The Summer Guests

The Summer Guests From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how ev

  • Title: The Summer Guests
  • Author: Mary Alice Monroe
  • ISBN: 1501193627
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances or perhaps because of them we discover what is most important in life Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast the peach trees are From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances or perhaps because of them we discover what is most important in life Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat it s also peak hurricane season When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina the Phillips s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn t what they brought with them to the mountains Rather, it s what they ll take with them once they leave.With Mary Alice Monroe s usual resplendent storytelling Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author , The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self discovery, love, and redemption Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 348 pages Published June 11th 2019 by Gallery Books More Details ISBN 1501193627 ISBN13 9781501193620 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Summer Guests, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is it as good at the Beach House I have not read books by Mary Alice Monroe but feel this is an author I will be be reading a long time, like 5 months ago See all 4 answers Nancyann Sorry, but I found The Summer Guests a huge bore and no where near as enjoyable as the low country stories by this author flag Isnt that a rather big boo boo on page 37 The scene is when Whirlwind is getting the best of Eliseit says Suddenly she felt a strong arm grab the lead and jerk it out of her grip, the owners other hand pushing her farther away The hand pushing her away is the TRAINER, Kurt, not the owner who is Elise How did THAT get missed like 51 days ago See all 2 answers Lynne The owner was the one being pushed away by the trainer flag See all 3 questions about The Summer Guests Lists with This Book Still to come in 2019 125 books 27 voters Shoes no people 246 books 34 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.59 Rating details 2,465 ratings 441 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 439 More filters Sort order Jun 17, 2019 Book of Secrets rated it liked it 3.5 Stars THE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I ve read by Mary Alice Monroe I know she s well known for her Beach House series, but I wanted to jump in with a summery standalone novel.As a Category 5 hurricane is barreling toward the coast of Florida and South Carolina, a mix of different people from the equestrian community, as well as their horses and several rescue dogs, evacuate to the safely of Grace and Charles Phillips farm in North Carolina As they ride out the storm together, each 3.5 Stars THE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I ve read by Mary Alice Monroe I know she s well known for her Beach House series, but I wanted to jump in with a summery standalone novel.As a Category 5 hurricane is barreling toward the coast of Florida and South Carolina, a mix of different people from the equestrian community, as well as their horses and several rescue dogs, evacuate to the safely of Grace and Charles Phillips farm in North Carolina As they ride out the storm together, each faces personal and interpersonal conflicts that must be resolved for them to move forward.I enjoyed how the cast of characters represented a range of age groups, from the early 30s to 60s The characters were strong, though some of their stories felt rushed given the large number of them The details of horses, horse riding, and the equestrian community were well researched Maybe a bit too horse heavy for me, though someone into that scene would appreciate it.I adored the descriptions of Grace and Charles Freehold Farm, set in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina It was the perfect, magical place to take shelter from an impending storm The amazing location was probably my favorite character THE SUMMER GUESTS is a lovely warm weather read, though I wish the focus had been on a couple of main characters versus having to keep track of so many Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. flag 33 likesLike see review May 03, 2019 Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, netgalley, 4 star reviews, kindle, netgalley2019 Mary Alice Monroe effortlessly blends characters and nature, and captures the complexities of interpersonal relationships SUMMARYA hurricane is threatening the coasts of Florida and South Carolina and evacuations are mandatory An eclectic group of evacuees flee for the mountains of North Carolina and the home of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips The Phillips s daughter, Moira has brought eight rescue dogs with her from South Carolina Hannah McLain a makeup artist living in Palm Beach, Mary Alice Monroe effortlessly blends characters and nature, and captures the complexities of interpersonal relationships SUMMARYA hurricane is threatening the coasts of Florida and South Carolina and evacuations are mandatory An eclectic group of evacuees flee for the mountains of North Carolina and the home of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips The Phillips s daughter, Moira has brought eight rescue dogs with her from South Carolina Hannah McLain a makeup artist living in Palm Beach, Florida brought her boyfriend, the famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, along with his prized horse Also migrating from Florida to the Phillips s ranch is horse breeder Gerda Klug, her Olympic bound daughter Elise, Elise s spirited horse, as well as Karl, the horse s trainer Cara Rutledge is trying to get to the ranch as well but has to head to South Carolina first They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can