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What are you Reading?

Hi Everyone,

I am spending this “restful” Sunday cleaning up a shattered dog dish, doing some laundry and spending some time with my boys, reading. I finished a Children’s book earlier today, and I am close to finishing a Memoir this evening, before starting a light-hearted beach read for tonight. I hope you all are having fun in this beautiful weather. What are reading as you wrap up the weekend?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Author Spotlight and Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s Spotlight is on author, Mary Alice Monroe! She is the author of numerous books set on the South Carolina coast. Her latest trilogy is the amazing Lowcountry Summer. The final book was released today! To read my reviews of this series, click on each title: The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End. Mary Alice Monroe has kindly participated in an interview. After the interview, you will see the incredible giveaway she is offering to one lucky person. Directions on how to enter are listed below. Good Luck!

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~Ariesgrl

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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

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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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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 #64

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

By: Jennifer Chiaverini

Historical Fiction, Civil War Era, Washington, DC

Mary Todd Lincoln was a wife and mother, before she became the First Lady of the United States. With her new title, came new privileges, one of them being a personal seamstress. Enter Lizzie Keckley, a freed slave, making a living sewing gowns for the wives of high ranking political figures. Lizzie and Mrs. Lincoln form a bond as life delivers them devastating news and as their country is ripped apart at the seams.

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Author Spotlight

Hi Everyone,

Today’s Spotlight is on author WR. Park’s book, The Franciscan.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The most internationally anticipated religious suspense-thriller since Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, WR.PARK’s The Franciscan is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and CreateSpace. Written 14 years ago, The Franciscan eerily forebodes current events in the Vatican predicting the coming of the current Pope Francis and proves to be a timely novel more than a decade after it was penned. This is the first book in The Franciscan Trilogy.

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be.”

~Julia Glass

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And the Winner is…

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who checked out the Author Spotlight last week and thanks to those who participated in the drawing. A special thanks goes to Author, Luciana Cavallaro, for participating in the Interview and offering a giveaway. Three people participated in the drawing, I went to Random.org and entered the parameters of 1 and 3.

Drum roll, please…

 

Congratulations goes to … Commenter #1. Congratulations Dawn H.!!! You are the lucky winner of an ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro. I will be emailing to find out which format you prefer. Congrats again!

 

Thanks again to all who participated. Make sure to be on the lookout for future Spotlights and Giveaways. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with great books.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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