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Title:
A Lowcountry wedding
ISBN:
9781501125430

9781501136825
Edition:
First Gallery books trade paperback edition.
Publication:
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
Physical Description:
xix, 410 pages ; 22 cm.
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"Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding--or two!--in Charleston's fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset ... Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed."-- Provided by publisher.
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Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe's next novel in the "distinct, complex, and endearing" ( Charleston Magazine ) Lowcountry Summer series, set against the romantic, charming Charleston Lowcountry.

Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding--or two!--in Charleston's fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset…

Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. Huffington Post calls the Lowcountry Summer series "the perfect beach read and a whole lot more."


Author Notes

Mary Alice Monroe began her writing career studying journalism and writing nonfiction and for newspapers for hire. She began studying Asian culture after a trip to Japan with her husband and was later awarded a fellowship, became bilingual in Japanese and earned her master's degree. She has helped establish a government-funded English as a Second Language program for Southeast Asian refugees. Monroe has also co-authored an English-language survival text.

Monroe wrote her first novel while confined to bed rest for her final months of pregnancy. Her book The Long Road Home made the New York Times bestseller list for 2010. She is now known primarily for her fiction work which is heavily influenced by her move to South Carolina's Lowcountry. Monroe enjoys nature and is involved with several environmental groups, including the board of the South Carolina Aquarium.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island off South Carolina.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Half-sisters Dora, Harper, and Carson may have had wildly different upbringings and lead vastly different lives, but they've always felt at home together at Sea Breeze, a sprawling plantation on a barrier island off the South Carolina coast. Sea Breeze has hosted its fair share of Muir family parties, and now that Harper and Carson's weddings are only two months away, the sisters are thrilled to be spending more time together there in preparation for their big days. But big events tend to bring out big problems in families, and the stress of guest lists and table decorations is nothing compared to the shock Dora, Harper, and Carson are about to face. Author Monroe continues her Lowcountry Summer series with characters loyal readers will know and love, blending southern charm and sass with familial intrigue and empathy. The picturesque landscape is lush and welcoming, and the novel is peppered with down-home details. A slow burn of a story mixed with genuine emotion, this will delight fans of Dorothea Benton Frank, Wendy Wax, and Elin Hilderbrand.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2016 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Members of the Muir family of Sullivan's Island, SC, are planning two weddings. Harper finds herself following her grandmother's preferences, instead of her own. Carson isn't much interested in wedding plans and leaves as much as she can to her sisters; she is more concerned with how her professional life may suffer when she is tied to a South Carolina existence. The prospective husbands make brief appearances, usually at meals. A new character, Atticus, is introduced to stir the pot. Old Mrs. Muir recognizes him, but the two decide to keep his identity a secret so the weddings won't be spoiled. Yet when this life-changing secret is revealed, it is resolved so quickly that it is anticlimactic. Monroe herself reads the book, so the listener has the benefit of the author's interpretation of the text. This works for pacing and emphasis but less well with accents, especially for the British characters. VERDICT If you haven't gotten to know the family in the earlier books, then this isn't the place to start. Purchase only in libraries where Monroe has a following.-Juleigh -Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.