carry Strangers to all but the Phillips, they ride out the storm together.During the course of a challenging week, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters wasn t what they brought with them to the mountains but what they ll take with them once they leaveVIEWThere is quite the assortment of summer guests and animals evacuating to the Phillips s ranch The diversity in personalities adds substance and interest to this entertaining story We are skillfully transported to the gorgeous mountains setting, as well as to the eye of a hurricane THE SUMMER GUEST is engaging and I loved learning a few things about horses, horse training, show jumping and dressage My favorite part was how Hurricane Noelle brought this group of strangers together, and this gathering resulted in several characters making major life altering decisions Author Mary Alice Monroe effortlessly blends characters and nature, and captures the complexities of interpersonal relationships Monroe is a best selling author of 22 novels Thanks to Netgalley, Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery and NetGalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for a honest review Publisher GalleryPublished June 11, 2019Review bluestockingreviews flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 20, 2019 Tammy rated it really liked it Shelves release 2019 I loved The Beach House series and this is another great story from Mary Alice Monroe where she s also included Cara from that series and her new beau in its storyline Racing against time to rush from hurricane Noelle brings people together at the Freehold Farm in NC Old and new friendships, horses and loads of southern hospitality is the backdrop for this well told story flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 15, 2019 Carrie rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Being from Indiana we are right in the middle of tornado country where you basically just cross your fingers or pray tornadoes don t pop up or if they do they don t do too much damage Hurricanes aren t something that happens where I am however I have had a couple of close vacation calls with Sandy and Matthew down in Florida so I couldn t help but be curious when a storm is at the heart of this story.The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe is a women s fiction or chick lit read that focuses on s Being from Indiana we are right in the middle of tornado country where you basically just cross your fingers or pray tornadoes don t pop up or if they do they don t do too much damage Hurricanes aren t something that happens where I am however I have had a couple of close vacation calls with Sandy and Matthew down in Florida so I couldn t help but be curious when a storm is at the heart of this story.The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe is a women s fiction or chick lit read that focuses on several characters who need to escape the path of an oncoming hurricane But, not only do these people need shelter for the storm they also need a place to transport their animals where they will be safe so Grace and Charles Phillips who live in North Carolina have opened up their farm to these friends and strangers alike along with their horses.This novel actually started out rather strong in my opinion with some great tension from the impending hurricane and slowly starting to introduce the various characters involved However, the further and further I got into the story the danger there suddenly was of it completely losing hold of my attention I guess I expected from the storm than there was but honestly I think there just may have been a few too many characters to keep track of when the second half turned toward personal drama Maybe it was me but depth put into a few choice characters with life alternating decisions would I believe make it much engaging than trying to spread out so much between so many By the end I just felt this one was so so or just OK.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 19 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 22, 2019 Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley The Summer GuestsMary Alice MonroeTHE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I ve ever read by Mary Alice Monroe and it won t be the last The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Mary Alice Monroe threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong I m kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner THE SUMMER GUESTS is an engaging read and difficult on your emotions It also left me wanti The Summer GuestsMary Alice MonroeTHE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I ve ever read by Mary Alice Monroe and it won t be the last The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Mary Alice Monroe threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong I m kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner THE SUMMER GUESTS is an engaging read and difficult on your emotions It also left me wanting , I wasn t ready for the story to be over as I wanted to stay with my new found friendsE SUMMER GUESTS is unputdownable There were quite a few times when reading it that I wanted to reach into the pages and slap a few of these people with their silly ways of thinking I found myself giggling one second and then tearing up the next If you are looking for an emotional and raw story to pull you out of your book slump, you can t go wrong with THE SUMMER GUESTS I m so excited to read of Mary Alice Monroe as she is now one of my auto buy authors The descriptions of Grace and Charles ranch were so perfect that I actually felt like I was right there, breathing in all the smells of the beautiful North Carolina mountains.The twists and turns in THE SUMMER GUESTS are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure it out One minute you believe you know what is going to happen and the next you are sitting