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Beach House for Rent

(Beach House #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  6,114 ratings  ·  710 reviews
New York Times Bestseller!
Bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.

When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Gallery Books
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The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe is a 2017 Gallery Books publication.

I’ve been dying to sink my teeth into this latest installment in the ‘Beach House’ series by Mary Alice Monroe!

I’ve never been disappointed by one of MAM’s novels, but this one is especially poignant and is simply storytelling at its finest.

Once again, we return to the magical beach house filled with special memories of Lovie, Cara’s mother, who stubbornly refused to sell it, eventually handing it down to her daughter. O
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
“Beach House for Rent” is the newest novel from Mary Alice Monroe. I have to admit I have not read all her books. This book is 4th in a series, but I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything having not read the first two books.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but I found that I laughed and cried in equal measure as I was reading. Her character development was flawless, the story so intriguing and the writing was delightful. I do not live near the ocean, but I felt the sea air a time or tw
Beach House for Rent is #4 in Mary Alice Monroe's Beach House series. I hadn't read the previous books so I can say this is a very good stand alone, and I am sure lovers of the series would also relish this beautiful addition to it.

The characters:
Cara is just turning fifty and she is having a life crisis. While happily married to Brett for the last ten years, she feels she is missing out on something, a passion and purpose in life over and beyond what she has now. Once a very successful advertis
Dale Harcombe
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cara Rutledge rents the beach house inherited from her mother, Lovie, to Heather Wyatt for the summer. The income will help Cara and her husband Brett keep the ecotourism boat in business. The younger woman, Heather, who until this point has been has been living at home with her father and his recent new wife, is an artist. The aim is for her to work on a series of painting of shorebirds. These have been commissioned and will become the basis for postage stamps of birds. Along with Heather are h ...more
Lisa Houston
Had been looking forward to reading this book and was so disappointed. It was dull and lacked interest and a good storyline
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to thank the publishers and Netgalley for offering me an ARC of this book in exchange for my opinion. I loved this book. All of MAM's work touches me. More than a "beach read", her books are comforting, full of old friends, with just enough drama and grief to make us appreciate the joys of life. And, as always, she educates us. And here, we learn about anxiety, shorebirds, the environment, canaries, and, the great sea turtle. Truly a standalone story, but for readers of the Beach House se ...more
Kristy Harvey
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason Mary Alice Monroe is one of the South's most beloved storytellers. Another great read by a favorite author!
3.5 Stars

Mary Alice Monroe is one of my favorite authors. While this installment is well worth a read, it is my least favorite in this series. The story line didn't hold my attention quite as well as the others. One thing for sure, Monroe captures the beauty of the SC coast and delivers perfectly.
Helen Mitternight
Just finished the latest from MAM...every time I think I can relax with a frothy summer read, she adds a story with unexpected depth. Really enjoyed this and liked that a few characters from a different series have cameos. Her portrayal of friendships makes you want to go hug your own, and makes you wish some of her characters were not fictional so you can hug them too.
Sherri Thacker
This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Mary Alice Monroe. This book was an easy, fast read and I really enjoyed it. Seems like all my books lately have been a thriller or a crime book so it was nice to read a “light read”.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2017
Loved it! Definitely a picturesque southern beach read (Lowcountry Isle of Palms), the story line really drew me in.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
This is a very touching book about a couple of women who are trying to find their path after experiencing great difficulties. The book was interesting, had some great characters, and a wonderful setting.

Cara and Heather are both trying to find direction in their lives. Cara is recently widowed and Heather has been almost agoraphobic since her mother's death during Heather's senior year of high school. Both of these women need and find healing over the course of a summer in the beach house that b
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ending to the "Beach House" series. Easy to follow, especially when you are on vacation at Nags Head, NC! :)

I enjoyed this light read; the characters were likeable and the writing very good. Mary Alice Monroe is a fantastic author in this genre.

As a side note, I will probably not be posting very much in the near future, as we are waiting to hear from the doctor about a very potentially serious health condition of my husband of 30 years. All prayers are appreciated!

Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love Mary Alice Monroe. Her books set in the Low Country always makes me want to visit the Isle of Palms. This is book number four in the series. I have read everything so far, except for "Beach House Memories".

This fourth book comes with major changes for the character of Cara Rutledge. Now 10 years after coming home to the Isle of Palms, she is happily married to Brett, but wishing that she had something passionate to be involved with. Doing the books for Brett's eco-tourism boat is okay
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather Wyatt’s life is turned upside down when her father rents her a beach house for the summer so he can spend time alone with his new wife. This is all new to Heather who suffers from anxiety attacks when she’s out of her normal environment. However, it’s the perfect place for her to paint birds for her postage stamp commission that she has been hired to do. So, Heather reluctantly agrees with her father’s plan.

