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The Summer of Lost and Found

(Beach House #7)

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The Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, a spirit of unity, and a dose of humor.

The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020 threatens stagnation. Linnea faces another layoff,
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2021 by Gallery Books
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    Cathy It certainly would help but you could read it by itself. However, the first book, The Beach House, is the best of them all. Don’t miss it!

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    Julie
    The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe is a 2021 Gallery Books publication.

    Good old-fashioned southern comfort!

    The Coronavirus has the whole country is its grip, that includes the Rutgledge family.

    Because of the virus, the aquarium is closed, so Linnea has been laid off. Because of the financial hit, she's temporarily moved into the beach house- rent free.

    Sadly, her boyfriend, Gordon, is stuck in England and can’t travel to the US because of the virus lockdowns, and what’s worse,
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    Tina
    There is currently a Goodreads Giveaway for this book right now.

    This is a Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Chick-Lit, and this is the 7th book in the Beach House series. That takes place during the beginning of covid-19. I was surprised that I enjoyed this book because I thought that the covid-19 parts would really upset me. I have to say in the beginning the covid-19 parts bother me, but the storyline pulled me in. I liked the characters, and I felt the books was written well. I enjoyed the
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    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Favorite author alert! I look forward to Mary Alice Monroe’s books every summer. She writes southern fiction with an environmental/ecological twist, and I never tire of that.

    Set in the spring of 2020, in Isle of Palms, South Carolina (swoon! If you’ve ever been, you know!) there is much to relate to here with the story of the Rutledge family. Linnea is worried she may be laid off from the aquarium where she works. Her significant other is unable to fly back to South Carolina from England, and Li
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    Big Time Book Junkie
    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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    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    This book takes place during the coronavirus pandemic. Linnea gets laid off from her job at the Charleston Aquarium. She is currently renting her Aunt Caras beach house and is worried about paying her rent. Her current love interest, George, is trying to make it there from England to be with her, and her ex, John, is now quarantining next door after coming back from California. She starts having feelings for him again.

    When Caras husband gets sick and they think it could possibly be covid, she as
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    Kate Olson
    Apr 30, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
    Turns out I’m just not ready to read fiction set during COVID 🤷🏼‍♀️ but since I’m still not ready to read 9/11 fiction, perhaps I’ll never be ready for this?
    Tammy
    May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: release-2021
    This is such a beautiful story - one that inspires hope in a time of uncertainty. The Rutledge family and friends come together despite challenges and differences, to support and encourage each other during the covid pandemic. This all takes place on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, with its beautiful lowcountry backdrop of marsh grass, dunes, sand and sun, wildflowers, local birds, turtle nests and hatchlings, sunrise and sunsets. Mary Alice Monroe’s picturesque writing provided a perfect esc ...more
    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.
    Karen Axnick
    Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
    I have thoroughly enjoyed following the Rutledge family through the Beach House series. This multigenerational saga has highlighted strong female protagonists, the beauty of the low country and the beloved sea turtles. Unfortunately this last offering was very disappointing.

    The storyline features the CoVid pandemic far more than characters and the turtles. Perhaps if I were reading this at a future date with a more historical perspective, I would appreciate it more. At present, it just felt like
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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
    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    If you are familiar with Monroe's The Beach House series, you know that Linnea Rutledge loves her job at the aquarium; however, she is furloughed due to COVID cutbacks, and on top of it, her boyfriend, Gordon, was supposed to come back from England to the Isle of Palms, but due to the COVID outbreak, it's looking like he won't be able to. Thanks to COVID, her life has been thrown for a loop. Even her ex-boyfriend, John, the one who had her move to California, is back home on the Isle of Palms an ...more
    RuchReads
    May 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
    A book with our current pandemic situation as background...no thanks 😌
    Barbara Powell
    Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
    This is the first book I’ve read that completely takes place during the Covid-19 pandemic and that added a whole other dimension to the story.
    Linnea gets laid off from her job at the aquarium as a result of shutdowns due to the pandemic and moves into the family owned beach house in exchange for childcare of her niece because her uncle had been exposed to the virus. Linnea also let’s her brother and another employee of the aquarium move in with her in attempts to pay it forward, but it complica
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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. COVID is a part of the book but there is so much more to the book.

