Summer of Lost and Found
by Monroe, Mary Alice

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 her newest novel, The Summer of Lost and Found, and her first middle grade book, The Islanders. Monroe&;s books have been published worldwide. 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; the South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; the RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction; and the Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. She is the cofounder of the hit Web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at and at

The seventh book in Monroe's best-selling Beach House series set on the South Carolina Isle of Palms (following On Ocean Boulevard, 2020) brings four generations together to weather the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Linnea's on-track life, with an aquarium job she loves, a cozy seaside cottage, a love interest equally invested in the protection of aquatic creatures, and a close-knit community, is completely upended by the shutdown. When she is furloughed, she adds a six-year-old cousin to her household as other family members stay in quarantine. Linnea's ex shows up next-door, then her beau and her brother both make it back before all flights are canceled, and all must stay isolated from each other. Just as in real life, the flow of time seems out of whack as Monroe presents an accurate and discomfiting depiction of relationships during this trying time. As she has throughout the series, Monroe addresses themes of environmental preservation. Fans will enjoy seeing how the characters cope with this difficult predicament, and all readers will relate to Monroe's sensitive take on a global experience. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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