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The Summer's End

(Lowcountry Summer #3)

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In the powerful and heartwarming conclusion to her bestselling Lowcountry Summer trilogy, "New York Times" bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe brings her readers back to the charm and sultry beauty of Sullivan s Island, South Carolina, to reveal how the pull of family bonds and true love is as strong and steady as the tides.

It is summer s end, and Sea Breeze, the family s
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Margitte
I read the three books in this series because I wanted to. Now with that being said, I must ask myself what exactly it is in these books that captured the imagination. A grandmother and her three granddaughters are steaming up the pages with romances, broken marriages, lost jobs, insecurities, Aspergers, injured dolphins and enough southern pretentiousness for those readers thriving on snobbishness, class distinctions and southern charm. Clearly not my kind of scenario in reading. Predictable, n ...more
Mary
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I absolutely loved this book. I love many of MAM's books, with this series my favorite. This book may possibly be my favorite of the bunch... Each character got their own turn to shine with their storyline, and then it all wove together. I loved that Mamaw got out of the house...went fishing, has the start of a little romance. The beloved cast of characters are interesting, funny, and flawed. They love one anot
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Kim
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, kindle, net-galley
I really enjoyed this return to Sea Breeze in the final part of the Low Country Summer series. It was like catching up with familiar friends in a beautiful setting. Who wouldn't want to spend the summer in Sullivan's Island.

The three 'sisters' are building on their relationships as they spend the summer with their grandmother. There are the sorts of spats that you would expect, jealousies simmering beneath the surface. They share a father but their early lives with their own mothers or grandmoth
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Judy Collins
A special thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE SUMMER’S END (Lowcountry Summer #3) a powerful trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe, as she brings her much loved reunion of three half-sisters at the SC Lowcountry’s Sea Breeze, driven by matriarch Mamaw to a heartwarming conclusion, with much growth, wisdom, experience—with love, affection, and family bonds, derived from their summer visit.

In THE SUMMER GIRLS (Lowcountry Summer
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Obsidian
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I read the previous books in the Lowcountry summer series.

I really wish that I had enjoyed this book in the series as much as I did the other two.

The third book in the series focuses on Harper, the younger of the half sisters who have been coming to Sea Breeze on Sullivan's Island since they were young girls. Brought together by their grandmother, Mamaw, for one last summer together before her grandmother sells Sea Breeze allows Harper to get out from under her mother's thumb for the summer.

So
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Amanda Earnhardt
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first read a Mary Alice Monroe book, The Beach House, after seeing her at an author luncheon (The Moveable Feast) in Murrells Inlet, S.C. in 2002. After listening to her inspirational and interesting talk and devouring The Beach House, I became her biggest fan! Since then I have happily attended each of her Moveable Feast luncheons and have purchased and read all of her books.
The Summer's End, the last book in the Summer Girls trilogy, is the continuing story of a grandmother, Mamaw and her
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Marti
As everyone knows all good things come to an end, as does our seasons with the passing of the summer into fall. So begins the final book of Mary Alice Monroe’s Lowland series called The Summer’s End. We are again on Sullivan’s Island with Mawmaw and her granddaughters Dora, Harper, and Carson. Everyone knows that this is the last summer together at Sea Breeze.

We are drawn into the lives of the three granddaughters with the rediscovery of their hopes, dreams and struggles to move on. It is a dif
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Bev Antonides
Welcome back to Sea Breeze, Mamaw's home on Sullivan's Island, S.C., where the much beloved Mamaw is reunited with her granddaughters for their final summer together. Mary Alice Monroe once again takes us on a wonderfully heartfelt and powerful journey in The Summer's End, the third and final book of her Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. Monroe's writing is filled with life lessons for her readers, and this series is without exception.
Known for their intelligence, a bottle-nosed dolphin named Delphi
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Linda
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful conclusion to the Summer Trilogy, centering on Mamaw and her 3 granddaughters, who are half-sisters. They have not been together for many years, and Mamaw wants them to join her for the summer in her beach house in low country SC one last time before she moves into a rest home. The stories we have been following in the earlier books wrap up nicely in this one.
Mary Alice Monroe excels at character development, which draws us into the narrative. For example, we don’t see Dora as just a
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Carmen Blankenship
The perfect ending to one of my favorite series. Mary Alice Monroe simply doesn't write anything but fantastic books populated with characters I carry in my heart and mind even as I read my next book.

