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Forgotten Book Challenge

Hi Everyone,

This week’s Forgotten Book Challenge is a Christian Fiction book that came on my Nook. I never read it and forgot about it completely.

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~Ariesgrl

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Ruby
By: Laurraine Snelling
(Dakota Treasures #1)

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The Summer’s End

Summer's End

 

By: Mary Alice Monroe

(Lowcountry Summer #3)

 

The Summer’s End is the final chapter in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy. Harper, Dora and Carson, three half-sisters, have been staying at their grandmother’s home, Sea Breeze, in Sullivan’s Island. It has been a tumultuous few weeks, with the sisters reconnecting and finding not only the bond of sisterhood, but also rediscovering themselves along the way. But now the summer is coming to an end, the sisters must figure out where and how they will live, as their beloved home will be placed on the market. Will their bond last without Sea Breeze and Mamaw?

Mary Alice Monroe is an exquisite author who blends the magnificent Lowcountry setting with human emotions. Though this story works well as a stand-alone, readers will gain more from it if they read the trilogy in order. Teaching important lessons of the dangers humans impose on wildlife, as well as sensitive topics concerning Asperger’s and Wounded Warriors, this is a great choice for discussions amongst Reading Groups and families. The focus in The Summer’s End is finding oneself, and having confidence to pursue one’s dreams. Though this final book is mostly Harper’s story, as she transitions from a mousey observer to an energetic leader, readers won’t be missing out on any of the sisters’ developments. This is a must read for fans of Southern literature.

Several days after finishing The Summer End, I kept going back and re-reading my favorite sections. Harper was my favorite character; I mean who wouldn’t love a girl who lists classic titles as her best friends! Though this series was my first glimpse into Mary Alice Monroe’s writing, it won’t be my last.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
To enter for a chance to win a Signed Paperback copy of this book, click here. Good luck!

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The Summer Wind

The Summer Wind

By: Mary Alice Monroe

Lowcountry Summer #2

It has been one chaotic month for Mamaw’s Summer Girls. Dora, the eldest, is beyond stressed with her separation, getting the repairs done on her ex-house, and trying to get her autistic son to move past Delphine’s injuries. With the help of Mamaw, Lucille and her sisters, Dora learns to shift focus back on herself and her health.

Carrying on the same theme from the first book, of the healing powers of nature, The Summer Wind shows the importance of learning to love one’s self, trusting others and the power of second chances. Mary Alice Monroe packs a punch with relatable characters and realistic life events. Life doesn’t wait for anyone; therefore one must keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward. The ending will have readers frantic for the next book.

I could completely relate to Dora. I understood how she lost herself by trying to be the thing everyone else needed. It was nice to see her regain focus on herself and begin to accept being happy.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The Summer Girls

The Summer Girls Cover

By: Mary Alice Monroe

Lowcountry Summer #1

 

Three sisters at various stages of life, separated by time and distance, are summoned to their Grandmother’s home to celebrate her birthday. Little do they know, Mamaw has plans to make sure they spend the entire summer with her in their family home, before she places it on the market. Carson Muir has spent her entire life bouncing from one place to the other, and the only place she has ever felt safe is Sea Breeze. Currently without a job and feeling lost, she jumps at the chance to spend time with Mamaw and reconnect with the Atlantic Ocean.

The beautiful setting of Sullivan’s Island provides the backdrop of this series. Told from the points-of-view from each of these four strong women, the story ebbs and flows like the tide. Nature is a powerful healing agent for the soul, but in return humans must respect the rules to protect the wild. This book focuses on accepting the past, accepting and providing forgiveness and learning when to ask for help. Fans of Mary Alice Monroe will be delighted to see old friends from her previous series. Readers will learn about the dangers humans impose on wildlife and will have a desire to reach out and help raise awareness about dolphin advocacy. The Summer Girls is a powerful and poignant start to a promising series.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Forgotten Book Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Time to dust off a buried ebook, read it and review it. To learn more about this cool challenge, click here.

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~Ariesgrl

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The Devil’s Cradle(Kendall O’Dell Mystery #2)
By: Sylvia Nobel

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Sasee Review

Waggin’ Tales: Bogey’s Memoir

By: Maureen O’Brien

Bogey was unwanted, told repeatedly he was too dumb to love. Thankfully his original set of humans left him at the Grand Strand Humane Society, where he remained focused on staying positive. Soon, his forever parents found him, adopted him and opened his eyes to a world full of love.

Using Bogey’s voice, Maureen O’Brien shares the adorable memories of Bogey’s life. An uplifting and heartwarming tale of how Bogey’s adoption gave him a family that finally showed him the love he truly deserved. Readers will follow Bogey from the glorious day of his adoption and throughout his life, including events that occurred in Heaven. The author turns a sensitive and always difficult topic, into a positive experience. Overall, animal lovers will smile many times as they fall in love with Bogey’s story.

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Sasee Review

Mayhem in Myrtle Beach

By: T. Lynn Ocean

Mayhem in Myrtle Beach mixes a newly single, fresh college graduate with forty-six young at heart senior citizens and places them all on a charted bus headed to Myrtle Beach. What could possibly go wrong? Sherwood accepts a week-long probationary offer at a retirement community, in hopes that the time in the sun will not only give her a new perspective on life, but also a paying job when she returns. However, when her old study partner turns out to be the driver, who is more handsome than she recalls, and the elderly group doesn’t welcome her with open arms, Sherwood begins to think she may be in over her head.

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My Sister’s Books Review #67

The Budding Gardener

By: Mary B. Rein

Children’s Activity Book

 

The Budding Gardener is an activity book dedicated to teaching young children the fascinating world of gardening. Chocked full of fun activities and do-it-yourself projects, kids will soon be wrapped up in the delights of watching seeds grow. Through this book they can learn about container gardening, compost, flowers and food.

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My Sister’s Books Review #66

The Art of Arranging Flowers

By: Lynne Branard

The Art of Arranging Flowers takes place around Ruby Jewell, the town florist. She has owned her shop for a couple of decades and is the go-to person to solve any situation that life may bring. Using flowers and colors, Ruby provides a holistic approach to help the members of her community, all the while still suffering from the loss of her sister many years ago. As new people begin to enter Ruby’s life, she realizes she can’t hide behind her flower counter forever.

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My Sister’s Books Review #65

Murder on the Front Nine

By: Steve McMillen

Local Mystery

Mickke D has “retired” to Myrtle Beach, where he maintains several odds-and-ends jobs, in order to enjoy his favorite hobby, golf. He has had lots of bad luck with women, but that is nothing compared to the mess he falls into when his old, top-secret friends stop by for a friendly visit. Thanks to the favor he granted, he gets to travel to several golf courses to get-to-know a few persons of interest. But when explosions and gun fire start happening, Mickke D must choose between his friends and saving his own life.

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