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Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
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Jun 05, 11

Read in June, 2011

Brief Book Summary…from the book jacket…
For Ellis, Dorie, and Julia, a vacation in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just what they need. They rent a rambling old beach house from the mysterious Ty Bazemore, who is also at a turning point in his life, and prepare for a month of rest, relaxation and reconnecting.
Their plans for a peaceful summer are interrupted when they meet up with Maryn Shackleford, a woman on the run who desperately needs their help. Soon Ellis and Julia and Dorie, Ty and Maryn will question everything they thought they knew about life as they drift towards a much needed sea change, and uncover the healing power of friendship and forgiveness.
My thoughts…
Hmmm…yum…sigh…those are my sounds of sheer reading contentment while reading this lovely book. What is it about summer reading? Like shedding heavy clothes…for light cottons and linens and other breezy fabrics…this book was a voyage of sheer contentment. It had everything I love in a summer beach book without losing substance. These women in their mid-thirties truly needed to decide what they were going to do with the rest of their lives. Ellis has been released from her banking job. Julia is tired of maintaining what she has to do to continue modeling, Dorie is at a difficult part of her marriage and Maryn is just in danger…then we throw in Ty…who has also lost his career and is trying desperately to hang on to Ebb tide…the house the women are renting and that has been in his family for generations.
All of the above is fun and a bit tense and there is some mystery as Mary Kay Andrews draws us in to this month in August in this rundown ramshackle but lovely old beach house.
I wanted to be there…I wanted to know them…I wanted days on the beach with a cooler full of icy drinks. I wanted Karaoke nights in the local bar sipping drinks and just hanging with old friends. I wanted sand and night time beach walks and fried grouper and wet towels and everything that goes with a vacay in the Outer Banks.
I have to say that I am new to the writings of Mary Kay Andrews…I have not read any of her books before. I loved this book. I love her wit and her humor and her writing style. This is a not to be missed book. It was excellent. I am only sad that I didn’t save it for later in the summer. I read it too fast and before I knew it…this lovely delightful book was over before I wanted it to be.
But it was just too much fun to savor and read slowly. This is definitely the perfect summer book.

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