Route 1 Reads

The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1 which extends from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states/commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway.

For 2018, the South Carolina Center for the Book's Route1Reads is Mary Alice Monroe's The Beach House Book 1. Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother — coming just as her own life is spinning out of control — has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances with her mother that she will earn life’s most precious lessons — true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

The full list of featured books is listed here, in geographical order from North to South:

Maine: The Remedy for Love: A Novel by Bill Roorbach
New Hampshire: Love Free or Die: Twenty-Three Tales of Love from the Granite State by Multiple authors
Massachusetts: Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Rhode Island: Treading Water by Marie Force
Connecticut: The Thunder Beneath Us by Nicole Blades
New York: Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
Pennsylvania: Remember When by Lindsay Detwiler
New Jersey: Need to Know by Fern Michaels
Delaware: Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano
Maryland: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Washington, D.C.: Big Girls Don't Cry by Connie Briscoe
Virginia: Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay
North Carolina: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
South Carolina: The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
Georgia: Mr. Right-Swipe by Ricki Schultz
Florida: Stiltsville: A Novel by Susanna Daniel

The full reading list is also available, along with more details about each state selection and a map of participating states, at