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Beach House for Rent: The Beach House #4    by Mary Alice Monroe Amazon.com order for
Beach House for Rent
by Mary Alice Monroe
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Simon & Schuster, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

While my main genre preferences are mysteries and thrillers, I did enjoy Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe. There are many, many stories of life just waiting to be read and this is one of them.

I enjoyed it got so caught up in the characters' lives, I found my emotions were becoming entwined with theirs. I could almost predict what the next tragedy would be and wished for everything to be all right.

Cara Rutledge, aged 50, and Heather Wyatt, aged 26, find that, without planning it, they are relying on each for help during a very bad period of time for each of them. Heather arrives on the Isle of Palms, off the coast of South Carolina, to paint shore birds for postage stamps. She is excited as she won a government contract to do this work. She is a very timid soul and this is a very big move for her.

While Cora owns the beach house, she lives in another with her husband using the beach house as a rental property. Each of these women is tried in different ways, working to to conquer their devastating problems and move on in life.

We all suffer one way or another on our life's paths. How we handle the tragedies is what pushes us into the future to grasp what awaits us there. Can these women look at the future and find hope in it? We might as well be reading the story of our own lives or those of other family members or even of our friends and their families.

Read the novel and consider, could you come out the other end of what you had considered was the finish of your life as you knew it? And move on?

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