REVIEW: Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe

Audio CD – 11 disks (13 hours)
Published May 1st 2010 by Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Lib Ed (first published 2005)
ISBN:  1441852778 (ISBN13:  9781441852779)
3.5 stars overall / 4 stars audio narration
Goodreads Synopsis:
Sweetgrass is a historical tract of land in South Carolina that has been home to the Blakely family for eight generations.  But Sweetgrass — named for the indigenous grass that grows in the area — is in trouble. Bulldozers are leveling surrounding properties. and the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together. For some of the Blakelys, the prospect of selling Sweetgrass is bittersweet — for others, it is completely unimaginable. But as they find the strength to stay and fight, they realize that their bond as a family is all they need to stay together.
“Mary Alice Monroe is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry.  Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me.”  – Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and Beach Music
My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed the story, but it wrapped a little too prettily even for me.  I do agree with Pat Conroy’s compliment regarding Mary Alice Monroe, as she definitely has an intimate knowledge of and love for the Carolina lowcountry that comes through in her writing.  And while I thoroughly enjoy her novels, the often find the endings a bit too neatly tied up.  She is a good & interesting writer, perfect for an enjoyable, quick & relaxing read.  If you are looking for a challenge however, there are many (better) authors to choose from, Pat Conroy among them.

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