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The Four Seasons

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  2,013 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
A time for change...and second chances

They are the Season sisters, bound by blood, driven apart by a tragedy. Now they are about to embark on a bittersweet journey into the unknown; an odyssey of promise and forgiveness, of loss and rediscovery.

Jillian, Beatrice and Rose have gathered for the funeral of their younger sister, Meredith. Her death, and the legacy she leaves t
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published 2001)
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Dale Harcombe
This is this cover I have but it is not a Kindle edition, but a paperback by Mira.However it doesn't seem to be on the site so rather than fuss around,I have just gone with this so you see the cover.
Different moods and times call for different books. Sometimes you just want a book that is not a literary masterpiece, is not heavy or thought provoking but will just let you escape into it for a few hours and get lost in the lives of the characters. I found that with this story of the Season sisters
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-library
This was my second book from Mary Alice Monroe that I have read and it was a pretty good read. It was about three sisters who reunited with each other after their youngest sister died and gives them a quest to go on: to find Jilly's daughter Spring and give her the time capsule they all made. They all go on the trip to rediscover their childhood and to face their fears of the unknown. Definitely check it out.
Julie Barrett
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Four Seasons by Mary Alice Monroe
The funeral will bring the sisters together: Jillian, Beatrice (Birdy), Rose. Mary the 4th is now dead.
Model in Paris, pediatric doctor and word processor working from the family home, were their professions. In Mary's last wish video they learn she wants them to find Spring and give her the share of her money from the estate.
The book goes back in time to when she told her parents she was pregnant and we learn all the details.
Alternating chapters from the pre
Laura Lysiak
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I normally love her books, but I found these characters sickening and annoying. This took me forever to get through....but I just couldn't abandon it...I am no quitter. But, really, don't bother.
Diane Harris
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I felt such a part of these sisters. I don't have a sister and as I've gotten older, I miss having one even more. The author developed interesting characters and as the story unfolds, we discover how they got to be who they are today. I love the complexity of each person and the hopefulness for their future. The depth of the plot keep me turning the pages and the outcome did not disappoint. (I hate sad or cliff-hanging endings). This would be a great summer read! Or curl up i ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel tells the story of the four Season sisters . When they gather for youngest sister Merry's funeral they are presented with the chance to confront a family secret that has festered for nearly thirty years. As they gather for the funeral each of the Season sisters is awash in her own problems. Investigating an old family secret gives them the opportunity to face their own demons, as well as to fulfill Merry's dying wish. If the plot sounds a bit hackneyed, that's because it is. The plot ...more
Sandy Ahn
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I can't believe all the reviews that were 4 and 5 stars. I found this book to be not very well written and terribly predictable.
Mary Alice Monroe has a gift for telling entertaining tales about families and relationships. I find myself engrossed in the story and spending my evenings enjoying her novels.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
Not a favorite of mine. Completely predictable and while the jacket led me to believe there would be depth to this story, sadly it was lacking.
Rebecca Wilkins
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Fun read about sisters.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Four Seasons are four sisters with the last name Season. A page-turner for me. Couldn't wait to get back to it to see what happened. Somewhat predictable, and yet not. Loved it.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2017
I thought it was a good book
Kathleen Hagen
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There were four sisters, with the last name of Season. Their father called them The Four Seasons and had nicknames for most of them. Jillian, the oldest, was Jillie. Beatrice, was Birdie. Rose was just Rose, and Meredith was Mary. The daughters and their parents lived an idyllic life of innocence in an old Victorian mansion until the day there was an accident. Mary, only abou
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I totally loved this book. I picked it up because I have enjoyed all of Mary Alice Monroe's books, but this one was different. It wasn't just a love story, but a story about the love between four sisters.

Having one sister myself, I enjoy "sister" books, and this had a little of everything...secrets, tragedies, drama, a love story, death and mystery. Somehow Mary Alice Monroe easily weaves all of these topics together in The Four Seasons and makes a wonderful book.

It starts with the death of the
Three adult sisters return to the family home after the death of their youngest sister, Merry, who had been living with complications, both mental and physical from a near drowning incident as a child. This is the event that both ties and strains all 3 of the sisters who are together to see the estate split up and listen to their sisters last request. She wants them to find the daughter that the oldest sister, Jilly, gave up as a teenager. Jilly has led a dramatic life as a fashion model, but un ...more
Rebecca Becker
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
My favorite genre is books about women and their relationships, so I liked the premise of this book and the dynamics among the characters. Munro does an effective job with setting and I enjoyed her descriptions and her prose in general. I did have a problem with the amount of time that was supposed to pass during this story. The characters were gone long enough that all of their relationships healed, all of the characters fell in love and two left their old lives to start new ones, and two built ...more
Linda Bouley
This is a strait forward, happy ending story. The three of the four Season sisters - Jilly, Birdie & Rose have come together upon the death of the youngest, Merry. Merry was sickly and had the mental capacity of a child, but in her final days she spoke with the family lawyer and made a special request...that they find Spring, which is the name she used to refer to her doll & the baby that she was aware that Jilly had as a teen. All three of the surviving sisters were not in the best emot ...more
If you have a toddler/baby by a pool, put a life jacket on them. Helps prevent the kind of tragedies this story was big on.

