Review of THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND by Mary Alice Monroe

This book is contemporary fiction and could be considered a beach read, but it is by no means “light reading.” Set during the Covid-19 pandemic in the picturesque Isle of Palms, this book captured me via the plot, although all of the details about the pandemic were off-putting for me. There is the uncertainty, the worry, the quarantines, mask-wearing and social distancing, all included in the pages of this novel. Fortunately, the author managed to include a plot about choices, family relationships and love relationships that were interesting enough to keep me reading regardless of the Covid-19 hovering throughout the book. Linnea Rutledge is furloughed from her job at the Charleston Aquarium due to the pandemic and has no plans for what to do with her time since her boyfriend Gordon is stuck in England because of Covid-19. Her former boyfriend John is quarantined next door but is sending her missives in the form of notes in paper airplanes. This part was somewhat humorous and I did look forward to the new ways that John kept finding to communicate with Linnea. The descriptions of the setting and characters are vivid and each character is portrayed in a three-dimensional way that allowed me to get to know them well as I read the book. The theme of getting closer to the ones you love during the pandemic runs throughout the book and touched my heart. But the underlying angst caused by Covid-19 made it difficult for me at times to pick up the book and continue reading. However, I found that like most people, I do enjoy a story involving love, family, a beach house and sea turtles.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

I would rate this book a PG.
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