Books by Mary Alice Monroe

B+
Time Is a River

When an author who's previously written some great books has a new release, I begin it feeling not only a strong sense of giddy-"oh, boy!"-ness, but also with a sense of trepidation. What if, this time around, the author fails me? That sense was pretty strong when I read the cover jacket for Mary Al ...

A-
The Beach House

Mary Alice Monroe's The Beach House is profoundly moving, from the short prologue in which a woman feels sorrow and regret about her relationships with her now-grown children, to the final pages in which hope replaces sorrow. Caretta Rutledge has been asked to visit her mother, Lovie, in their Lo ...

B+
The Beach House

If the title of this book, The Beach House, and the cover illustration of dunes, a beach umbrella, and the water don't clue you in, I'll just go ahead and say it: this is a great beach read. I grew up "down the shore" myself, and reading this novel in landlocked Atlanta made me long for salt air and ...

C+
The Book Club

As a member of a book club, I couldn't help but be intrigued by a book actually called The Book Club. Mary Alice Monroe lists her own book club in the acknowledgments, and notes that the characters are nothing like the people in her book club. The characters are also nothing like the people in my bo ...