The Beach House written by Mary Alice Monroe is one of my all-time favorite beach-setting novels. (Do not confuse this for the book written by author James Patterson with the same title.) This book is a great environmental fiction book similar to other works of this author and has special focus of the life cycle of the endangered loggerhead turtles tied into the story beautifully.
Caretta Rutledge comes back to her mother’s house in Charleston, South Carolina reluctantly. This is after losing her job at a big Chicago Ad agency. Added to it is heartache in her relationship with her boyfriend.
The main story is around the picturesque Isle of Palms and the scenic descriptions by the author makes the readers feel as if they are virtually on the spot. Not only the location is beautiful, Cara’s dying mother, Lovie, is also part of a great environmental volunteer group that helps preserve the loggerhead turtles.
Lovie maintains a beautiful primrose cottage on the beach, which she wants to share with her daughter and reconcile their longstanding differences. Also, she takes in a young pregnant woman to save her from a abusive relationship.
The author is an expert at pulling the heartstrings of the reader with her extraordinary setting and dialogues. Also, she introduces the romantic element too in a very smooth and magnetic fashion. I was literally hooked to the book because of its beauty in the settings as well beauty in the story.
The characters are rich and the story line is solid. The complexity of relationships within a family is portrayed very realistically. The Beach House is definitely a great find to add to your fiction collection.
The next time you head out for a relaxing beach day out, be sure to pack this book too 🙂