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On Ocean Boulevard

(Beach House #6)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  81 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Beach House series in this breathtaking novel about one familys summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

Its been sixteen years since Caretta Cara Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Chris Conley
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just like every book I have read by Mary Alice Monroe, I loved this one!! I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of it. I inhaled it as quickly as I could!! Revisiting these wonderful characters is always such a treat. This time around, there are so many delightful surprises!!
Patricia Romero
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
We are back with Cara and the Rutledge family in Charleston, South Carolina.

Cara returned to her roots sixteen years ago. Since then she's married, been widowed and has a baby! She has been through some of life's cruelest situations. Now, she is still working at the aquarium and turtle rescue as well as planning her own wedding! Yes, Cara is getting married again.

Now it's time for her niece to come home. Linnea went to California with big dreams of a career and hopefully a husband. Neither has
Sherri Thacker
Nothing like a book written about Charleston, the beaches surrounding Charleston, and turtle nesting to get me out of this blaah winter mood Ive been in (its so cold outside today) ... Mary Alice Monroe knows how to pull you into a story!! Another great book! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Your going to need at least a few tissues to read Mary Alices latest book. Once again, she will sweep you away to the Lowcountry where you will find familiar faces, places and animals. This is so much more than a beach read though. She focuses on the relationships between and among women. Friendships that are so important to each of the central characters and help them all find their voices. Once again we are treated to the loggerhead turtles and given more of an insight to what happens on the ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2020
Ive read all the previous books in this series so I was excited to have the chance to read an early copy. It was like visiting old friends once again. It touched on some current issues. It felt true to her previous ones in this series.
I loved it! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Donna Hines
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
From a historical perspective, to the environmental, to the political and everything in between this book on the beloved Charleston SC homestead is rooted in values, honesty, and integrity.
It's that Southern drawl that appeals to the readers. The down home country feel, the old fashioned rooted family, the 'sisters before misters' feel.
Readers are in for a treat as Cara is coming back home because she has a wedding coming up.
Her niece Linnea returns on the verge of a new career while developing
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
On Ocean Boulevard by author Mary Alice Monroe highlights the second chance at love and a new marriage for Cara Rutledge. This book can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but fans of the generations of Rutledge Family drama will enjoy reading about much loved characters. Several events are happening on Sullivan's Island during this season. Most of the book is about life situations as the generations age and grow. Emmi is helping Cara to finalize her wedding plans, Linnea returns with a ...more
Lisa Hudson
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

In Monroes latest offering to readers, she adds one more gift to her much loved Beach House Series. There is something special about Monroes ability to continue her story about three generations of the Rutledge family, particularly the women. Her writing is authentic and heartfelt and draws readers in as she continues the stories of love, legacy, heartache, tradition, and resilience. These are the novels we read to enable us to reflect on our own families and how our different
Edi McNinch
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a return to the Beach House series,and like all the other books in this series, it is easily read as a stand alone. We follow the lives of Cara Rutledge and her niece Linnea as they face changes in balancing career,family and finding their place in life. Relationship break ups, and family issues such as finance and alcoholism that many face are also explored. They continue to work with the "Turtle Team" , the SC Aquarium, and conservation efforts. The jacket cover gives a great ...more
Tiffany Foskey
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Alice Monroe never disappoints!!!!!!!!!!! I love her Lowcountry series and this new one was just as great and wholesome as the others!!!!!!! I love how you can fall right in love with her characters and fall right bck into their lives no matter how long it is between books!! She continues the series with Cara Rutledge and this adds in her grown up nieces story also. I give this one a definite 5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for my honest review
gwendalyn _books_
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth.

This captivating book, returns the reader to the wonderful Beach House series, and like all the other books in this series, its a great standalone novel. Following the lives of Cara Rutledge and her niece
Corlyn (Riverside Reader)
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe re-visits the Rutledge family on the South Carolina islands. I love the characters in this novel and their relationships with each other. This book can be read as part of the Beach House series or as a stand alone. Monroe's characters face lost love, unexpected life obstacles, hope and triumph as she weaves together their stories with environmental concerns of plastic in our oceans and their impact on the Rutledge's sea turtle research. I'm truly hoping ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Another enjoyable read from MAM. I always love the beach setting, the lessons on wildlife and the environment.. the lovely little sea turtles. Sweet, if a bit predictable, but lovely nonetheless.
It was wonderful to go back to Primrose Cottage on Isle of Palms near Charleston, SC , and catch up with what's going on in the Rutledge family. As I read this book, I felt like I was spending time with old friends at the beach. This is a story about love - love of family and love for the world that we live in.

