Cara Rutledge is facing a difficult time in her life. She has lost both her mother and her husband in recent years and is now a 1st time mom to an adopted 1 year old daughter. So Cara decides to go to her happy and safe place, her beach cottage on Isles of Palms off the coast of South Carolina, which has been in her mother's family for years, but she now owns. There she is surrounded by family, friends, and the ocean all of which help her move forward and forge a new path in life. Helping the sea turtles nest and hatch their eggs is just 1 facet of this wonderful story, plus add a little romance and salt air and I couldn't put it down.— Sue
Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family's enduring love. Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Everything is comfortingly the same, yet each detail is rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future. Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn't know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt's beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original "turtle lady," Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition. In this heartwarming novel, three generations of the Rutledge family gather together to find the strength, love, and commitment to break destructive family patterns and to forge new bonds that will endure long beyond one summer reunion.