I have always loved reading since I can remember! In fact, since I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of kids that always came by my house to play, in order to stay in and read, my parents would tell my friends that I had been punished!
I taught elementary school for 14 years and have spent the last 10 years working with my husband. Now that I have more personal free time I am able to read more throughout the year and not just in the summertime.
I have a Kindle, a Nook and an Ipad2 that I use to read books as well. Although I have these electronic readers, I still like my books better!
Download and print this cute bookmark. Click on the image and save it on your computer, when you print it, make sure you don't print it to fit the page so it will print in real size (2" by 7") Enjoy!
Mary Alice Monroe is the author of over a dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children's books. Her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. Monroe has served on the faculty of numerous writer's conferences and retreats. She is a featured speaker at events, both literary and conservation. Her books have achieved several best seller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, USA Today and are sold world wide. Her first children's book received several awards, including the ASPCA Henry Bergh award. Monroe was awarded the SC Center for the Book Award for Fiction and the International Book Award for Green Fiction.
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
Sweetgrass is a historic 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. Taxes are skyrocketing. Bulldozers are leveling the surrounding properties. And the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together.In this poignant novel of hope, acceptance and the powerful gift of forgiveness, Mary Alice Monroe paints an intimate portrait of a family that must learn to unravel old patterns and weave together a new future.
Book Description from Amazon
My Review: This is the second book that I have read from the author, Mary Alice Monroe. I loved the first book, "The Beach House" and I loved the story about "Sweetgrass" just as much. The author's books always have a connection to the environment. In "The Beach House", she discussed saving the turtles. In this book, she discusses saving the sweetgrass that has been used for decades to weave handmade baskets. I love the way that Mary Alice Monroe writes. The words just come together so eloquently on the page. She has a way of drawing a clear picture with her words. Both of the books that I read by her I became so enthralled by the story that I was disappointed when the book ended. "Sweetgrass" is a story of the Blakely family who have lived on the tract of land in South Carolina for eight generations. They are in dire straits when the taxes on their property continues to skyrocket because of its' location directly on the beachfront. Not able to keep up with the taxes but not wanting to give up their beloved historic home and land, they finally unite as a family. After the husband suffers a stroke, the prodigal son returns after being gone for many years. The son along with friends and some of the family find a way to solve their desperate problem. I cried several times throughout the story because there are many instances where secrets become revealed and love which was lost is found again. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who loves to read Southern fiction. I look forward to reading many more of Mary Alice Monroe's books. 4.5/5 stars