The Summer Guests


Product Details

Gallery Books
Publish Date
6.3 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven books, including the bestselling The Beach House series. Monroe also writes children's picture books, and a new middle grade fiction series called The Islanders. She is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors' Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing; the South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; the SW Florida Author of Distinction Award; the RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction; the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award; and her novel, A Lowcountry Christmas, won the prestigious Southern Prize for Fiction. The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, starring Andie MacDowell. Several of her novels have been optioned for film. She is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. Monroe is also an active conservationist and serves on several boards. She lives on the South Carolina coast, which is a source of inspiration for many of her books.


"Following the dramatic arc of the hurricane's progress, from buildup to landfall to dispersal, The Summer Guests escalates to a satisfying resolution. Loyal readers will recognize Monroe's signature love of animals, while fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Wendy Wax will enjoy the picturesque setting and heartwarmingly intertwined character arcs."--Booklist
"Authentic, generous, and heartfelt!"
--New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews
"Fast-paced and fluid, with heartache as well as joy make this a most enjoyable read."--New York Journal of Books
"Mary Alice Monroe writes gorgeously, with authority and tenderness, about the natural world and its power to inspire, transport, and to heal."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
"The Summer Guests in an intimate and wise novel about what matters most in our lives. Mary Alice Monroe writes with great wit and wisdom about what happens when both human nature and the natural world collide. A fierce hurricane bears down on the southeastern coast sending five people evacuating to one friend's farm in the North Carolina mountains. As the storm gathers force so do the emotions, confrontations and decisions of the summer guests. In the end, they will each leave as altered as the coast they escaped. Mary Alice Monroe writes a story that will make you both feel and understand--a rare combination. Transformational and poignant, this page-turner is your summer's must-read!"--Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
A "favorite beach read of 2019"--Southern Living Magazine
"You might pick up her books for escapism, but you'll be more environmentally aware by its end."--Chattanooga Times Free Press
"The Summer Guests is the story of mothers and daughters, a love story or two, and the mystical connection that happens between a rider and a horse."
--Belle Magazine
"A whirlwind of fascinating personal storylines propels soul searching, forgiveness, and second chances."
--Christian Science Monitor
"It's a wonderful book about family and friendship, love of others and learning to love yourself and self-discovery of goals for the future. Mary Alice has done it again and provided her readers with a book full of unforgettable characters and a fantastic storyline."
--Girl Who Reads
"This is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love and redemption."