Very predictable story. It is easy to see how it's going to go, but that's ok. It was good to see the sisters work out the problems among themselves and the men in their lives.

It was so funny in a wrong way when Jilli was lamenting how immorally she was portrayed in the adoption papers,the author had her run straight to a man to commit another immoral act. Proved the asses
Helen Gaye Brewster
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
When I picked this up from the used book section of my local Goodwill store, I expected it to be one of those books that I'd be a little embarrassed about reading. You know, a very light and predictable story that's a half step above a Harlequin romance. A guilty pleasure, so to speak. And, to my surprise, it was actually quite good. The Season sisters are gathering together for the first time in years for the funeral of their youngest sister. When they were young, their father referred to them ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow what a story! Following four sisters with their different personalities and lives and how life choices can separate a family for years. The uncomfortable and tense situation when all come back together for the death of their youngest sister and the misunderstanding all those years that kept the sisters apart from each other.
I could really relate to this story because I have four daughters myself with very different personalities. Some get along, some do not! Life seems to get in the way and
MsSmartiePants the candy...
Good! On my first attempt, I was a bit uncertain about the themes, four sisters, one passes away after a tragic accident, etc. So, back on the shelf it went for another try later.

Nothing to read in the house (except the Kindle) brought me back to my "to-read" shelf and the second try.

I found the story to be written well, not maudlin or overly dramatic but real. Sparse use of the time-travel technique enabled further revelation of buried feelings and assumptions which had impacted each of the fa
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mary Alice Monroe got me again. This book started off very slowly for me, and at one point I actually put it away for a week or so. It just didn't catch me immediately. Once the sisters got on the road, though, I jumped in the car and took the ride. This was a lovely story, of family and love and forgiveness. My heart ached for poor little Merry. She orchestrated from beyond the reunion of her family, and tied them all together with her time capsule.... Jilly's search for her daughter and the jo ...more
Suzanne Moore
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This story is definitely classified as "chic lit." It is about four sisters who have the family name Season. Three of sisters are mourning the lost of their youngest sibling and uncovering secrets from the past. They reconnect with each other and find romances, new and rekindled. The main secret in this book is about the oldest sister's search for a baby that was adopted out years earlier. This is a catalyst for healing their past and present sadness. Each one of the sisters also has a side dram ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story about the lives of three sisters: Birdie, Jilly, and Rose, who come together after the loss of their sister Merry. (Merry had been developmentally delayed and physically ill for several years, due to a swimming accident when she was very young.) Upon their younger sister's last request, the remaining Season sisters went on a quest for Jilly's long lost daughter, whom Jilly was forced to give up for adoption many years ago as an unwed teenager. The story reveals family s ...more
Katy Tate
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Four Seasons is a beautiful portrayal of the joys and anguish of sisterhood. Twenty five years after a life-changing tragedy, Jillie, Birdie, and Rose reunite for the funeral of their youngest sister, Merry. It is Merry's last wish that will have the sisters, along with Birdie's teenage daughter Hannah, off on a quest to find a missing family member. Forced together after years of barely keeping in touch, they embark on a journey dealing with unresolved conflict and family issues that they w ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m aware of an awful lot of convenient happenings in Mary Alice Monroe’s books that remind me, as I am reading, that I’m in a fictional world. Even though the conveniences are distracting, I find myself forgiving them and enjoying the books anyway.
This story is of three sisters coming together for a fourth sister’s funeral. It is tender and holds a lot of truths about sibling interactions. Each sister has a secret and each sister’s path to healing requires exposure of the secret and support f
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I just fell in love with all the characters in this story. Monroe has a keen way of bringing her characters to life. I loved the way she developed the relationships between the sisters through flash backs along with what they were going thru present day. She really created a true realness with how everyone related to one another because of everything they had gone thru in their past and then masterfully showed how they were healing right before our eyes. It's a book about loss, relationships, he ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
They are the Season sisters, bound by blood, driven apart by a tragedy. Now they are about to embark on a bittersweet journey into the unknown; an odyssey of promise and forgiveness, of loss and rediscovery.

Jillian, Beatrice and Rose have gathered for the funeral of their younger sister, Meredith. Her death, and the legacy she leaves them, will trigger a cross-country journey in search of a stranger - a stranger with the power to mend their shattered lives. As the emotions of the past reverberat
Julie Barrett
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the four seasons by mary alice monroe, sisters travel home to bury their youngest sister. different thoughts, different lifestyles all mingle
to come together again in the family house. good and bad memories are brought up and each deals with them differently.
reading of the will brings forth a last request, deliver the
time capsule to the child that one of the sisters had as a teen.
the book takes you through the journey to search and find the child. i love how the
realizations bring them all closer
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
How did I just find out about this author???? I loved this book because I am a huge sucker for stories that involve sisters, secrets, and a splash of dysfunction. Each sister is quite different from the other and I truly liked all of them. I identified more with the sister who thought she had to be perfect and had to keep her life in order. They all get their turn to tell their stories which felt real and authentic to me. There was only one small blip towards the end that was sort of "cliche" bu ...more
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