran helping others, Carson is worried she is becoming an alcoholic, so decides to give up the drink and focus her energies helping save Dolphins, and Nate, while trying to find her way.

In this book, she is taking a road trip to the Florida Keys with Nate, to help him heal his guilt (and hers), over the terrible accident involving the much loved dolphin, Delphine. They will spend time at a program working with children and dolphins, while connecting with their much loved and missed, Delphine which was at death’s door at the end of the last book.

DORA (36) SC southern belle, in the midst of a divorce, was easily persuaded to stay at Sea Breeze, with her son Nate (Asperger’s), while repairs were being completed on her house in Summerville. She is still married to the awful Cal, we learned to despise in the first book.

Dora is overwhelmed, uptight, and is experiencing heart problems. She has to chill, as always trying to be the perfect belle, with high expectations – finds herself in need of some R&R, and needs to take care of herself with the heavy demands of her son, Nate. (plus pressure she adds to herself)

Yum…The handsome ex-boyfriend Delvin fits the bill (loved this guy), perfectly, as she finds some romance, laid back summer fun, and gets herself in shape with proper eating, exercise, and allows her sister, Harper help guide her with a much needed makeover and a new outlook/attitude.

For Dora, the winds of change force her to cope with the aftermath of a messy divorce. As she lets go of her façade of the perfect wife and mother role, she discovers a renewed purpose and then she can move on with her future (let’s hope with Delvin- as loved him!)

HARPER (28) New Yorker…of course, was the one sister, not so easily convinced to return to the Lowcountry, calling it blackmail. She is most sophisticated, well-traveled, having the best education, and is an heiress with plenty of money. However, not so happy, until she discovers she loves the Lowcountry and her southern roots, finding solace, quiet, and time fulfill her passion of writing.

At the same time, she can relate to Nate with her computer knowledge (less talking and socializing, more online interaction), as well as assisting her sister Dora with gardening, creating organization, and a new makeover. She has lived a rigid life at the hands of her demanding mother, and loves spending time with MaMaw and being able to reflect through writing with freedom of expression. For Harper, a summer of self-reflection leads her to the revealing the weight of the expectations placed on her as the heir to her family’s fortune. I related to Harper the most (minus the wealth), as neat, organized, creative, reading, writing, and love of solitude.

As a rough island storm brews and a health crisis threatens a beloved member of the family, the summer girls’ bond is strengthened, just as Mamaw had planned, for a poignant summer on Sullivan Island.

The theme of healing is dominant throughout the book, as Dora heals from her heart condition, and her miserable and unhappy life, while the dolphin Delphine heals from her injuries. There are many parallels of letting go of the past and moving on to new experiences. Guilt also plays a huge role, as each character is suffering from some sort of guilt, whether it be the accident involving Delphine, the care of a specially challenged child, past family history, or a bad marriage, and how each one of them learns to accept.

Each of the girls, plus Nate mature with transformations from the last book, which will forever change the course of their lives. It is difficult to say which girl changed the most, possibly Dora, as her unhappiness was more apparent and the transformation was physical, as well as psychological.

Unearthing the slave manacles is a great tie in, as the manacles represent how each of their lives has been shackled by different elements with the opportunity to reflect, let go, and move on past these obstacles which stand in their way of happiness.

Fans of southern writers: Wendy Wax, Karen White, Dorothea Benton Frank, Patti Callahan Henry, and Mary Kay Andrews will appreciate THE SUMMER WIND—each with their own unique style, and a common love of the south.

Would highly recommend reading THE SUMMER GIRLS, prior to reading THE SUMMER WIND (both winners), in order to really get to know the characters and the background.

This book was very special to me, having lived in the Florida Keys (Key Largo), for several years, while working with several real estate projects. I had the opportunity to visit the Dolphin Cove, a marine education and dolphin swim facility located in sunny Key Largo, Florida. Swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove is like no other dolphin encounter, available to the public throughout the year and a great addition for families on their vacation- having referred many visitors to this beautiful natural lagoon.

I would also recommend if you are in the area for Dolphins Cove, travel a little further south to Islamorada, to the Theater of the Sea, which provides a wonderful home for animals while sharing them with in ways that inspire awareness and sensitivity towards animals, the environment, and conservation issues.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen DELIGHTFUL, MOVING AND HEARTWARMING! 17. Juni 2014
Von the GreatReads! - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe is a gentle, moving and uplifting story about self-discovery and finding joy in our lives, even if life throws a wrench into the most well thought out plans. This second book in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy is set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, and takes the reader on an exciting journey into the lives of octogenarian Marietta Muir, affectionately called Mamaw by family members, and her three very different granddaughters - her summer girls.

Mamaw's summer girls are hardly girls any more. Dora is thirty-six, Carson is thirty-three and Harper is twenty-eight. They were close when they were young but drifted apart over the years - more like strangers now. Lucille who has been hired as housekeeper some fifty years back by Mamaw is more like a family than an outsider - they have become closest friends. Mamaw invited her three granddaughters to Sea Breeze to celebrate her 80th birthday. She's putting up Sea Breeze on the market and decided to move into an assisted living facility. She wanted them to be her summer girls again, one final time.

But the girls come to Sea Breeze beset by problems of their own. Dora is in the midst of a divorce. Carson had lost her job and Harper has problems of her own. Dora, who has the most debilitating teething troubles, put up a façade of normality but eventually crumbles under its weight. Mary Alice Monroe's The Summer Wind follows Mamaw, her three granddaughters and Lucille through their personal and collective challenges and how they rally around each other, especially Dora whose son Nate is suffering from Asperger's, and beautifully weaves a story that will warm your heart.

#Received uncorrected proof advance reader copy for honest review.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I usually love Mary Alice Monroe 16. September 2014
Von The Spoiler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I usually love Mary Alice Monroe....did not really like the first book in this series and am not liking this book. These grown women are so whiney I cannot stand it. They seem on the surface to have it all and yet here they are complaining, "I'm not good enough, I'm too old, I can't be pregnant", just a few of the many, many complaints coming out of their mouths. Dora especially gets on my nerves. She starts an affair with an old beau while still married to a husband who all but abandoned her and her special needs child, but still can't make up her mind to divorce him. UGH! I also thought that by having Lucille open up a little about her past we would have really had her play a bigger role in the story line, what we actually got was a teaser. Actually learned more about the dolphins then we did Lucille. And a final note, I do not know what in the hell a "smirk" looks like, but everyone in this book on it seemed like every other page was frickin' smirking!!!! Hated that. I swear Mary Alice even had the dolphins smirking and when you paint a guy as a buff ex-marine and have him smirking, I am so done.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the grandmother in this novel is my favorite. Her love of her 3 adult granddaughers and ... 13. Juli 2014
Von Donna Rothe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
When I read 'The Summer Wind' and other books by Mary Alice, I try to read them by the sea. Everytime I read one of her books I learn something new about island life and the sea that surrounds it.

Mamaw, the grandmother in this novel is my favorite. Her love of her 3 adult granddaughers and having them spend one last summer at 'Sea Breeze' and the hold she still has them is endearing but yet powerful.

The Summer Wind is a great summer read but also it's a 'anytime' kind of read. Enjoy it, embrace it and.......I guarantee you will anxiously be awaiting for Book #3.
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