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Beach House Memories (Beach House #3)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  3,783 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, returns to her beloved South with Beach House Memories, the sequel to The Beach House!

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…

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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
~ 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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patti Hughes
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
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.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story! Makes me want to go and help the turtles!
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and the story was inviting.
Jessie Cahalin
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Batten down the hatches and read yourself to safety

The book has a romantic narrative which is, of course, predictable but I felt reassured by this. The book allows you to batten down the hatches and shut off from the impending storm. However, the reader’s advantage is that you are safe and cosy and the storm cannot reach you – only in your imagination!!!! But you can hide from everything on the comfort of the sofa as you read this book.
The setting of the beach house transported me to my ideal de
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go back to the 1970s. The south in the 1970s. "Beach House Memories" is a story about a woman torn between two worlds. She passionate about the loggerheads and her beautiful cabin on the beach. She's also dealing with a difficult marriage. This is at a time when marriage was sacred and there was no divorce for the wealthy because of losing face.

What a beautifully written book. It engrosses you from the first page and keeps your interest until the last sentence. No, the last period. It moves you
Elyse Mcnulty
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Beach House and it was great to be back on the beach with the Loggerheads. I loved reading about the nesting and hatching and hatchlings. The characters were like so many people I know and I could put myself in the story. I was sad to see the story end and to say goodbye to characters that won't continue.
Beach House Memories with Lovie, Russell, Flo, Vivian, Cara and Palner; great characters. I would rather forget Stratton, the Husband, but this how well the character was written.
Shelley Still
What a good look at "Lovie" when she was younger. I admit that at first, the imagine of her from The Beach House stuck in my mind but, I was able to be pulled into the younger version quickly.
This book is about what a woman is taught and chooses to endure while going on in the strength that women (especially Southern) have the ability to do.
I love this series of well written books about the tenderness of life's challenges, the personal heartaches and loves. All the while they are environmentall
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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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