Beach House for Rent

Beach House for Rent

by Mary Alice Monroe

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Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442394100
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Beach House Series , #4
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End, Last Light Over Carolina, Time Is a River, Sweetgrass, Skyward, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons, The Book Club, and Beach House for Rent. 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 lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at and at

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End, Last Light Over Carolina, Time Is a River, Sweetgrass, Skyward, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons, The Book Club, and Beach House for Rent. 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 lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at and at

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Beach House for Rent 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Excellent Read! Difficult to put down once you read The first words . Mary Alice Monroe hits the nail in the head with her illustrations and beautiful language. I hated for the book to end.......
Anonymous 7 months ago
I ordered 2 more by the same author based on this book.
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Donna 3 months ago
This is one of the best books I have read. You will feel like you are at the beach and fall in love with Cara and Heather. Be prepared to stay p all night because you will not want to put this book down!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Once again this author writes about people that you will fall in love with. Enjoyed every moment reading this and I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a nice, easy read
Anonymous 5 months ago
Very real .
Ariesgrl 5 months ago
Cara Rutledge is a survivor, just like her family’s historic beach house. Cara has fond memories from her childhood, thanks to this house. When she decides to rent her place out for the summer, she is introduced to a young, shy artist. Heather Wyatt has battled anxiety for years. She prefers to stay indoors, in the quiet, with her birds. Since she was hired to create new postage stamps for the post office, she hopes to find inspiration on the island. As the shorebirds arrive and the women are forced to deal with life’s adventures and disasters, an unlikely friendship is formed. However, what will happen at the end of the summer? Mary Alice Monroe weaves a poignant tale of nature and human relationships. This beach read covers topics of anxiety, grief, friendship, and love. The parallels between the rescuing and healing process of the shorebirds and the women themselves, is strengthened by the fact that this book is broken down into four sections. Healing is a unique process for everyone, and readers will appreciate the author’s ability to represent these differences. Beach House for Rent is a beautiful novel for readers who love the Lowcountry. Notes: I signed up to review this book. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love all of Ms. Monroe's books! Highly recommend this book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I've become so vested in the lives of these characters. I think of the Rutledges often and wonder what they are doing and how they are. Just as if they were family. They've stayed with me over the years . This story had a plot twist that I never saw coming . Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once . Couldn't have loved it more !
Deb-Krenzer 7 months ago
This was a decent read. I don't quite feel that it was the author's best, but it was okay for me. Throughout the whole book, I didn't get the beach read feel. Both of the main characters were experiencing loss or were just sad. It was kind of a downer for me with that going on. It just wasn't as upbeat as most beach reads. It was very different. A good read, just not what I expected. Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
toesinsandbookinhand 7 months ago
I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Cara Rutledge is a 50 year old woman who is happily married to the love of her life, but she feels that something is missing. Once an advertising agent known for her take no prisoners attitude, she has settled way down in a small beach town in the Carolinas. When one event upturns her entire world she starts to question who she is and what her purpose in life is. Going home to her mother’s beach house seems to be the only answer but it has a tenant for the rest of the summer. Heather Wyatt is in her early twenties but not without issues of her own. After a horrible car accident took the life of her mother, but spared her 8 years earlier, she is still trying to get over the grief. Having social anxiety doesn’t help either. An up and coming artist who just landed a commission from the USPS to design a shore birds stamp, Heather’s father has rented Primrose, a beach house on the Isle of Palms, for her to do her painting. What Heather doesn’t realize is that the beach house will serve as more than a temporary home. It will be her saving grace. I loved all of the characters in this story. It was funny and at times sad read but definitely kept me turning the pages. I wished so many times that I was staring out at the ocean while reading this. It’s the kind of book that just brings you back down to earth and makes you stop and appreciate the little things.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Couldn't put the book
