I have been remiss in my duties as hostess of Front Porch Fiction. I failed to report the release of a novel by South Carolina author, Mary Alice Monroe.
Beach House Memories is the prequel to Ms. Monroe's popular Beach House, a novel that transported me to the Lowcountry shortly after we moved to South Carolina, and to the shores of the Isle of Palms even before I knew where the island was located. The story of Cara Rutledge returning to the island in the midst of a personal crisis and finding the sand and sea air does more than call the heart home resonated with me. I not only got lost in the story about Lovie, a woman trying to reconnect with her resentful daughter, but I learned about the Lowcountry's part in keeping alive endangered sea turtles. An interest that remains with me today thanks to this novel.