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  • The Summer Girls

  • The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)
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The Summer Girls

By: Mary Alice Monroe
Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
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Summary

Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.

80-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta - "Mamaw" - seeks to gather her three granddaughters - Carson, Eudora, and Harper - with the intent to reunite them after years apart.

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"[Anyone who] enjoys such fine Southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites." ( Booklist)

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Loved all the dolphin contribution

A pleasurable, easy listen about the relationship between three sisters, with added interest from all the information about dolphins occurring naturally in the story of the relationship between Carson and Blake. Also a sympathetic portrayal of a child with Asperger's.

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lovely tender novel

such a feel good story about real life problems and issues we have to deal with everyday. loved the southern feel and beautifully narrated with love. it's one of the first self narrated book I have really enjoyed. loved the marine life info included in the novel

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Good story but

I enjoyed the story. It took a chapter or so to get into it. However there were a few times where a sentence was repeated due to an error in the reading so not edited fully.

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excellent

very enjoyable ,twists and turns ,kept my attention.would highly recommended this lovely story about family and the trials and tribulations

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Delightful

This was just a delightful story. Well read, well written and would recommend to anyone

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A beautiful listen!

I absolutely loved this, and learned a lot about dolphins too.
Such a wonderful book, thank you!

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Three sisters reunited

I did enjoy this especially the first half.
I had thought that each sister would have been given more depth and plot but only one of them was properly ‘fleshed out!’
Some interesting details about a variety of subjects - dolphins, water sports and autism. Not things which are normally combined.
Nice atmosphere in the old family home and small town.
Lovely warm descriptions of beach experiences.
I liked how it had an open ending.

The recording had not been edited very well and there were many places where the narration duplicated sentences. This was irritating.
The narrator had a beautiful soft and gentle voice though, which was a pleasure to listen to.

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Body focussed

I was really taken back by the negative comments about plus sized women and the focus on body shape in these days and times

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Good book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it took me a little while to get into it. A lovely story with no swearing, see or violence. I have just started 2nd book so hopefully it will be good too.

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Enjoyable and informative

Great story and true life regarding marine wildlife. Each character was well defined and identifiable. Having seen the dolphins at Tybee Islad,, George,, and being able to follow Sulivan on a map, I could imagine it all. It has certainly .are me think about the dos and don'ts.

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