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Beach House Memories

(Beach House #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,203 ratings  ·  618 reviews
Autumn brings haunting beauty to the sun-soaked dunes on Isle of Palms, where Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge lives in her beloved Primrose Cottage. As the seasons change, Lovie remembers one special summer…

In 1974, America is changing, but Charleston remains eternally the same. When Lovie married aristocratic, well-connected businessman Stratton Rutledge, she turned over her fort
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Gallery 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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Shayla Drumm
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Spoilers for those who have not read Beach House #1 and Swimming Lessons otherwise known as Beach House #2).

I ultimately felt bored and slightly letdown by the third book in the series. I honestly considered just passing it up since I am not a fan of reading about affairs in romance novels. Between that and how Lovie honestly seemed to ignore her two kids for her "romance" I wasn't feeling the plot at all. And when Monroe showed how and why Lovie ended up staying in her marriage I maybe went bah
Mary Eve
~ Third book completed in May #CleanSweepARC Challenge.~

This will not be the first time I've mentioned how much I love the Lowcountry. It will certainly not be the last; it's one of my favorite southern fictional settings. Monroe's love for the Lowcountry is also evident in her stories. This time, she has combined her passion for the beautiful coastal islands and the preservation of loggerhead sea turtles and their hatchlings. Mary Alice tells two stories here really, one of Olivia Rutledge, a w
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Third in the Beach House series. I am ambivalent about the first book, like the second, and actively dislike this one.

Why do I dislike it?

Lovie's husband cheats on her. As readers, we witness her embarrassment and pain. Yet the plot revolves around the married Lovie's affair with the married Russell Bennett. How is it different? Well, I guess I'm supposed to see that Lovie and Russell are good people and meant for each other: it's not a "tawdry" affair. Okay, Lovie's husband is an ass and her ma
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads
I loved reading this book this summer, but my opinion might be a little biased - I read it while at the beach in the Carolinas just after visiting Charleston. The beach where we stay is a turtle nesting site, so I loved reading about the main character's passion for sea turtles. I found myself fully wrapped up in the story and having a hard time putting the book down. The love story and dilemma the main character faced really had me thinking about how different women's options were in the 1970's ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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! ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Diana Davis
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great addition to the Beach House series. I cried through the other books and this one's ending is no different. The emotions run throughout the book and you just want to keep reading, getting lost in the pages. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An easy read, though not as predictable as I thought, while half way through. It tells a story of a typical southern bred woman, who sacrifices all for her family and family's reputation. She spends every summer at her beach house where she is known as " THE Turtle. Lady". One summer a study of the Loggerhead turtles is conducted as plans for building condos goes underway. The head of this study is a handsome doctor who is impressed with Olivia's years of tracking the turtles and they become par ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Beach House series is just a delight. I love how she weaves nature into the story and uses it's facts as a metaphor for what is going on in the story. Throughout this series, we get to see all aspects of Loggerhead turtles who nest at the Isle of Palms. It's in each book in this series. This book is so great because we go back in time to an illicit romance that meant so much to Lovie in the mid seventies. It's about Russell Bennett and how he came into her life. He is mentioned in the first ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #3 of the Beach house series but I was advised to read it second, after reading The Beach House. I'm a rule follower so this was a difficult decision to make! Soooo many people, even the author, said to read it 2nd, so I did and I'm glad! So far this series is the perfect pandemic read. It's like a Hallmark movie (matter of fact, there actually IS a Hallmark movie of the 1st book). Beach House Memories was written as a prequel to The Beach House and we learn all about Lovie's backst ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beach House Memories is a prequel to the Beach House series. Beach House provides some insight into Lovie's past but the full depth of her emotions and experiences during the mid-seventies are not uncovered until reading this book.

Cara and Palmer are 10 and 13 years old in this story. Lovie's marriage and personal life are uneasy. But all is well at the Beach House. Her passion for sea turtles becomes strengthened and official. The Turtle Ladies volunteer group is expanded. There's passion, love
Elizabeth Meadows
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books-2020
This is a prequel story about Lovie, the mother of the main character in The Beach House. I'm generally not a fan of books about bad marriages and extra-marital affairs, but if you've read The Beach House then you already know that this story is out there in the ether somewhere anyway. So it was probably inevitable for the author to write it down. Mary Alice Monroe is a good story teller and I will continue to return to the beach house as long as there are books to be read. In fact I've already ...more
Elizabeth McHugh
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The conservation/ecology history of south carolina/beaches/turtles is interesting and adds to the story. The story of Lovie gets a bit old with the same agony she feels with her terrible marriage and the tragic end to the love of her life. Positively is shows the strength of women
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beach-read, romance
I liked this book in the Beach House series more than the first and I really enjoyed the first. This is Lovie’s story and it hits the heart wonderfully. Highly recommend this one as it is an amazing love story and tale of what happens when you meet your soul mate, but if it happens too late.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great series and this book was wonderful. I love all the sea turtle facts that are woven in through the great story,
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately I haven't read the preceding books, but I think this one is fine as a stand-alone. A very real and sometimes sad story - wrong goals and priorities going back generations and causing misery, mixed with unexpected temptations . . . and on it goes. The children are the definite winners here, if there are winners. Beautiful prose and a well-thought out story line. ...more
Gail Cleare
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great prequel to The Beach House. Beautiful writing, interesting setting, layered characters, and an involving plot. Loved it!
Kathryn Holley
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Good but sad.
Regina Larkin
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book.
Patti Hughes
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While this book was a prequel to the previous book in the series, it is absolutely stand-alone. However, knowing the characters, I loved getting to know them as they were in the past, as a young wife, and as a child of the young wife. Although it ended in the same place as the Beach House, it was a completely different experience.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite author, setting and topics. Despite the years in between then and now, Olivia’s challenges remain for women.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I have loved every book in this series, except for this one.

I can't wrap my head around the fact that this "mother" left her children at home for literally the whole day and most of the evening through this whole book. Yes I know they were 10 and 13, and yes I know it was a different time, but for literally the whole day and evening this woman would leave her kids to go out and check on the turtles. Seriously lady GO HOME TO YOUR KIDS! WTH?

She seriously was a terrible mother.
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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of nearly 30 novels and children's books, including THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND, on sale May 11, 2021.

More than 7.5 million copies of her books have been published worldwide, and she’s earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distin

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