Review: On Ocean Boulevard


The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Beach House series in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.

Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara’s niece Linnea returns to Sullivan’s Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea’s parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.

Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. “Authentic, generous, and heartfelt” (Mary Kay Andrews, The New York Times bestselling author), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.

Rating: 4-stars


On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe is a heartfelt yet slow burn contemporary romance. It reads more like a woman’s fiction novel than contemporary romance but it still has that bit of magic inside…

The characters such as Cara, the fun aunt, made this a good story. Cara is beginning her second marriage. She wants the marriage to be special but doesn’t want the dozens of people and fancy stuff. She just wants a small ceremony with friends and of course wearing her special wedding gown. Cara is a good woman. She is sassy, smart, and ever loving. Especially, when it comes to her niece, Linnea.

Linnea left home with a guy she thought loved her. It turns out, that wasn’t to be her happily ever after. She loses her job and comes back home. She’s avoiding her parents. Her daddy, told her so about the guy she ran away with and she’s not ready to confront he was right just yet. I loved how despite her chances of failing, her parents still loved their daughter so much! The love could be felt from the pages.

The writing was well-done. I could feel all the emotions created by this bestselling writer. It’s easy to see why her books are a favorite. This one was steady-paced for me. The plot was a sweet, entertaining, and a HEA. If you’re a huge fan of Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, or Brenda Novak-then, this is a must read for you! This is exactly like the books those writers have created. I have read previous books from Mary Alice Monroe and enjoyed them. Overall, I would recommend taking the chance to read this new novel.

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