The Summer of Lost and Four Tour – Review

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About the Book

The “authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author) Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the historic Rutledge family of Charleston South Carolina. Together, they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, a spirit of unity, and a dose of humor. So that by summer’s end, they discover unexpected joys and lessons that will endure long past one season.

The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020 threatens stagnation. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores. For her—and her family—finances, emotions, and health teeter at 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 coronavirus 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 and the Rutledge family continue to face their challenges with the strength, faith, and commitment that has inspired readers for decades.

In The Summer of Lost and Found, 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.


Phew, today is the perfect day to post about this book because it is HOT outside! Like almost 90 degrees hot! But anyways, this was such a gorgeous and beautifully written book that I couldn’t tear myself away from! And you know what, I think I was finally ready for a book that reflects what we’re currently and have been going through and I really found myself enjoying the current-ness of this story.

I really loved the characters in this book and they are truly what makes this story. Without being able to appreciate them the story would fall flat. But they written with such depth that you can’t help but want to know what might happen next with them.

The fact that this book covers how COVID-19 impacted all of us is difficult, but it’s also a good kind of difficult and therapeutic in a sense. It gives you a chance to reflect on just how much everything has changed as well as just remembering EVERYTHING that has happened. And in a sense it helped relieved some of my stress over it. Plus the story is just so wonderful that it helps to pull you in.

About the Author

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels, including On Ocean Boulevard, which is the sixth installment of the Beach House series.

More than 7.5 million copies of her books have been published worldwide, and she’s earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

Monroe is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends and Fiction featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Patti Callahan Henry with endless stories, special guests, and a way to connect readers and writers.

Monroe is captivated by the beauty and fragility of the wild habitat around her. In particular, the coastal southern landscape became a strong and important focus of many of her novels.  Monroe immerses herself in both academic research and hands-on/volunteering to learn about a species or conservation issue. Then, she uses the knowledge and experiences working with animals and the wildlife experts to craft captivating stories that identify important parallels between nature and human nature. Bottlenose dolphins, monarch butterflies, shorebirds, and loggerhead sea turtles are among the wild species she has worked with and woven into her novels.

Monroe is an active conservationist and serves on the South Carolina Aquarium Board Emeritis, The Leatherback Trust, The Pat Conroy Literary Center Honorary Board, Friends of Coastal Carolina and Casting Carolinas Advisory Board. She is especially proud to be a twenty year plus state-certified volunteer with the Island Turtle Team, the group that first sparked her love for loggerhead sea turtles, and is the inspiration of her Beach House series.

Monroe has also published two children’s books, which complement the environmental themes she’s known for in her novels. Monroe’s first Middle Grade book, The Islanders, will be released in June 2021.

Her next novel is The Summer of Lost and Found, set for release May 11, 2021.

She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and blogs.

Tour Schedule

May 1st- The Caffeinated Reader

May 1st- Cassie’s Book Reviews  

May 2nd- Dani Reads

May 3rd- Sarah And Her Bookshelves-

May 3rd -Nurse Bookie

May 4th -Bryant Park Books

May 4th- Little Linds Reads

May 5th -Rozier Reads and Wine

May 6th-Biblio Reviews 

May 7th- Niks Nook

May 7th – Reading Girl Reviews

May 8th – Sealed With A Book

May 9th- Lindas Book Obsession 

May 9th- Hannah Reads

May 10th- Reading With Mere-

May 10th- Books Are Magic Too

May 11th- Books and Chinooks

May 11th- Reecas Pieces Books 

May 12th- Idaho Girl Reads

May 12th- Marilyn Goncalves 

May 13th- Thoughts From A Page

May 13th  – Books With Bethany 

May 14th- Whimsicaly Me

May 14th – Love My Books 2020

May 14th – K2 Reader

May 15th – Delightfully Booked 

May 15th – SL Reads books

May 16th- Texacali Books 

May 16th- Love My Dane Dolly

May 17th- Bookapotamus 

May 17th- Bookish Heidi

May 18th – Ya It’s Lit

May 18th – Well Read Traveler

May 19th- Bookoholic Cafe

May 19th- Megs Book Club

May 19th- Nature Books and Coffee

May 20th- Jennifer Tar Heel Reader

May 21st- Rebecca Well Read

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!*