there shaking your head, wondering what the heck just took place I had my ideas, I had it all figured out, or so I thought, and BAM.wrong again Once you start reading, trust me, you aren t going to be able to stop When everything is finally revealed, well, you won t believe it Mary Alice Monroe sure knows how to draw her readers into her story to the point that you feel you actually know these people and really care for them At least that is what happened to meE SUMMER GUESTS begins with Grace and Charles Phillips preparing their ranch for quite a few visitors, human and animal There is a hurricane hitting Florida and her family and friends are coming to her home in the mountains of North Carolina to take shelter As they ride out the storm, they each face internal conflicts that must be resolved in order for them to move forward The grief and pain along with loss that some of these people have gone through will break your heart I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE SUMMER GUESTS It is also heart breaking and filled with so many different emotions There is so much going on in this story, but Mary Alice Monroe does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together All of the characters will have you feeling sad and then giggling on the same page Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this awesome book I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 09, 2019 Sarah rated it it was ok The Summer Guests tells the story of a group of people gathered inland as a hurricane threatens the coast While this premise could have been interesting, the characters didn t really resonate with me There was a ton of information on horses dressage, jumping, etc so perhaps someone with of an interest in horses would appreciate this book than I did I also felt there were too many characters and not enough development with any of them Grace and Charles are hosting all of the gues The Summer Guests tells the story of a group of people gathered inland as a hurricane threatens the coast While this premise could have been interesting, the characters didn t really resonate with me There was a ton of information on horses dressage, jumping, etc so perhaps someone with of an interest in horses would appreciate this book than I did I also felt there were too many characters and not enough development with any of them Grace and Charles are hosting all of the guests, and we start getting information about Grace, but that stops Greta and her daughter Elise could have an interesting storyline, but it wraps up abruptly at the end Moira and Elise have an interesting interaction, but then it s never returned to and just left open ended Moira s ability to connect with nature and animals was fascinating, but barely mentioned Hannah is forgotten midway through the book and Angel s motivations are never clear Karl disappeared about 3 4 through the book The side story with Cara seems out of place and irrelevant The ending of the book was very abrupt on its own and didn t really provide any conclusion.Overall, this book was a miss for me I would have appreciated character development from a handful of characters focus on Grace, Gerta and Moira, for example and left the other characters as ancillary It seemed that this is trying to write about too many characters plus horses and it just gets overwhelming Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review Apr 01, 2019 Patty rated it it was amazing The Summer GuestsBy Mary Alice MonroeWhat it s all aboutHorses and personalities That s what this book is about Plus a lot of it is about the personalities of horseswhat they like, whom they like and what they will do if they don t actually like you A hurricane is looming and friends have gathered inland at the horse farm of Grace and Charles Everyone has issues as they come together Horse issues, marriage issues, personality issues and what should I do with my life issues Luckily th The Summer GuestsBy Mary Alice MonroeWhat it s all aboutHorses and personalities That s what this book is about Plus a lot of it is about the personalities of horseswhat they like, whom they like and what they will do if they don t actually like you A hurricane is looming and friends have gathered inland at the horse farm of Grace and Charles Everyone has issues as they come together Horse issues, marriage issues, personality issues and what should I do with my life issues Luckily the horse farm is large enough for people and horses and rescue dogs to spread out and eventually come to terms with their life choices My thoughts after reading this bookI just simply enjoyed this book The horse talk was fascinating, the people were both fascinating as well as annoying and I love every horse I encountered What I loved bestI think I really loved best learning about the personalities of the horses That truly surprised me but the horses were connected to these people in obvious as well as mysterious ways What potential readers might want to knowThis book was intense, delightful and filled with lively personalities It was a great way to enter into a summer reading frenzy I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss It was my choice to read and review it flag 9 likesLike see review Jul 02, 2019 Laurene rated it liked it Started The Summer Guest with a different expectation By the cover, I thought it was going to take place on the beach with a hurricane s impending doom I should have paid attention to the boots The novel starts out with action pack suspense of what do you take with you when your home could be possibly destroyed Then it changes direction, the reader finds themselves in the equestrian world By the way, love the orange cat It was a fun summer read flag 9 likesLike see review Jun 11, 2019 Kristy marked it as to read Shelves , giveaways Very excited to win a copy of this book in a giveaway Looking forward to reading it flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 