MicheleG7 8 months ago
I was given the opportunity to be an ARTIST for writing an honest review on BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT / Mary Alice Monroe Beach House for Rent ,is we all agree ,a perfect summertime read ... Full of laughter ,heartache,secrets loyalty and courage . MAM writes a poignant story about power of family and connection you won't forget . I love her books ,because each one especially this one ,gets all the emotional details into this warmhearted story , ( yes there is some sizzle in this book ) from love and loss to understanding and appreciating her dedication to the EcoSystem and why we need to respect nature and life . These are the kind of Characters you hate to leave behind when you finish the last page Sent from my iPad I rate this a 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received this product in exchange for my honest review. Yes Sent from my iPad
KKAbsherWrites 8 months ago
I first fell in love with Mary Alice Monroe and her fabulous books when I read The Beach House. If you haven't read a Mary Alice Monroe book, you are in for a treat! You can read this book as a standalone or read The Beach House and then read this one as it follows the characters 10 years later. I do not post spoilers in my reviews as I don't think that's fair to any potential readers. You won't be disappointed adding this one to your list of summer reads. Even better, come visit the SC Lowcountry and bring this or one of her many books along. I was given an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have left above.
Fredreeca2001 8 months ago
Cara decides to rent out her mother’s beach house on the Isle of Palms. To be honest, she needs the money. Cara and her husband are in debt and need some relief. Heather is an introvert and needs a place to paint for her latest commission. It’s a win-win situation, until it’s not! This is a sequel to The Beach House. I do recommend reading that one first, just so you can understand Cara and her attachment to the beach house a little better. To me, Beach House for Rent is not quite as good as the first book. I had a difficult time relating to Heather. She came off as more spoiled than damaged! She is an introvert(which I totally relate to) but she has major insecurity. However, I didn’t feel very much empathy for her. I do not know if the writing did not take me there or if it was my hold up…probably me. She did not get better as the book moved along. Just because I didn’t like Heather does not mean I did not like the book. The story develops a major twist and this affects Cara’s life. She moves back into the beach house with Heather. This is where the story becomes what it was meant to be! What is it about MAM’s books? They are so calming. It is like coming home. Her settings are so charming and the stories surrounding these settings just keep you coming back for more!
BeachRead245 8 months ago
Tiger7686 8 months ago
Beach House for Rent delivers a powerful story with multiple meaningful messages. The author's love for the SC Lowcountry and for increasing awareness of environmental issues continue to provide a compelling backdrop for her stories about strong southern women. And as is typical of Mary Alice Monroe novels, the storyline is never predictable. She interjects the raw human emotions of love and loss into this story, and gives us an insightful look into understanding social anxiety which can sometimes be debilitating. And I love the subtle references to old friends from previous books. If you are a MAM fan, you will welcome the connections. In her latest book, MAM captures beautifully the intricate, intimate relationships and friendships between women across generations. We are introduced to 2 women who have lost their mothers and are each struggling to come to grips with that loss. Intricately woven into this poignant story of the developing friendship between these women is the factual information on the declining shore bird numbers in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and the things impacting those numbers. Beach House for Rent is a definite must read for 2017!
Glen7297 8 months ago
The author of 21 books, Mary Alice Monroe continues to deliver characters we love and stories we crave. “Beach House for Rent” is the 4th in the Beach House Series and we revisit Cara Rutledge, her husband, Brett, as well as other beloved characters on the Isle of Palms. To her many loyal readers, each book is like a reunion with old friends. If you are new to Mary Alice Monroe, you have many happy hours of page turning ahead. Lucky you. The setting is Cara’s oceanfront cottage on the Isle of Palms. Close to her heart and far more than just a house, Cara inherited the cottage, named Primrose, from her mother, Lovie. The long-cherished beach house is filled with warm memories which serve to ground Cara when work and life careen out of control, soothing her soul, healing her heart. In “Beach House for Rent”, Cara rents her home to a young woman, an artist in need of precisely such a place. This latest work continues the satisfying tradition of Monroe’s southern fiction stories about contemporary women and the coastal environment. During one life-changing summer, Cara and her young