A Lowcountry Wedding
Mary Alice Monroe
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Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s fourth novel in the “distinct, complex, and endearing” (Charleston Magazine) Lowcountry Summer series, set against the romantic, charming Carolina lowcountry.
Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in storied Sullivan’s Island. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a sand dune at sunset… it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper, and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Wedding dresses are picked, venues booked, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong?
The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson loves Blake, but struggles with giving up her independence. Harper questions if a prenuptial agreement will help or hurt the future of her marriage, and a newly unfettered Dora is uncertain whether she really wants to walk down the aisle again. Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upset even the most carefully laid-out wedding plans. With the weddings mere weeks away, the invitations sent out, and the family in tumult, Mamaw and her Summer Girls discover the enduring and powerful bonds of family, and realize that, no matter how different each bride might be, she can still have her perfect wedding.
Luscious and Elegant
As soon as I started reading page one, I found myself exhaling a deep sense of calmness, as I was immediately drawn back to the beauty of the Lowcountry. Luscious, elegantly written words gave me a warm welcome back to Sullivan's Island and nearby Charleston. Three half-sisters who have the same father and different mothers get back together with Mamaw, their grandmother, and wedding plans take shape. Delphine, the beloved dolphin, is back and beautifully woven into the story. There are big surprises with new characters in this fourth book of this series. I laughed and cried with all of the characters, and found myself beside them, wanting to help them out. The descriptions of the sceneries could not be more life-like. I felt the emotional struggles of every character, smelled the scents of the waters, warmed to the men's groundness, felt the breezes, and heard the voices of nature, mammals, and the wisdom of the elders. For me, every book by Mary Alice Monroe rates five stars, and this is no exception. If you haven't read the first three books, I highly recommend that you read them. [I received an early copy in exchange for my honest review.]
Mary Alice Monroe delivers in 4th book of Lowcountry Summer Series
A Lowcountry Wedding is the fourth installment in Mary Alice Monroe's Lowcountry Summer series. We once again meet up with the endearing cast of characters Mamaw, Carson, Harper, and Dora. In the first three books of the series we saw these ladies through love, reconnection, loss, and discovery during the course of one very eventful summer.
We now rejoin these ladies about six months after the conclusion of the third book. Carson and Harper are in a whirlwind preparing for their upcoming weddings. To further complicate preparations, Harper's Granny James arrives from England at about the same time as a mysterious young man visits from Atlanta.
Discoveries are made, tensions flare, and realizations result in last minute changes in plans. As the Muir clan moves through this eventful time, each member makes adjustments from the way things were to the way they may have been meant to be.
Mary Alice Monroe, premier southern writer of women's fiction, has again delivered a tale that is engaging and endearing. We can only hope that this is not the end of the story and that books are in her future to keep us up to date with these remarkable women. This is a recommended read.
A Lowcountry Wedding
As always it was a book that made me relive my on life as a Southern girl!