The Summer Guests

The Summer Guests

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Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast--the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it's also peak hurricane season. When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips's daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together. During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn't what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it's what they'll take with them once they leave.-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large Print Edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432867218
Branch Call Number: MONROE
Characteristics: 515 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Aug 04, 2019

I have mixed thoughts about 'The Summer Guests'. I always enjoy the way Mary Alice Monroe writes.

While the writing in 'The Summer Guests' is absolutely up to par, the story line is a bit of a mishmash. The foreword absolutely warns that this is a book about the love of horses. And it is. However, the characters are subsequent to the horses and the riding lifestyle.

In all her other books we readers can easily identify with the characters Mary Alice Monroe creates. It is difficult to do that with 'The Summer Guests' unless you are exceptionally familiar with the equestrian universe of training and competition. Also, it is just plain odd that Cara (from the Beach House series) is included. There is no part in the story line for her except the hurricane concern that brought all the other characters (except for her!) together at the horse farm.

'The Summer Guests' does a good job of highlighting the plight of rescue animals and I am as grateful as any that there are those who are willing, and have the ability, to rescue them. The amount of research done is quite impressive. But the story itself is just mildly entertaining, with its rarefied lifestyles of those who can buy $2 million dollar horses without a blink, and can leave behind expensive jewelry in a hurricane because they have no emotional attachment to it.

A generous 3.5 stars

Gina_Vee Jul 06, 2019

The book started off slow, and it felt like half of it was about the horses. After the halfway point, it seemed to have some interesting stories. I wouldn't say it was my favorite summer read, but I might say it was a good read after a while.

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