Publisher: Gallery Books
Genres: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life.
Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.
When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.
During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.
With Mary Alice Monroe’s “usual resplendent storytelling” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author), The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love, and redemption.
With a hurricane is threatening the coast of Florida and South Carolina a very unusual group comes together at the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina. Some of these people know each other and are in fact good friends while a few of them have never met and are a bit wary of one another. What follows in the coming days tests friendships and relationships.
I went in to this book thinking that it would be a follow up of the Beach House series but in fact it was not and barely mentioned any of the characters from that series at all. I was totally fine with this and in fact thoroughly enjoyed this book and characters. I especially loved the glimpse of the horse world of dressage and jumping.
This book was enjoyable and I would definitely put it on my list of summer books to take on vacation.
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