The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe


Ideal quarantine location? ⁣

(If we HAD to do it again, of course, but cross fingers we NEVER do!)⁣

Mine? A beach house like in this story – for sure!⁣

And yes, you read that right … this book is set in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. My first pandemic story!⁣

“The perfect kickoff to summer!”


It follows a “pod” of family, lovers, friends, and coworkers – of all generations – as we learn about the virus, as lockdown occurs, and how they all face these oh, so familiar challenges.⁣

And while I thought “ohhh I’m not sure I want to read about this so soon – I just lived it! We’re STILL living it!”

I actually found it very heartwarming, adorably humorous, and SO authentically relatable! I mean, we’ve all been through it right? So, it was fun to be an outsider, looking in on a group of people coping with all the same fears and hurdles that we’ve all faced this past year – and seeing how different those experiences could be.⁣

“Mary Alice Monroe takes you on a trip to the idyllic sun, sand, and gracious lifestyle of a Southern summer. This season’s must-read!” 

—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Surfside Sisters 

Mary Alice Monroe is so good at centering a story around complex family relationships, while being thoroughly entertaining and smothering you with joy and heart.

And it’s set at the beach – so what could be better than that?!?⁣

This is Book 7 in the Beach House series but you don’t need to start with #1 (although I recommend!) this can totally be read and enjoyed on it’s own!


Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours for the gifted book!⁣

You can grab this one here!

  • Publisher : Gallery Books (May 11, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1982148349
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1982148348

About the Book:

The New York Times bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the Rutledge family as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, unity, and a dose of humor, discovering unexpected joys and lessons that will endure long past the season. 

The coming of spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, it begins a season of challenge. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores. For her—and for her family—finances, emotions, and health teeter on the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders—is it possible to love two men at the same time? 

Love in the time of COVID-19 proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea learns there are more meaningful lessons during this summer than opportunities lost: that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own backyards. In The Summer of Lost and Found, Linnea and the Rutledge family continue to face their challenges with the strength, faith, and commitment that has inspired fans for decades. 

Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature “sensitive and true” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels, published worldwide, and the author of two children’s picture books. She writes richly textured stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life.  

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 three-time Golden Globe nominee 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 is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.

Mary Alice Monroe is published by Gallery Books and Aladdin Books, Simon & Schuster. Her agent is Faye Bender of The Book Group. 

Monroe lives with her family on Isle of Palms, a barrier island off Charleston, South Carolina. For additional information, go to


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