Review: The Summer Girls

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books, June 25, 2013

Book Summary (from Mary Alice Monroe‘s website)

Marietta Muir is worried that her much-loved granddaughters, though as different as can be, are estranged. Now fully grown, Carson, the free spirit; Dora, the Southern-belle-turned-stay-at- home-mom; and city girl Harper haven’t spent time together since their long childhood summers with their Mamaw at Sea Breeze, the beach house on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. But when Marietta schemes to bring her girls back together for her eightieth birthday party, the women’s differences threatens to tear them apart once and for all.

An L.A. photographer, Carson feels most at home when she’s in the water. But the ocean’s magic isn’t enough to keep her emotional demons at bay. When she comes to Sullivan’s Island, Carson is offered a fresh start . . . with some help from a marine biologist, a dolphin named Delphine, and her sisters—the summer girls.

My Review – (5 Stars: Loved it!)

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe is very enjoyable.  Three half-sisters (Dora, Carson and Harper) are invited by their grandmother (Mamaw)  to celebrate her 80th birthday at her home, Sea Breeze on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, where the girls spent their summers when they were younger.  The girls had become distant with each other as they became adults.  This is Mamaw’s attempt to bring them closer together.  This is the first book in a trilogy.  It is mostly about Carson, Mamaw’s favorite.  However, the author gives rich descriptions of all of the characters in this novel.

Upon returning to Sea Breeze and surfing in the Atlantic,  Carson encounters a dolphin and they form a strong bond.  She names the dolphin Delphine.  The unexpected impact of the relationship between Carson and Delphine is central to this story.

The Summer Girls  is irresistible, as it has so much Southern charm.  Despite it being part of a trilogy, we are left at a good stopping point.  I am looking forward to the next novel.

At the end of the book there are questions and topics for discussion that would be perfect for a book club.

I purchased this novel after reading a great review by Kathy @ Bermudaonion’s Web Log.

3 comments

  1. I’m glad you loved this as much as I did! Mary Alice said the story is fiction but all the scenes involving dolphins actually happened. The one with the dolphin and shark happened to her daughter.

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