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... read more
“The book started well but then I was reluctant to continue reading when one of the main characters, Lovie, was dying of cancer and her estranged daughter comes for a visit. Many of these books can be depressing as well as predictable (another parent is dying so the child comes home for a visit and everyone lives happily ever after). I 'm glad that I continued to read the book, which got better and better, making it easier to overlook some of the stereotyping and predictability. I loved the story line about the turtle ladies, as well as how the author tied in the turtle's behavior to that of the chapter and actions of the main characters. Overall, I liked the quirky characters and even the secondary characters added charm and depth. Finally, I fell in love with the Loggerheads themselves and the characters love and commitment to this wonderful, endangered turtle. "At last the loggerhead arrives in familiar waters. She waits in the swells near the shore as a moon rises above the Atlantic. Her home is the sea, but instinct demands that she leave all she knows and face the unknown dangers of the beach to nest. Is it safe here, or should she swim farther on?"”
“Up to eighteen thousand loggerheads per season nest in the southeastern United States, the bulk of them on the eastern beaches of Florida. Sea turtles travel long distances as they migrate between their feeding grounds and nesting beaches. Although there are many theories, no one ius certain how the turtles navigate their way.”
“The hatchlings are drawn to the brightest light. In nature, this is the white light of the moon or stars over the ocean. Artificial lighting can confuse the hatchlings and lead them to death in tangles of beach grass or on busy streets.”
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