This instant New York Times bestseller from the author of The Summer Guests is set on the Isle of Palms and offers "magical depictions of the lowcountry and the charms of her characters" (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author) in a breathtaking novel that recounts one family's summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world. It's been sixteen years since Caretta "Cara" Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her life is about to change yet again.
Meanwhile, the rest of the storied Rutledge family is also in flux. Cara's niece Linnea returns to Sullivan's Island to begin a new career and an unexpected relationship. Linnea's parents, having survived bankruptcy, pin their hopes and futures on the construction of a new home on Ocean Boulevard. But as excitement over the house and wedding builds, a devastating illness strikes the family and brings plans to a screeching halt. It is under these trying circumstances that the Rutledge family must come together yet again to discover the enduring strength in love, tradition, and legacy from mother to daughter to granddaughter.
Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. "A heartwarming story of lowcountry love, loyalty, and longstanding friendships" (Booklist), On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.