When Cara Rutledge realizes
she and her husband Brent need income to keep their ecotourism
business running, Cara rents out her beach house on Isle of
Palms to Heather Fordham for the entire summer. Heather is
a young artist who was with her mother during an auto accident
which left her mother dead and Heather with anxieties dealing
with strangers and leaving her home. Her commission to paint
Eastern Shore birds for use on postage stamps and her father’s
recent remarriage made it necessary for Heather to complete
her artwork at the beach house. Heather didn’t expect
to meet a handsome young handyman, Bo, whose compassion and
understanding slowly draw Heather out of her shell.
When tragedy strikes, Cara's world crumbles. She only wants
to return to the beach house her mother left her, where she
can find solace and peace. But the beach house has been a
haven for Heather, who doesn’t want to leave. Then Heather
makes a suggestion, and these two strangers become roommates
who learn to share the one place they feel at home.
Mary Alice Monroe is a wonderful and highly talented author
whose books provide beautifully drawn characters with depth
of feeling, settings to soothe the wildest of hearts, and
touching, memorable stories that linger long after the last
page is read. The depth of feeling that Ms. Monroe reveals
in her writing confirms her love of nature and humankind.
This is an exquisite read, whether you’re at the beach
or on your couch at home, and one I highly recommend. If you’re
like me, you won’t be able to put Beach House for Rent
down. The characters will linger in your heart and thoughts
long after you’ve finished the last page
Reviewer’s Notes: Mary Alice Monroe is the
New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels.
Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008
South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the
2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015
SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement
Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction.
An active conservationist, she lives in the low country of