The hallmark of a good book is its ability to make you forget the world around you…
To be honest, when I first started reading A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe, I felt like I was trudging through the sand dunes of South Carolina. The first handful of chapters were like walking through deep, hot sand while the sun’s baking rays seemed twice as hot without the cooling wind, which was blocked by the towering sands.
I wasn’t sure how all the characters, there are many and each one tells their story from a first person perspective, and details were going to fit together. I was bogged down by it all and at one point even wondered if someone had accidentally copied and pasted a chapter from a different book into the story.
But, that is when Mary Alice showed her true talent as a writer. With each subsequent chapter the threads for each character began to skillfully weave a beautiful and compelling story. There came the moment, like when I reach the top of the last dune and the ocean spreads as far as the eye can see. The rolling waves crash gently on the beach as the birds fly across a crisp, blue sky. It warms my heart and leaves me with a sense of calm.
This is so much more than a wedding story. It’s a story of family and love, of acknowledgement of the past but hope for the future, of honesty with yourself and with others, and most importantly, of finding happiness from within. Put A Lowcountry Wedding on your summer reading list!
You can find out more about Mary Alice Monroe at maryalicemonroe.com