Monroe, Mary

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On Ocean Boulevard

This is an excellent addition to a popular series by a best-selling author. Readers of Mary Kay Andrews and Dorothea Benton Frank should feel at home here as well. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

Right Beside You

Monroe (“God” series) presents a tender, charming holiday romance that addresses serious issues such as loneliness, single parenting, and being attracted to a coworker. Perfect for fans of heartwarming holiday reads à la Fern Michaels and ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

Beach House Reunion

As much nature- as character-driven, this atmospheric novel depicts a lush sanctuary that draws in the needy and provides heartwarming inspiration.

One House Over

In this first volume of her new series, New York Times best-selling author Monroe (The Upper Room; God Don't Like Ugly) convincingly portrays a time and place where desperation is the norm. Monroe's characters lack a dimensional depth, which makes them unlikable and prevents sympathetic connections for anyone. Still, fans of the author will find an easy read full of dramatic soap opera situations.

Beach House for Rent

Readers interested in environmental fiction highlighting endangered birds, turtles, and lands will delight in this latest novel featuring women who need the healing power of nature. Recommended for fans of Dorothea Benton Frank and beach fiction.

A Lowcountry Wedding

If you haven't gotten to know the family in the earlier books, then this isn't the place to start. Purchase only in libraries where Monroe has a following.

Bad Blood

Monroe's story sags with layers of lengthy descriptions about Seth's dysfunctional family. Several incidents really don't connect to Seth and Rachel's conflict, and readers are submitted to over 100 pages of backstory depicting how the couple came to their bad place. That said, these folks would be prime candidates for a wild Maury Povich episode on how to drive your ex crazy.

The Summer Wind

Not just for fans of the author or the Low-country setting, this program offers multigenerational viewpoints, empowering relationships, and dramatic interplay between humans and the natural world, thus appealing to a wider audience seeking heartwarming women's stories.

Family of Lies

There's quite a lag in the middle of Monroe's story, which is badly in need of some editorial pruning, but readers will stick with it to see if these despicable folks get what's coming to them. Monroe enjoys instant name recognition as a top African American author, and her latest work will certainly be in demand.

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