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Summer Rental: A Novel Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“Mary Kay Andrews spins a beach-blanket sizzler around three lifelong friends . . . a warm-weather treat that has a lot going for it, not least the sunny forecast that summer love can blossom into a four-season commitment.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Andrews writes another charmer with a picturesque Southern setting and winsome female characters.” ―Booklist
“[R]eaders of Summer Rental will stay glued to their sandy beach chairs waiting to see what happens next.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
“Secrets are shared, a mystery woman appears, love may be in the air.” ―People magazine
“[T]his is prime beach-read material.” ―Daily Record (Gannett newspapers)
“Summer Rental is like a great day at the beach. You don't want it to end. Enjoy a vacation any time of the year with the ever-delightful Mary Kay Andrews.” ―Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Heroes Are My Weakness
“The bright and breezy plot of Summer Rental delivers just the right combination of sexy romance and warm friendship.” ―Chicago Tribune
“Summer Rental is just a delight to savor. The lively cast of characters is complex, genuine, and strong, and the interplay between the long-term friends is heartwarming.” ―Times Record News (Texas)
“You will relate to the women and their relationships as you laze through the pages . . . and you will smile, chuckle, and maybe even get a little misty eyed.” ―Examiner.com
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312642709
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312642709
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.53 x 1.23 x 8.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #349,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the story of three women in their 30’s who have been best friends since childhood. Julia, Dorie and Ellis spend a “girls-only” month in the Outer Banks in a semi-dilapidated cottage owned by hunky Ty Bazemore. Everyone is at loose ends: Ellis has just lost her job (and a sizeable chunk of her identity), Dorie’s marriage is in crisis and Julia can’t commit to her long-time love. For his part Ty is in deep financial trouble and in imminent danger of losing the cottage to the bank. Add an enigmatic stranger that’s fleeing something – or someone – into the mix and you have the perfect recipe for a steamy August vacation at the beach.
This was a cute story, but lacked the southern charm of the author’s other novels set in Savannah or Charleston. I do have to say that reading this book brought back a lot of fun memories of long ago beach vacations spent in ramshackle cottages that became “home” for a few short weeks. While the writing itself is good, there's a bit of a soap opera quality to the storyline, with the characters all caught up in various personal melodramas. At nearly 500 pages this book felt a bit too long to me; there’s just not enough story here to fill all those pages and there were times when I felt like the book just ran out of steam. Still, it was a pleasant read and I could practically smell the Coppertone and feel the sand in my flip-flops, and that’s really what I was looking for. I waffled between a 3 or 4 star rating for this one, but overall I enjoyed it so 4 stars it is!
Occasional swearing/strong language and some brief adult content.
Ellis, Julia, and Dorie have been friends since early childhood, but now, separated geographically and by their circumstances, they are looking forward to their summer vacation in a beach house in Nags Head, North Carolina. Dorie's sister Willa has begged her way into the vacation, but Ellis is determined not to let anything annoy her. She has arranged it all online, and of all the women, she is feeling very much in need of something she can control. She has just been "downsized" after a successful banking career, so her future looks uncertain.
Arriving first, she is somewhat disappointed by how much the house needs a major overhaul, but decides to make the best of it. While waiting for her friends, she observes a man in the garage apartment next door...a hunky man. But she is determined to focus on the friendship connections.
When the three friends gather together, they start off the month like a real girlfriend getaway. But all kinds of things happen over the next few days and weeks that turn things into so much more. A stray woman with secrets of her own manages to rent one of the rooms--after Dorie's sister Willa cancels out on them--and trying to ferret out this woman's secrets could turn everything into a completely different kind of event.
Mix in some romance and girlfriend makeovers, and you have a fun page-turner. The thrilling ending has enough excitement to keep the reader turning pages.
Despite these events, Summer Rental was a pleasant, somewhat predictable read in many ways. But the aforementioned elements kept it from being tired or stale, so I gave it four stars.
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The characters come jumping off the pages, she has wit and pathos and is extremely easy to read.
I hope to collect every one of her books by stages, she is GREAT.