Genres: Women's Fiction
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.
When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted.
It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds—and the man who rescues them—begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.
And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In this Low-country tale we learn about loss, friendship and love. Cara and Heather find a way to live together after Cara goes through a tragedy that will change her life. Heather is new to the Beach House crew this summer, she brings with her a few canaries and learning about canaries had me wanting to run out and buy one. What a delightful full of personality little bird! I had no idea what good company they are! The setting is beautiful and I could just picture the beach and all the marvelous scenery and of course the sea turtles. Heather suffers from anxiety and the author does a wonderful job writing about how debilitating anxiety can be to a person, I commend Mary Alice Monroe for bringing this to light in this book. Heather slowly learns how to overcome her near agoraphobia with the help of Bo and we get to witness how Bo is her rock and guiding force in overcoming this debilitating disease. The romance between Bo and Heather was slow and sweet with many tender scenes. It was so refreshing to see these two come to love and depend on each other in a healthy way. Cara and Heather form a strong bond. Cara works through some of her issues through her friendship with Heather. We get to see the character of Cara grow stronger with each page. I think that is one of the things I loved about this book, watching Cara grow as a character. The canaries pretty near stole every scene that they were in and I could almost hear them singing! Of course the beautiful scenery of the Low-Country stole a few scenes as well.
This book is for you if you love watching love blossom and friendships develop. As a bonus you get to hear canaries sing, smell the salt water air and feel the warm ocean breeze.