The Summers End is everything I want final book in a trilogy to be. It ties up all storylines and leaves you completely satisfied. I adored Mamaw and Lucille's relationship and watching Mamaw grieve was heart wrenching.

In Summers End we get to watch Harper truly find herself and step out from her
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Robin
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the conclusion to the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. While reading this series you will fall in love with the beautiful landscape of Sullivans Island and the Atlantic ocean in the lowcountry. The sisters (Carson, Dora and Harper) and Mamaw are winding down the summer at Sea Breeze, the family home. This is Harper's story. The girls have helped and supported each other as they have grown closer and became more than just sisters. They have returned to the family home at the request of their gr ...more
Kay Moser
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Summer's End" (The third book in "The Summer Girls" Trilogy) because, like my own novels, it focuses on the value of connectedness. It emphasizes the importance of creating, nurturing and preserving human connections--the kind that are face to face and hug to hug. Mary Alice Monroe has created a fascinating character, Mamaw, who demonstrates the power of one wise person who is determined to preserve continuity in her family. The novel is full of romances for the ...more
Belva
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how Mary Alice Monroe continues to create such good books, but this one was the perfect ending to the Lowcountry Summer trilogy. She seamlessly weaves family drama, romance, marine life conservation and PTSD issues into a wonderful story set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. So many times while reading this book, I was reminded of my childhood as I too called my grandmother "Mamaw". I don't give 5 star reviews often, but this book deserves it plus some. I really tried to draw thi ...more
Vickie
What a lovely end to this trilogy. Each book has focused on one of the three sisters, this last one focusing on Harper Muir-James. It was marvelous watching her character grow from an insecure young adult to a confident woman ready to stand her ground. And the inclusion of Taylor, USMC, was excellent. Again, this is not profound literature; if I had wanted that, I would have chosen to read something else. This is just a wonderful story about family and life along the intercoastal waterway in Sou ...more
Kathy
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fitting end to Mary Alice Monroe’s Sullivan Island trilogy. Having read the other two books in the series, I was eagerly awaiting this one. This book proved to be every bit as good as the other two. Now that summer is almost over, Mawmaw, Harper, Carson and Dora, have realized that their beloved family home, Sea Breeze will be sold. Mawmaw, the girls’ aging grandmother, has concluded the family home Sea Breeze, must be sold because she can no longer afford its upkeep. Each of the three ...more
Kristine Harkins
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

I have been eagerly anticipating a return to Sea Breeze which is the final chapter in the Low Country Summer Trilogy. I love Mary Alice Monroe and always feel a connection and kinship with her characters. This trilogy has been my favorite. Her writing and storytelling makes you feel like you are right there on Sullivans Island and Sea Breeze.

Carson, Dora, and Harper are still at Sea Breeze wrapping up their su
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Jencey/
Thank you to Mary Alice Monroe and Gallery books for my copy of Summer’s End in exchange for an honest review. I am excited to share the final chapter in the Summer Girls series. A giveaway is also included. See the rafflecopter below for details.
Synopsis:
The summer is slowly coming to the end for the Summer Girls. Mamaw will soon be moving into the retirement home. Dora will be moving forward with Nate into a new home and relationship. Carson is back on Sullivan’s island after going to Florida
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Cathleen
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Mary Alice Monroe does not disappoint with "The Summer's End", Book 3 in the Lowcountry Series. Mamaw invited her 3 granddaughter's to her beach house for one final summer. Mamaw will be putting her home on the market at the end of the summer and move to a senior citizens community. Dora, Harper and Collins, are three sisters with different mothers and haven't seen much of each o
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Marjorie
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Re-awaken your senses with the sights and sounds of Sullivans Island, a gem across the bridge from Charleston. It is a beautiful paradise of an island and Mary Alice Monroe captures your heart as well as your free spirit in this third installment of the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. Harper, Carson, and Dora are at summer's end. They have become reacquainted at Sea Breeze over the summer at their Mamaw's home, Sea Breeze, after having been separated for many years. As step-sisters who share the same ...more
Sue
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
Reading the third book in the Low Country Summer trilogy was like sitting down with old friends to catch up on what was going on in their lives. The characters had been so well drawn in the first books, that I felt like I knew them personally.Book 1 -The Summer Girls was Carson's story, Book 2 - The Summer Wind was Dora's story and the final book in the trilogy was Harper's story. The three half sisters were all pulled together by their paternal grandmother Mamaw who owned Sea Breeze house on Su ...more
Michelle
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm going to miss these characters.

