Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.Eighty-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta, “Mamaw,” seeks to gather her three granddaughters—Carson, Eudora, and Harper—with the intent to reunite them after years apart. Monroe explores the depths and complexities of sisterhood, friendship and the power of forgiveness. The Summer Girls is a perfect beach read and anyone who “enjoys such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites”.
This is definitely a perfect beach read!! I am usually a fast reader, but with this book, I took my time. I finished this book in about a week, and that’s pretty slow for me. Had I known BEFORE reading this book, that is was the first in a trilogy, I would have devoured it!! I just fell in love with the characters, each flawed, each with their own scars and stories, but all connected through the power of family. Mamaw is celebrating her 80th birthday, and her one wish is to bring 3 sisters together before she dies. While Mamaw is far from being on death’s door, she is quite passionate about seeing her granddaughters reconnect and share the sisterly bonds they held so tightly when they were younger.
I loved all the different challenges these girls faced, because of the realism behind them all. Dora is the oldest, and is going through a divorce. She is the mom of an autistic son, and she is overwhelmed with the task of creating some normalcy for her son. Carson is the beauty, the sun bather, the one who takes risks and jumps with both feet in the water. She is also unemployed, single, and grappling with the challenges of trying to be financially secure and find her place in the world. Harper is the shy beauty, who is personal assistant to her narcissistic mother, and has been the least involved in the Muir family. With their own set of issues, they somehow find ways to come together and fulfill their Mamaw’s wish of spending the entire summer at Sea Breeze.
The only downside to this book was that I felt the author really left me hanging. There wasn’t much resolve to some of the issues they all came with, but I’m okay with that!! Why??? Because it is the FIRST in a trilogy, and Mary Alice Monroe worked her magic…making me want more!! And, perhaps for Nate (and anyone else that loves dolphins), there is a lot of information about them at the end of the book!
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