The Weekenders: A Novel Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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Praise for The Weekenders
"This book has all the makings of a beach read...The perfect blend of drama, humor, intrigue, and just a touch of murder." –Bustle
“As her fans can already attest, Andrews has this “perfect beach read” label down pat ― and then some. The Weekenders is not just good, it is beyond good… Summer doesn’t truly begin without a Mary Kay Andrews book in your beach bag, so here is another winner and Top Pick just for you.” –RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“Andrews’ novels, such as Save the Date and Beach Town, are the epitome of relaxing yet involving summer reads, and her latest is no exception… Andrews blends romance, intrigue, and soap-opera-like twists in this entertaining novel about a gossipy beach town.” –Booklist
“Atlanta’s prolific chick-lit queen returns to her roots as a mystery author with this frothy tale of divorce, shady real estate deals and murder…Venturing into plots a tad darker than usual, Andrews still finds room for humor, romance and zany characters worth spending a weekend with.” ―Atlanta Journal Constitution
“The bestselling author, who has been called the ‘Beach Read Queen,’ marks summer’s start with a mystery set on quaint Belle Isle, N.C. Riley arrives on the island to find her estranged husband is a no show and her beach home is in foreclosure. Add shady financial dealings, an old flame and colorful Southern characters, and Riley’s summer has become complicated.” ―Fort Worth Star Telegram
“Fun and frothy…Think sun, sand, romance, drama and a fine sheen of witty commentary.” ―AARP.com
“Fast-forward to summer with this breezy mystery.” ―RealSimple.com
“One of the many books you'll want to keep in your beach bag this season.” ―PopSugar
“There is no doubt that this will be the hit of summer 2016 as Mary Kay Andrews has outdone herself once again and produced her best novel to date... a wonderful mix of drama, mystery, southern life, rich characters and love --- a page-turner that won’t last a long weekend!" ―Book Report Network
Praise for Beach Town
“To read Mary Kay Andrews is to love Mary Kay Andrews and Beach Town is no exception. Set your sights for this summer destination and have a grand time with a fascinating storyteller.” –Huffington Post
"Andrews expertly combines an intriguing love story with small-town quirkiness and cinematic action to highly entertaining effect." -Booklist
“A fun book that's perfect to read by the pool or in the sand… Another summer staple.” –The Durham Herald-Sun
“Beach Town is perfect reading for a sunny summer day.” –BookPage
“Could Beach Town be the summer beach read of the year? Featuring a bevy of memorable characters, as well as Andrews’ attention to detail and distinct wit―along with her proven summer beach read track record―it very well could be. Andrews has penned another entertaining Southern romantic romp sure to be a certified hit. Readers will eagerly devour this novel and be left wanting more. This just might be one of her best to date!” –RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars, Top Pick)
“It wouldn’t be Summer without another page turner from Mary Kay Andrews.” –popsugar.com
“Andrews masterfully creates an entertaining story filled with likable characters and a few lightweight, havoc-wreaking troublemakers…A perfect fit for the romance lover's beach bag.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Ready to kick off beach-read season? Look no further than Mary Kay Andrews’s aptly titled Beach Town.” –Instyle.com
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Edition (May 17, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250065941
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250065940
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.47 x 9.64 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #209,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem with The Weekenders is that the heroine is not even likable. How can you root for a trust fund baby and her obnoxious untrustworthy daughter? It is obvious that this book was written for the lucky ones who own their own beach house and resent the weekend intrusion of the "unwashed public" who dare trespass. She worries about her alcoholic brother yet is well on her way to becoming one herself. I found myself speed reading just to finish the book - a far cry from my usual slow read to appreciate all of the details that are Mary Kay trademarks. I usually reread her books during the winter months but have no desire to pick this up again. The only interesting character in the whole book was Aunt Roo and she had a minor role.
While there were no obvious flaws in the novel, there was nothing pulling me in. This book is several-hundred-pages-of-nothing. It's not very exciting, it dragged on, and most of the time I found myself wishing I could speed read so I could just finish and be done with it (I hate to leave a book, even a bad one, unfinished). Page after page of this: rude mother, drunk brother, angry and resentful daughter, wishy washy main character. Fast forward several-hundred-pages and there is finally some resolution, but you just wasted 6 hours of your life on the story before it.
I don't need a story to be fast paced to love it, but I do need something. Character development, a storyline that doesn't seem to go in circles, something. I feel bad saying it but don't waste your time on this book!
atories, I started
She has no choice, she, Maggie, and Mr. Banks, Maggie's pug, head to Shutters, her family home on the island. There she finds her mother, Evelyn who is convinced this is all a big mistake. Wendell was close to a Saint in Evelyn's book. Billy, Riley's brother doesn't share the same love for his brother-in law. Then Wendell turns up dead the next morning in the marina.
It isn't long before Riley and her best friend, Parrish, are snooping around trying to get some answers. Not only do they find that the house is in fact in foreclosure because Wendell took out a 2 million dollar mortgage but that he has set up numerous shell companies taking out additional multi-million dollar loans. And how does Melody Zimmerman, loan officer at the bank, fit into all of this?
And then there is Nate Milas. She wants to like Nate but when she finds out he is buying up all the land in Wendell has allowed to fall into foreclosure, she is convinced all he wants to do is to develop it just like Wendell. When Annie, Wendell's mama, spills to Parrish that instead he wants to donate the land to UNC for a marine study field to rebuild the oyster beds, Riley decides to give him a go. All is well until Maggie, a type 1 diabetic, decides to eat candy and drink coke and lands herself in a diabetic coma. Riley believes it is directly related to her being with Nate and breaks it off.
Finally, as summer is coming to a close, a hurricane is baring down on the island. It is then they find out what really happened to Wendell.