The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1) by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe, the heartwarming first installment in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, a poignant series following three half-sisters and their grandmother.Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe captures the complex relationships between Dora, Carson, and Harper, three ha...

Details The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)

TitleThe Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)
Release DateJun 25th, 2013
PublisherGallery Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

Reviews The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)

  • Diane
    I read The Summer Girls this week and at the end of the book, I wanted to know more! I had been looking forward to reading the most recent book by Mary Alice Monroe and this one did not disappoint. As I read I could almost sense the sun on my shoulders, the sea spray upon my face, the smell of the sea grass, and the feel of the sand on my feet....the Carolina beach!The author has written with a depth of understanding about the emotions of love an...
  • Margitte
    Three young ladies, Dora, Carson, and Harper, are invited to stay with their grandmother for three months in her old mansions on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. There are secrets to deal with, serious issues to address, and forgiveness to happen. One father, three mothers, and three immensely different daughters growing up separately. One eighty-year-old grandmother to make it all right and pay for her own sins. One lost little boy. And then t...
  • Lisa
    This is where a 1/2 star would come in handy. The Summer Girls is a thoroughly entertaining story set on one of my favorite places in all the world, Sullivan's Island, SC. It is the island of my childhood vacations as it was for the three sisters in the novel. My father and his 11 siblings were born on the Island, thus we went there in the summers to see my grandmother. Monroe does a lovely and loving job of capturing several aspects of the islan...
  • Connie
    Monroe captures the feel of family ties so well in this story. The setting of course is beautiful, and I was transported to Sullivan Island. I loved the character Marietta "Mamaw" and her wish to bring her Summer Girls together again, and make them realize how important family is....that they are always there, love them or not, you can't get rid of them. They often know all your secrets and failures....and can usually see what you try to hide fro...
  • Julie
    The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe is a 2013 Gallery Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book as an XOXOpert, the official street team of XOXO After Dark. It's almost officially summer and many of us are ready for vacations, trips to the beach, and soaking up some rays by the pool. I admit there are books I go for in the summer months because I'm just more in the mood for them. The Summer Girls with it's apt title is a perfect sum...
  • Melodie
    The Summer Girls are Dora,Carson and Harper. Sisters, they share a father,now deceased, all have different mothers. Their individual upbringings as different as night and day. The one person beside their father that they share is their grandmother Marietta Muir known affectionately as "Mamaw". Mamaw has drawn her summer girls back to her idyllic South Carolina home, Sea Breeze, for what she believes might be her last summer with them. As adults t...
  • Cassandra King
    full disclose: i read an advance copy of this book when the author, whose work i've enjoyed in the past, asked me for an endorsement, so my review might appear to be influenced by that. however, i only endorse books i really like, and this was no exception. it's such an intriguing concept, three sisters who don't know each other--same father, three different mothers, and raised in different parts of the country--that i would've been hooked even i...
  • Maggie61
    I was really looking forward to this book and I really wanted to like it but I really just didn't. I love books about women and summer and some secrets thrown in. But I Gotta admit, I was really bored. I did wake up a little with the scene with Delphine and the fishing wire and that was such an upsetting part of the book but for the rest of it, I just couldn't get into it.
  • Cara
    Good beach read, but a bit disappointing. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting this to be one of those books where several women go to the beach together and end up having a lot of interesting interactions where you really get to see their different personalities. Instead, this book focuses mainly on one of the three sisters: Carson. The others are secondary characters. If I had realized this was part of a trilogy at the outset, I might have ha...
  • Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo
    Marietta "Mamaw" has invited her three grown granddaughters back to their summer home - Sea Breeze - on Sullivan's Island. She's fixing to celebrate her eightieth birthday and wants Dora, Carson, and Harper to be there. She's also hoping that the half-sisters will stay the summer before Sea Breeze is sold and reunite as sisters, rather than the strangers they've become to each other.Carson Muir, the middle sister, arrives first. She's unemployed,...
  • Jean
    A must for your summer reading list this year! Absolutely wonderful. I loved it. Read in two sittings. Takes place on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. What a fab sense of place. I found the characters totally engaging and smart. You've hit a home run with THE SUMMER GIRLS.
  • Cathy Daniel
    This book was a solid 5 star for me until the ending. In the beginning I didn't care for the excessive drinking when there's a family history of alcoholism but fortunately, that was discussed and part of the story so I was cool with that. The part I didn't care for was the crazy, extreme overreaction about the dolphin. My God. Each adult and then the way Carson acted towards Nate was ridiculous and she still always kept it about her. Frankly, I c...
  • (Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
    A somewhat formulaic novel where three half sisters reunite at their Grandmother's home on Sullivan Island, South Carolina. The sister given the most page time is Carson Muir. She has lost her job with a tv series in LA. Her sister Dora is on the brink of divorce and has an autistic son. Third sister Harper hails from NY, where she has been working as an editor for her snooty mother. Growing up, the sisters came to Sullivan Island during various ...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Just what I needed, a good fiction book :) I have been on a bit of DNF spree lately and deliberately picking those books to make my pile smaller. But now I am back and this book did the trick.Grandma Muir is turning 80 and invites her 3 grandchildren to spend the summer. 3 halfsisters who have lost contact. Carson the one who freelances and never settles down. Dora, the stay at home mum with a child who needs special care, and a husband who left ...
