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Hello, Summer

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  12,347 ratings  ·  1,515 reviews
New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season...

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new po
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This chick-lit book as a ton of twists and turns. I loved this book so much, and the only rest it is not 5 stars is that I wish the Grandmother character was in the book more. I loved all the characters. There is romance, mystery, and family issues in this book. The drama in this book makes you want to keep reading. I listened to the audiobook of this book, and I really enjoyed the audiobook. If you want to read this book you should check out the audiobook. (*)
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
So Mary Kay Andrews has been referred to as the queen of beach reads and really that is quite true with this latest. Hello, Summer is Mary Kay Andrews latest contemporary romance that actually has a touch of mystery with the lead being a hard hitting journalist always chasing the truth in the latest story.

Conley Hawkins left her small beach town in the rearview mirror years ago to chase a career as a journalist. Conley actually had made a success of her career winning awards and working for a la
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Stars!

We all know Mary Kay Andrews is the Queen of summer reads. I read her books every May when they typically publish. I was super excited for Hello, Summer and let me just say this did NOT disappoint!

Conley is a big time reporter and is leaving her current company to start a bigger and better job. The day of her going away party her sister sends her an article that the company she's transitioning to is going under and her current company already found her replacement. Not knowing where to g
Kate Quinn
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A perfect bit of escapism for quarantine. I read it in a day, whisked off to the gorgeous Florida coast which is so vivid you can feel the waves lapping your feet (without wanting to die from the humidity in real life). A terrific depiction of an unraveling news story as well, with a tenacious journalist as likeable, determined, and ambitious heroine doing the unraveling.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
2020 has been anything but normal. Everything going forward is referred to as the "new normal". A phrase that certainly works for some situations but in the case of a Mary Kay Andrews book comes out, we know that we are in for the same perfect blend of summer, romance and mystery. We know that the vibrant yet tranquil looking summer cover is anything but calm when you start reading.
Hello, Summer follows ace reporter, Conley Hawkins as she abruptly takes a career detour back to her hometown in th
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m gonna do likes/dislikes for this one cause I’m a little conflicted and I hope writing this out helps me decide what to rate it.

What I liked:
✅ Great setting and small town vibes with quirky and interesting characters
✅ Felt like a true guilty pleasure read with lots of gossipy tidbits about the town residents in the form of a column in the local newspaper
✅ Decently engaging mystery that didn’t totally stump me but was interesting enough

What I disliked:
👎🏻 It was a brick like almost 600 pag
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Living in Myrtle Beach, it's hard to believe this was my first MKA book...

I really, really liked it though! Great characters (Rowena!), great story, but it was definitely way longer than it needed to be. The first 300 pages should have been 100. But once I got to the halfway point, I flew through it.

Looking forward to going back and reading her other books!
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The beach cover is deceiving and I felt a bit disappointed. This is more of a mystery with family drama. The mystery does push the reading along so it’s not a total wash. MK does write great characters, plot and beautiful locales and this is no exception. This one has lots of high ratings so it might be the book for you but not for me!
Lindsey Gandhi
Well, summer has officially started with Mary Kay Andrews book Hello, Summer!! A fun and witty story about a journalist trying to figure her life out when her job falls apart and find herself smack in the middle of a scandal. I love her books and this one does not disappoint. It has family drama (more than one family...), love interest, friendships tested, a stalker and a dead man wrapped up in mystery. The makings of the perfect beach read!!! There's action, excitement, fun, some sass, and love ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Kay Andrews has delivered another great novel with well-rounded characters and a compelling story line. Conley, a reporter in Atlanta, has accepted a new job. Just as she is about to start, there is suddenly no new job. She decides to return home to Silver Bay, FL, where her family has published a small paper, The Beacon, for years. While sending out resumes, her grandmother asks her to write for The Beacon; when she comes across a story of a beloved local politician's shady past, she has s ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars

Nothing says Summer than a Mary Kay Andrews book. I've become a huge fan of hers and I still have her backlist to get through. This is her newest story and its another winner.

Conley quits her job to accept another one but things don't go as planned. So she finds herself back in Silver Bay, her hometown. Without a job and living again with her grandmother, she accepts a temporary job with her sister. She runs the family owned business, The Silver Bay Beacon. Conley ends up witnessing an
Another fantastic read from Mary Kay Andrews! Hello, Summer is great for a summer read, or if you are looking to escape from everyday life. There is a little bit of romance in this one, but the main focus is on Conley's journalism and the accident that she witnesses. It was a bit of a tome at almost 500 pages, so I was happy that I decided to do the audio. Kathleen McInerney made for a lovely narrator, and I loved the way she did each character's voice. Doing the audiobook made things go by pret ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Andrews has done it again. I love romance, mystery, dysfunctional families, drama. You get it all .
I was so happy to read Conley and Skelly's story. I loved the whole newspaper and small town. I can't get enough of Andrews books. This one had mysteries on top of one another.
You are going to love the grandma and I just can't say enough about the whole stoary. This ending was a perfect ending for this lazy summer read.
5 stars and HIGHLY recommend this beach read.
The Mary Reader received this boo
 Readaholic Jenn
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book to end the summer with. I love the characters, especially Conley, her grandmother and her sister. It truly is an excellent book.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mary Kay did her usual fantastic job on this book. But I must tell you her writing style has changed a lot from her beginnings. The topics are less frivolous. The storylines and characters are more profound and more mysterious. The last few books have less humor and off- the- wall characters in them.

