The Beach House

The Beach House

Book - 2002
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Returning to her childhood home in the Lowcountry at the request of her mother, Caretta Rutledge, who had thought she had forever buried her Southern roots and her troubled family, unexpectedly begins to reconnect with her friends and family while she fixes up the family beach house, learning that in order to live life to the fullest, she must forgive and forget the past. Original.

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe released on Apr 24, 2002 is available now for purchase.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2002.
ISBN: 9781551668994
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 18 cm.


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Apr 01, 2019

I'm catching up on my 'Beach House' books. For some unfathomable reason I reason I read Beach House Memories before I read the first three. I am rectifying that mistake.

Mary Alice Monroe is truly a lyricist in 'The Beach House'. There are so many beautiful phrases I couldn't begin to count them all. One of my favorites is

"Moonlight poured through the leaves like magic through lace."


As well as beautiful writing, the story is a calm, but at times stormy tale of family relationships, lost relationships and found relationships, with others and within the characters themselves. We come to know these women as vividly as we do the Lowcountry of South Carolina through their eyes and love.

4 stars and I can't wait to read 'Swimming Lessons' and 'Beach House Memories'.

Nov 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this book!

Oct 21, 2017

Phenomenal beach book in the tradition of Pat Conroy. Bravo!

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

Caretta left her home and her family far behind. Then her mother makes a request she cannot refuse, and she finds herself back in the “Lowcountry” of her childhood.

Jul 06, 2013

My Grandma gave me this book to read and it took me two years to pick it up, but once I started I couldn't stop, and two days later I can say it was one of the best books I have ever read, next to anything Jodi Picoult has written. Simply a beautiful, satisfying read!


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