Nicole Says… Read This Book by Mary Alice Monroe

By Nicole McManus


By Mary Alice Monroe

Cara Rutledge is a survivor, just like her family’s historic beach house – and thanks to this house, Cara has fond memories from her childhood. When she decides to rent her place out for the summer, she is introduced to a young, shy artist, Heather Wyatt, who has battled anxiety for years. She prefers to stay indoors, in the quiet, with her birds. Since she was hired to create new postage stamps for the post office, she hopes to find inspiration on the island. As the shorebirds arrive and the women are forced to deal with life’s adventures and disasters, an unlikely friendship is formed. However, what will happen at the end of the summer?

Mary Alice Monroe weaves a poignant tale of nature and human relationships. This beach read covers topics of anxiety, grief, friendship, and love. The parallels between the rescuing and healing process of the shorebirds and the women themselves, is strengthened by the fact that this book is broken down into four sections. Healing is a unique process for everyone, and readers will appreciate the author’s ability to portray these differences. Beach House for Rent is a beautiful novel for readers who love the Lowcountry.

It is no surprise that I thoroughly enjoy Mary Alice Monroe’s work. Between the Lowcountry setting, the relatable characters, and the significance of preserving nature, Monroe’s work truly radiates life. Prior to reading this book, I had not read the other three Beach House books and enjoyed the fact that this story could be read entirely on its own. Even though the focus is on the shorebirds, the beloved turtles are also highlighted. This book is definitely one you will want to take to the beach, this summer!

Do you want a chance to win a free copy of Beach House for Rent? Visit our Sasee Facebook page and comment on the giveaway post. One random person will be selected at the end of the month. The winner will receive a free hardback copy of Mary Alice Monroe’s latest book.


About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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