DESCRIPTION: (from Hallmark's press release, May 2015) Mary Alice Monroe's beautiful novel The Beach House with its poetic prose about the cycle of life and its keen insights into family relationships will be adapted into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie starring three-time Golden Globe(R) nominee Andie MacDowell and premiering exclusively on the network in 2016. MacDowell who currently stars in Hallmark Channel's #1-rated drama "Cedar Cove," which returns for season three, Saturday, July 18, is Executive Producer of "The Beach House." Monroe's latest novel The Summer's End is featured at a book launch today at the South Carolina Aquarium which will soon open a multi-million dollar hospital dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured loggerhead turtles chronicled in The Beach House trilogy. Mary Alice Monroe's writing gained added purpose and depth with her books set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. An active environmentalist, Monroe draws themes for her novels from nature and the parallels with human nature, thus drawing attention to various endangered species and the human connection to the natural world.