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The Summer Guests

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  4,761 ratings  ·  675 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life.

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Gallery Books
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The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe is a 2019 Gallery Books publication.

The ‘Beach House’ series has been a favorite summer treat of mine for years. Unfortunately, last summer, I couldn’t manage to squeeze this book into my schedule, despite my very best intentions.

With the weather being especially cold and gloomy this past week, the thought of a nice, warm, ‘beach read’ sounded good- which reminded me I had a Mary Alice Monroe novel I had never gotten around to reading.

I was really lookin
Diana | Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → THE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I've read by Mary Alice Monroe. I know she's well known for her Beach House series, but I wanted to jump in with a summery standalone novel.

As a Category 5 hurricane is barreling toward the coast of Florida and South Carolina, a mix of different people from the equestrian community, as well as their horses and several rescue dogs, evacuate to the safely of Grace and Charles Phillips' farm in North Carolina. As they ride out the storm together, each
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary Alice Monroe effortlessly blends characters and nature, and captures the complexities of interpersonal relationships.

A hurricane is threatening the coasts of Florida and South Carolina and evacuations are mandatory. An eclectic group of evacuees flee for the mountains of North Carolina and the home of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips. The Phillips’s daughter, Moira has brought eight rescue dogs with her from South Carolina. Hannah McLain a makeup artist living in Palm Beach,
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
I loved The Beach House series and this is another great story from Mary Alice Monroe where she’s also included Cara (from that series) and her new beau in its storyline. Racing against time to rush from hurricane Noelle brings people together at the Freehold Farm in NC. Old and new friendships, horses and loads of southern hospitality is the backdrop for this well told story.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Summer Guests tells the story of a group of people gathered inland as a hurricane threatens the coast. While this premise could have been interesting, the characters didn't really resonate with me. There was a ton of information on horses - dressage, jumping, etc. so perhaps someone with more of an interest in horses would appreciate this book more than I did. I also felt there were too many characters and not enough development with any of them. Grace and Charles are hosting all of the gues ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Being from Indiana we are right in the middle of tornado country where you basically just cross your fingers or pray tornadoes don’t pop up or if they do they don’t do too much damage. Hurricanes aren’t something that happens where I am however I have had a couple of close vacation calls with Sandy and Matthew down in Florida so I couldn’t help but be curious when a storm is at the heart of this story.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe is a women’s fiction or chick lit read that focuses on s
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Summer Guests

Mary Alice Monroe

THE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I've ever read by Mary Alice Monroe and it won't be the last! The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Mary Alice Monroe threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I'm kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner. THE SUMMER GUESTS is an engaging read and difficult on your emotions. It also left me wanti
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Started The Summer Guest with a different expectation. By the cover, I thought it was going to take place on the beach with a hurricane's impending doom. I should have paid more attention to the boots. The novel starts out with action pack suspense of what do you take with you when your home could be possibly destroyed. Then it changes direction, the reader finds themselves in the equestrian world. By the way, love the orange cat! It was a fun summer read.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Sigh. As far as craft goes, this was a MESS but I was still entertained enough to read it in a day 🤷🏼‍♀️
Nov 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-the-dws
So if this book had just been a follow-up to the Beach House series it would have worked much better. Instead Monroe takes on horses in this one and a bunch of characters that either didn't make an impression on me, or ones that I ended up not caring for. My favorite parts of this book was a look into Cara Rutledge's life since the last book in the Beach House series. That said, I am still disappointed we didn't hear more about her brother, nephew, etc. in this one. Instead we hear about her, he ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Summer Guests
Mary Alice Monroe

What it's all about...

Horses and personalities! That’s what this book is about. Plus a lot of it is about the personalities of horses...what they like, whom they like and what they will do if they don’t actually like you!

A hurricane is looming and friends have gathered inland at the horse farm of Grace and Charles. Everyone has issues as they come together. Horse issues, marriage issues, personality issues and what should I do with my life issues. Luckily th
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received a copy from Edelweiss. I just didn't enjoy it. I am not that interested in horses and it seemed choppier than her usual books.
Jun 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways, goodreads
Very excited to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Looking forward to reading it!
Jul 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed!

I have to say that this is the first time I’ve ever given a one star review of a book. Ms. Monroe should stick with what she does best, writing about the Lowcountry. It was like she stuck Cara Rutledge in just for name recognition. There were too many characters and sub plots. It just didn’t hold my interest at all. Maybe if you’re a fan of the equestrian world, the book will appeal to you. Hopefully, next year’s book will have us back in the Lowcountry.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was different than her usual books because almost all of it was set in the North Carolina mountains. The various guests had fled there to escape the wrath of Hurricane Noelle--some from South Carolina and others from Florida. Cara Rutlege plays a very minor part in this book; at first, I was disappointed in her absence.