The Rutledge family was an old and respected family in the history of Charleston. Cara is living on the Isle of Palms in her mother's old beach house. She in learning how to be a mother to
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
I havent read this yet , but if its WRITTEN BY MAM , and it surly is this will diff be a 5 🌟 ...more
Maria Logan-Montgomery
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance readers copy of On Ocean Boulevard, by Mary Alice Monroe, at the invitation of her publisher, Simon and Schuster, in exchange for an honest review. Monroe is one of my favorite authors, and the books of her Beach House Series are always superbly written, poignant, romantic stories with environmental education included. This one, book #6 in the series, addresses many topics from plastics in the ocean to yet another measles epidemic caused primarily by uneducated parents refusal ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the time that I read The Beach House, Mary Alice Monroe has been a favorite author. I love her family sagas set in the low country. That being said, this is book number six in the Rutledge family story. In this book we find Linnea returning from California, Palmer and Julia permanently residing in their beach house while also trying to recover from near financial ruin and selling the Rutledge family home in Charleston proper, Cara spending a lot of time commuting between her job at the ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, ng-reviews
Having read the other books in the Beach House series, it was wonderful to revisit Primrose Cottage and see what everyone has been up to. Cara is engaged to her wonderful man David. Linnea is headed back home after living in California with John. The Turtle Team is still tracking and saving the sea turtle population in South Carolina.

If you havent read any of this series, do not fret. You can pick up one book and follow along as well as starting at the beginning. Mary Alice Monroe is wonderful
Elaine Richardson
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Alice Monroes books are always more than just heartfelt works of fiction; she also typically incorporates an environmental theme, an approach that Monroe herself has dubbed environmental fiction. On Ocean Boulevard is the 6th book in the Beach House series that includes one of my favorites themes, survival of the loggerhead turtle. (Note: it is not necessary to read the first 5 to become engaged in this book.) As with previous books in the series, the turtle facts that precede each chapter ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Returning to the Beach House series is like returning home. You are welcomed at the Beach House by Cara, which is planning her wedding to David. You are invited in to Emmie's home, who is struggling with Flo's advancement in age and corresponding ailments. You are embraced by Linnea, who just returned brokenhearted from California. You have come to know and love all these characters so they feel like family. Their struggles are your struggles. Their achievements are yours as well. They introduce ...more
Patsy Sauls
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I so loved going back to check on the Rutledge family. This is like visiting with an old friend you havent seen in years but immediately feel like you are back home. This novel is a continuation of the characters that we first met in The Beach House. This is a standalone novel but once you are introduced to the family you will want to see where it all started. If you love the low country of South Carolina or any coastal area, this is the book for you. I love how Mary Alice Monroe always has
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I didn't realize that this book was part of a series, even thought I had read on of her other books.

The books starts with Linnea having to move back home to South Carolina. She lost her job and broke up with her boyfriend so she goes back to live with her parents who are going through their own issues. Linnea is happy to be near her family and participating in the annual turtle migration on the island.

Cara is
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ive read all of her novels, and Mary Alice Monroe has done it againcreated a moving family saga set in the low country of South Carolina. Linnea left Charleston to move to San Francisco with her boyfriend, and now she is returning, having lost the job and been dumped by the boyfriend. Moving back in with her folks at 25 is depressing, even though theyve sold the old family home in Charleston and now live on the beach. She is making new friends, including an incredibly attractive Englishman, and ...more
Janet Campbell person
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Mary Alice Monroe has done it again. What a fantastic book! Ive read all of the books in the Beach House series and many of her others. I believe this is my favorite by far. Im already totally endeared by sea turtles, thanks to Mary Alice, and it was no surprise that the story was wrapped around these amazing creatures. It was so comforting to have characters from her other books come together in this book. I felt right at home and was happy to learn of how their lives were ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Munro is a very good novel that takes place in South Carolina near the ocean. It follows three generations of women from one family. The trials and tribulations of this family are dealt with in this novel. There was also the topic of helping turtles by a group of citizens called The Turtle Team. At the beginning of each chapter there is a paragraph explaining something about turtles. I learned quite a bit! You will love the characters in this novel. The author ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is great if you like lots of descriptions. In my opinion, it gives so many descriptions that it's hard to find the story within them. I really don't like to review a book that I haven't finished, but I am obligated to give an honest review for Netgalley allowing me a copy of it. There are too many books on my "to be read" list to take the time to finish this one. The over abundance of descriptions bogs down the speed of reading and the speed of the story.. When you stop and think, ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On Ocean Boulevard. Mary Alice Monroe returns to her readers beloved lowcountry location to continue the story of Cara Rutledge, her fiancé David, adopted daughter Hope, niece Linnea, old friends, the loggerheads, and the impact of plastic waste on our environment. The educational aspect of the story is never preachy or political. As she did when she brought readers into the precarious life cycle of the turtles, Ms. Monroe presents her information informally through the words and actions of her ...more
Carol Deegan
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to the next book in Mary Alice Monroes Beach House series. This a fun series that follows the Rutledge family through aging, death, remarriages, financial instability and alcoholism. You cant help but like all the characters, and they have come to be like family to me. Reading these books feels like Im visiting them in South Carolina. Each chapter starts with information about the loggerhead turtles nesting habits. This is not the main focus of the book; it ties into the ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of generations of the Rutledge women who are on the cusp of a new beginning. A marriage, a new career and a heartbreaking illness are woven into the story of Cara, Linnea and Flo. New friends, a new romance and a fulfilling of a love well deserved are all here on Sullivans Island.
Mary Alice Monroe writes of traditions, secrets, love and of relationships that are broken with the hope they can be healed.
The snippets she writes of the turtles nesting and the Turtle Ladies that
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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 shes earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of

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