Individual Author Record
Name: Mary Alice KruesiPen Name: Mary Alice Monroe Genre: Born: 1931 in Murphysboro, Illinois Sites:
Biographical and Professional InformationN/A
As Mary Alice Kruesi:
- Second Star To The Right, Avon, 1999
- One Summer's Night, Avon, 2000As Mary Alice Monroe
- Four Seasons, Mira Books, 2001
- Beach House, Mira Books, 2002
- Skyward, Mira Books, 2003
- Book Club, Mira Books, 2003
- Girl in the Mirror, Mira Books, 2004
- Sweetgrass, Mira, 2005
- Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter, Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2007
- Swimming Lessons, Mira, 2008
- Time Is A River, Pocket Books, 2008
- Last Light Over Carolina, Pocket Books, 2009
Titles At Your Library
The Beach House
ISBN: 0778322947 MIRA. 2006 Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.
Carette Rutledge thought she'd left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother -- coming just as her own life is spinning out of control -- has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide "turtle lady" and renews old acquaintances with her mother that she will earn life's most precious lessons -- true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.
ISBN: 0778322068 Mira. 2005 Mary Alice Monroe returns to the captivating and mystical South Carolina lowcountry, a place of wild beauty and untamed hearts, to tell the moving story of healing, hope and new beginnings . . .
E.R. nurse Ella Majors has seen all the misery that she can handle. Burned-out and unsure of her next step, she accepts the temporary position as caregiver to Marion Henderson, a frightened five-year-old who suffers from juvenile diabetes.
But Ella soon realizes there is more sorrow in the isolated home than the little girl's illness. Harris Henderson, a single father, is withdrawn, seemingly better able to deal with wild birds he rehabilitates in his birds-of-prey sanctuary than with his own daughter.
Then something magical begins to happen: the timeless beauty of the South Carolina coast and the majestic grace of the wild birds weave a healing spell on the injured hearts at the sanctuary. But a troubled mother's unexpected return will test the fragile bonds of trust and new love, and reveal the inherent risks and exhilarating beauty of flying free.
The Book Club
ISBN: 0778327086 MIRA. 2008
New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe invites you to meet five remarkable characters as she explores the power of friendship with tenderness, honesty and understanding
"Outwardly linked by their monthly book club meetings, five diverse women in suburban Chicago come to realize that they share more than just the books they read as they struggle with a number of life-changing issues and discover the true meaning and power of friendship."—Library Journal
Girl In The Mirror
ISBN: 1587247399 Wheeler Publishing. 2004 A New York Times Bestselling Author
Charlotte Godowski was used to horrified stares: she'd learned to accept her facial deformity. Until one cruel incident compels her to have surgery that changes her life. Now Charlotte Godfrey, she is beautiful beyond compare. In Hollywood, her rise is meteoric. Suddenly, she has everything she could want: love, acceptance, and a future. But she can trust no one with her secret. Then fate forces Charlotte to deal with the truth . . .
Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter
ISBN: 0977742350 Sylvan Dell Publishing. 2007 This is a companion book to Mary Alice Monroe's adult novel, Swimming Lessons, (Mira), the sequel to The Beach House. In the novel, the readers witness a young mother, Toy, writing a journal for her daughter, Little Lovie. Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter is the journal Toy is writing. Using original photographs, this scrapbook journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and the natural life along the southeastern coast, including local shore birds, shells, and the sea turtle hospital. Adults and children will enjoy the images, information and journal with or without the novel.
Swimming Lessons (The Beach House)
ISBN: 0778326446 MIRA. 2008
The cycle of life of the turtles of the Isle of Palms has special meaning for the turtle ladies who watch over them. Every season brings new life and new challenges as the turtles make their way back to the ocean.
Turtle lady Toy Sooner has faced her share of challenges. The single mother left an abusive relationship to raise her young daughter. She's found meaning working at the aquarium, but she's not sure she's ready for the challenge of starting a new turtle hospital…or a new relationship with her boss, Ethan.
As the summer progresses and the turtles take their steps toward healing and freedom, Toy must find her own strength to face her fear and move courageously toward the future.
Time Is a River
ISBN: 1416544364 Gallery Books. 2008 Time Is a River
Last Light over Carolina
ISBN: 1416549706 Gallery Books. 2009 A