The focus of the books was the world of horse showing and riding, particularly dressage and jumping. It was helpful that the author provided a glossary of terms at the
Chris Conley
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are never enough stars for one of Mary Alice Monroe’s books. She creates stories that draw me in and keep me engaged with every person in them. This one is filled with characters it is easy to recognize. The fact that they are horse people and horses made me really happy. I was (and still am) one of those ‘horse crazy’ girls. This book is a delight.
Donna Hines
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Material possessions are just that material that can easily be replaced.
When facing the hurricane eye to eye what matters most is family, friends, and acquaintances and nothing more.
However, it takes weathering the storm to learn the power of it all and the trial and tribulations one must endure to get to that realization.
Moving forward may not always be easy but it's always the right thing to do.
This is about several different groups of people that have come together at Grace and Charles farm t
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Monroe's books normally feature locations somewhere along the South Carolina coast. In this one, everyone is leaving the coast because a hurricane is forecast to hit. The characters share an interest in horses and are all moving inland to Tryon, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains where a friend's farm can accommodate the horses. One character "comes out." One reunites with an old friend. One couple ends up trapped on Isle of Palms when they take too long boarding up. The book simply was ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Have to figure out if I'm giving it a low rating just because it's not what I expected. However, I don't feel characters were developed well where I could really step in to the story. It seems Cara was added in to the story to give MAM fans a taste of Isle of Palms and as bait to read about the characters of the low country. But, her storyline seemed out of place and not needed. The story was very slow moving on and I couldn't wait for the ending-not for a good reason.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Mary Alice Monroe has written another novel which grabs your interest and does not let go even after the last page has been read! The Summer Guests is filled with wonderful characters who are each having a personal crisis during a time of uncertainty due to hurricane Noelle. I won't post spoilers or repeat the summary, but the story focuses on how the lives of equine lovers, especially dressage riders are a very special community of caring and also competitive personalities.
Charles and Gr
Barbara Schultz
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was so excited when I won this ARC.
I am a mystery/thriller fan and not really into chick lit or romance. However, do like to read Mary Alice Monroe novels.
I believe my expectation was too high as I just finished 2 disappointing novels.
I liked this novel but didn’t love it.
Shannon Houser
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you are a horse lover you may like this book. I just couldn’t get into into it.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can’t get a better summer read than a novel by Mary Alice Monroe. A story that exudes southern hospitality, The Summer Guests makes you feel instantly at home. For a little change in scenery, this story only has a few snippets of the Isle of Palms (and a familiar character). This time, we’re trading the beach for mountain views, the turtles for horses.

True to Mary Alice’s form, there is a heavy emphasis on the animals, their livelihoods, their personalities, and of course, a rescue mission.
Karen Ashmore
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Another decent beach read, except it wasn’t a beach read bc the author strayed from her usual format and wrote about the equestrian community. Once again it seemed all the characters were blue eyed blondes with the exception of the token Latin American rider, Angel.

Having grown up in Aiken County, SC, I am somewhat familiar with the horse-y set. Why once I even parachuted into a steeplechase event near Camden, SC, another equestrian community. We always thought they were snobby and clique-y and
Debbie Tollefson
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
. I've read many of Monroe's books, and really enjoyed the Beach series, but this one was a huge disappointment. Unlikable characters, pretty much no plot, a boring waste of time IMO. Just glad I got this from the library, and didn't pay for it
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a love for horses and good stories
Recommended to Maria by: I follow this author
As always with Mary Alices Monroe's books, the story is engaging with interesting characters and great settings.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This Monroe book is a bit different from others I have read. Other than a few reincarnation and New Age woo-woo concepts (having a tree tell you what direction your life should take), it's a solid, enjoyable story.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this read, it takes place over a short period of time, yet there was time to get a feel for the characters and the animals. Horse lovers - this book they would love. I'm not, but I still liked the relationship forged between horse and human. The life challenges and changes were interesting that the various characters faced as a few of them reached a crossroads. Delightful read.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable story about relationships with a lot of horses and dogs thrown in.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it

I kinda lost interest halfway in but stayed with it.
Ended up a good story, just not a favorite of her beautiful writing. I liked the horses, the farm, the hurricane looming - just wasn’t as good to me as I wanted it to be.
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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, which is the sixth installment of the Beach House series.

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 Distinct

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“fate could come along and intervene and change the course of one’s life in the breath of a moment. One tragic fall, a bitter divorce, a child’s decision, a hurricane.” 0 likes
“Angel was snoring softly, curled in the cramped backseat of the car. She chuckled to herself. He could fall asleep at the drop of a hat anytime and anywhere. Unlike herself, who struggled to fall asleep anywhere but in her own bed, and even then she usually awoke in the early hours of the morning—the witching hour—her mind spinning with thoughts, recriminations, and dire warnings.” 0 likes
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