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The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer Series #2)

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

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    A Must Read Low Country Series of healing and family

    A special thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    THE SUMMER WIND is beautifully written and captivating, Mary Alice Monroe’s best work thus far----a powerful trilogy, of three grown step-sisters, from different walks of life, a loving sixth-generation, southern Charlestonian grandmother, a wise and loyal housekeeper, and a charismatic dolphin who touches the lives of a troubled boy and his aunt. As guilt and healing are constant themes of the poignant book, these experiences are apparent in each of the character’s lives, as well as a courageous Dolphin.

    Being a fan of Mary Alice Monroe for a number of years, she is a master at skillfully weaving into her narrative, significant environmental topics, blending them into the lives of her flawed characters---as they mature, learn, and find healing from life’s lessons and experiences.

    Monroe’s theme of humans and animals--sharing a connection, is evident throughout THE SUMMER WIND--with Nate, Carlson, Delphine; Cara/Sea Turtles, and Taylor/Jax/Thor. Monroe’s books demonstrate a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting animals, and the environment in which they live. Each one being unique--speaking to readers’ hearts, with richly developed characters, you will not soon forget, even after the story ends.

    I loved THE SUMMER GIRLS (#1) in the Lowcountry Trilogy, and was delighted to attain an advanced reading copy of THE SUMMER WIND (#2), to catch up with these lovable characters: Delphine (Dolphin), Nate, Carson, Dora, Harper, Lucille, and MaMaw.

    As a rough island storm brews and a health crisis threatens a beloved member of the family, the summer girls’ bond is strengthened, just as Mamaw had planned, for a poignant summer on Sullivan Island.

    Fans of southern writers: Wendy Wax, Karen White, Dorthea Benton Frank, and Mary Kay Andrews will appreciate THE SUMMER WINDS—all with their own unique style with a common love of the south.

    The theme of healing is dominant throughout the book, as Dora heals from her heart condition, and her miserable and unhappy life, while the dolphin Delphine heals from her injuries. There are many parallels of letting go of the past and moving on to new experiences. Guilt also plays a huge role, as each character is suffering from some sort of guilt, whether it be the accident involving Delphine, the care of a specially challenged child, past family history, or a bad marriage, and how each one of them learns to accept.

    Each of the girls, plus Nate mature with transformations from the last book, which will forever change the course of their lives. It is difficult to say which girl changed the most, possibly Dora, as her unhappiness was more apparent and the transformation was physical, as well as psychological.

    Would highly recommend reading THE SUMMER GIRLS, prior to reading THE SUMMER WINDS (both winners), in order to really get to know the characters and the background.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    This is a captivating journey Mary Alice Monroe takes you on wit

    This is a captivating journey Mary Alice Monroe takes you on with Mamaw and her girls located in not only beautiful, but charismatic setting of Sea Breeze located on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina. This is a journey you will not soon forget! Mamaw is heart teaching her granddaughters Dora, Carson and Harper a lifetime of her life's lessons, including the many journey's of love over one last summer season at Sea Breeze. Do yourself a favor and get comfortable in your favorite reading chair with a glass of sweet tea and sit back and savor this journey and lessons that author Mary Alice Monroe is about to take you on and enjoy! This is not only one the finest books and series I have ever read, but the most memorable!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Highly recommended

    I love Mary Alice Monroe books and this one is no exception. this is the second book in a series of three about three sisters on Sullivan's Island. They have their problems and they work them out. I love the girls, their grandma, and the South Carolina ambiance. I can't wait for the 3rd book next year!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Highly recommend.

    Mary Alice Monroe is one of my favorite writers and this book was up to her usual high standards. I read her books slowly, so I can savor every word. I enjoy her books like a delicious desert or a fine wine. I fall in love with her characters and hold them in my heart long after I've read her books. Bravo Ms. Monroe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    A must summer read

    Mary Alice Monroe has done it again. She has written aother book that not only holds your interest, but also, has you wanting more. That is why I am so anxiously awaiting her next book of this fantastic trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Good summer beach read

    Great story with well developed characters. Loojing forward to the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    This is a book about healing from life. With life¿s ups and down

    This is a book about healing from life. With life’s ups and downs and hard knocks, sometimes you just need a good story about human strength. This is a wonderful novel about the strength of family and friends. This is the second book in The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. I have not read the first book. I will go back and pick it up because I really loved the characters, the setting and the knowledge in this book.
    Each character has different challenges in life. Each one reacts differently to each challenge. But all are brought together and made stronger by each other.
    I loved the descriptions of the Low Country. I could almost smell the marsh and feel the sand between my toes. I hope to plan a trip soon!
    Mary Alice Monroe also did an excellent job researching about dolphins and the Dolphin Research Center. It was an added plus to the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2015

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    It has been one chaotic month for Mamaw¿s Summer Girls. Dora, t

    It has been one chaotic month for Mamaw’s Summer Girls. Dora, the eldest, is beyond stressed with her separation, getting the repairs done on her ex-house, and trying to get her autistic son to move past Delphine’s injuries. With the help of Mamaw, Lucille and her sisters, Dora learns to shift focus back on herself and her health.

    Carrying on the same theme from the first book, of the healing powers of nature, The Summer Wind shows the importance of learning to love one’s self, trusting others and the power of second chances. Mary Alice Monroe packs a punch with relatable characters and realistic life events. Life doesn’t wait for anyone; therefore one must keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward. The ending will have readers frantic for the next book. Notes: The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2015

    Excellent

    A wonderful read! Excellent trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2015

    Great

    I love this series. Heart warming, family oriented, trials and tribulations but most of all a close bond with family and friends. Loking forward to the final book to tie up the loose ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Shame

    It is a crying shame that you have to wade through so many stupid kids playing games to read reviews it is time something is done to stop this stipid krap because this is a book worth reading

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    Posted December 2, 2014

    Ranger

    Ok

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    Posted December 2, 2014

    To ramager

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    Posted December 1, 2014

    Kk

    Oh well.

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    Posted November 13, 2014

    Mistyfog

    She pads in.

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    Posted November 12, 2014

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    Pads in.

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    Posted September 25, 2014

    Candy

    Runs in, with a loud squeak.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Wendy

    Wendy walked in with robby close behind her. "Sup dipper." She said. ((This is gravity falls.. right)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Tyrone

    Sprinted in, skidding to a stop. "IHEARDMYNAMEWHATDOYOUNEED?" He shouted.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Misa

    "Spoooky! Like what?"

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