Book To Read: “The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe
I will tell you in advance that I haven’t read The Summer Guests yet because it was just released yesterday though I was able to snag my copy on Sunday. I have to admit my pile of reading material for the summer is growing exponentially! And I love it!
If The Summer Guests novel is anything like Mary Alice’s previous books, then this one if a definite must read. I have loved all her novels so far and they make the best summer beach read even if you don’t live near the coast.
Here is a description of the novel:
Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.
When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.
During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.
I can’t wait to read The Summer Guests and I have a feeling you’ll probably love it as much as me.