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The Four Seasons

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,300 ratings  ·  121 reviews
They are the Season sisters, bound by blood, driven apart by a tragedy. Now they are about to embark on a bittersweet journey into the unknown—an odyssey of promise and forgiveness, of loss and rediscovery.Jillian, Beatrice and Rose have gathered for the funeral of their younger sister, Meredith. Her death, and the legacy she leaves them, will trigger a cross-country journ ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Mira (first published 2001)
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Dale Harcombe
This is this cover I have but it is not a Kindle edition, but a paperback by Mira.However it doesn't seem to be on the site so rather than fuss around,I have just gone with this so you see the cover.
Different moods and times call for different books. Sometimes you just want a book that is not a literary masterpiece, is not heavy or thought provoking but will just let you escape into it for a few hours and get lost in the lives of the characters. I found that with this story of the Season sisters
This was my second book from Mary Alice Monroe that I have read and it was a pretty good read. It was about three sisters who reunited with each other after their youngest sister died and gives them a quest to go on: to find Jilly's daughter Spring and give her the time capsule they all made. They all go on the trip to rediscover their childhood and to face their fears of the unknown. Definitely check it out.
This novel tells the story of the four Season sisters . When they gather for youngest sister Merry's funeral they are presented with the chance to confront a family secret that has festered for nearly thirty years. As they gather for the funeral each of the Season sisters is awash in her own problems. Investigating an old family secret gives them the opportunity to face their own demons, as well as to fulfill Merry's dying wish. If the plot sounds a bit hackneyed, that's because it is. The plot ...more
Mary Alice Monroe has a gift for telling entertaining tales about families and relationships. I find myself engrossed in the story and spending my evenings enjoying her novels.
I totally loved this book. I picked it up because I have enjoyed all of Mary Alice Monroe's books, but this one was different. It wasn't just a love story, but a story about the love between four sisters.

Having one sister myself, I enjoy "sister" books, and this had a little of everything...secrets, tragedies, drama, a love story, death and mystery. Somehow Mary Alice Monroe easily weaves all of these topics together in The Four Seasons and makes a wonderful book.

It starts with the death of the
Helen Gaye Brewster
When I picked this up from the used book section of my local Goodwill store, I expected it to be one of those books that I'd be a little embarrassed about reading. You know, a very light and predictable story that's a half step above a Harlequin romance. A guilty pleasure, so to speak. And, to my surprise, it was actually quite good. The Season sisters are gathering together for the first time in years for the funeral of their youngest sister. When they were young, their father referred to them ...more
Wow what a story! Following four sisters with their different personalities and lives and how life choices can separate a family for years. The uncomfortable and tense situation when all come back together for the death of their youngest sister and the misunderstanding all those years that kept the sisters apart from each other.
I could really relate to this story because I have four daughters myself with very different personalities. Some get along, some do not! Life seems to get in the way and
Laura Lysiak
I normally love her books, but I found these characters sickening and annoying. This took me forever to get through....but I just couldn't abandon it...I am no quitter. But, really, don't bother.
Sandy Ahn
I can't believe all the reviews that were 4 and 5 stars. I found this book to be not very well written and terribly predictable.
If you have a toddler/baby by a pool, put a life jacket on them. Helps prevent the kind of tragedies this story was big on.

Very predictable story. It is easy to see how it's going to go, but that's ok. It was good to see the sisters work out the problems among themselves and the men in their lives.

It was so funny in a wrong way when Jilli was lamenting how immorally she was portrayed in the adoption papers,the author had her run straight to a man to commit another immoral act. Proved the asses
Three adult sisters return to the family home after the death of their youngest sister, Merry, who had been living with complications, both mental and physical from a near drowning incident as a child. This is the event that both ties and strains all 3 of the sisters who are together to see the estate split up and listen to their sisters last request. She wants them to find the daughter that the oldest sister, Jilly, gave up as a teenager. Jilly has led a dramatic life as a fashion model, but un ...more
Linda Bouley
This is a strait forward, happy ending story. The three of the four Season sisters - Jilly, Birdie & Rose have come together upon the death of the youngest, Merry. Merry was sickly and had the mental capacity of a child, but in her final days she spoke with the family lawyer and made a special request...that they find Spring, which is the name she used to refer to her doll & the baby that she was aware that Jilly had as a teen. All three of the surviving sisters were not in the best emot ...more
Kathleen Hagen
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There were four sisters, with the last name of Season. Their father called them The Four Seasons and had nicknames for most of them. Jillian, the oldest, was Jillie. Beatrice, was Birdie. Rose was just Rose, and Meredith was Mary. The daughters and their parents lived an idyllic life of innocence in an old Victorian mansion until the day there was an accident. Mary, only abou
Rebecca Becker
My favorite genre is books about women and their relationships, so I liked the premise of this book and the dynamics among the characters. Munro does an effective job with setting and I enjoyed her descriptions and her prose in general. I did have a problem with the amount of time that was supposed to pass during this story. The characters were gone long enough that all of their relationships healed, all of the characters fell in love and two left their old lives to start new ones, and two built ...more
Susan Belau
a story of four sisters, one who has died, and their quest for truth in their lives. The truth about the deceased sister's injury as a child and especially the truth of the oldest sister's child who was given up for adoption at birth. They trace many leads and find many things about themselves leading to hopefully happier lives in the future. interesting story.
Mary Alice Monroe got me again. This book started off very slowly for me, and at one point I actually put it away for a week or so. It just didn't catch me immediately. Once the sisters got on the road, though, I jumped in the car and took the ride. This was a lovely story, of family and love and forgiveness. My heart ached for poor little Merry. She orchestrated from beyond the reunion of her family, and tied them all together with her time capsule.... Jilly's search for her daughter and the jo ...more
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Good! On my first attempt, I was a bit uncertain about the themes, four sisters, one passes away after a tragic accident, etc. So, back on the shelf it went for another try later.

