REVIEW: THE SUMMER WIND, BY MARY ALICE MONROE

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Their final summer at Sea Breeze on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, continues, with some new challenges for the three half-sisters.

 
Mamaw (Marietta Muir) is firm in her support, albeit still planning to sell the summer estate.

 
Dora is in the midst of settling the divorce issues and helping little Nate with his grief over the dolphin’s injuries earlier in the summer.  A health crisis causes big changes in how she faces her life.

 
Carson is instrumental in helping her nephew heal, by taking him to Florida to the treatment center where children and injured dolphins heal together.  But her own unexpected life change leads to moments of facing her fears.

 
Harper plants a garden and deals with her own issues.  Secretly she writes on her computer, but shares nothing with the girls or her grandmother.

 
Like the summer winds that come along toward the end of the story, with a big storm that resembles their own challenges, the three women will move a little closer to their own resolutions.

 
I enjoyed The Summer Wind and reconnecting with the characters.  The support and advice of Mamaw and their old maid Lillian felt like the kind of true strength offered by a close family.  I also loved how the author painted a picture of the lowcountry, making me feel as if I were right there with them.  The story concluded without an “end” to the conflicts and challenges, but a feeling of moving in that direction.  There were sad moments, but also a stronger bond between the women.  I am looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.  4.5 stars.

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11 thoughts on “REVIEW: THE SUMMER WIND, BY MARY ALICE MONROE

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    • I think reading this series in order would make sense…the first book brings out events that will be built on in the second book….but you could probably still get away with “out of order” reading, as the author alludes to the previous events. Thanks for stopping by, Rita.

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  2. Ha and I am waiting for book number 4 in this which is a wedding book, not sure how big but may tie up a few more bits and pieces from book 3. Reminds me must see when book 4 is due out.

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  3. Hi Laurel-Rain! Thank you for taking the time to review THE SUMMER WIND. I just stumbled across your blog for the first time today. I love this series, and am a longtime fan of Mary Alice Monroe’s work. So much so, that I had the opportunity to work as her assistant several years ago, and we’ve been a team ever since. She’s preparing to launch book 4 in the series, A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING (May 3, 2016). I hope you’ll read THE SUMMER’S END before the new one comes out. Let’s connect! assistant@maryalicemonroe.com

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    • Thanks, Angela, another blogger mentioned the wedding book, so I’m very excited to learn when it will be released. I just downloaded the third book the other day, so I will definitely read it before I get the newest one.

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