Last Light Over Carolina

Last Light Over Carolina

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by Mary Alice Monroe

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Gale Cengage Learning
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5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including Sweetgrass, Skyward, The Beach House, The Four Seasons, and The Book Club. She is an active conservationist and lives in the low-country of South Carolina.

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Last Light over Carolina 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 33 reviews.
Tyler_Trail More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Mary Alice Monroe's novels, and always wait with bated breath for the next one. Though it seems impossible, since each new story is a sparkling gem, each of her novels seems to be better than the one before. Her writing flows so smoothly there's not even a hiccup between current day and flashbacks and then back again. Congratulations, Ms. Monroe---you make the South Carolina coast come alive for those folks who've never been there.
SHARON39 More than 1 year ago
This is a learning experience with the interesting backdrop of a shrimper way of life from all angles. I could smell the shrimp! This would not be my choice of a way to make a living but I enjoyed the storyline around it. This is a satisfying insight into relationships and all facets of love. A lot of problems are dealt with with great wisdom. Mary Alice Monroe certainly did her homework for this one! This was my first Monroe book but it won't be my last! I recommend highly!!! Another terrific book I enjoyed lately and one that I think would make a beautiful movie is EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by Pirrung....The wonderful reviews hooked ME!! ... EXPLOSION IN PARIS ....Also, THE LOST HOURS and WHISTLING IN THE DARK are two more that inspired me.
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
After reading the description I thought this book would be a lot like The Perfect Storm. I was wrong. It was a great story and a truly touching and emotional book. While the story's main plot revolves around Bud and the perilous situation he is in there is so much more to this one. As Bud and Carolina go through their day they recall memories from their past. Not all of them are good, but they all show how life can take it's toll on a marriage. How just loving someone may not always be enough and how the heart works in mysterious ways. The writing was great. Mary Alice Monroe did a great job capturing the dialect and portraying it in her writing. The two main characters are very well developed and the secondary characters aren't just two dimensional. The flashbacks were done perfectly and they didn't make the story feel choppy. Even at almost 400 pages it didn't really take me that long to read. The story keeps you connected and wanting to know more. This one was really good, I'm adding her last one to my To Read list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Mary Alice Monroe's books.This one is a departure from her earlier styles in that LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA is a story that unfolds during a one-day period. It would seem likely that the reader would have to leap from one character to another in order to capture the complete story in so compact a time-frame. However, the pages turn easily. And, the transition is seamless..from the story unfolding that flashbacks...and back again. The family dynamic is believable...and, perhaps, sadly recognizable. But, in the end character, commitment, strength...and forgiveness are qualities that remain. What an optimistic note for all to remember in difficult, stressful times that test our personal relationships.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
This book examines the life of a low country shrimper family. The stresses of a dangerous, low paying occupation are contrasted with the love of independence and traditions of a multi-generational family occupation. It is a story of love, tests and growth of a couple struggling to redefine their relationship. I honestly thought I would find the book boring. Boy, was I wrong! I grew up in a dying steel town and there were some surprising parallels between my past and the life of a commercial fisherman in a dying seacoast town. The characters were clearly defined, warts and all. The competition to earn a dollar and the incredible cooperation when danger threatened was eye opening and captivating. The desire to see your family safe and taken care of was another area of similarity. My own father worked in a job he hated to insure his family's thriving. Bud Morrison loved his occupation even when it failed to provide him with the wherewithal to support his family. The frustrated interplay between characters and their need to be responsible and often lonely and the want to be closer physically, mentally and emotionally was sometimes draining. You end up really feeling for these people and their life altering dilemmas. Monroe paints her environment with digital clarity; you can see the Miss Carolina in the Morrison colors, the smell of the sea and the discordant aromas of dying sea life and fresh ocean breezes. I think this story will resonate with practically anyone who has ever held a job that was both demanding and exhilarating. I saw people I knew in an industry I knew nothing about. The book moved me and surprised me for how much I enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Alice Monroe has done it again, I have just started this book and I all ready love it. Proving once again that Ms. Monroe can sure write. Too bad she cant't write new books as fast as I can read them. This book has caught me and I can not put it down. So real, so caring, and warm. I am enjoying it so much I dont want it to end but cant stop readking it. as it keeps me enthralled.
BookWomanLG More than 1 year ago
I have followed Monroe's work for some years and have seen it deepen and mature from book to book. Her sense of place and relationships has always been sure and her depiction of the emotional states of her characters both sensitive and deft. With Last Light Over Carolina, Monroe once again draws attention to issues of vanishing resources and ways of life, describing the life of Shrimpers through both the female and male voice to great effect. She explores the differences between new love and a mature love with penetrating insight and brings each of her characters to a truer understanding of how they are complicit in their own downfall. There is greater suspense in this book about whether Bud and Carolina or Lizzy and Josh with their new-found understanding of themselves and their relationships will have an opportunity to change their lives. I think readers will find the conclusion to Last Light Over Carolina as emotionally satisfying and richly rewarding as the entire read. Pick it up, give it to a friend, tell others--you'll all be happy you did.
PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much!  Very easy to understand the characters and their feelings and why this book is a success.
LisaMarie1019 More than 1 year ago
I saw this book in a store on vacation in Charleston and thought it sounded interesting. That was an underestimate - this book was amazing! The writing is excellent, the plot is great, the character development is awesome - there was not one thing about this book I didn't love. I will certainly be seeking out other books by this author in the future.
Eloise Coppler More than 1 year ago
Saw author on pbs recently and read it in 24 hours couldnt put it down live in coastal sc and it is right on will always buy local when i can and we all should it would be sad to lose this legacy
A_NIC_SPARKS_FAN More than 1 year ago
I thought this was overall a very good read. I picked it up from the library solely based on the cover. I have to say I wasn't sure I'd hang with it through the slow beginning that was filled with details I wasn't sure we needed right up front. But once the action started and you could see the plot, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I think anyone who has been married for more than a couple of years can relate to much of the plot. I found there were some very thought-provoking moments in this book, particlarly the reflections near the end by one character. (don't want to give away too much detail for those who want to read it.) I thought the most thought-provoking line was when faced with death, one character said that the only question that really mattered was "Was I loved and did I love in return?" We should all be so fortunate to realize that this before it is too late.
iaillini More than 1 year ago
I really, really loved this book. I felt a close kinship with the 50-something ages of the main characters, and truly appreciated the perspective on what it takes to keep a marriage of over 30 years going strong. More than anything, I appreciated the thought that marriages can take some pretty hard knocks and still survive. Add to all of this a fascinating look into the modern-day shrimping business, and you have a great book. Highly recommend it for married folks, and for people interested in the heart of true low-country living in South Carolina.
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