18, 2019 Kate Olson rated it liked it Shelves adult reads Sigh As far as craft goes, this was a MESS but I was still entertained enough to read it in a day Sigh As far as craft goes, this was a MESS but I was still entertained enough to read it in a day flag 9 likesLike see review Apr 09, 2019 Mary rated it liked it Shelves 2019 I received a copy from Edelweiss I just didn t enjoy it I am not that interested in horses and it seemed choppier than her usual books flag 8 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 25, 2019 Amy rated it really liked it review of another edition This book was different than her usual books because almost all of it was set in the North Carolina mountains The various guests had fled there to escape the wrath of Hurricane Noelle some from South Carolina and others from Florida Cara Rutlege plays a very minor part in this book at first, I was disappointed in her absence The focus of the books was the world of horse showing and riding, particularly dressage and jumping It was helpful that the author provided a glossary of terms at the This book was different than her usual books because almost all of it was set in the North Carolina mountains The various guests had fled there to escape the wrath of Hurricane Noelle some from South Carolina and others from Florida Cara Rutlege plays a very minor part in this book at first, I was disappointed in her absence The focus of the books was the world of horse showing and riding, particularly dressage and jumping It was helpful that the author provided a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book instead of at the end, like most books do While I wasn t so much interested in the horse aspect, the characters were very well developed and they all went through some type of change, some than others, during the short period of time that the book covered I listened to this audio book while driving flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 17, 2019 Chris Conley rated it it was amazing There are never enough stars for one of Mary Alice Monroe s books She creates stories that draw me in and keep me engaged with every person in them This one is filled with characters it is easy to recognize The fact that they are horse people and horses made me really happy I was and still am one of those horse crazy girls This book is a delight flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 15, 2019 Diane rated it it was ok Have to figure out if I m giving it a low rating just because it s not what I expected However, I don t feel characters were developed well where I could really step in to the story It seems Cara was added in to the story to give MAM fans a taste of Isle of Palms and as bait to read about the characters of the low country But, her storyline seemed out of place and not needed The story was very slow moving on and I couldn t wait for the ending not for a good reason flag 3 likesLike see review Mar 23, 2019 Donna Hines rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley Material possessions are just that material that can easily be replaced.When facing the hurricane eye to eye what matters most is family, friends, and acquaintances and nothing.However, it takes weathering the storm to learn the power of it all and the trial and tribulations one must endure to get to that realization.Moving forward may not always be easy but it s always the right thing to do.This is about several different groups of people that have come together at Grace and Charles farm t Material possessions are just that material that can easily be replaced.When facing the hurricane eye to eye what matters most is family, friends, and acquaintances and nothing.However, it takes weathering the storm to learn the power of it all and the trial and tribulations one must endure to get to that realization.Moving forward may not always be easy but it s always the right thing to do.This is about several different groups of people that have come together at Grace and Charles farm to not only save the animals but themselves.All of them have a story to tell, each of their lives and contributions are important, each knows that together they can be the difference.Thank you to Mary, the publisher, NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for this honest review flag 3 likesLike see review May 29, 2019 Diane rated it it was amazing Author Mary Alice Monroe has written another novel which grabs your interest and does not let go even after the last page has been read The Summer Guests is filled with wonderful characters who are each having a personal crisis during a time of uncertainty due to hurricane Noelle I won t post spoilers or repeat the summary, but the story focuses on how the lives of equine lovers, especially dressage riders are a very special community of caring and also competitive personalities.Charles and Gr Author Mary Alice Monroe has written another novel which grabs your interest and does not let go even after the last page has been read The Summer Guests is filled with wonderful characters who are each having a personal crisis during a time of uncertainty due to hurricane Noelle I won t post spoilers or repeat the summary, but the story focuses on how the lives of equine lovers, especially dressage riders are a very special community of caring and also competitive personalities.Charles and Grace are owners of impressive seventy five acre Freehold Farm in Tyron, North Carolina They have opened their home, stables, cottages, and hearts to friends needing a place of refuge from the oncoming storms There are a number of characters in this story, so as I began the book, I noted names and how they related to each other and to Grace I was happy to find Cara Rutledge in this story The Summer Guests delves into the lives of a group of people who are being reunited with former friends and also meeting new people with their own set of priorities I was so prepared