The Summer of Lost and Found

by Monroe, Mary Alice

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One of Bustle's "20 Best Beach Reads of 2021" One of BookTrib's Most Anticipated Reads of 2021 One of Get Literary's Most Anticipated Reads of 2021 One of Country Living's "30 Can't-Miss Beach Reads for This Summer" One of Frolic's "25 Best Books of Spring 2021" "The perfect kickoff to summer!" —CNN "Mary Alice Monroe takes you on a trip to the idyllic sun, sand, and gracious lifestyle of a Southern summer. This season's must-read!" —Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Surfside Sisters The New York Times bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the Rutledge family as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, unity, and a dose of humor, discovering unexpected joys and lessons that will endure long past the season. The coming of spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, it begins a season of challenge. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores. For her—and for her family—finances, emotions, and health teeter on the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders—is it possible to love two men at the same time? Love in the time of COVID-19 proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea learns there are more meaningful lessons during this summer than opportunities lost: that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own backyards. In The Summer of Lost and Found, Linnea and the Rutledge family continue to face their challenges with the strength, faith, and commitment that has inspired fans for decades. Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature "sensitive and true" (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The seventh book in Monroe's best-selling Beach House series set on the South Carolina Isle of Palms (following On Ocean Boulevard, 2020) brings four generations together to weather the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Linnea's on-track life, with an aquarium job she loves, a cozy seaside cottage, a love interest equally invested in the protection of aquatic creatures, and a close-knit community, is completely upended by the shutdown. When she is furloughed, she adds a six-year-old cousin to her household as other family members stay in quarantine. Linnea's ex shows up next-door, then her beau and her brother both make it back before all flights are canceled, and all must stay isolated from each other. Just as in real life, the flow of time seems out of whack as Monroe presents an accurate and discomfiting depiction of relationships during this trying time. As she has throughout the series, Monroe addresses themes of environmental preservation. Fans will enjoy seeing how the characters cope with this difficult predicament, and all readers will relate to Monroe's sensitive take on a global experience."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Literature
Publisher Gallery Books2021
Language English
ISBN 9781982148362