Mary Alice Monroe’s latest release “The Summer Wind” continues where book number one in the ” Low Country Summer” series, “The Summer Sisters,” left off. The title of the first book refers Carson, Dora, and Harper, three half sisters called to their grandmother’s beach house for one final season before it is sold and the beloved matriarch retires to an assisted living community. I received “The Summer Wind” as part of Gallery Books partnership with netgalley.com, which delivers free novels to bloggers and other people who love literature in exchange for reviews. What follows is my truthful analysis of this piece.
This volume mostly focuses on Dora, the sister who has spent the majority of her life trying to be the perfect wife and mother. Now that her husband has left her, will she be able to overcome the urge to put her personal needs on the back burner? Spending time in the low country has reintroduced Dora to pleasures of her long forgotten youth, such as boating and gardening. She also enjoying figuring out new ways to connect with her young son Nate, who was born with Autism. As she begins exploring new feelings about an old flame, will a health crisis spur her back into her previous circumstances, or will she be able to make a fresh start?
I was enthused to discover this voice in mainstream women’s fiction, who will appeal to fans of authors like Sarah Jio. My recommendation is for people to enjoy this series in order. The target audience is women sixteen and older. Be forewarned that there are suggestive, but not explicit, love scenes in both installments. My rating is five out of five stars, with my one regret being that I have to wait until next summer to see how this family saga concludes. Keeping that in mind, I encourage you to add these stories to your bag. Until we meet again…