Every summer, Marietta “Mamaw” Muir invited her grandchildren to come and spend their summers with her at Sea Breeze, her island home. For one last summer, Mamaw invited them to spend their summer again at Sea Breeze because she will have to give up her island home to go live at a retirement home. When they were little, there were no worries and they ran free along the beach but this summer one of her granddaughter’s is suffering. It seems like their summer is going to be more than relaxing and having fun in the sun.
Dora is in the middle of a divorce and her husband wants nothing to do with their autistic son. Her husband is a jerk. I felt really bad her. Divorce is a terrible thing. It tears family apart and it hurts when I hear or read about people getting a divorce. I sympathized with her and I liked her for being strong. Mamaw and her sisters are there for her, but it is up to her to accept things for what they are and heal herself. During the summer she regained her confidence and faces the future head on.
This book is brilliant. I rarely read this kind of book but it is nice to read it. Prior to reading this I haven’t read anything by this author, but I have to say she is pretty awesome. This author is someone I have to look out for in the future. It seems like I have discovered yet another amazing author. She did an amazing job writing this book. Overall, it is very well written. I loved the pacing and it kept me interested throughout the whole story. I loved the interaction between all the characters.
I also loved the theme of this book. Summer is one of my favorite seasons, so having that be a focus was a huge bonus.
Mary Alice Monroe, thank you for such a wonderful story.
The Summer Wind is the second book in Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer trilogy, following the New York Times bestselling The Summer Girls. This series is a poignant and heartwarming story of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to help them rediscover their southern roots and family bonds.
It’s midsummer and Eudora, nicknamed Dora, is staying at Sea Breeze, the family’s ancestral home on Sullivan’s Island. For years, Dora has played the role of the perfect wife and mother in a loveless marriage. Now her husband filed for divorce, her child is diagnosed with autism, and her house is on the market. Dora’s facade collapses under the weight of her grief and she suffers “broken heart syndrome.” Mamaw and the girls rally around Dora—but it’s up to Dora to heal herself as she spends the summer prowling the beach, discovering the secrets of the island and her heart. This is a summer of discovery for all the women of Sea Breeze. Carson returns from Florida to face life-changing decisions, Lucille confronts a health scare, and an unexpected visitor has Harper reconsidering her life’s direction.
When tropical storm winds batter the island, the women must band together and weather the tempest—both the one outside their windows and the raging sea of emotions within each of them. They must learn again what it means to be a sister. It is up to Mamaw to keep the light burning at Sea Breeze to guide the girls through the lies, the threats, and the rocky waters of indecision to home.