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Beach House Memories

(Beach House #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  6,133 ratings  ·  543 reviews
Book by Monroe, Mary Alice
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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DD You could read this one first and then go back to the first and the second. They for sure have to be read in order. This book is a flashback to what…moreYou could read this one first and then go back to the first and the second. They for sure have to be read in order. This book is a flashback to what is mentioned in the first book.(less)

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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
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
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
~ 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
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
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!
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.
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.
Susan Bouma
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I was looking for a light beach read for my trip to Charleston so I picked up this novel by local author Mary Alice Monroe at the library. The setting for the story is the Isle of Palms, and the heroine is taking part in a research study to determine the effect a new resort will have on the loggerhead turtles that lay their eggs on the island. Coincidentally, we were staying at that now-built resort! Basically a light love story, I thought it was well written with interesting characters. For me, ...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 ...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
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,
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.
Kathryn Holley
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Good but sad.
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!
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: july19
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.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing in this book was really a surprise as Lovie told Cara about these events in the first book of the series. I debated even reading the book as I disagreed with some of the choices made. However, I enjoy the series as a whole and the turtle aspect is always interesting. I also liked reading about Isle of Palms during a simpler time before the development of the island.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book in the series, but not as much as the made me sad. Mary Alice Monroe is such a good writer because you feel the pain of the character as if it is your own! I can't wait to read the last book in this series.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
My “ go to” author , my summer reading staple, my teacher of all things “turtle”, has disappointed me with this one,the last in her series of Beach House books.
I was so anxious to finish the series; I had inadvertently skipped this one, so it was slightly out of order, even though I was familiar with all the characters.
This book was sluggish, dare ai say boring, at times, and until the end, not very captivating.
I can’t seem to figure out why; it was a love story; love of family and home, love of
Chelsey Wolford
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge knows what it means to be the perfect homemaker, mom, and all around Southern wife. She was raised to put her husband’s values, successes, and prospects before her own. Now that she is nearing the middle of her life, she is starting to realize just how unsatisfactory her own life really is. With an unappreciative husband, two kids to care for, and a mother who is constantly telling her how to raise those kids and how to be the perfect wife, Lovie decides she needs a ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and two children’s picture books. Mary Alice writes richly textured stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide.

Monroe has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA and starred reviews.

Other books in the series

Beach House (5 books)
  • The Beach House (Beach House #1)
  • Swimming Lessons (Beach House #2)
  • Beach House for Rent (Beach House #4)
  • Beach House Reunion (Beach House, #5)
“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
“She closed her eyes as his full weight stretched over her. They fit together perfectly and as they clung together her woman's body felt that at last she had found the man's bones from which she'd been created, and she was overcome with desire to become one flesh.” 1 likes
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