But this isn’t just a chick lit beach read. Monroe’s trilogy about three estranged sisters who return to their family’s Sullivan’s Island beach house and ultimately reunite, calls attention to dolphins in peril. Monroe, a conservationist who serves at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida and with the Charleston branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in addition to being a licensed sea turtle team member and volunteer for Center for Birds of Prey says in she always wanted to one day write a novel about the dolphin. “But the impetus for me I think to write this series now is the hard fact that 48 to 52 percent of the wild dolphins in South Carolina and Florida are sick,” she says in a press release. “It’s an alarming situation."
The Summer’s End is the final book in the series and set for a 2015 release. “My greatest hope is that readers enjoy a great story and then discover they’ve learned about this sentinel species along the way.”
To spread the word about dolphins and her latest read, Monroe will host a free beachside book party at Wild Dunes June 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pavilion. For more information on her 30 city book tour, visit maryalicemonroe.com/appearances.