On Ocean Boulevard

Mary Alice Monroe

Book - 2020

"It's been sixteen years since Caretta 'Cara' Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again. Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara's niece Linnea returns to Sullivan's Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relation...ship. Linnea's parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter. Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth."--

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Series
Monroe, Mary Alice. Beach house series ; 6.
Subjects
Genres
Domestic fiction
Published
New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc 2020.
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
374 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781982146948
198214694X
9781982147006
1982147008
Main Author
Mary Alice Monroe (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When it seems like image is everything and gossip travels at the speed of light, there's power in spinning your story the right way. Monroe (The Summer Guests, 2019) brings her beloved Beach House characters back to the idyllic Isle of Palms as two of the Rutledge women take charge of their narratives. Linnea, recently returned to South Carolina after an unexpected layoff and a tumultuous breakup, jumps at the chance to combine her passion for environmentalism with a new career. Cara, on the verge of her second marriage, finds strength and comfort in familiar surroundings. This is a heartwarming story of Low Country love, loyalty, and longstanding friendships. Proving that life's unexpected curve balls can end up launching its greatest successes, the resilience of the Rutledge family is stronger than ever. Infusing her story with respect for the local flora and fauna, Monroe continues her focus on environmental conservation in her latest multigenerational story of the Rutledge women. Followers of the series and fans of Mary Kay Andrews will adore this next chapter. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

It's been a couple of years since the last entry (Beach House Reunion) in the author's "Beach House" series, but Monroe includes enough information to bring new readers up to speed without alienating fans of the series. The story involves the Rutledge family, as usual, but this time centers on Linnea as she returns home to the South Carolina barrier islands without her boyfriend or a job. Her parents are starting over on Sullivan's Island in their small beach house, struggling to get out from under a bankruptcy and hoping her father remains sober. Her Aunt Cara is having trouble juggling her full-time job, a young child, and her upcoming wedding, so she's happy to offer Linnea an internship at the aquarium. Linnea also gets involved with the turtle ladies and a good-looking visiting professor from England. A worsening case of dementia, microplastics in the ocean, and, of course, the turtles add a serious note to this charming Lowcountry novel. VERDICT This is an excellent addition to a popular series by a best-selling author. Readers of Mary Kay Andrews and Dorothea Benton Frank should feel at home here as well. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]—Stacy Alesi, Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Lib., Lynn Univ., Boca Raton, FL Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Returning to Charleston after a 16-year absence, Cara Rutledge reconnects with family members before her second wedding is abruptly halted by a devastating illness. By the best-selling author of The Summer Guests. 125,000 first printing. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Beach House series with this novel about one family's summer of new beginnings in old places"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Returning to Charleston after a 16-year absence, Cara Rutledge reconnects with family members before her second wedding is abruptly halted by a devastating illness. By the best-selling author of The Summer Guests. 125,000 first printing. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This “authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author) instant New York Times bestseller from the author of The Summer of Lost and Found recounts one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world. It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.“A heartwarming story of lowcountry love, loyalty, and longstanding friendships” (Booklist), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Instant New York Times BestsellerThe New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Isle of Palms in this breathtaking novel about one family's summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.It's been sixteen years since Caretta 'Cara' Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again. Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara's niece Linnea returns to Sullivan's Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea's parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter. Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. "Authentic, generous, and heartfelt' (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.