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The New York Times bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the Rutledge family as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, unity, and a dose of humor, discovering unexpected joys and lessons that will endure long past the season.

The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Gallery Books
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Linden
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linnea is laid off from a job she loves at the Charleston Aquarium, so she's worried about paying the rent on the beach house owned by her Aunt Cara. Cara's OK with no rent, but then asks her niece to care for Cara's 6 year old daughter while her husband recovers from a possible bout with corona virus. Linnea has kindly offered a room in the beach house to Anna, who was also laid off, and her brother decides to move in too. Next, her boyfriend Gordon arrives from England, and she must decide if ...more
Book Addict
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
While I usually am a sucker for a Mary Alice Monroe book, The Summer of Lost and Found wasn't really my cup of tea. I think it will appeal to many, many readers, as her work does, but it didn't do it for me.

The book was filled with far too many references to the coronavirus, social distancing, masks, and other such things that I am just not ready to read about while living it. I gave this book 3 stars because while it wasn't for me, I'm obviously in the minority and there are quite a few others
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Annissa Joy Armstrong
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Mary Alice Monroe for an early copy of this book.

This is the 7th book in The Beach House series and it was so good!! I have loved all of the books in this series and the author does a great job making sure that they all can stand-alone.

The book begins as COVID is starting to hit in March 2020. People are trying to return from other countries and some will come down with COVID. This is a very small part of the book.

This book is about the third generation
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Sue
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A book by Mary Alice Monroe always makes it feel like summer. Even though it was cold and icy outside when I read this, I took a well needed mental vacation to the beach. In her new novel, the author takes us back to Isle of Palms and the Rutledge family. I've read every book in this series and felt like I was visiting old friends. The main difference is that this book is written about 2020 and the characters all have the same problems adjusting to the new world after Covid hits as we all did. I ...more
Dallas Strawn
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Beach House series and the characters her readers know and love of Cara and Linnea Rutledge in her forthcoming novel “The Summer Of Lost and Found”

What is different about this book however, is that our beloved fictional characters are set in the real world timeline of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, with the novel beginning with Linnea being laid off from her dream job at the South Carolina aquarium due to shut downs, and slowly over the course of the nov
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Sherry
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 The pandemic hits the low country and everyone's lives are thrown into turmoil, but there's still romance, a little drama, and of course, turtles! I just love these women and was so glad to spend the weekend with them. Fans of the Beach House series will not be disappointed with Mary Alice Monroe's latest. ...more
Donna Hines
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
According to her profile: "Monroe is captivated by the beauty and fragility of the wild habitat around her. In particular, the coastal southern landscape became a strong and important focus of many of her novels. Monroe immerses herself in both academic research and hands-on/volunteering to learn about a species or conservation issue. Then, she uses the knowledge and experiences working with animals and the wildlife experts to craft captivating stories that identify important parallels between n ...more
Edi McNinch
This book is another spectacular read by Mary Alice Monroe about the saga of the Rutledge family. Although part of a series it can be easily read as a stand alone novel, as the author gives excellent ‘snip its’ of the backstory for that purpose. The jacket cover synopsis gives a book description far better than I, so I give no spoilers, book-reports or repeating of the storyline. I will tell you that the characters are realistic and their dialogue regarding the summer of 2020 is such that many w ...more
Genevieve Trono
Feb 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
{Thank you to Gallery Books for my gifted copy.}

I have been a long-time fan of both Mary Alice Monroe and the Beach House series was so excited to read this book. I always look forward to seeing what the Rutledge family is up to and this year was no different.