to dislike Angel due to his seeming self absorption Gerta is a force to be reckoned with as she plans and schedules each day for her adult daughter, Elise Moira is at a crossroads in her life and needs to find a passion for her future Hannah is seeking her own identity with her new line of make up, but will people always see her as only a companion to the famous Angel De La Cruz The story blends these interesting personalities, their horses, and also a load of rescue dogs together to weave an intriguing week of pivotal experiences which will direct new paths and careers.I enjoy being immersed in each book Mary Alice Monroe has written Over the years and through her books I feel I have revisited so many places I have been fortunate enough to have traveled in my past I have learned about fly fishing, raptor refuges, migration of monarchs, dolphin rehabilitation, and of course turtle nestlings So many of the characters in her stories feel as if they are old friends Mary Alice Monroe does not only write best selling novels, but she is a master story teller Publication Date June 11, 2019Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 3 likesLike see review May 20, 2019 Barbara Schultz rated it liked it Shelves arc giveaway I was so excited when I won this ARC I am a mystery thriller fan and not really into chick lit or romance However, do like to read Mary Alice Monroe novels I believe my expectation was too high as I just finished 2 disappointing novels I liked this novel but didn t love it flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 11, 2019 Karen rated it did not like it review of another edition Very disappointed I have to say that this is the first time I ve ever given a one star review of a book Ms Monroe should stick with what she does best, writing about the Lowcountry It was like she stuck Cara Rutledge in just for name recognition There were too many characters and sub plots It just didn t hold my interest at all Maybe if you re a fan of the equestrian world, the book will appeal to you Hopefully, next year s book will have us back in the Lowcountry flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 11, 2019 Jen rated it really liked it You can t get a better summer read than a novel by Mary Alice Monroe A story that exudes southern hospitality, The Summer Guests makes you feel instantly at home For a little change in scenery, this story only has a few snippets of the Isle of Palms and a familiar character This time, we re trading the beach for mountain views, the turtles for horses True to Mary Alice s form, there is a heavy emphasis on the animals, their livelihoods, their personalities, and of course, a rescue mission You can t get a better summer read than a novel by Mary Alice Monroe A story that exudes southern hospitality, The Summer Guests makes you feel instantly at home For a little change in scenery, this story only has a few snippets of the Isle of Palms and a familiar character This time, we re trading the beach for mountain views, the turtles for horses True to Mary Alice s form, there is a heavy emphasis on the animals, their livelihoods, their personalities, and of course, a rescue mission There s Butterhead, Whirlwind, even a kindred spirit named Razzmajazz aren t horse names the greatest Taking place mostly on a horse farm in North Carolina, everyone is fleeing what could be the mother of all hurricanes Horses and dogs need shelter, as do the human folk Friends of the Phillips leave the coast to find a safe haven at their horse farm and together in a sort of fish bowl, they weather the storm Both figuratively and literally There are fears that need faced, relationships that need addressed, futures that need a change It is always a pleasure to read a book by Mary Alice Monroe She is one of those authors who, without even having to read a synopsis, I will read their book There s never disappointment You re welcomed right in Her books are like coming home I received an advanced copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 04, 2019 Karen Ash rated it liked it Another decent beach read, except it wasn t a beach read bc the author strayed from her usual format and wrote about the equestrian community Once again it seemed all the characters were blue eyed blondes with the exception of the token Latin American rider, Angel Having grown up in Aiken County, SC, I am somewhat familiar with the horse y set Why once I even parachuted into a steeplechase event near Camden, SC, another equestrian community We always thought they were snobby and clique y and Another decent beach read, except it wasn t a beach read bc the author strayed from her usual format and wrote about the equestrian community Once again it seemed all the characters were blue eyed blondes with the exception of the token Latin American rider, Angel Having grown up in Aiken County, SC, I am somewhat familiar with the horse y set Why once I even parachuted into a steeplechase event near Camden, SC, another equestrian community We always thought they were snobby and clique y and apparently they are LOL flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 18, 2019 Maria rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for anyone with a love for horses and good stories Recommended to Maria by I follow this author As always with Mary Alices Monroe s books, the story is engaging with interesting characters and great settings flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Lorrie rated it really liked it Shelves chick lit This Monroe book is a bit different from others I have read Other than a few reincarnation and New Age woo woo concepts having a tree tell you what direction your life should take , it s a solid, enjoyable story flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2019 Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves contemporary fiction, kapiti library I really enjoyed this read, it takes place over a short