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Beach House Memories (Beach House #3)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,324 ratings  ·  304 reviews
She felt it now. She was slipping into the insistent undertow of the past. There was no use fighting it. It was so easy to simply close her eyes. And relinquish.

Autumn brings its own haunting beauty to the sun-soaked beaches and dunes on Isle of Palms, where Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage with her daughter, Cara. Lookin
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Pocket Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Mary Alice Monroe's follow up to The Beach House takes readers back to Olivia's younger days and gives the heartbreaking romance between Olivia and the true love of her life, Russell Bennett. After getting bits of their tale in the first installment, I had to get the details. Torn between duty and her hearts desire, this journey is very emotional, and at times the despair is palpable.

Love, heartache, loss, friendship, courage, and Olivia's passion to help preserve the loggerhead turtles all mak
Michelle Murray
Beach House Memories....what a phenomenal book to follow Beach House and Swimming Lessons. My heart soared and broke right along with Lovie. I adored her character after the first two books but to find out her story...Wow! It is an amazing journey of heartache, love, loss, devotion, and friendship.
Growing up and still going to the beach every summer I've always loved the ocean and all it's marvelous creatures. However, after reading Beach House and Swimming Lessons my love for sea turtles grew.
Carol Ann
I have such mixed emotions after reading "Lovie's story!" I loved learning about the Loggerhead Turtle Project! How exciting to witness the miraculous journey of the Mother Loggerhead as well as the babies back to the sea! They have to overcome such adversity and dangers just to survive. It is my sincerest hope that the Loggerhead Turtle Project is still functioning and that many lives are saved as a result. I wish we had Loggerheads on the West Coast. I, too, am a beach girl, having grown up on ...more
Lovie, Olivia, has spent her grown life being the perfect wife, homemaker and best mother she could be. Her husband shows little appreciation for what Lovie does for his family and business as long as she keeps his cultivated professional appearance. Deciding to further his career goals her husband decides to go to Europe and not spend time with his family this summer.

Lovie takes her 2 children to her beach home, the only place she finds solace and can be herself. The people of Isle of Palm know
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars. I couldn’t help but bring this home from the library as the cover reminded me very much of my favourite beach near where I live in Australia. Plus I like Mary Alice Munroe’s books. This is the third story I have read featuring Lovie Rutledge –The Turtle Lady and I enjoyed finding out exactly what happened to Lovie in 1974.
When visiting biologist Russell Bennett appears on the Isle of Palms, Lovie is prepared to dislike him thinking he does not have the interests of the i
My first read by Mary Alice Monroe. I never tire of reading of life on the Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, and in the South. Monroe's intertwining of the adventures Lovie has with the annual sea turtle migration, and the expectations of women's roles in the 1970's, especially Southern women, is both philosophical and psychological. One of the study guide questions is: How ere the issues of class, women's rights, and spousal abuse handled 1974 and how have things changed in mo ...more
I'm giving this book a 4 on the chick-lit scale. Girly books and romance novels are my not so secret passion and, though I'd love to say I read Important Books all the time, the fact is that I don't. Reading for pleasure should be just that; pleasurable. (Note I am reading a non-fiction book about the Titanic and some sort of class thing right now, so I don't get to have mind candy all the time), therefore, when I do choose a chick-lit book, Mary Alice Monroe is one of the people I always look f ...more
Shayla Drumm
This was an amazing book; I'm so lucky I won it on Goodreads! Set in South Carolina, Beach House Memories is a wonderful blend of romance, nature, and women's issues. Lovie, the main character, is a young mother of two with a passion for sea turtles. Some of her struggles are unique to the time period such as the expectation that women should stay at home with the children. But the importance of raising children while trying to maintain some sense of individualism remains the same today. I think ...more
How much would you endure from an abusive husband in order to protect your kids? If a husbands beats his wife with his fists but has such a respected reputation and tons of money that would allow him to take the kids away from his wife in a divorce, would the wife leave him? The is the "sub" story in this novel. The main story is about sea turtles and prime real estate.

I liked this book, especially the ending; but I think I would have made different choices.
Mary Alice Monroe has outdone herself again! I re-read The Beach House, before reading this pre-quel that was published ten years later to refresh my memory of the characters. I think this novel was even better! The characters are believable, likable and recognizable to those of us lucky enough to live in South Carolina. The coast is a special place, and true to herself, Mary Alice encourages her readers to respect the wildlife in our state. You can genuinely feel Lovie's relief when she escapes ...more
I enjoyed this novel more with each chapter I read. Not quite a 4 star but certainly a very solid 3 star. There's a lot to this book. Its metaphorical comparisons of the life of a female sea turtle to the main character of the book are really insightful. I like historical and/or educational novels where I can learn something new. However, the heroine, Lovie, in Beach House Memories could have been my contemporary. But what I learned from Lovie's experiences is there are woman who sorely regret p ...more
This book is what the title says. It's a book to read at the beach with stock characters and very little plot. It is easy reading with the typical unappreciated intelligent wife, abusive husband, and caring stranger who make the usual romantic triangle. The issue of abuse is addressed in detail and shows how wife abuse affects not only the spouses, but also the children, other family members and friends. In the early 1970's (as well as now), women were told they had the choice to leave an abusiv ...more
Sandy Crux
I just loved Mary Alice Monroe's Beach House series. In essence, Memories looks back at all that happened earlier in Olivia (Lovie's)Rutledge's life, as well as the lives of her children, Casa (Caretta) and Palmer and her husband Stratton.

