The Summer of Lost and Found

The Summer of Lost and Found


The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020 threatens stagnation. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores. For her—and her family—finances, emotions, and health teeter at the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders—is it possible to love two men at the same time?

Love in the time of coronavirus proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea and the Rutledge family continue to face their challenges with the strength, faith, and commitment that has inspired readers for decades. (publisher)

My take:

I’ve read a few of the books in the Beach House series and love it because of how author Mary Alice Monroe includes themes of family dynamics and ecology, and the continuation of story lines with familiar characters from previous books. It’s like going home and catching up when I read these books. The Summer of Lost and Found hit all the notes and had me flipping the pages. It takes place during 2020 so was even more relatable because we’ve all been through the pandemic and all that it involved. It was the perfect summer read but if you need to catch up with the series (because that’s how you read) this book will work in any season.


15 thoughts on “The Summer of Lost and Found

  1. This sounds good and glad you enjoyed it. I have it on my summer reading list. I hope to start That Summer; Jennifer Weiner next – also on my summer list.


  2. Oh this sounds perfect! I love that it actually mentions the pandemic- I don’t think I’ve come across any fiction that really does. Definitely adding to my TBR.


  3. I’ve read most but not all of this series and I do enjoy it. Can’t remember how I will read it. Possibly have it on my library list!


    • I hope you enjoy it when it comes up in your reading, Kathryn. I also requested the audio from my library so was able to listen when I couldn’t read. Always nice to have that option!

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