    This book
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    Lisa
    Apr 09, 2021 rated it liked it
    A timely and touching story of relationships during the summer of the 2020 pandemic


    SUMMARY
    In March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic Linnea Rutledge is laid off from the the South Carolina Aquarium. As she worries about finances she agrees to help her Aunt Cara take care of her daughter, while Cara’s husband is battling Covid at home. Linnea’s boyfriend, Gordon is trying to return to Isle of Palms SC from England for the summer. Linnea’s previous boyfriend John also travels to Isle of Palms
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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
    Amy
    May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: audiobook
    Well, I thought I was ready to read a book set during the pandemic and was curious to see how the author would navigate things but I think it may have been a little too soon for me. I’ve been watching a few TV shows that incorporated the real life events recently and have been ok with it but for some reason this just didn’t translate to a book well for me. I think maybe it’s set primarily in the early days, March 2020 to be exact, and it just brought me back to a place of anxiety and fear that I ...more
    Michelle
    May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This delightful new entry in the Beach House series about the Rutledge family is one of the first novels to take place during the pandemic and even more impressive, written in real time. It’s very interesting to see how various members of the Rutledge family deal with the effects of the COVID pandemic.

    First we have Cara and David, the matriarch of the family and her husband David, and their daughter Hope. He returns from the business trip in London and returns with what is possibly COVID. Thi
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    Linda Zagon
    May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Wow! Mary Alice Monroe, the author of “The Summer of Lost and Found” has written a memorable, heartfelt, captivating, and riveting novel. The genres for this novel are Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. I love the way the author vividly describes, the scenery, landscape, and characters. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Of course, there ...more
    Gail
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    A heartwarming story of family, love and second chances.
    I loved every minute of the story.
    Sherri Thacker
    May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-books
    This is my 1st book that mentions Coronovirus! I always thought it takes YEARS to write a book but I guess not. Mary Alice Monroe is a fabulous author and I love reading her books! This is my 6th book by her. This one just did nothing for me. I DNF at 50%. I feel like we’ve lived enough with Covid and I don’t want to read about it all over again. Just not for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
    Elizabeth
    May 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    1.5 stars simply because I did finish it, albeit I was skimming the last quarter. This one just didn’t do it for me. Felt very forced and tone deaf in a lot of ways. I’m not a die hard Beach House series fan but have read a few, this one just didn’t feel like it fit.
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
    Anne
    ”In life you’ll have many acquaintances. But consider yourself lucky to have one or two true friends.”

    The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe, Cassandra Campbell (Narrator) is a 2021 Simon & Schuster Audio publication.

    This pleasant, heartwarming, story is about a group of multigenerational people, living on Isle of Palms island during the coronavirus pandemic, sheltering at home and socializing together. The relationships between the group – family, friends, neighbors, lovers, ex-lover
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    Danielle B
    May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2021
    Life for Linnea Rutledge takes a turn for the worse in Spring 2020. COVID-19 destroys the Charleston tourism industry overnight and Linnea loses her job at the South Carolina Aquarium. To make matters even worse her new boyfriend is now stuck in England and can’t return to the USA. As the country begins to go into lockdown, Linnea’s old boyfriend shows up and has to quarantine next door. Old flames begin to spark and Linnea finds herself in a love triangle of sorts.

    This is my first Mary Alice Mo
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    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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    Sue Seligman
    May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Mary Alice Monroe has probably achieved the distinction of being one of the first authors to write a novel set within the backdrop of the pandemic and the challenges of 2020. What better way to demonstrate the effects of a global pandemic than to highlight the family at the center of her Beach House series, the Rutledges? As an avid follower of the online Friends and Fiction author broadcast, I was reassured by MAM that this novel could be read as a stand alone, despite it being the seventh book ...more
    Kayte
    May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is more than just a new story about the Rutledge women’s lives on the Isle of Palms, this is a story of our lives, in a time that we all experienced and will never forget. Mary Alice takes us back to the beloved Beach House during the time of the Spring and Summer of 2020, which we all know is the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Experiencing the pandemic through her characters eyes brought me back to those early days of fear and uncertainty. However seeing their creative and protective spiri
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    Cindy
    May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Even though I am sick to death of the pandemic, I found the perspective of this story to be spot on. Even though I was a little annoyed that these likeable characters are fortunate enough to live on a beach while they quarantined so I couldn’t relate to some of their complaints, I thought Monroe did a really nice job tackling the family dynamics that we’ve all endured no matter where on the globe we live. Her advice to pivot and to take each day as it comes being happy and trying to avoid being ...more
    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
    Cathy
    Sadly, this was my least favorite book in the Beach House series. It focused on the young generation on the Isle of Palms during the Pandemic. I found I didn’t really care about any of the characters so it was just a so-so read. It was hard to be motivated to read which is a shame since I generally love Mary Alice Monroe’s books. I guess it reflected everyone’s frustration and feeling of being adrift during 2020. If that was Monroe’s point, she did a good job.
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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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