THE SUMMER WIND, by Mary Alice Monroe, has been highly anticipated since last summer when I came to the last page of THE SUMMER GIRLS only to discover that it was one of a trilogy: THE SUMMER WIND would follow in one year. Holy cow. I didn’t know how on earth I could possibly wait an entire year to read the next segment. But it’s been well worth the wait!
THE LOW COUNTRY SUMMER TRILOGY is based on the lives of three half-sisters and their grandmother (Mamaw). They have a father in common. Each book focuses on the life of one of the sisters, specifically. And we find they each have plenty of angst in their young lives to keep us both interested and intrigued. THE SUMMER GIRLS began with Carson’s life-changing situation and her affection for a wild dolphin. But it also introduced us to Dora and Harper. And I can’t forget Mamaw’s long-time companion and housekeeper Lucille. Mary Alice Monroe has managed to bring these characters to life in such a fun and reliable way that you will feel as if you know them.
The cover of THE SUMMER WIND is so evocative of the season. This is the perfect summertime beach read. And even after the summer season is long gone, you can pick it up and be back at the beach in no time flat.
One of the things I love most about this series is the nature aspect. All sorts of topics are tackled, from autism to problems with feeding wild dolphins, to health issues and divorce. Even watching Mamaw and Lucille deal with aging situations is bringing real life into novel form.
Most of THE SUMMER WIND takes place on Sullivan’s Island which is just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. But issues with the dolphins move part of the story into Florida and the Florida Keys. Each locale is brought totally to life and you are artfully dropped into the scenes as if you belong there.
As they all cluster together to prepare for an approaching hurricane, the “other” pressures of their lives seem to drop away, and they focus on what is really important: each other.
How on earth am I going to be expected to wait another entire year for the third and final novel in this fabulous trilogy? One thing I can be sure of is that it is certain to be worth the wait.
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of THE SUMMER WIND by Mary Alice Monroe from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster! Thanks, thanks, thanks!