period of time, yet there was time to get a feel for the characters and the animals Horse lovers this book they would love I m not, but I still liked the relationship forged between horse and human The life challenges and changes were interesting that the various characters faced as a few of them reached a crossroads Delightful read flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 22, 2019 Tiffany Foskey rated it liked it I usually love MAM books but this one had it s up and downs for me In my opinion she got away from her usual style of writing with the horses but it was still a good book in all I didn t like the abrupt ending though but that s just me Cara Rutledge is a small character in this story but the main characters are horse people who band together to wait out a bad Hurricane We go through their trials and tribulations of their lives at that moment as they wait out the storm together Thank you to I usually love MAM books but this one had it s up and downs for me In my opinion she got away from her usual style of writing with the horses but it was still a good book in all I didn t like the abrupt ending though but that s just me Cara Rutledge is a small character in this story but the main characters are horse people who band together to wait out a bad Hurricane We go through their trials and tribulations of their lives at that moment as they wait out the storm together Thank you to for my copy flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 20, 2019 Gmr rated it really liked it So, I was anticipating this one IMMENSELY, but once I got started, it was actually REALLY HARD for me to read I think it falls under the too much too soon category, as in the subject matter deals with things a bit too close to home, i.e a major hurricane barreling at the Florida coast and beyond with the power to destroy lives, dreams, and forevers I can honestly say from unfortunate first hand experience that she did capture the moments leading up to its landfall remarkably well Lived t So, I was anticipating this one IMMENSELY, but once I got started, it was actually REALLY HARD for me to read I think it falls under the too much too soon category, as in the subject matter deals with things a bit too close to home, i.e a major hurricane barreling at the Florida coast and beyond with the power to destroy lives, dreams, and forevers I can honestly say from unfortunate first hand experience that she did capture the moments leading up to its landfall remarkably well Lived through it, as did may others, and the reality is scary enough to leave its mark.As for our cast of characters hereGrace and Charles find their way back to each other, learning to trust fully once again Moira discovers that she can be herself while still giving of herself in a relationship, though taking time to follow her own passions is a must Gerta and Elise find their way back to themselves, a longer road than you might think too, and in that rediscovery make their own ways in the world in rather surprising waysand with surprising people Hannah and Javier Angel de la Cruz realize what is truly important to them, and make the changes needed to follow their dreams come what may Cara and David find that what they were always searching for was right in front of them, and that when love is found it should not be let go.All in all, I got caught up in all the connections forged through proximity and the carryover after the storm passed Though it was not exactly what I expected, and the storm s changes unanticipated, it was enjoyable nonetheless My only hang up was when generally kind souled Moira said something about and the residents who had decided, foolishly, to stay and ignore evacuation orders not all the decisions made in those situations are so black and white copy received for review opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 02, 2019 Swetha Amit rated it really liked it The summer guests is a book about how natural disasters tend to build unexpected bonds A hurricane is set to attack the coast of Florida and South Carolina A group of people evacuate from their homes and find refuge in their friends place up in the mountains in North Carolina.Charles and Grace have an eclectic mix of guests This includes their daughter Moira and her dogs, famous equestrian Angel, make up artist Hannah, horse breeder Greta and her daughter Elise In the next few days, they all The summer guests is a book about how natural disasters tend to build unexpected bonds A hurricane is set to attack the coast of Florida and South Carolina A group of people evacuate from their homes and find refuge in their friends place up in the mountains in North Carolina.Charles and Grace have an eclectic mix of guests This includes their daughter Moira and her dogs, famous equestrian Angel, make up artist Hannah, horse breeder Greta and her daughter Elise In the next few days, they all have to weather the storm together This brings to light certain issues pertaining to life, relationships and their careers As the storm elapses, each one discovers a new purpose to life and what really matters to them The book highlights and explains the nuances of the sport equestrian The characters share one common aspect which is their love for horses The author gives an insight into the psychology of horses which makes it a delightful read for animal lovers Heartwarming and poignant, themes of relationships and catastrophes are touched upon here It s a story of self discovery and redemption that will tug the strings of your heart flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 18, 2019 Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves digital library books, contemporary An impending hurricane forces several diverse people to evacuate their homes in Florida and South Carolina and take refuge on Freehold Farm, NC, the horse farm estate of their friends, Grace and Charles Not only do they bring themselves but also their