Thursday, March 24, 2016

Join our "Virtual Visit" with Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times Bestselling Author

The next Read-Around-the-Clock Book Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on April 4 to discuss books with a number four in the title.  Discover new books and authors, for all ages, at this unique club.     April's meeting will also include a Skype visit from Mary Alice Monroe, a New York Times best-selling author.  She writes contemporary fiction most commonly known as “chic lit.”   This particular genre is famous for romantic themes, but the heroine's relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships.

Monroe's book, Four Seasons, represents the number four on the library's wall clock.  Her story revolves around four sisters, who share the family name Season,  and includes a little of everything...secrets, tragedies, drama, a love story, death and mystery.  Three of the sisters are mourning the lost of their youngest sibling and uncovering secrets from the past. While reconnecting with each other they find romances, new and rekindled. The main secret in this book is about the oldest sister's search for a baby that was adopted out years earlier. This is a catalyst for healing their past and present sadness. Each one of the sisters also has a side drama going on ... one is a recluse and involved in an "Internet relationship" with man she's never met, another is dealing with marital problems and has a miscarriage. The oldest sister also unexpectedly finds new love when she needs it the most. This is definitely full of topics that all ages of women from various experiences can relate too.

Although women are the most common readers of this genre, I do think it would be good to get a man's opinion on this selection. One character, Dennis, has personal ties to two of the sisters in this story. As I was reading this book, I kinda of figured out his involvement in the early unfolding of the story, but I wondered whether real men would react the same way as this fictional character when secrets from the past come back to haunt them.   I would label Four Seasons as recommended reading for all sisters! 

Join our discussion to find out about a variety of books and “meet the author” of  April's featured book.  Mary Alice Monroe has several series and because of their popularity, it's possible you may have read other books she's written.  I know she'd love hearing from her readers and she will be sharing details about her newest book,  A Lowcountry Wedding, to be released this summer just in time for your “beach read” list.  By the way, Mary Alice is running an extra special contest right now: A Lowcountry Wedding lucky person in the U.S. will win a dream wedding in Charleston, SC! If you know someone, send them this link:

Mary Alice Monroe is also known for her love of sea turtles.   
Check out this "turtle talk" video, a big part of her "Beach House Series."

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