The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Isle of Palms 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, New York Times bestselling author), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.
About the Author
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series: The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, and Beach House Reunion. She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. She is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at MaryAliceMonroe.com and at Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe.
Praise for On Ocean Boulevard
"Like so many of you, I start my summer season with the enchanting novels of Mary Alice Monroe. I'm a devoted fan of her magical depictions of the lowcountry and the charms of her characters."—Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of 28 Summers
“A worsening case of dementia, microplastics in the ocean, and, of course, the turtles add a serious note to this charming Lowcountry novel. 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.” –Library Journal
“This is a heartwarming story of Low Country love, loyalty, and longstanding friendships. Proving that life's unexpected curve balls can end up launching its greatest successes, the resilience of the Rutledge family is stronger than ever. Infusing her story with respect for the local flora and fauna, Monroe continues her focus on environmental conservation in her latest multigenerational story of the Rutledge women.” –Booklist
"Love the characters, love the setting, love the story! Mary Alice Monroe has written another delightful addition to her immensely popular Beach House Series. Place this one on your night stand or in your beach bag. It's a perfectly charming and comfortable escape." —Blue Stocking Reviews
Praise for Other Works by New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe
“Magical! Mary Alice Monroe’s writing is always sensitive and true, and as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes.” –New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank "Fast-paced and fluid, heartache as well as joy make this a most enjoyable read." –New York Journal of Books
"Mary Alice Monroe writes gorgeously, with authority and tenderness, about the natural world and its power to inspire, transport, and to heal." –#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
“Loyal readers will recognize Monroe’s signature love of animals, while fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Wendy Wax will enjoy the picturesque setting and heartwarmingly intertwined character arcs.” –Booklist
"You might pick up her books for escapism, but you'll be more environmentally aware by its end." –Chattanooga Times Free Press
“A poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love and redemption." –Jacksonville Journal-Courier
“It’s hard to describe the beauty of Monroe’s work. The words on the pages flow from the author’s eyes to create a world of rare enchantment. Next, Monroe’s brain assembles a plot that moves the characters from one amazing event to another. Then from Monroe’s heart comes the passion for the story, one that is rich with love and depth.” –Huffington Post
"Monroe's trademark mix of environmental awareness, coastal nostalgia, and gentle wish fulfillment should be catnip for the hordes of recreational readers who've made her a New York Times bestseller." –Wilmington Star-News
“Readers come for the characters but stay for the animals.” –New York Times
“Saving our wildlife... one book at a time” –Southern Living