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A timely, tender, and compassionate tale of perseverance, love, and the bonds of family in the face of tremendous and sometimes painful upheaval in this latest novel in the New York Times bestselling Beach House series.

The coming of spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, this spring is a season of challenge. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores, and her family’s finances, emotions, and health teeter on the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders - is it possible to love two men at the same time? 

Love in the time of COVID-19 proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea learns there are more meaningful lessons during this summer than opportunities lost: that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own backyards. 

Poignant and moving, The Summer of Lost and Found is “a novel of growing up, saying goodbye to the past, and learning to ask yourself the hard questions, including one of the most vital of all: ‘Who do you really want to be’” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times best-selling author).

©2021 Mary Alice Monroe. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Awful!

I couldn’t finish this book and I finish everything. Painfully slow and riddled with constant talk of masks, 6ft of distance, not touching your loved ones. You can hardly grasp the plot for all the coronavirus details at every turn!!! Boring boring boring. Nope.

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COVID-19 is merely a mild backdrop

The whole business of "social pods" is foreign to me after nearly 18 months of living by myself and working from home in a State that had nearly a 20% infection rate. Living in an epicenter of the pandemic (NY/NJ Metro area) had many more restrictions and social isolation than these low country characters' storylines. The social protests, riots and demonstrations, which colored so much of last Spring and Summer, are not even mentioned. Rather, they build a club house and throw a 4th of July party. Really?

Found it very hard to identify with any of the characters and found the story line trivialized the dangers of living during a deadly and (at the time) an untreatable rampant illness. This story ignores the pervasive fears of the summer of 2020 that saw nearly 250,000 deaths. Come on, only one person gets sick and recovers easily? Love and death in the time of C19 this is not.

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covid favorite

I enjoyed this story. It continued on the story of the next generation of the Rutledge's. I happen to think that a story about family's members who pulled together during the pandemic and helped each other is enduring. I know that my family endured to support each other thru these tough times. I thought it was very realistic to the time we are living in. I don't understand how others have been so cruel as to fight the common sense precautions about the pandemic. I read some of the reviews of others and was horrified. Is this who we have become? If so we are not as a nation going to pull together to beat these horrible times ahead, but I only hope I am wrong.
I loved the narrator too, I have listened to many books and have enjoyed the soothing voice of Cassandra Campbell.

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story blah, voice actress accent not southern, wish I hadn't purchased, first and last by this author

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I can’t wait to read Mary Alice Monroe’s next book in this series!

I hope there is a next book! I too have lived through the 2020 pandemic and it’s not over. But I had Covid 19 and survived. I also am fully vaccinated. I felt the fear that Cara and Lanetta and the rest felt.

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It is really slow boring story. To long not to say anything really.
We picked it up as a book clan book for this month because was already happening during the pandemic but eve my life was more exciting during the pandemic.

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Always good from Mary Alice!!

Pretty ready for Lynea to finally get married!! Sweet remembering Lovie! Mad me want a Caviler even more!

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2020 Pandemic Story

I love all of Mary Alice Monroe’s books, especially the Beach House series. So glad she wrote a true to life story about living during the 2020 pandemic.&

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Very relevant

I love that this book centered around last year and the pandemic. It felt very real reading this book, knowing that everybody around the country and world experienced the same highs and lows together. I loved how this book brought the family and outside friends together, and how Mary Alice Monroe has a way of weaving it all together to make one big amazing story.

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OUTSTANDING AS ALWAYS

The author is incredible ans I love Cassandra Campbell's narration. She is wonderful at intonation and dialect expect: we DO NOT say AUNT in SC. We say Aint or Ant. lol But it is true! This book series has become a special part of my life since I adore the coast of my home state, especially the IOP! READ ALL OF THIS SERIES!!!

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