After nearly a year of living in a pandemic, it was so interesting to follow along with the Rutledge family as they navigated the early days of COVID back in spring, 2020. The lack of tests, the uncertainty about what quarantining even mean
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Chris Markley
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Time to check in with friends at the Beach House and it is 2020 and the pandemic has started. Life is handing Lianne unexpected challenges in her career, friendships, family, and friendships as COVID-19 changes the world. What will happen as COVID-19 strikes close to home? things get especially trick as her ex and her current boyfriend become part of her pandemic pod. How will they coexist and will she have to make a choice? I was hesitant to read this because the pandemic is still too real but ...more
Anne
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*****Coming May 21, 2021***** Thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley, I was chosen as an early reviewer!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mary Alice Monroe is spot on when continuing the Beach House Series through the Pandemic! This author draws you into the book and so accurately describes the uncertainty, heartaches, and daily life changes that was caused by the beginning of the pandemic. I loved how Mary Alice Monroe even included the viewpoint from a 6 year child. Even though this novel is part of a series, this b
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Mary
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2021
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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The New York Times bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the Rutledge family as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, unity, and a dose of humor, discovering unexpected joys and lessons that will endure long past the season.

The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020
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Wendy
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
In The Summer of Lost and Found, Mary Alice Monroe, the Queen of Low Country Fiction, takes readers back to the Beach House of the Rutledge family. While I feared authors would be writing novels with coronavirus plots, I found that Monroe handled the story line with a calm but firm hand incorporating wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing.

Linnea Rutledge, Lovie’s granddaughter, just lost her job at the aquarium because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, her aunt Cara owns the
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Janelle
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I am so glad to return to the Primrose Cottage and visit with the Rutledge family. I have loved this series since the beginning and especially after this year, was craving more of Lovie's wisdom. This is also the first book about the Covid-19 pandemic I've read. I was really interested in seeing how this timeframe, we're still technically living in, would come across in story form.

After the crazy year we've had in 2020, it was a comfort to come back to re-live it with characters t
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Pamela Dysland
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway winner.

It was interesting to read a novel that centered around life in the time of COVID-19; it's a reminder that even though it feels like sometimes it's been going on forever and other times still feel like just a few weeks, it's been almost a year. Through the lens of a "beach read," this book explores both the struggle, reaction and difficulties of living in a pandemic, as well as everyday relationships among family and friends.

The numerous charac
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ROBIN RUIZ
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
“We’ve weathered a lot since the pandemic began. We’ve been frustrated, upset and challenged. But we’ve also been brought together a way none of us could have foreseen.”

