On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sign me up to be whisked away to Isle of Palms, South Carolina for summer vacation. Mary Alice Monroe’s sweet beach read “On Ocean Boulevard” is an inspiration to women’s relationships while showing us the natural instincts of the loggerhead sea turtles. Interspersed between the family dynamics of the Rutledge women are lessons on these threatened sea creatures.
This installment of Moore’s Beach House series revolves around Cara and her fiancé David’s upcoming nuptials with a side story on her niece Linnea’s return home from California. David absolutely adores Cara – even though she is getting cold feet regarding the big wedding and a little wobbly on moving from her beloved Primrose Cottage. Cara and David’s relationship goes thru a little drama when a family illness tests whether they actually make it to the altar. My favorite character in this story might even be our devoted David.
Linnea has come home to the low-country after both her dream career and boyfriend get cancelled in California. Feeling a failure, she picks up her loggerhead turtle protection program to get back in her groove while looking for that perfect job. Along comes the adorable British Professor Gordon with similar interests (surfing and sea turtles) and you have another sweet romantic connection. Her parents also have a few hidden dilemmas to resolve as she is working out her own self-awareness crisis.
“On Ocean Boulevard” is a delightful story that weaves these intimate family relationships together while nurturing all the strengths these women embody. The side benefit is an education in the environmental awareness of our coastal turtle friends. A fantastic summer read – preferably by a beach! This was my first Mary Alice Monroe read and even though it is part of a series, I did enjoy this book as a standalone.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sharing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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