dogs and horses Rescue dogs and horses from Florida are also brought to the farm to make room for animals that will lose their homes in the impending hurricane The storm mixed with the different personalities of their horse loving guests make sp An impending hurricane forces several diverse people to evacuate their homes in Florida and South Carolina and take refuge on Freehold Farm, NC, the horse farm estate of their friends, Grace and Charles Not only do they bring themselves but also their dogs and horses Rescue dogs and horses from Florida are also brought to the farm to make room for animals that will lose their homes in the impending hurricane The storm mixed with the different personalities of their horse loving guests make sparks fly.For quite a while in this book I felt as though I did not like it, mainly because Mary Alice Monroe had not written the beach book I had come to expect Yes, Cara Rutledge does make brief appearances in the book as does Primrose Cottage, but they are not the driving characters of this novel We are thrown into the equestrian world of dressage and jumping, something I know little about But once I accepted this change, I began to learn to enjoy where this story led Once again, Mary Alice Monroe does not disappoint flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 11, 2019 Candice rated it it was amazing MAM has done it again With every book, I love he writing The story of Grace and Charles Phillips inviting their closest friends to stay with them in the NC mountains during the coming hurricane Noelle is wonderful Not only do they shelter their closest friends but also rescue dogs and their friends horses Each person comes with their own baggage and with the storm coming, tensions rise As the storm comes to a head many resolutions are made and the guests prepare for departure This st MAM has done it again With every book, I love he writing The story of Grace and Charles Phillips inviting their closest friends to stay with them in the NC mountains during the coming hurricane Noelle is wonderful Not only do they shelter their closest friends but also rescue dogs and their friends horses Each person comes with their own baggage and with the storm coming, tensions rise As the storm comes to a head many resolutions are made and the guests prepare for departure This story takes us from Florida evacuations to seeing Cara and her fianc and how their relationship turns out, to the NC mountains where the group rides out the storm Do yourself a favor and read Mary Alice Monroe s newest amazing novel Sidenote, I was given this book as an advanced readers copy It in no way affected my feelings of the book and I have already ordered a finalized, published copy for my own collection flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 12, 2019 Reeca Elliott rated it really liked it Shelves book, arc There is a hurricane headed toward Florida A mandatory evacuation is in effect People are loading up their valuables and heading to high ground Charles and Grace have opened their farm to family and their very eclectic friends and ALL their animals.Hannah and Javier, Gerda and Elise, Moira, Cara all arrive at the farm with horses and dogs This creates a unique environment It opens their eyes to what they need to change in their lives and what strength is needed to overcome many of life s ob There is a hurricane headed toward Florida A mandatory evacuation is in effect People are loading up their valuables and heading to high ground Charles and Grace have opened their farm to family and their very eclectic friends and ALL their animals.Hannah and Javier, Gerda and Elise, Moira, Cara all arrive at the farm with horses and dogs This creates a unique environment It opens their eyes to what they need to change in their lives and what strength is needed to overcome many of life s obstacles Each person takes something new away from this experience and all of it is life changing.There are lots of characters in this read but each are unique and have their own set of worries and difficulties Mary Alice Monroe always has the best characters They are so relatable and real I also enjoyed the horses and learning about dressage No one does animals, nature and people like MAM This is not my favorite Mary Alice Monroe book but it is still wonderful I love that MAM changes her stories She does not keep the same beach reads She expands her horizons And this novel fast paced and unique I received this novel from Gallery Books for a honest review flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Jun 09, 2019 Marti rated it really liked it Shelves aa books 2019, kindle, pop fiction, romance, net galley book, arc, family drama, oceans and seacoasts, part of a series The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe was a departure from her usual stories Not the power of the story or the characters, but a new setting in the hills of North Carolina The story also deviates from the turtles and dolphins to horses and dogs I found the change interesting even though I am not a horse person Grace and Charles Phillips have a huge horse farm and when they recognize a huge, potentially devastating hurricane is on the way, they invite several people to their farm with their The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe was a departure from her usual stories Not the power of the story or the characters, but a new setting in the hills of North Carolina The story also deviates from the turtles and dolphins to horses and dogs I found the change interesting even though I am not a horse person Grace and Charles Phillips have a huge horse farm and when they recognize a huge, potentially devastating hurricane is on the way, they invite several people to their farm with their horses to help keep them safe from the hurricane Some of group do not really know each other well while others have been friends forever As each set of visitors appears with