Review: The Summer’s End by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer’s End (Lowcountry Summer) by Mary Alice Monroe

(This title will be released May 19, 2015)

Gallery Books An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

The Summer’s End (Lowcountry Summer) is the third book of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe.  It focuses on Harper, the youngest of three half-sisters featured in the series.

The family home, Sea Breeze, located in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, is too much for the girls’ grandmother, Mamaw, to handle.  Mamaw decides to bring her granddaughters together for one final summer before she sells Sea Breeze and moves into an adult home.  The girls had not spent a summer together since they were children.  Each of the them, while different, have uncertain futures.  Over the course of the summer, they each come to terms with finding their way forward.

Carson, Mamaw’s favorite, struggles with alcohol and commitment issues.  Dora, the eldest, is going through a divorce.  She has an eight  a nine-year old son with autism Asperger’s syndrome and struggles to have some fun and independence.  Harper is the wealthiest of the three.  Her mother is a controlling “narcissist” (Wikipedia).  Harper spends the summer contemplating her future and working secretly on her first novel.

Monroe’s trilogy is robust in it’s description of the Lowcountry.  She brings this story to a satisfying, romantic, conclusion.

Each novel is heartwarming and sensitive.  I highly recommend reading each book in order.   Below are links to my reviews of the first two books.  All three novels are light reads, but pack an emotional punch.

First Paragraph

The dawn of another summer day.  Mamaw tightened the soft cashmere throw around her thin shoulders.  Slivers of light pierced the velvety blackness over the Cove, and pewtercolored shadows danced on the spiky marsh grass like ethereal ghosts.

Disclosure of Material Connection:netgalley50

I received this book, The Summer’s End (Lowcountry Summer) by Mary Alice Monroe, free from the publisher, Gallery Books An Imprint of Simon & Schuster,  via NetGalley. I was not required to write apositive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. These are already on my summer reading list. I have the first two in the series and will pick up the third one when it is released. I think they look perfect for beach/pool reads.


  2. I loved the first one in the series and I think I will be able to listen to the second one and this one. I realised I had read one book by Mary Alice Monroe before and liked it as well. These kind of women’s fiction books are ones I enjoy reading. Looking forward to getting to Harper’s story. Thanks for no spoilers!


  3. I’ve read several of Mary Alice Monroe’s books too. This trilogy has been on my list since the first book was published. Now that all three are available or will be soon, I’d like to read them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Pat!


  4. Pat, what a great book review. Thank you for taking the time to spotlight Mary Alice’s new novel. I think it’s the perfect well-rounded, captivating novel to kick off the fast-approaching summer season. Contact us anytime!


  5. I love this author and enjoyed the first two books in the series. Looking forward to this third book! Glad you enjoyed it so much.


  6. I keep seeing wonderful reviews for this series, I love women’s fiction that packs an emotional punch. I have the first book, now I just have to start.


  7. I spotted these and can’t wait to read them. I am definitely going to put them under my book tab to read this summer. They seem like the perfect summer reads. Thanks for sharing.


  8. I have this whole trilogy TBR. For the summer, I am going to try to start some trilogies that I’ve wanted to try, as well as read the next book in most of the series I’ve been working on.We’ll see how I do.


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