I am delighted to introduce you to New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe’s second novel in her Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. Mary Alice will meet readers and sign books at The Book Mark in Neptune Beach on June 30 at 7:00 pm.
The Summer Wind, set for release in June 2014, follows the best-selling first installment of the series, The Summer Girls. The second novel continues the complex relationships of three estranged half-sisters who come together at their grandmother’s request to her summer home on Sullivan’s Island, SC. In their eventful summer, they struggle to find direction and rediscover their connections to one another. While all the sisters are major characters in both novels, one sister emerges as the main focus in each novel. The oldest sister, Dora, is the center of Summer Wind.
Like the beloved dolphin Delphine who has been sent to Florida to heal from injuries incurred after she becomes entangled in fishing line on the dock, Dora has been trapped in a wounding marriage. Also like Delphine who lacks spirit and will until the humans she most loves (Dora’s son and her sister Carson) visit her during her recuperation, Dora’s sorrows cause her to retreat inwardly. Not until Dora, too, embraces love from her sisters and grandmother as well as the admiration of Delvin, a man from her past, does she begin to welcome life.
As in most of her novels, Mary Alice creates important environmental significance in The Summer Wind. Through her development of parallel plots and emotions with animal and human characters, she draws our attention to the troubling circumstances surrounding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Approximately 50% of these dolphins are ill (in part from the morbillivirus), and Mary Alice’s sensitive and absorbing presentation of Delphine creates a sincere empathy in the reader for these beautiful and brilliant creatures.