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The Summer of Lost and Found

By Mary Alice Monroe

A Timely and Touching Story of Relationships During the Summer of the 2020 Pandemic



In March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic Linnea Rutledge is laid off from the the South Carolina Aquarium. As she worries about finances she agrees to help her Aunt Cara take care of her daughter, while Cara’s husband is battling Covid at home. Linnea’s boyfriend, Gordon is trying to return to Isle of Palms SC from England for the summer. Linnea’s previous boyfriend John also travels to Isle of Palms from California and is quarantining next door to Linnea and desperately trying to reignite a relationship with her. When Gordon eventually makes it to Isle of Palms , the two men battle for Linnea’s attention.


In THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND Linnea and the Rutledge family face challenges with the coronavirus. With stay-at-home orders, relationships are strained and major opportunities are lost.

The story is timely, touching and at times even funny. Linnea’s character, exhibited strength and fortitude handling Hope, a precocious six-year-old, two new frustrating roommates, a new puppy and two good-looking men competing for her attention. New friendships are formed at Primrose Cottage, Her old flame John was a colorful and delightful character who added humor and lightness to the story.

Author Mary Alice Monroe’s writing is smart and captures a timely topic. It’s a quick and easy read. Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of over 27 books, most recently including On Ocean Boulevard (2020) and The Summer Guest (2019)

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Simon & Schuster

Published May 11, 2021

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