Welcome back to Primrose Cottage and catch up with Rutledge family, during the year 2020 and the beginning stages of the Covid pandemic and how it impacts not only each family member but the world around them.
The Covid pandemic has impacted all of us in different ways and I feel the author has addressed so much of it in this book
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Ashley Youngblood
Feb 24, 2021 marked it as to-read
I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I have been a MAM fan for so long. The Beach House series is my most favorite of all. I feel such a connection with the characters. I was a little nervous to read a book set in the midst of the pandemic but I am so in love with this series and I trust the Mary Alice would not disappoint. There was something that resonates deep within my soul while reading The Summer of Lost and Found. Perhaps it is because we have all lost so
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Lauren Stahl
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
In the final book of the Beach House Series, The Summer of Lost and Found, the reader is once again reunited with the Rutledge family. This time the family faces some challenges during the Corona Virus Pandemic and the reader weathers the storm with them. Written much like the other books in the series the reader is instantly connected to the characters they have come to know and love. Told mostly from Linnea's perspective the book is light and easy to read. A good look at how some managed to pa ...more
Mary
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Lost and Found is another great lowcountry book in the Beach House series by Mary Alice Monroe. The 2020 corona virus causes world wide shelter in place, social distancing, and business closures. Linnea is laid off from her much loved job at the South Carolina aquarium. This novel follows Linnea, her family, and friends through out the summer as they learn to deal with issues that arise from Covid-19 and everyday life. As long as you have family and friends you can survive, even th ...more
Carol Deegan
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I didn’t think this book was quite as good as others I’ve read by Ms Monroe, but it is still a good read. It is set in the summer of i2020 when the pandemic changed so many things in our lives. All the characters are likable, some more than others. I was disappointed there was not more time with the turtles as they were hatching. The setting and the storms off the ocean are so well described I felt like I was right there in the storm with the characters. I recommend this series to anyone who lik ...more
Terri
Feb 21, 2021 marked it as to-read
This book is part of the Beach House series. It can be read as a stand alone but after reading this book, you will want to go back to the beginning. It follows the Rutledge family at the start of the pandemic. You find out how the characters from the series are coping with the pandemic. It does touch on about the sea turtle hatchlings. I enjoyed this book very much even though we are still dealing with coronavirus. It brought back how the country shut down during 2020 with layoffs, quarantine, c ...more
Jane
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Summer of Lost and Found finds the Rutledge family and their friends struggling with the COVID pandemic, isolation, old loves, new loves, loss and generally trying to make do with an unsettling new normal...as the author’s devoted fans also are doing. Mary Alice Monroe gives new readers enough back story that they won’t feel lost, but if you are a new reader, please know that you will lose many hours of exquisitely engaging and enlightening prose by not reading the series in order. I volunta ...more
Mary Mellgren
Feb 21, 2021 marked it as to-read
Another awesome book in the Beach House series. The Rutledge family is dealing with the coronavirus and is uprooting everyone’s life. Linnea is laid off from her aquarium job. Her new love interest Gordon is trying to get back to Isle of Palms from England and her old flame John has returned from California and is living across the street with his mom. The rest of her family and friends are all struggling to deal with the effects of the virus. I love this book as I have the all the books in this ...more
Liz
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've read several of Mary Alice Monroe's books and there always is a warm, comfortable feeling to them. This one is no exception. Due to the corona virus, a small group of people gather to support each other as they deal with the situations that ensue. Along the way, the main character, Linnea, gets some insight into the rhythm of her life and what she really needs. Not earth shaking but it's a quiet read that leaves a pleasant glow.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this hone
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Julia Richardson
Mar 03, 2021 marked it as to-read
The latest in the Beach House series, The Summer of Lost and Found is the story of familiar characters caught in the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The author wrote the story in real time and accurately captures the fear and confusion the world has felt during this pandemic. I loved reading how the characters adapted to the resurrections that were imposed due to the virus, and seeing the relationships bloom among them!
Pernette
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beach House series doesn't fail to satisfy the readers and this latest book doesn't disappoint. The Summer of Lost and Found shows how Linnea and her family an friends are trying to deal with the Corona Virus and trying to follow all protocols. As if that is not enough, toss in current and ex-boyfriends, family and friends returning from London and new room mates. Very relatable circumstances. Tough decisions have to be made. An entertaining and enjoyable read. ...more
Sarah bell
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book and more on the beach house/Rutledge family but I would agree with other reviewers... last thing I want to read about is the coronavirus while still dealing with it in our world we’re currently living. Reading is my escape and this book didn’t quite allow that at this time and place, we already eat sleep and breathe coronavirus.. that’s enough. Happy for the advanced copy!
Lisa McCardle
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
I was disappointed in this book which did not fit with the rest of the series. The Rutledge family and the sea turtles are the basis of the series but not in this book. The story mainly focuses around the pandemic and is mentioned in every paragraph. The sea turtles are mentioned just three times and seem like an afterthought.
Annette
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2021
This book is like revisiting old friends. I enjoyed the story but probably would have liked it better without all coronavirus stuff. I understand what the author was doing but after the past year I just wasn’t interested in reading a book with it in.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Amy
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love the cover and chapter art. I loved the name Linnea. Linnea works at an aquarium until she is furloughed due to corona virus. I liked the descriptions. Linnea is furloughed and in financial trouble due to corona virus. I liked the characters. I liked reading about linnea's troubles. ...more
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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of nearly 30 novels and children's books, including THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND, on sale May 11, 2021.

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 Distin
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