Summer of Lost and Found
by Monroe, Mary Alice; Campbell, Cassandra (NRT)

With her family, finances, emotions, relationships and health teetering on the brink, Linnea Rutledge finds her life further complicated by her feelings for John, an old flame who turns up from California and is quarantining next door. 125,000 first printing.

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven books, including the bestselling The Beach House series. Monroe also writes children's picture books, and a new middle grade fiction series called The Islanders. She is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors' Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing; the South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; the SW Florida Author of Distinction Award; the RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction; the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award; and her novel, A Lowcountry Christmas, won the prestigious Southern Prize for Fiction. The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, starring Andie MacDowell. Several of her novels have been optioned for film. She is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. Monroe is also an active conservationist and serves on several boards. She lives on the South Carolina coast, which is a source of inspiration for many of her books.

Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beach house series with title number seven. This book will hit readers a bit differently from how the others in the series did; Monroe mixes in the real-life COVID-19 pandemic. There is less "beach" escape plot and more facing reality. The main character, Linnea, is laid off from the aquarium job she adores due to the pandemic. Family and ex-family show up, and time seems to lose any meaning, much like how many people felt during the start of the pandemic in 2020. Veteran narrator Campbell knows just when to turn up the emotion and when to allow the reader to soak in the character's plight-she is a perfect narrator to pair with Monroe. Fans of Monroe will easily identify her trademark environmental theme and family warmth. Readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Robyn Carr will especially enjoy this title. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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