various animals and needs the situations change, with the movement of the horses and people It is interesting as information about each person is revealed that we find out and about them, we also begin to see the changes that they cause each other I learned about jumping and dressage, events I knew about, but not a lot about I enjoyed reading about the horses and love how they were incorporated as if they were characters within the story What I didn t like was the quick bites from characters from the beach, as much as I enjoy them, I didn t feel they were needed to help carry the story over to the new setting The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe, was a good read flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It 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      Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and two children s picture books Mary Alice writes richly textured stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life Monroe s novels are published worldwide Monroe has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA and starred reviews Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and two children s picture books Mary Alice writes richly textured stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life Monroe s novels are published worldwide Monroe has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA and starred reviews She has received numerous awards, including several Readers Choice Awards, RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the Girls Scouts of America Woman of Distinction Award, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book, the 2008 International Book Award for Green Fiction for The Butterfly s Daughter, the 2015 Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award, and the ASPCA Henry Bergh award for Children s Fiction Monroe s A Lowcountry Christmas won the 2017 Southern Prize for Fiction Her novel, The Beach House, was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Andie MacDowell, Minka Kelly, and Chad Michael Murray In 2018 Mary Alice Monroe was inducted into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium and The Leatherback Trust She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events Monroe lives with her family on Isle of Palms, a barrier island off Charleston, South Carolina For additional information, go to maryalicemonroe

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    1. 3.5 Stars THE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I ve read by Mary Alice Monroe I know she s well known for her Beach House series, but I wanted to jump in with a summery standalone novel.As a Category 5 hurricane is barreling toward the coast of Florida and South Carolina, a mix of different people from the equestrian community, as well as their horses and several rescue dogs, evacuate to the safely of Grace and Charles Phillips farm in North Carolina As they ride out the storm together, each 3.5 [...]


    2. Mary Alice Monroe effortlessly blends characters and nature, and captures the complexities of interpersonal relationships SUMMARYA hurricane is threatening the coasts of Florida and South Carolina and evacuations are mandatory An eclectic group of evacuees flee for the mountains of North Carolina and the home of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips The Phillips s daughter, Moira has brought eight rescue dogs with her from South Carolina Hannah McLain a makeup artist living in Palm Beach, Mar [...]


    3. I loved The Beach House series and this is another great story from Mary Alice Monroe where she s also included Cara from that series and her new beau in its storyline Racing against time to rush from hurricane Noelle brings people together at the Freehold Farm in NC Old and new friendships, horses and loads of southern hospitality is the backdrop for this well told story.


    4. Being from Indiana we are right in the middle of tornado country where you basically just cross your fingers or pray tornadoes don t pop up or if they do they don t do too much damage Hurricanes aren t something that happens where I am however I have had a couple of close vacation calls with Sandy and Matthew down in Florida so I couldn t help but be curious when a storm is at the heart of this story.The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe is a women s fiction or chick lit read that focuses on s [...]


    5. The Summer GuestsMary Alice MonroeTHE SUMMER GUESTS is the first book I ve ever read by Mary Alice Monroe and it won t be the last The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Mary Alice Monroe threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong I m kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner THE SUMMER GUESTS is an engaging read and difficult on your emotions It also left me wanti The [...]


    6. The Summer Guests tells the story of a group of people gathered inland as a hurricane threatens the coast While this premise could have been interesting, the characters didn t really resonate with me There was a ton of information on horses dressage, jumping, etc so perhaps someone with of an interest in horses would appreciate this book than I did I also felt there were too many characters and not enough development with any of them Grace and Charles are hosting all of the gues The Summer Gue [...]


    7. The Summer GuestsBy Mary Alice MonroeWhat it s all aboutHorses and personalities That s what this book is about Plus a lot of it is about the personalities of horseswhat they like, whom they like and what they will do if they don t actually like you A hurricane is looming and friends have gathered inland at the horse farm of Grace and Charles Everyone has issues as they come together Horse issues, marriage issues, personality issues and what should I do with my life issues Luckily th The Summer [...]


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