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Name:  Mary Alice Kruesi  

Pen Name: Mary Alice Monroe


Born: Evanston, Il.

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Girl in the mirror /
ISBN: 1587247399. OCLC Number: 55019132

Wheeler Pub.,. .

After a vicious encounter forces her to have plastic surgery to correct her facial deformity, Charlotte Godowski becomes beautiful Charlotte Godfrey, the darling of Hollywood, but when destiny intervenes causing Charlotte to face her past, she learns that only love can heal a bruised heart.

One summer's night
ISBN: 0739409786. OCLC Number: 224666685

Avon Books,. .

The enigmatic Dane offers a young woman her first chance at love and the opportunity to explore an irresistible world of hidden delights. Then the outside world threatens the fairy tale they've spun together and they must choose between what once was real and what only happens on one summer's night.

Second star to the right
ISBN: 0380798875. OCLC Number: 41177414

Avon Books,. .

Skyward /
ISBN: 0778322068. OCLC Number: 60593163

Mira,. .

When she becomes the caregiver for five-year-old Marion, pediatric nurse Ella Majors finds herself drawn to Marion's father, and as love blossoms between them, the unexpected return of Marion's mother threatens to tear them apart.

ISBN: 0778321878. OCLC Number: 60842862

MIRA Books,. .

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.

Swimming lessons /
ISBN: 0778326446. OCLC Number: 220891158

Mira,. .

The cycle of life of the turtles of the Isle of Palms has special meaning for the turtle ladies who watch over them. Every season brings new life and new challenges as the turtles make their way back to the ocean. Turtle lady Toy Sooner has faced her share of challenges. The single mother left an abusive relationship to raise her young daughter. She's found meaning working at the aquarium, but she's not sure she's ready for the challenge of starting a new turtle hospital ... or a new relationship with her boss, Ethan. As the summer progresses and the turtles take their steps toward healing and freedom, Toy must find her own strength to face her fear and move courageously toward the future.

The book club /
ISBN: 0778327086. OCLC Number: 52183522

MIRA,. .

For five women whose lives are in transition, their regular book club meeting provides them a place of comfort, support, and sanctuary.

Time is a river /
ISBN: 1416544364. OCLC Number: 180755765

Pocket Books,. .

While recovering from breast cancer in a remote cabin in North Carolina, Mia Landan finds the journal of Kate Watkins, a 1920s fly fisher, and, inspired by Kate's example, learns to fish and uncovers many secrets around her.

Turtle summer :
ISBN: 0977742350. OCLC Number: 84888591

Sylvan Dell Pub.,. .

A mother's journal of a summer spent with her daughter on an island among loggerhead turtles.