The beach house
Monroe, Mary Alice.
"Mary Alice Monroe is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me." -- Pat Conroy The most fulfilling journey is one that leads back home... Twenty years ago, Caretta Rutledge left her Southern roots far behind for a successful career as a businesswoman in Chicago. But an unusual request from her mother--coming just as her own life is spinning out of control--has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide "turtle lady" and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life's most precious lessons--true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven. Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.
The beach house
Alers, Rochelle, author.
It's been almost a year since Leah Berkley Kent left her lavish Richmond home to spend two months on Coates Island, North Carolina. There she found friendship with two extraordinary women, Kayana and Cherie. Together they formed a summer book club, meeting weekly at the Seaside Cafe. Leah also found the courage to finally stand up to Alan, her domineering husband of twenty-eight years. With her twin sons now grown, Leah decides to return to Coates Island again this summer. Alan's explosive reaction only convinces her that her marriage, and her old life, may be ending. But what comes next? Helping out at the Seaside Cafe, Leah grows closer to Kayana's widowed brother, Derrick. He knows what it's like to start over--he traded a Wall Street career for a beachfront house and a slower pace. Derrick is drawn to Leah, but wonders if she's truly ready to move on.
Every summer after
Fortune, Carley, author
Five summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right. A magazine writer has to make a choice when she returns to the lake she grew up on--and to the man she thought she’d never have to live without--in this sweeping and achingly nostalgic romantic debut.
Doller, Trish, author.
Since the loss of her fiance, Anna has been shipwrecked by grief--until a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take together. Impulsively, Anna goes to sea in their sailboat, intending to complete the voyage alone. But after a treacherous night's sail, she realizes she can't do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned.
Andrews, Mary Kay, 1954- author
Stuck as a sleepy small town newspaper reporter, Conley Hawkins grows bored with her daily grind. But trouble stirs when a beloved politician dies mysteriously, and Conley aims to find out why.
Love, lists, and fancy ships
Ruiz, Sarah Grunder, author.
"Sometimes a yacht, a bold bucket list, and a kiss with a handsome stranger are all a person needs to dive into the deep end of life. For the last year, yacht stewardess Jo Walker has attempted to complete a bucket list of 30 things she wants to accomplish by her birthday. Jo has almost everything she's ever wanted, including a condo on the beach (though she's the youngest resident by thirty years), and an exciting job (below deck) that lets her travel the world. Jo is on track, until a family tragedy turns her life upside down, and the list falls by the wayside. But when her two nieces show up unannounced with plans to stay the summer, they discover her list and insist on helping Jo finish it. Though the remaining eight items (which include running a marathon, visiting ten countries, and sleeping in a castle) seem impossible to complete in twelve weeks, Jo takes on the challenge. When she summons the courage to complete item #5 - kiss a stranger - and meets Alex Hayes, all bets are off. As her feelings for Alex intensify and Jo's inability to confront difficult emotions about her family complicates her relationships, she must learn to quit playing it safe with her heart before she loses what matters most"-- Provided by publisher.
Holiday, Jenny (Romance author), author
Eve Abbott has a problem--actually, make that a lot of problems. And they're all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt's beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She's definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street...
Paws for love
Wells, Mara, author
An adoption coordinator for a greyhound rescue, Danielle Morrow guards her heart as vigilantly as her three dogs guard her home until she reconnects with her first love, former Marine Knox Donovan, who is doing his best to make up for breaking her heart.
Reunion Beach : stories inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank
Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book--Reunion Beach--these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration, and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the Lowcountry of her native South Carolina--a land of beauty, history, charm, and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels.
Sand Dollar Lane
Roberts, Sheila, 1951-
Brody Green decides to focus on his real estate business after being dumped by his fiancée, but finds unexpected competition from newcomer Lucy Holmes, a rival agent looking for a new start in life after the breakup of her marriage.
Sea glass cottage
Hannon, Irene, author
Christi Reece arrived in Hope Harbor reeling from a series of setbacks and desperate for help. But Jack Colby wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him-until a turn of events finds him needing her help.
South beach love
Tony Sanchez, a celebrity chef, comes home to help with his niece's quinceanera --a traditional big celebration for her fifteenth birthday. He meets up with Sara Kelly, an old friend's baby sister, who's now running a restaurant in South Beach. Attraction flares between them. But Sara is enlisted to cater another quinceanera --for the girl who's his niece's rival. Many prominent families will attend, and Sara sees it as an opportunity to get more business for her restaurant and cement her reputation as a talented local chef. But Tony wants his niece's celebration--and his own talent--to outshine the rest. Can competing chefs teach each other a few lessons about cooking, culture--and love?
Summer on the island : a novel
Novak, Brenda, author
After the death of her US senator father, Marlow Madsen travels home to help her mother settle the family estate. For Marlow, the trip is a chance to reconnect with friends Aida and Claire, who are hoping to hit reset on their lives. A leisurely beachfront summer promises the trio of women the opportunity to take deep healing breaths and explore new paths. But when her father's will reveals an earth-shattering secret that tarnishes his impeccable reputation and everything she thought she knew about her family, Marlow finds herself questioning her entire childhood - and aspects of her future.
Lauren, Christina, author
Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion ... she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas. Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren't affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there's a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo. Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is ... Olive doesn't mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.