And, then, there is her relationship with the sea turtle activist and biologist Russell Bennett and how, at the precise end of her life, she looks forward to, finally, being reunited with him.

In Memories, it becomes apparent that the sea turtle's struggle to
Sarah Conner
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Mary Alice Monroe's descriptions of the life of Lovie Rutledge intertwined with the beloved sea turtles keeps you captivated throughout the entire novel. Lovie was one of my favorite characters in The Beach House. I was very excited that Mrs. Monroe decided to tell her story. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put down. Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe ...more
Wow! Where do I start? I love this book just as much as all MAM's books. It was wonderful to hear "the rest of the story" . I would love to be a "turtle Lady" ! She did a great job! This is a must read! Thanks Goodreads, Gallery Books and of course Mary Alice Monroe. As soon as I finished it, I went to my bookshelf and got The Beach House and Swimming lessons to read again!
Missy O'mera
I thought this would be a fun light beach read, especially in light of the fact that I was headed to isle of palms, my favorite place. Having read lots of Dorothea benton frank, I looked forward to a not especially outstanding plot but lots of references to local restaurants, attractions, etc. This book gave me that and so much more. I learned about loggerhead turtles and how amazing it is when they lay their eggs, the history of wild dunes resort (where we stay) and how locals fought over its d ...more
At first I wasn't sure about the book, but after she hit the beach house I loved it. The descriptions of sea breezes, sand and ocean waves just brought me to the beach house. The story will make you think about "what would you do" and the ending may just have you with a tear in your eye.
Lovely story bringing the past to the prsent regarding Lovie and her family and life. Poignant love story with factually correct information re loggerhead turtles. If you love the ocean, nature, loggerhead turtles and relationships, you'll enjoy this book.

Olivia is a strong female, but does not realize know that she is. She lived in a different time and age than we do today. I think that many are much stronger than they know. We find out how strong we are when life gets hard.
This book made me want to go South Carolina! And after reading it, I can't wait for the summer. It's a good thing this book goes on sale in May, because then you don't have to wait so long for a trip to the beach.
This was a nice, fluffy read in between some books that require a little more thought and concentration. I enjoyed the easy read, and I learned a little about sea turtles in the process. I also gleaned a few life "nuggets" as well. Lovie, the main character offers this counsel in her journal after a hard challenge in her life: "My challenge is to endure the consequences of my decisions---come what may. What good was it to sit and mope over what might have been? I am alive and mast face another ...more
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. The main character is a stay at home Southern wife who takes care of the home and children with the help of a long time maid. She is very active in community organizations, entertaining for her husbands business associates and expected to keep up expected standards of a high class Southern lady. Her favorite time of the year is when she and the children go to the island house that was now hers. Her husband came there less and less and she was free to t ...more
Lori Johnson
I loved the setting! I wish I had realized that this was a prequel to another book. I probably should have read that one first. It was hard for me to read some of the social constraints put onto Lovie. As a modern woman and feminist, it's difficult to understand how much a man and social standing defined a woman/mother not all that long ago.

I almost gave this a three star because I felt the story got bogged down with all the turtle talk. I think Lovie's passion for turtles is admirable, but I o
Jacky Faber
I could not get into this book. I thought I would enjoy it because it is about loggerhead sea turtles and a beach and a romance. Perhaps because it takes place in 1974 in the South and Lovie is a well off, traditional Southern woman. I found her boring. Plus it really irritated me how everyone on the island including Lovie seemed to think that because Russell Bennett had a Ph.D he was a big cheese. Please. I work at a world class university and am surrounded by people with doctorates. They don't ...more
At first, I thought this might turn out to be a fluff novel written by a Southern Danielle Steel. Woman meets man, can't stand him, works with him, gets to know him, they fall in love, blah blah blah. I was just about to give up on it, having found some discrepancies in manners and behaviors of multi-generational Southern women (I'm one myself, just not wealthy) when a saw-it-coming but shocking plot twist occurred, then one that I did NOT see coming. It takes something special in a book to make ...more
Loved this story! Makes me want to go and help the turtles!
I will be sharing Mary Alice Monroe’s latest in a few weeks. Today we are discussing Beach House Memories which is the sequel to the Beach House. This is the perfect novel to prepare for the summer.
Every summer Olivia Rutledge (Lovey) prepares to take her to children Palmer and Cara to their beach house in the Isle of Palms. This beach house has been in her family for generations. Lovey inherited it from her mother. The summer of 1974 is different because of a turtle study that takes p
B Ware
Chick-lot, but pretty interesting. So Carolina setting, Charleston society wife with 2 kids spends each summer at her family beach pies while her high powered husband works. He a bully and she loves the time at the beach. She is a long time advocate for the loggerhead turtles and catalogs and protects the nests at the beach. Meets a scientist there to do a study on the turtles and false in love, finally realizing how much abuse and neglect she has settled for in her marriage. Bullied by her husb ...more
First off I won this off ARC Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.Thanks!

This book is about love and loss. And memories.

Lovie is the perfect wife and mother. Does she get appreciation from her husband? No.Her husband Stratton decides to spend the summer futhering his carrier in Europe. So she takes her kids to her seaside cottage where when she was younger she had wonderful memories. At her family's seaside cottage cottage she is called the "turtle lady". She cares for the turtles and such. Then she m
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books.

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“Pride of one's work is not improper, unladylike, or vain. We can all take a lesson from the sea turtle. She does not travel thousands of miles or risk all for her ego. She has an instinct for greatness --- one that I believe is found in all living creatures. ” 1 likes
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