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Name:  Mary Alice Monroe  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Adult;

Born: N/A

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The Beach House
ISBN: 0778322947

MIRA. 2006

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe released on Apr 25, 2006 is available now for purchase.

ISBN: 0778322068

MIRA. 2005

Skyward by Mary Alice Monroe released on May 31, 2005 is available now for purchase.

The Book Club
ISBN: 0778327086

MIRA. 2008

Mary Alice Monroe invites you to meet five remarkable characters as she explores the power of friendship with tenderness, honesty and understanding.

On the surface, it is a monthly book club. But for five women, it is so much more. For Eve Porter, whose husband's sudden death cheats her of every security she had planned on, the club is a place of sanctuary. For Annie Blake, a brilliant attorney intent on starting a family late in life, it is the chance to finally let down her guard and dream of other possibilities. For Doris Bridges, it is her support group as she acknowledges her dying marriage and finds the ultimate freedom in her husband's betrayal. For Gabriella Rivera, the "perfect" wife, mother and friend who offers support to everyone but is afraid to ask for it herself, it is a sense of community. And for Midge Kirsch, an artist who has always lived her life against the grain, it is a haven of acceptance.

They are five women from different walks of life, embracing the challenge of change. And as they share their hopes and fears and triumphs, they will hold fast to the true magic of the book club—friendship.

"Monroe offers up believable characters in a well-crafted story."

—Publishers Weekly

Girl In The Mirror
ISBN: 1587247399

Wheeler Publishing. 2004

A New York Times Bestselling Author

Charlotte Godowski was used to horrified stares: she'd learned to accept her facial deformity. Until one cruel incident compels her to have surgery that changes her life. Now Charlotte Godfrey, she is beautiful beyond compare. In Hollywood, her rise is meteoric. Suddenly, she has everything she could want: love, acceptance, and a future. But she can trust no one with her secret. Then fate forces Charlotte to deal with the truth . . .

Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter (Arbordale Collection)
ISBN: 0977742350

Sylvan Dell Publishing. 2007

This is a companion book to Mary Alice Monroe's adult novel, Swimming Lessons, (Mira), the sequel to The Beach House. In the novel, the readers witness a young mother, Toy, writing a journal for her daughter, Little Lovie. Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter is the journal Toy is writing. Using original photographs, this scrapbook journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and the natural life along the southeastern coast, including local shore birds, shells, and the sea turtle hospital. Adults and children will enjoy the images, information and journal with or without the novel.

Swimming Lessons (The Beach House)
ISBN: 0778326446

MIRA. 2008

Toy Sooner has dealt with enough rough waves in her troubled past. It's only been through the enduring love of a close-knit group of women on this tiny island that she's finally started to find her footing. But as new challenges in her career arise for this young single mother, the choices and demons of her past will catch up to her. Soon Toy will learn that, like the steadfast sea turtles she cares for, a mother must find the strength within herself to make it safely to shore.

Time Is a River
ISBN: 1416544364

Gallery Books. 2008

Rehabilitating from breast cancer in a North Carolina mountain sanctuary, Mia London discovers the lost journal of a 1920s fly-fisherwoman, whose writings inspire Mia to reconnect with the natural world and investigate a local secret. By the author of The Beach House.

Last Light over Carolina
ISBN: 1416549706

Gallery Books. 2009

A New York Times best-selling author presents the haunting story of a Southern shrimping village where, after a boat goes missing, the entire town rallies to find the lost vessel and its captain Bud Morrison. 75,000 first printing.


The Maggie Award for THE BEACH HOUSE

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