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Guest post and giveaway: Mary Alice Monroe

June 2, 2015

MAM close-up

I’ve been a fan of Mary Alice Monroe’s for quite some time and love the way she includes an environmental message in her novels.  This is such an exciting time for her –  the third book in her Lowcountry Summer trilogy out and Andie McDowell has announced that she will be making a movie of The Beach House! I’m delighted to share this wonderful guest post by Mary Alice with you.

I’m thrilled to share my new novel THE SUMMER’S END with you.  This is a monumental book release for me.  It not only completes my first intentional trilogy, it also celebrates twenty years as a published novelist, an opportunity for which I’m incredibly thankful.  And, my daughter is the cover model of THE SUMMER’S END, a novel that explores the dynamic of the mother-daughter relationship.  Serendipity!

In THE SUMMER’S END, I take you back to the charming seaside town of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, where it’s an emotional season for Mamaw and her “summer girls”–granddaughters Eudora, Carson, and Harper.  They each face loss and struggle to find a fresh start in life.  Harper, the youngest sister, who lived under the narcissistic abuse of her wealthy and influential mother, has no home or career after breaking free of her mother’s tyranny.  And she finds herself needing courage to release her insecurities, recognize her strengths and accept love fully to save her family and her future.

Many of us are blessed to know the beauty of a mother’s love, but a lot of people can relate to my character Harper, whose mother is unsupportive and cruel.  Harper’s half-sisters, Eudora and Carson, also have poor relationships with their mothers.  But the girls find motherly love from another source, their Mamaw, who herself is facing her own shortcomings as a mother.  For Marietta Muir, having her granddaughters together for one final summer at her beach house is her second chance.  Mamaw can see that she was an enabler for her alcoholic son, the girls’ father.  Now at the age of eighty, she wants to pass on her hard won wisdom to her granddaughters.

I am a grandmother to four beautiful children, and I can relate to Mamaw’s desire.  In this role, we get to have a little more fun than we did when we were young mothers, fully engrossed in raising our own children.  Being a grandparent is a second chance.  Not just to play or buy gifts, but to pay attention.  What do they really need?  How can we positively assist?  Mature love is giving without expecting something in return.  To give for the pleasure of giving.  To love for the joy of loving.  This is Mamaw’s lesson in THE SUMMER’S END.   And some of her wisdom is what I want my own children to know.

In THE SUMMER’S END, at the very end, Mamaw ponders,  “Eudora, Carson, and Harper.  For all his capricious ideas, Parker had been wise to name his daughters after great literary figures.  It gave them each something to live up to.  And in her book, her granddaughters were her heroines.   She’d never known women with more heart. Or who understood more fully where their home was.”  

That’s how I feel about my daughters: Claire, Margaretta and Caitlin.  And I dedicate this novel to them.

Click here to read an excerpt from THE SUMMER’S END, in stores nationwide now.
Mary Alice Monroe is an award-winning, bestselling author of nearly twenty novels and children’s books.  She lives near Charleston, South Carolina.  Learn more at www.maryalicemonroe.com.

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Summer's EndThanks to the publisher, I have one copy of THE SUMMER’S END to give away. To enter to win THE SUMMER’S END, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US address only – one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, June 11, 2015.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2015 4:08 am

    Sounds good! I like the video and love the cover!

  2. June 2, 2015 7:37 am

    I like that this novel is written from the grandmother’s point of view.

  3. June 2, 2015 9:06 am

    I really want to read this trilogy. Have loved her books in the past. Glad that now all 3 are available.

  4. June 2, 2015 9:40 am

    I’ve enjoyed her books, too. Need to get started on this trilogy!

  5. June 2, 2015 10:01 am

    Thanks, Kathy! I love the sound and message of this trilogy (and cover love doesn’t hurt) and have heard only good things about it, so I’m now interested in reading, starting with book one of this series. I don’t know how her works have escaped me for so long, but will rectify that.

  6. June 2, 2015 10:15 am

    I loved this trilogy. Thanks for sharing Mary Alice’s s story and the giveaway

  7. June 2, 2015 11:12 am

    Thank you for hosting this lovely book giveaway, Kathy. I will add it to my sidebar.

  8. June 2, 2015 11:13 am

    It sounds like a wonderful novel. Thanks for including the video.

  9. June 2, 2015 11:26 am

    Exciting about the movie!

  10. June 2, 2015 1:09 pm

    Looking forward to this third book. Mary is one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    June 2, 2015 2:37 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books in the trilogy, but they do sound good. I want to read them even more after reading your guest post.

  12. June 2, 2015 3:30 pm

    I like summer reading. This one looks good.

  13. Patty permalink
    June 2, 2015 5:56 pm

    I love her books, too!

  14. June 2, 2015 6:21 pm

    This trilogy is on my must read list!

  15. June 3, 2015 2:09 am

    I need to start this trilogy! Congrats to the author on the movie treatment. What a lovely guest post!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    June 3, 2015 6:46 am

    Great guest post. This novel sounds perfect for me — I love books that feature mother/daughter relationships.

  17. June 3, 2015 1:38 pm

    What a meaningful guest post! I can see there is so much more to this author than just words on paper. I checked Audible and see that it is available. The author is also the narrator. I’m off to buy it. Thanks for the post Kathy.

  18. June 3, 2015 7:51 pm

    I loved the first one in this trilogy and will be listening to this and the 2nd one on audio. Loved the audio clip.

  19. June 5, 2015 9:06 am

    This sounds like a good summer read. My mom would love it.

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