- Title: Beach House For Rent
- Series: Beach House #4
- Author: Mary Alice Monroe
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Pages: 416
- Published: June 2017 – Gallery Books
- Source: Publisher; Tandem Literary
Description: New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.
When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Fordham for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, a young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted.
It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds—and the man who rescues them—begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.
And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible. (publisher)
My take: Beach House For Rent is the story of two women who find themselves at an unexpected crossroads in their respective lives. Heather is a gifted artist who also lives with an undercurrent of guilt and anxiety. Cara has been knocked hard by a loss she didn’t see coming. Her calming, lovely beach cottage will play a part in the future of both women as each figures out a path to take. I love how Mary Alice Monroe weaves an environmental theme through her novels. In this book the shore birds take center stage, as well as the loggerhead turtle. The parallels drawn between the wildlife and the women drew me through the story to the promising conclusion. I’m hoping there will be another book to follow in the Beach House series. Recommended to fans of the author and novels with a gorgeous shore setting with a sweet romance.
Note: Even though this is the fourth book in the Beach House series it’s the first book I’ve read. No worries – it can stand alone. That said, I’ll be sure to read the previous three books soon because the first book is now being adapted to a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie by the Hallmark Channel, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell, who is also an executive producer.
MARY ALICE MONROE is the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels (A Lowcountry Wedding, A Lowcountry Christmas, The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End, The Beach House, Beach House Memories), and was recently named a 2018 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Writers Literary Hall of Fame. She is an active conservationist and lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Learn more at maryalicemonroe.com.
“Mary Alice Monroe writes gorgeously, with authority and tenderness, about the natural world and its power to inspire, transport, and to heal. Readers will love this story of two unforgettable women—one reeling from an unexpected tragedy, the other drawn into a daring and passionate new love.”
—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Every book Mary Alice Monroe has written has felt like a homecoming to me.” —New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy
Thursday, June 15 — Spartanburg, SC
Friday, June 16-18 — Nantucket, MA
Monday, June 19 — Charleston, SC
Tuesday, June 20 — Charleston, SC
Tuesday, June 20 — Kiawah Island, SC
Wednesday, June 21 — St. Simon’s Island, GA
Wednesday, June 21 — Savannah, GA
Thursday, June 22 — Bluffton, SC
Thursday, June 22 — Florence, SC
Friday, June 23 — Pawleys Island, SC
Friday, June 23 — Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Saturday, June 24 — Mt. Pleasant, SC
Saturday, June 24 — Isle of Palms, SC
Sunday, June 25 — Summerville, SC
Tuesday, June 27 — Augusta, GA
Tuesday, June 27 — Decatur, GA
Wednesday, June 28 — Peachtree City, GA
Wednesday, June 28 — Woodstock, GA
Thursday, June 29 — Kingsport, TN
Thursday, June 29 — Knoxville, TN
Friday, June 30 — Chattanooga, TN
Saturday, July 1 — Vero Beach, FL
Sunday, July 2 — Wellington, FL
Tuesday, July 4 — Rehoboth Beach, DE
Wednesday, July 5 — Collegeville, PA
Thursday, July 6 — Brielle, NJ
Saturday, July 8 — Strongsville, OH
Thursday, July 13 — Westerville, OH
Saturday, July 15 — Mt. Pleasant, SC
Thursday, July 27 — Santa Clarita, CA
Friday, July 28 — Signal Hill, CA
Saturday, July 29 — Palos Verde, CA
Tuesday, August 1 — Huntington Beach, CA
23 thoughts on “Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe”
Boy, have I seen this one everywhere. Have never read her.
I’m a new fan having just read three others since last fall.
I too have not read her as yet. This sounds good.
I hope you get a chance to try one of her books soon!
I didn’t realize this was a series book. Could you just no in with this one first?
Definitely, Diane. I’m hoping to catch up with the previous books before the planned Hallmark series!
Mary, this sounds so good and I’m happy to hear we’ll see Andie MacDowell in a series again. I see the first book in the series is only $1.99 on Amazon and just snapped it up 🙂
I grabbed it too, Jan!
Your thoughts plus the cover of this book make this book so tempting.
I knew you’d love this book!
My kind of book!
I enjoyed this book, and while I’ve read several other books by Mary Alice Monroe, this was my first one in this series, too. I love the Hallmark movie adaptations, so maybe I need to catch up with the series, too. Thanks for sharing.
This is on my list to read, so I’m glad to know you liked it!
I have a copy and am in the mood for some summer fiction (plus there are birds and wildlife in the story!).
Good to know that it can be read as a stand-alone as I haven’t read anything in this series yet.
I enjoyed this one too Mary. It was my first in this series and it did indeed stand well alone. I like her environmental themes and enjoyed her Summer Girl books too.
According to the tour, she was visiting near my home in late June. I hate that I missed it — would have gone to get a book signed!
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This book is already on my tbr list. I know I am going to love it.
Glad to hear you enjoyed this novel Mary. Glad to know this can stand alone. It is very interesting that the first is picked by Hallmark!
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I was very glad to see you note that you had no problems jumping in here. This is a series I really want to read but something about going back to the beginning always keeps me from starting. This sounds like a wonderful read and I really like the environmental threads mixed in.
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