THE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I’ve ever read by Mary Alice Monroe and it won’t be the last! The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Mary Alice Monroe threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I’m kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner. THE SUMMER GUESTS is an engaging read and difficult on your emotions. It also left me wanting more, I wasn’t ready for the story to be over as I wanted to stay with my new found friends.

THE SUMMER GUESTS is unputdownable! There were quite a few times when reading it that I wanted to reach into the pages and slap a few of these people with their silly ways of thinking. I found myself giggling one second and then tearing up the next. If you are looking for an emotional and raw story to pull you out of your book slump, you can’t go wrong with THE SUMMER GUESTS. I’m so excited to read more of Mary Alice Monroe as she is now one of my auto buy authors. The descriptions of Grace and Charles’ ranch were so perfect that I actually felt like I was right there, breathing in all the smells of the beautiful North Carolina mountains.

The twists and turns in THE SUMMER GUESTS are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure it out. One minute you believe you know what is going to happen and the next you are sitting there shaking your head, wondering what the heck just took place. I had my ideas, I had it all figured out, or so I thought, and BAM…….wrong again! Once you start reading, trust me, you aren’t going to be able to stop! When everything is finally revealed, well, you won’t believe it! Mary Alice Monroe sure knows how to draw her readers into her story to the point that you feel you actually know these people and really care for them. At least that is what happened to me.

THE SUMMER GUESTS begins with Grace and Charles Phillips preparing their ranch for quite a few visitors, human and animal. There is a hurricane hitting Florida and her family and friends are coming to her home in the mountains of North Carolina to take shelter. As they ride out the storm, they each face internal conflicts that must be resolved in order for them to move forward. The grief and pain along with loss that some of these people have gone through will break your heart. I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE SUMMER GUESTS. It is also heart breaking and filled with so many different emotions. There is so much going on in this story, but Mary Alice Monroe does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. All of the characters will have you feeling sad and then giggling on the same page. Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this awesome book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.



From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life. 

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.

When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.

With Mary Alice Monroe’s “usual resplendent storytelling” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author), The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love, and redemption.


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  1. Great review Susan. I love when the author has us so involved in a book that we want to kick, slap, kiss, strangle or scream at the characters. I passed on this book and it seems like I made the wrong choice here.

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