Cara Rutledge is happy to have rented her beach house for the summer as she can u
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-fiction
I feel as if I have just taken a trip to the beach and spent time with friends. Mary Alice Monroe creates such wonderful characters that you feel as if you know them and the South Carolina low Country is always an important part of her novels.

Cara Rutledge is the daughter of Lovie from book 1 and she inherited Lovie's beach house. She and her husband, Brett, rent the house out for the summer and just got a rental for the entire summer from Heather a young woman from NC who suffers from extreme
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Cara's mother left her a cottage, Primrose, on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina and even though it's quite old, she refuses to sell it (the land is worth a fortune!), because it means so much to her. Cara and her husband rent out the house for the summer to an artist, Heather, who has the incredible task of painting shorebirds for postage stamps. Heather struggles with some major social anxieties and normally keeps to herself, but that is hard to do on the Isle of Palms. For starters, Bo Stanto ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable book. You have Heather, a super introvert who has panic attacks when dealing with anything. She has pretty much become a recluse. Her father rents the beach house for the summer so that Heather can work on her commission of painting beach birds as postage stamps. Then there is Cara, owner of the beach house. A tragedy sends her into a tailspin and she needs a place to live so she moves back to the beach house. The book covers what a family means and that doesn't mean blood rela ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love beach books and wish I had been on the beach reading it :-). I wasn't but that didn't keep from enjoying this easy read. There were some moments that I had a "gasp" moment of something I didn't expect. I like the little surprises and how she touched on a sensitive subject, anxiety.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting beach story of two strong-willed women struggling to overcome emotional hardships while surrounded by good friends and the healing power of nature.

Cara Rutledge loved the quaint yellow cottage perched on a dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Primrose Cottage has weathered the storms and the sunshine on the Isle of Palms for eighty-five years. This isolated island is where Cara had learned to swim, fish and climb trees as she was growing up. This is where she met and marrie
Kelby *TwistedCactusReads*
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cara Rutledge is a 50 year old woman who is happily married to the love of her life, but she feels that something is missing. Once an advertising agent known for her take no prisoners attitude, she has settled way down in a small beach town in the Carolinas. When one event upturns her entire world she starts to question who she is and what her purpose in life is. Going home to her mother’s beach hous
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I took a break from the dark side for a little venture to the Beach House. Even though this is a book in a series by Mary Alice Monroe it can be read as a stand alone.

Cara had left her career in the ad market years ago, felt something was missing in her life. She loved her husband desperately she just felt something was lacking in her life. Little did she know her life was going to take another drastic turn.

Heather is an introvert with an anxiety disorder due to her father's marriage she is bei
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow! What a deeply emotional book that will surely relate to so many who have suffered loss and need to redefine their lives!

A newcomer to the Isle of Palms, Heather Wyatt finds herself outside the boundaries of her comfort zone. Life had not been kind to Heather, and the thought of being on her own for the first time in her life intensified the anxiety that had plagued her since enduring a horrific tragedy. Could she feel safe and at home while living in this beautiful seaside community? Her r
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beach House for Rent was a lovely story about starting over, healing, and of friendship. Set on the Isle of Palms, a serene, magical place with an abundance of local shorebirds and marine life, this lushly written novel had plenty of heart and Southern warmth for readers to savor.

There’s nothing like a book by Mary Alice Monroe, with her beautiful descriptions of the Lowcountry and the vivid pictures she paints about the way of life in that region. I’ve
Pam Shue
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Alice Monroe has done it again!! A must read for everyone who loves the Low country, the beach, and Southern grace at it's finest. The story of true love and overcoming changes that life dishes out when we least expect it. Loss and grief, a part of the circle of life. Mary Alice writes a story that fills your heart with joy and each page allows the reader an opportunity to truly feel the character's emotions as they take the next step on their journey. Being able to relate to the characters ...more
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel sort of dumb because I started this book without realizing it was the fourth in a series. But then, you know what else is sort of dumb? This book.


Not garbage, just sort of dumb.
Light enjoyable read. It's part of a series so maybe that's why characterization seemed shallow; I think many of the characters had already appeared in series. Setting: the South Carolina island coast and low country, was wonderful. The author is a conservationist; story line includes bird observation & painting and sea turtle rescue. Really liked the descriptions of the shore birds & the sketches that began each chapter.
Jenny Belk
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a long time fan of Mary Alice Monroe's books. From Beach House to Skyward to Time Is A River, and then her Lowcountry Summer Series, I have savored her love of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I have learned about sea turtles and their habits, their amazing journeys to and from the ocean. I have witnessed through her words the survival of sea birds and their habitats, how we all play a part in the conservation of the flora and fauna native to the area and the importance of doing no ...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.

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