What’s better than sinking your feet into the sand with a good summer read? A good summer read that takes place right here in the Lowcountry. We have some great local authors who base many of their stories in the places you love most. So, before you pack that beach bag for the summer, here are some you’ll want to include. You might actually need a bigger bag!
Mary Alice Monroe- The New York Times Bestselling author’s Beach House and Lowcountry Summer series are Lowcountry favorites and you may not want to leave the beach after you start digging into these page-turners. The Beach House series weaves together stories of coming home, mothers, friends and sea turtles on Isle of Palms. The Lowcountry Summer series follows the Muir sisters in their ancestral home on Sullivan’s Island. Monroe’s newest novel, The Summer Guests comes out on June 11th and tells the story of a group of friends who evacuate the coast and head to a farm in North Carolina to ride out a hurricane. Monroe is currently on a book tour for The Summer Guests with stops scheduled at the following Lowcountry locations:
June 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m.- Dockery’s Restaurant, Daniel Island- Buxton Books, in partnership with Skirt Magazine, is hosting a book launch week celebration where guests will enjoy appetizers, beverages, a signature cocktail provided by Firefly Distillery and a book talk and signing.
June 10, 11:30 a.m,- Hall’s Chophouse, Charleston- Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon will serve up a three-course meal, book talk, Q&A session and signing.
June 11, 4:00-6:00 p.m.- Barnes & Noble Towne Centre, Mount Pleasant- In store book signing.
July 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.- Wild Dunes Resort Grand Pavilion, Isle of Palms- Stories by Sunset will allow you to meet the author, mingle and enjoy a seaside book signing.
Dorothea Benton Frank- Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Shem Creek, Bulls Island, Pawley’s Island…you name the dreamy Lowcountry beach location and Dorothea Benton Frank has likely written a book about it. Stories of coming home, family bonds, friendship, mystery and love all tangled up in vivid descriptions of their beautiful settings make this New York Times Best Seller another local favorite. Her newest and twentieth novel, Queen Bee, was just released in May and takes readers back to Sullivan’s Island, the scene of her very first novel. The Charlotte Observer calls Frank “the queen of sassy Southern fiction” and we’d agree. Once you pick up one of her Lowcountry tales, you may have a hard time putting it down.
Pat Conroy- The Prince of Tides may have left this Earth when he passed away in 2016, but his Lowcountry stories live on. One of America’s best loved writers, Pat Conroy was revered for his beautiful storytelling and his love for the Carolina Lowcountry. Reading his descriptions of Charleston and the Carolina coast makes readers feel as if they are actually there. South of Broad, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Water is Wide…his collection is full of Lowcountry tales of love, family and friendship. If it’s biographies you like, he has several based on his life as a Citadel cadet, athlete and lover of books. Try out My Losing Season, My Reading Life or A Lowcountry Heart.
Karen White- If mystery is more your thing, Karen White’s Tradd Street series may be just the summer read you’re looking for. Ghosts, family and the haunting beauty of Charleston is weaved through her six book series taking place all around the historic district. White also has several other books that take place around the Lowcountry. On Folly Beach is the story of two war widows whose lives intersect through a bookstore they each owned sixty years apart. The Color of Light tells the story of a woman pregnant and newly divorced who finds peace on Pawley’s Island.
Susan M. Boyer- Another acclaimed mystery writer, Susan M. Boyer is an Agatha Award Winning and USA Today Bestselling author and the mind behind the Liz Talbot mystery series. Liz Talbot is a private investigator and modern southern belle who digs in to track down clues and investigate mysterious crimes around the Lowcountry in a seven book series.