This book was filled with mystery, intrigue, family, murder, unlikable characters (and I must admit that it took me a very long time to connect with and warm up to, Conley Hawkins, our main character
Shelleen Toland
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Wow, had my interest right from the beginning. Full of Political corruption, a death, dysfunctional family and just a tiny bit of romance thrown in.
Conley Hawkins had left her small town Florida town to be a bigwig journalist in a big city. She is now to take a new position in a new city and that goes up in smoke so she goes running back to Florida to live with her grandmother until she gets a new job. Her family business is a small town paper and she wants no part of it. Especially since her ol
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
HELLO, SUMMER is not the first and definitely not the last Mary Kay Andrews book I have read. Mary Kay has a way with words and she grabs you right from the very first page and never lets you go. Newspaper reporter, Conley Hawkins, is getting ready to leave her job in Atlanta for a brand new one in Washington, D.C. If I were to say she’s excited about the new position it would be a huge understatement. However, things don’t always go as planned and her new company closes down before she ever get ...more
Sherri Thacker
This book has gotten many rave reviews on NetGalley so I requested it. Sadly, I could not get interested in this story. Just not for me. I’ve enjoyed other Mary Kay Andrew books so i will continue to read them. DNF at 25%. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for my honest review.
Gail C.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The latest book by Mary Kay Andrews again offers a good story, some excellent characters, and an intriguing read. She has an ability to depict southern living, southern living in the panhandle of Florida for this novel. If you are familiar with the area, many of her descriptions will ring true, from the small town featuring prominent churches to the way the residents all seem to know one another, as well as their ancestors back for several generations.
In this story she offers us a picture of a s
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I could gather up every single Mary Kay Andrews book and take them all on vacation to the beach, having them be all I read while I was there,  it would be sheer heaven.  Better yet, if I was renting one of Mary Kay's beach houses in Georgia while on said vacation, well..... WHAT IS a descriptive word better than heaven??

I won't lie, picking up a Mary Kay Andrews beach read is an automatic for me.   I always know I am going to like them, so reviewing her books is never hard. The best part is t
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
As the name and cover art suggest, this is light summer fare, easily consumed like a fruity summer white wine, with not too much complexity.
4.5 stars

I love MKA and have read all her books, and I know that I say this every summer, but she just gets better and better with every book. I loved Hello, Summer and especially loved the characters: successful news reporter Conley Hawkins, who has had to return home to Florida after finding out her new job just fell through, her sassy but sweet grandmother, and older sister and editor of the family's struggling newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, Grayson. They're all strong women, likable, and
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a good MKA book and this one didn’t disappoint. I love how this isn’t your typical shallow beach read… It’s so much more. Don’t let the length deter you. It covers love, mystery, backstabbing, lies, political intrigue, and has a generous sprinkle of feminism. There’s just something about Andrews’ books… I find them comforting and joyful. I always feel happy when I’m done.
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I went into this one thinking ROMANCE and SUMMER FUN, but ended up with a big, fat MURDER MYSTERY. The synopsis says Andrews is Queen of the Beach Reads, but suspenseful books are not what I want to read while I'm lounging on the beach. I want romance! I want hot, fiery passion! I wa
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The calendar may disagree with me but Summer, 2020, starts on May 5 when the new Mary Kay Andrews book is published. I am a major fan and every year she publishes a perfect beach read to get her readers ready for the lazy days of summer. Her new book continues her trend of well written books with believable characters and a beautiful setting in a beach town.

Conley is leaving her job as a reporter in Atlanta and headed for an even better job in DC. Her car is packed and her condo has been rente
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Conley Hawkins is a successful Atlanta newspaper reporter headed for Washington to accept a new position when she learns of this paper’s demise. Having no job and no home to return to, she heads for Florida and her small hometown to visit family and start a job search for a new position with a major newspaper. Her sister runs the Silver Bay Beacon, the town’s newspaper which has been in Conley’s family for generations. Unfortunately, the newspaper is barely viable - that is until Conley starts r ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
You know that summer is just around the corner when the summer beach reads start showing up. And Hello, Summer was the perfect read for me to start the season. Like always, Mary Kay Andrews has once again written a wonderful story that I just got lost in.

Conley's career takes a detour as she has goes back home to her small town, family-owned newspaper. It's only temporary as she waits for another shot at a big-time jig. And then the accident happens. Something doesn't feel right to Conley and s
Jun 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
So cheesy and predictable. A woman moves back to her hometown. She meets the boy next door, who makes her food at the soda fountain. An adorable grandma, a prickly sister and other cute small town characters. All have cute, southern names. The main character solves a mystery, saves her newspaper, and gets the hot guy. Blah, blah, blah Why do authors love the idea of characters forgetting to eat so that someone cute can feed them?? It pops up again and again. Is it taught in creative writing semi ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun summer story, set again in a beautiful locale! It got a bit long for my tastes and covered too many topics in my opinion. The characters were likable and the plot well written. Overall, another fun one from MKA that made for a nice escape! My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
Jan Rice
"This story is getting pretty wild," Toddie said. "Sounds like a novel. Not that I have time to read a lot of fiction. Because unlike the lovely Vanessa, I have to work for a living."

"It would make a good novel, wouldn't it? ..."

Yes indeedy.

A Summer Read

This novel's local connections and the story's connection to journalism called out to me. It had character, without which I cannot do, as well as plot. And the plot reached out to a local journalist friend of the author in incorporating a cha
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MARY KAY ANDREWS is the New York Times bestselling author of 28 novels (including The Newcomer; Hello, Summer; Sunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The Weekenders; Beach Town; Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring Fever; Summer Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas;

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