The Beach House
Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother coming just as her own life is spinning out of control has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a...more
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Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.
Carette Rutledge thought she'd left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request...more
One thing I didn't like and it almost put me off at the beginning of the book is something I consider a lazy authoring technique -- having the characters say things to each other like "y...more
I am a mother with two grown daughters. After finishing the book, I told them that even though I don't ask much from them, I am asking them to please read The Beach House. Those who have read it w...more
It is a rich, sweet story with warmth and a lovely link to the cycles of nature and sea turtles.
Cara return home to the island and her mother's house after 22 years of living independently, having a successful career - back to her family's 1930s beach cottage. She's just been fired as exec director in a Chicago ad agency over losing an account.
Arriving at the island, she learns her boyfriend hasn't been upfront with her...more
Caretta Rutledge thinks she has her life in order. Since leaving her Charleston home at 18, she has earned two degrees, become an account executive in an ad agency, and bought a lakefr...more
Caretta left home for Chicago as a late teen, furious with her autocratic...more
The book was not a 4 or 5 for me because...more
I wasn't expecting much from this novel but I ended up being pretty surprised by how much I liked it. The plot twists and turns aren't anything surprising but the story itself is somewhat like the south it takes place in, slow and meandering but sweet. I rarely tear up during novels but this one had me tear up n...more
It is no classic but a book that would be a good holiday/beach read. It was a bit too wordy in places and I felt that a good 100 to 150 could have been edited out of the book without changing the story in the slightest. Some parts...more
Cara left her troubled southern home for greener pastures and independences and returned years later at the request of her mother, at a time when her life was less than perfect. It's a story of finding closure,forgiveness, of sharing between mother and daughter, renewing of friendships, giving to others, beco...more
The bad blood between Cara and Lovie seemed a little forced and Cara seemed a little childish carrying a grudge for so long. I didn't really like Cara in the beginning, but I think that was the author's plan. I really liked Lovie and found it difficult to reconcile the difference between her "beach house" self and her "big house" self.
The book involves other people, including the greedy brother/son in the family, a pregnant girl from a violent relationship that mom has "adopted", and old friend of the daughter, a new love of the daughter...more
This story is so close to home, that is probably why I enjoyed it so much. I grew up on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean too and being from a Southern family I certainly could relate to her characters. A very endearing story surrounding mother and daughter.
An educational story involving the plight of the Loggerhead Turtles. I am a naturalist at h...more
Early on in the book we are told her mother is dying of lung cancer. Her mother is also part of the sea turtle club helping with the nesting each year. Each chapter...more
The category that this book fits into is a book recommended by a member of your family.This book as in my opinion was hard to get hooked to it took about 9-10 chapters before it got me kind of wanting to read .
My favourite quote from the book is in the prologue it is...
"Consider the turtle. Perchance you have worried,despaired of the world, meditated the end of life, and all things seem rushing...more
Caretta (Cara) Rutledge has been on her own since she was 18 years old.
She grew up in Charleston, SC and spent her summers at the beach house on the Isle Of Palms with her mother and brother as a child. After 20 years away from her South Carolina roots, Cara re...more
This book stirred up many memories not because my mother...more
Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textur...more