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Sunday, May 15, 2016

(43)A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe




It is that time of year again when the beach books start to hit the shelves. You know, those books that take place in locations that make you wish you didn't live in a land-locked flyover state and put you in a "summer" state of mind.

I haven't read a lot of books by Mary Alice Monroe, but A Lowcountry Wedding had one of those covers that just spoke to me.  The Muir sisters have been through a lot over the last few years, but now they are ready to celebrate in the joy of marriage as Harper and Carson are planning their weddings.   Carson and Blake are struggling to find a compromise on Carson's career, you throw in her recovery as an alcoholic, and you can question whether they are ready to get married.  Harper and Taylor seem to have things figured out a littler more, until the suggestion is made that Taylor signs a prenup.  After all, Harper is the owner of not one, but two, family estates.  With them making their home at Sea Breeze, it is understandable that Taylor may feel a little threatened. Then Mamaw introduces the sisters to an "old family friend", Atticus.   The sisters take to Atticus right away, something about him is comforting and familiar.   But when a long hidden secret is revealed it threatens to disrupt the peaceful balance that the Muir family has established.  Will things get resolved in time for Harper and Carson's weddings?

It was pretty obvious from the beginning that A Lowcountry Wedding was part of a series that I had not read yet. The author does a good job of giving you just enough backstory so that you aren't completely lost, but it is also enough to make you want to know more.   Like Carson being an alcoholic.  I bet that story was a doozy.  The story primarily centers on the sisters and their various "issues" leading up to their weddings.    Their relationships with their love interests aren't really explored a lot, but I am going to assume they are sufficiently covered in earlier books. The family dynamic shifted a bit when Atticus came into the picture as an "old family friend", but I really enjoyed his presence.  As a minister you could tell that he was torn between doing the right thing and old insecurities.    In true "beach book" fashion everything turned out the way it was supposed to, giving it that "happy ever after" feeling.

Bottom line - A Lowcountry Wedding was a great book to kick off "Beach Book" season. Set among the beautiful Lowcountry backdrop you get everything you need to put you in a "summer" state of mind - including a dolphin as a supporting character.

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