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The Summer Girls (1) (Lowcountry Summer) (udgave 2014)

af Mary Alice Monroe (Forfatter)

Serier: Lowcountry Summer (1)

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Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this trilogy set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the author captures the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country, and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds. Set amid ancient live oaks and palmettos, overlooking the water, historic Sea Breeze is Marietta Muir's ancestral summer home. Her granddaughters once adored vacations there, but it has been years since they have visited. Mamaw fears once she is gone, the family bonds will fray. The Muir family is one of Charleston's oldest and the blood of their pirate captain ancestor runs strong, so Marietta drops a subtle promise of loot, pearl necklaces, priceless antique furniture, even the house, to lure her "summer girls" back to the lowcountry. For years, Carson Muir has drifted, never really settling, certain only that a life without the ocean is a life half lived. Adrift and penniless in California, Carson is the first to return to Sea Breeze, wondering where things went wrong, until the sea she loves brings her a minor miracle. Her astonishing bond with a dolphin helps Carson renew her relationships with her sisters and face the haunting memories of her ill-fated father. As the rhythms of the island open her heart, Carson begins to imagine the next steps toward her future. In this novel, three sisters discover the true treasures Sea Breeze offers as surprising truths are revealed, mistakes forgiven, and precious connections made that will endure long beyond one summer.… (mere)
Medlem:PrincessErica
Titel:The Summer Girls (1) (Lowcountry Summer)
Forfattere:Mary Alice Monroe (Forfatter)
Info:Pocket Books (2014), Edition: Reissue, 432 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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(Listened to audio version.)
Good book. Typical Mary Alice Monroe “beach read” but with a little bit more substance. Loved the plot and am looking forward to the other books in the series.
This particular version was the audio book (I was making a long drive.) and read by the author herself. The tone that MAM chose for each character's voice added another dimension to the story. I realized that i would have read some sentences differently than the way she intended them to be read. It was an interesting perspective. ( )
  NixieH | Jul 26, 2021 |
Understood that the grandmother, Mamaw, wants the girls to be close but yet I get the feeling she was the cause of several of their personal issues. Glad to learn about the backgrounds of each girl knowing there will be more. Want to read more about Harper and how she will deal with her mother later. You need to realize this is part of a series so it is easier to understand how most of the story centers on one girl. Carson's interaction with the shark/dolphin was exciting ; as well as the dolphin's later injury. Also related to Blake and his emotional stance for his career verses personal wishes. Hope the rest of the series gives us more about the Carson / Harper relationship. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
I haven't read any Mary Alice Monroe novels in a while. I still do re-read "The Beach House and "Swimming Lessons" over and over again usually during the summer months.

Ms. Monroe's latest debut, "The Summer Girls" sets the stage for a trilogy taking place on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. In the first book in this trilogy, we have three half sisters (Dora, Carson, and Harper) that have not seen each other in years finally called back to their grandmother's home on Sullivan's Island. Their grandmother, Marietta Muir, wants all of her 'summer girls' back for the summer since she plans on leaving her home soon to retire nearby and wants one last perfect summer with her granddaughters. This trilogy focuses on the middle sister, Carson, who is still beating back demons she has never let go of that are still affecting her present.

I think most trilogies often suffer a bit since the author has to also balance the other characters in the story even when the plot is supposed to focus on one of the characters. However, I was happily surprised that was not the case in this novel. Ms. Monroe manages to balance all of the sisters' in this novel and also still manage to focus on Carson. I have always loved to read "The Beach House" and "Swimming Lessons" because Ms. Monroe manages to make me feel as if I am standing at Sullivan's Island and can smell the salt air and see the ocean. In this novel she is still able to touch me in that way and I was so reluctant to put the novel away when it finished.

I do want to say that I was happy that the novel did not end with a cliched happy ending. Events that occurred in the book really showed that the ending was what it should be and was glad to see that Ms. Monroe did so. Frankly it just makes me more eager to read the next book in the trilogy to see how Dora, Carson, and Harper are doing. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Didn't like a single character. Don't know why I chose it to begin with... too many books to try and weasle my way into this one! I'm done. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
Three half-sisters are summed to the beach by their grandmother for her 80th birthday.
The girls all share a father, one who filled their lives with drama either through his presence or his absence.
Their grandmother would invite the girls to her beach house each summer growing up and sometimes this was the only time the sisters got to connect.

As adults, they haven't seen each other in years and Mamaw fears they have drifted apart and they will lose each other when she passes away.

This is her reason for inviting them to visit and to stay for the summer. She wants to help them reconnect.

If you read this on its own, it would feel a bit open ended, and I know that I felt it was too focused on one sister's (Carson's) storyline dedicating less time to sisters Dora and Harper.

But there are two more books in this series and it seems that book two will be more Dora based and book three more Harper based. I can appreciate that idea and I'm glad I had book two on the way before I finished this one :) ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
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Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this trilogy set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the author captures the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country, and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds. Set amid ancient live oaks and palmettos, overlooking the water, historic Sea Breeze is Marietta Muir's ancestral summer home. Her granddaughters once adored vacations there, but it has been years since they have visited. Mamaw fears once she is gone, the family bonds will fray. The Muir family is one of Charleston's oldest and the blood of their pirate captain ancestor runs strong, so Marietta drops a subtle promise of loot, pearl necklaces, priceless antique furniture, even the house, to lure her "summer girls" back to the lowcountry. For years, Carson Muir has drifted, never really settling, certain only that a life without the ocean is a life half lived. Adrift and penniless in California, Carson is the first to return to Sea Breeze, wondering where things went wrong, until the sea she loves brings her a minor miracle. Her astonishing bond with a dolphin helps Carson renew her relationships with her sisters and face the haunting memories of her ill-fated father. As the rhythms of the island open her heart, Carson begins to imagine the next steps toward her future. In this novel, three sisters discover the true treasures Sea Breeze offers as surprising truths are revealed, mistakes forgiven, and precious connections made that will endure long beyond one summer.

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