Mary Alice Monroe
A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer)
Gallery / May 3, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital
Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset … it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Venues are booked, favors selected, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong?
The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson can’t wait to be Blake’s bride, until she realizes it means giving up her freedom … Harper makes a discovery that will change the course of her and Taylor’s lives, not to mention their impending wedding … and a newly unfettered Dora has no plans to walk down the aisle at all—but she just might, if Devlin has anything to say about it.
Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upend even the most carefully laid-out plans. With the weddings mere weeks away and the sisters in flux, it’s up to Mamaw to come to the rescue and see her Summer Girls through to their very own happily-ever-afters.
When a series ends and an unintended sequel follows, will it be perfunctory, saccharine, or simply unnecessary? These scenarios occur all too often. Luckily, Mary Alice Monroe’s A Lowcountry Wedding wraps up her “Summer Girls” series tidily but also satisfyingly and not easily.
With Mamaw happily ensconced in Lucille’s old cottage, Sea Breeze is now a reflection of its new chatelaine, Harper, whose wedding to Taylor is some two months away. Her book is soon to be published, she’s deliriously happy and in full-out housewife mode. Taylor’s support is a constant, but when Granny James arrives from England and insists upon a prenup, the couple must confront how Harper’s money will affect their marriage.