Nothing to read in the house (except the Kindle) brought me back to my "to-read" shelf and the second try.

I found the story to be written well, not maudlin or overly dramatic but real. Sparse use of the time-travel technique enabled further revelation of buried feelings and assumptions which had impacted each of the fa
Lisa Miles
I great, easy read.

I really like this,author so I decided to read another of her books. This one a pleasant surprise. All deal with family relationships & if you have a sister, you should read this book
Paula Wolff
A must read if you have sisters!

A must read if you have sisters!

Anyone who has sisters will appreciate and relate to this winding plot of love and secrets among sisters. An enjoyable read.
I have always enjoyed this author's books and was not disappointed with this one. It was a story of family dynamics and how 4 sister's were able to heal and forgive after years. It was one of those books that was hard to put down.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Four Seasons! I laughed and cried as the sisters struggled through their painful, guilt-ridden memories of childhood.
Katy Tate
The Four Seasons is a beautiful portrayal of the joys and anguish of sisterhood. Twenty five years after a life-changing tragedy, Jillie, Birdie, and Rose reunite for the funeral of their youngest sister, Merry. It is Merry's last wish that will have the sisters, along with Birdie's teenage daughter Hannah, off on a quest to find a missing family member. Forced together after years of barely keeping in touch, they embark on a journey dealing with unresolved conflict and family issues that they w ...more
I just fell in love with all the characters in this story. Monroe has a keen way of bringing her characters to life. I loved the way she developed the relationships between the sisters through flash backs along with what they were going thru present day. She really created a true realness with how everyone related to one another because of everything they had gone thru in their past and then masterfully showed how they were healing right before our eyes. It's a book about loss, relationships, he ...more
I’m aware of an awful lot of convenient happenings in Mary Alice Monroe’s books that remind me, as I am reading, that I’m in a fictional world. Even though the conveniences are distracting, I find myself forgiving them and enjoying the books anyway.
This story is of three sisters coming together for a fourth sister’s funeral. It is tender and holds a lot of truths about sibling interactions. Each sister has a secret and each sister’s path to healing requires exposure of the secret and support f
This was such a nice story and probably the 3rd of Mary Alice Monroe's books I've listened. Each one seems to get better; this one about family relationships, secrets, etc. There were 4 Season sisters and this was their story. I really enjoyed it! And, the reader was outstanding!
Heidi Baer
Lovely audiobook loaned to me by my friend Barbara. I really enjoyed all the characters.
Mary Westlake
I don't know why I do it. I won't admit it. But I do read the occasional feel-good romance novel. I'm talking not-bring-it-out-in-public, buy with sunglasses on, romance novel. To make one thing clear I don't buy them myself, I steal them off my mom's bookshelf when I am bored and home during breaks from school. All that being said I did enjoy this book. The four seasons refer to the four sisters who have the last name Season. I know... But I was touched by this one and I have to say I enjoyed i ...more
How did I just find out about this author???? I loved this book because I am a huge sucker for stories that involve sisters, secrets, and a splash of dysfunction. Each sister is quite different from the other and I truly liked all of them. I identified more with the sister who thought she had to be perfect and had to keep her life in order. They all get their turn to tell their stories which felt real and authentic to me. There was only one small blip towards the end that was sort of "cliche" bu ...more
Jo Burdette
I love all of Mary Alice Monroe's books.
Norma Coder
This was the second time I have read this book. It has been a few years since I read it though. I did remember parts of it and savored it again. Some parts I knew was comming and couldn't wait to get to it. Some parts I forgot about and cried in some parts. I really enjoyed this book both times that I read this. I encourage others to read this book.
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