SWIMMING LESSONS is the latest novel by Mary Alice Monroe and a sequel to her bestselling, THE BEACH HOUSE. In SWIMMING LESSONS, Mary Alice Monroe returns to South Carolina’s breathtaking Isle of Palms in a heartwarming novel that unravels a tale of how lives can change over one magical summer.
It’s been five years since the original turtle lady, old Miss Lovie Rutledge, passed away but her legacy lives on with some special women, especially Toy and her daughter, young Little Lovie. Toy Sooner kept her graveside vow to her beloved mentor. She left behind an abusive, dysfunctional lifestyle to become a strong single mother and Aquarist at the South Carolina Aquarium. But success has taken its toll, leaving Toy fearful of change and risks. Caretta Rutledge, Florence Prescott and Emmaline Baker have all experienced loss. This summer, with each other’s friendship and support, they will try to make their dreams a reality.