  • Kathryn
    4.5 stars. The Summer Girls written and narrated by Mary Alice Monroe was well worth the listen and I will be eagerly listening to the next two in this trilogy. It is about three girls - half sisters, and their grandmother - Mamaw. They have all been invited to her house for the summer, and with a somewhat tentative approach they all end up responding to the invitation.Eudora (Dora) is the oldest and has a young son who is autistic. She is in the...
  • Jencey/
    What is most precious to you? This question is the one that Mary Alice Monroe answers through her novel Summer Girls. She discusses the traits of the bottle nose dolphin and how it affects both human and animal.Synopsis:This summer will be different! The summer girls will be back this summer if Mamaw has her way. Carson the middle daughter is the first one to return home and has no problem coming back out of work and looking for a fresh start. Th...
  • Judy Collins
    THE SUMMER GIRLS (Lowcountry Summer #1) by Mary Alice Monroe, is a story of Forgiveness---after years of Secrets, Silence, EnablingA beautifully written novel set in the Low Country of SC of three half-sisters (Carson, Harper, and Dora) finding their way back to one another for the summer at coastal Sea Breeze on Sullivan’s Island, with the help of their loving and aging grandmother, Mamaw. (love her)!. The one link is the deceased son/fathe...
  • Julie Barrett
    The Summer Girls by Mary Alice MonroeI wanted to read this book because of the cover-the beach scene.The grandmother of the 3 girls has invited them to the island so they can be together for the last time before she heads to a retirement center.No spouses or children. Carson on the west coast=her TV show job had ended and she was out of money.Dora in SC, divorced with an autism child, Harper in NY, personal asst to her mother.This book hit home r...
  • Laurel-Rain
    With engaging prose that captured me from the opening lines, The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer Book 1) takes the reader on a voyage of discovery. A special wish and invitation from an aging grandmother brings three half-sisters to the lowcountry in South Carolina, and to a beach house that was a wonderful part of their childhoods.Dora (Eudora), Carson, and Harper, all named after Southern authors by their wannabe-author-father, Parker, have bee...
  • Sharon
    Not my favorite Mary Alice Monroe book. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I think this perhaps was because The Summer Girls is the first in a trilogy. The characters of Dora and Harper were pretty much forgotten in the second half of the book. My other problem was the writing. It seemed a little "dumbed down" and did not evoke the feelings for the low country I usually get with Ms. Monroe's previous books where I am sorry that the...
  • Donna
    I've read some "hard to get through" books lately. So this was a nice respite from that. It was just what I needed and I gladly sank into this.I liked the Grandma. She was the anchoring force behind the other characters. She is turning 80 and invites her 3 granddaughters (all half siblings) to come and celebrate with her. Since they are all from different walks of life, this story seemed a little disjointed, but it had a good message of forgivene...
  • Gail
    This is my first book by this author and I just loved it! Love the cover too!A heartwarming story that will make you laugh and cry. A story about family being reunited and family secrets coming out in the open plus hurt feelings. A story about 3 half sisters who have the same father but different mothers who have grown apart over the years. They have found excuses to not come and visit grandma for the summer. So as her 8oth birthday approaches sh...
  • Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
    After finishing The Summer Girls, I am looking forward to learning more about all the characters and their stories! I had not read any books by Mary Alice Monroe before this one, but it did not disappoint. It was a perfect beach read, but there was also much more to the story than I was expecting. Ms. Monroe did a great job of weaving the plot intricacies together while still keeping the story light and fast-paced. Her writing was also very descr...
  • Pam Jackson
    I am now dolphin smart! I will share my knowledge about dolphins after finishing this enchanting story of the heart! I am always inspired by the nature of MAM's novels and dolphins are my favorite sea creature! When I read the teaser, I was enthusiastic about learning the personality and character of each sister. "The Summer Girls" is so much more! I think we can all see a part of ourselves in each girl. They are now my friends! Lucille is also s...
  • Dianne
    This is the first book in a trilogy and is chiefly about Carson Muir, the half-sister to Harper and Dora.They are the product of an alcoholic ne’er- do -well father, and three vastly dissimilar mothers. The only thing that really pulls and keeps them together is their Grandmother and she has called them back to Sullivan’s Island ostensibly for her 80th birthday, but in truth, it is to get out into the open, family secrets and lies.I cannot sa...
  • Marcia
    Actual Rating: ****1/2Usually when I finish a Mary Alice Monroe book, post-its are flying out from all corners of the book. Not so with The Summer Girls--not because there was nothing to mark, but because I was so engrossed in the story of the reunion of these three sisters that I just kept reading. And once again, Monroe reveals through the story about human families, love, and forgiveness a glimpse of the natural world around us, this time intr...
  • Laurie Gold
    My "first look" article for Heroes and Heartbreakers - - begins:"Mary Alice Monroe is at her best with the first in her new trilogy, The Summer Girls. When she’s at the top of her game, she engages a reader’s emotions and makes intimate places and situations that may be far removed from personal experience. Southern Fiction evokes a laid-back, naturalistic lifestyle that keeps the focus on family and fighting person...
  • Aldona
    Really have liked this authors previous books but am 1/3 of the way through this book and have to keep putting it down. I find that the author's overuse of adjectives and adverbs is truly distracting to the flow of the story. I have not been able to connect to the characters since the characters are not developed but I know that the grandmother went fishing with a Farragamo (?) coral colored silk scarf. Who cares unless the author is trying to te...
  • Patty
    Cute, and I'll read the rest of the trilogy specifically because I assume it won't be about dolphins. Seriously, SHUT UP ABOUT THE DOLPHINS. Solid 3.5 stars.