renter find they have much in common and form a bond of friendship with each other and a very special beach house. Mary Alice Monroe sets herself apart among southern fiction authors by weaving real time conservation issues and solutions into the fabric of the plot. Previous books have focused on the plight of sea turtles on South Carolina’s barrier islands, bottle-nosed dolphins, Monarch butterflies and more. In this latest novel, she shines a light on the problems faced by shore birds of the southeastern coast and how the irresponsible littering of our oceans and beaches is causing great harm to these beautiful birds. Monroe does all this without preaching or politicizing. Her readers learn about wildlife and conservation issues and want to help, volunteer initiatives are created and progress continues to be made. Monroe is much more than a writer. She is a game changer.   The word is this is the last book in the Beach House series. Of course, her loyal readers wish these stories would never end but we can be assured whatever Mary Alice Monroe has planned next will be full of new characters that feel like old friends and we will all be signing up to lend a helping hand.
Amanda_Earnhardt 8 months ago
Cara Rutledge is 50 years old and loves her husband, Brett, but feels unfulfilled without a career or passion in her life. She decides to rent her quaint old beach house in Isle of Palms, S.C. because she and Brett are experiencing financial difficulties. Heather Fordham is 26 years old, agoraphobic, and has suffered from social anxiety since the tragic death of her mother when Heather was a small child. Heather still lives with her father who pushes her from the nest by renting Cara's beach cottage for the summer. Heather plans to study and paint pictures of shorebirds and seabirds to fulfill a commission for US Postal Service stamps. Sparks fly when Heather meets Bo, a local handyman who very patiently attempts to draw Heather out of her shell. A tragedy occurs, and Cara demands to return to her beloved beach house. Heather refuses to leave, an argument ensues, but then Heather asks Cara to room with her. After some awkwardness, an unlikely friendship and bond develop. Mary Alice Monroe is a gifted storyteller and weaves the themes of wildlife and ocean conservation, grief, social anxiety, romance, love, friendship, and resilience into this heartwarming novel. As with all of MAM's books, I enjoyed learning about nature, wildlife, and conservation. In this book the emphasis is on shorebirds, seabirds, canaries, and birds of prey. I didn't want this book to end, and I highly recommend it.
astev21778 8 months ago
I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review. What a wonderful story! As with the first three books in this series, I had all "the feels". This would make a perfect beach/pool read, book club selection, and a great book to read along with your sisters and girl friends. I highly recommend to fans of Dorthea Benton Frank, Elin Hilderbrand and Barbara Delinsky.
Barbara27 8 months ago
Once again Mary Alice Monroe has captured the beauty of the Low Country. BEACH HOUSE for RENT is the final book in a 3-book series. Mary Alice captures your attention by eloquently describing the challenges of the sea, the beauty of the landscape, and the dynamics and obstacles of life. It takes place on the Isle of Palms, SC. Promise Cottage is a survivor, just like its occupants over the last 85 years--Olivia, Cara and now Heather, who suffers from social anxiety. Expect to be captivated!
nmkey 8 months ago
MAM Magic! This book is captivating from beginning to end. Mary Alice is able to paint the characters so vividly with her words that you feel like you're at the beach house and with the shore birds. Thanks, Mary Alice, for another winner!
BevAnt 8 months ago
Author extraordinaire, Mary Alice Monroe, much anticipated 4th novel of the Beach House Series, Beach House for Rent, I promise you won't be able to put this novel down, so sit back and get comfortable with your sweet tea, add a sprig of mint and enjoy! Author Monroe's return to the Isle of Palms, The Beach House, better know as Primrose Cottage or Lovie's Beach House has withstood Mother Nature for 85 years and has become a healing of the soul sanctuary of sorts for the Rutledge family and now newest resident and Mistress of Primrose Cottage, Cara Rutledge. Mary Alice Monroe tells a magnificent novel that parallels life's many struggles that we all encounter. How canaries without song learn to sing again, as well as Author Monroe's beloved loggerhead turtles, their life habits, struggles and yet lessons to mankind we can and should learn from. As a Conservationist, Author Mary Alice Monroe shows us through her own personal commitment that by helping our marine life whether as a Turtle Lady or simply showing respect to our marine life by not littering our beaches, water and yes contributing wherever we can. Additionally Author Monroe teaches us through her writings that loss, hope, passion, faith, laughter and friendship are there for us, ground us, surround us and lift us up to shine our light unto to the world. Friends and fellow readers, please come home to the beautiful Isle of Palms, let Author Monroe take you on a healing journey of lives reawakening with hope, friendship and purpose. I quote from Beach House to Rent, "No more sorrow or regret. Take heart a new day is beginning." (less)