This book is the third in the trilogy. This wraps up the stories of Mamaw, Dora, Carson and Harper.

Each book focuses on one sister as the main character but each tells the story of all of them.
This book focuses on Harper, the youngest sister.
I liked her character the best of the three sisters, throughout each book. She's the kindest I'd say and sometimes others take advantage of her kindness.

The characters are well written enough that they feel like real people
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Marjorie
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given To Me For An Honest Review

The Summer's End (Lowcountry Summer Book 3) by Mary Alice Monroe is a page turner and it's a real good one. It's a simple fun read about sisters coming together and all ending well. As you read the story, you'll feel as though you are being drawn in and are being invited to share a glass of sweet tea and a little talk with Mamaw and the girls. This is a great book to take to the beach to read or to read at home on a lazy rainy day. I gave this book 5 stars but wis
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Ann
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this trilogy set in the Low Country at the family home of Sea Breeze. Mamaw has succeeded in getting her three granddaughters happy and back together. Summer's End gives a very satisfying conclusion to Harper's escape from her mother's tyranny, Dora decides if divorce is the answer and a life with her new friend and Carson decides to stop running from life and enjoy her grandmother's hospitality. Sullivan's Island is a perfect setting and Mary Alice Monroe knows how to pen a riveting stor ...more
Diane
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Summer's End is the final book in a trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. It is a heart warming story that wraps up the end of summer for Mamaw and her “Summer Girls,” as she calls her three granddaughters. Once again, you will laugh and cry with all of them as they each work through their own issues and start to rediscover themselves and rebuild their lives. The sister's bonds and the strength of family is the major storyline and it won’t disappoint.

This bo
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Angie Bardin
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Summer's end was truly a fantastic book. Once, I started reading, I just could not put it down. Just like the first two books in the series, The Summer's End felt like I was visiting old friends. Harper is the main character in this book, but Dora and Carson are also central to the novel with interesting storylines for them! I just love MawMaw and what happens with her in the book. I loved the interesting twists at the end of the book. This is truly a book that I wanted to finish in one sitt ...more
Roxanne
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Smiling and leaking tears as I finish this outstanding final book in the summer trilogy by Monroe. By far my favorite of the three books, The science, the family love, and the low country descriptions all come together in glorious southern harmony! Strong, realistic characters set in modern day island life create a beach read one can read multiple times ; once in June, once in July and once in August! Kudos, MAM!
Jean
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. It is the third in the Low Country Summer series. And I think it's the best yet! The characters have become real to me over the three summers I've devoured this series. The locale is amazing. And Mary Alice's writing just keeps getting better and better. I've visited Sullivan's Island because of these books. Become a lover of the Charleston area because of Mary Alice Monroe and her writing. And, I can not wait for her next adventure.
Michele
Mar 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Eagerly anticipating The Summers End

With Mary Alice's books , the Summers are always here for us ! Such in depth sincere knowledge and fun about life that you would never expect !!
Susan Boyer
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Judy Churchill
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has been an extraordinary trilogy with not only the three sisters but an amazing Grandmother. Summer’s End brings all four to a new point in life, a new direction with new goals. I really enjoyed these books.
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