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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Alice Kruesi  

Pen Name: Mary Alice Monroe


Born: Evanston, Il.

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Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works

    As Mary Alice Kruesi:
  • Second Star To The Right, Avon, 1999
  • One Summer's Night, Avon, 2000As Mary Alice Monroe
  • Four Seasons, Mira Books, 2001
  • Beach House, Mira Books, 2002
  • Skyward, Mira Books, 2003
  • Book Club, Mira Books, 2003
  • Girl in the Mirror, Mira Books, 2004
  • Sweetgrass, Mira, 2005
  • Turtle Summer: A Journal for My Daughter, Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2007
  • Swimming Lessons, Mira, 2008
  • Time Is A River, Pocket Books, 2008
  • Last Light Over Carolina, Pocket Books, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

The beach house /
ISBN: 0778322947. OCLC Number:

Mira,. Don Mills, Ont. :. ©2002.

Caretta Rutledge returns to repair the family beach house on the Isle of Palms as she tries to rebuild her life and her family relationships.

Skyward /
ISBN: 0778322068. OCLC Number:

Mira,. Don Mills, Ont. :. ©2003.

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.

The book club /
ISBN: 0778327086. OCLC Number:

MIRA,. Don Mills, Ont. :. ©1999.

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

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

Wheeler Pub.,. Waterville, ME :. 2004.

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.

Turtle summer :
ISBN: 0977742350. OCLC Number:

Sylvan Dell Pub.,. Mount Pleasant, SC :. 2007.

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

Swimming lessons /
ISBN: 0778326446. OCLC Number:

Mira,. Richmond :. 2008.

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.

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

Pocket Books,. New York :. 2008.

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.

Last light over Carolina /
ISBN: 1416549706. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 2009.

Every woman in the lowcountry knows the unspoken fear that clutches the heart every time her man sets out to sea. Now that fear has become a terrible reality for Carolina Morrison. Her husband, shrimp boat captain Bud Morrison, the only man she's ever loved, is lost and alone somewhere in the vast Atlantic fishing grounds, with a storm gathering and last light falling.--From publisher's description.


The Maggie Award for THE BEACH HOUSE

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