Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Book - 2007
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It's been five years since the original turtle lady, old Miss Lovie Rutledge, passed away, but her legacy lives on with some special women, especially Toy and her daughter, young Little Lovie.

Toy Sooner kept her graveside vow to her beloved mentor. She left behind an abusive, dysfunctional lifestyle to become a strong single mother and aquarist at the South Carolina Aquarium. But success has taken its toll, leaving Toy fearful of change and risks.

Caretta Rutledge, Florence Prescott and Emmaline Baker have all experienced loss. This summer, with each other's friendship and support, they will try to make their dreams a reality.

The turtle season begins the day Toy rescues asick sea turtle on the beach. When Toy brings theloggerhead to the aquarium, she begins a turtlehospital with the help of her boss, Ethan. As thesummer progresses and the sea turtles take theirmeasured steps toward healing and freedom Toy,Cara, Flo and Emmi must find their own strengthto face their fears and move courageously towardtheir futures.

Mary Alice Monroe delivers another deeplysatisfying novel written with an eye to nature andkeen insights into the connections between women.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2007.
ISBN: 9780778324621
Branch Call Number: FIC Monro af 33164003583858 f 27.00 fic 196638 cpy 1 aurora
FIC Monro
Characteristics: 429 p.


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May 16, 2020

Swimming Lessons continues the saga of Cara, Toy and Little Lovie. Cara and her husband are trying for a baby, but Cara is over 40 years old and is having difficulty. Toy has finished high school and college and supervises the care of loggerheads at the aquarium. Due to her fabulous turtle rescue program additional turtles enter her program and Toy earns a grant. Toy has the chance to connect with Lovie’s father or chose her current life. Mary Alice Monroe skillfully weaves the loggerheads nesting and the “nesting” of Toy and Cara. The men in the story present different personalities ranging from strong, kind, destructive, and weak. Monroe instills a love of the South Carolina beach, but relates the danger of the tropical storms that quickly destroy. Mary Alice Monroe’s books draw me to the beach and to the saga of the loggerheads.

Feb 15, 2015

This is the story of a young mother who has, with the help of her close circle of friends, grown into herself and is doing what she wants professionally. You learn about turtles and their egg laying habits, etc. I didn't find her child's father entering the scene much use and really didn't consider him vindictive. He made some poor decisions but don't think he was really out to hurt anyone. He just wasn't very smart. Story would have been just as good without him. To me it was a story about the importance of friendships of women of all ages and having someone to rely on and support you as you go through what life throws at you.

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