Title: Swimming Lessons
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Toy Sooner, a single mother and marine biologist opening a turtle rehab facility with the help of a director at the South Carolina Aquarium, must find a way to deal with the return of her daughter’s vindictive father, who has just been released from prison.
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.