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Savannah Breeze: A Novel Paperback – January 30, 2007
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Keating is simply delightful in the first-person role of BeBe Loudermilk, a thrice-divorced Southern belle and restaurant owner who falls for a gorgeous, smooth-talking con man who tricks her out of all her money and possessions. Putting on a lively Southern accent, Keating embodies BeBe perfectly, evoking her theatrical personality (wailing melodramatically over her loss), her self-deprecating humor and her never-give-up determination as she tries to pick up the pieces by getting a dilapidated motel up and running. Keating also creates distinct, believable voices for the other characters: a lazy drawl for BeBe's grandfather, whose absent-mindedness hides a shrewd mind; a gritty tone for Harry Sorrentino, the cantankerous hotel caretaker who alternately exasperates and attracts BeBe; and even voices of minor characters, including a Valley Girl–sounding young woman named Emma and a Spanish-accented bank teller. The audiobook is abridged, but you'd never know it: it flows seamlessly. It's a rollicking, entertaining story from beginning to end. This audiobook production makes an already enjoyable book even more fun, perfect for beach listening.
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BeBe Loudermilk always picks the worst men, and Reddy Millbanks III is no exception. They meet at a ball and she falls for his charm and good looks. Unfortunately, he steals her money, her business, her home, and her dignity, effectively ending her upscale life in Savannah and saddling her with a rundown motel, the Breeze Inn, on Tybee Island. The motel seems hopeless and the manager-cum-handyman even worse. Harry Sorrentino is working at the motel until he can buy his boat back and return to his life as a fisherman, and he is not prepared for the high-strung new owner and her friend, Weezie, who transform the drab inn into shabby chic. BeBe then concocts a plan to fleece Reddy with the help of Weezie, Harry, and BeBe's grandfather. This motley crew gets in and out of hilarious jams, while BeBe discovers what is really important to her. This truly enjoyable sequel to Savannah Blues (2002) is packed with Andrews' trademark wit and humor. Patty Engelmann
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Top Customer Reviews
However, the first 1/4 of the book was so unbelievable I wanted to scream. First, her 2nd husband was sent to prison for looking at computer porn? What? That was so strange and odd. No one goes to prison for looking at porn unless it's child pornography which the book did not state. I didn't understand that whole concept. Didn't the author do any research or were we suppose to believe it just because she said it? Probably 80% of America would go to prison if you could get arrested for looking at computer porn.
Then we are suppose to believe that a competent and very smart business woman who had been supporting herself and building her business for 15 or so years would just sign papers and hand everything over to some guy she just met? Seriously? I mean she had JUST met the guy. She new him for all of what? A week? Someone that ignorant would not have been able to build up a business like she had. I mean she had been married 3 times - she wasn't some wet behind the ears 20 year old. If I had not paid $10 for the book, I probably would have stopped reading it right then. Which would have been a shame because the rest of the book was well written, funny, interesting and fun to read.
So I liked the last 3/4 of the book but the first 1/4 was stupid.
CAN'T wait to read her next book, this was just that good. I recommend it to everyone who wants to laugh outloud, be sad, angry, hopeful and come to terms with what is truly important in life. I especially got a huge kick and laugh in the beginning when she put an object thru the mail slot at her ex boyfriend s - read the book!!!!
The story was still complete and had plenty of detail, so I can't imagine what I missed by not reading the print.
This was my first Mary Kay Andrews adventure, and I'll certainly seek her books out in future when I want an entertaining, light read.
Loudermilk owns one of the most successful and trendy restaurants in Savannah, as well as a number of rental properties. At the annual Telfair Ball, Loudermilk meets the hunky, sexy, and refined Ryan Edward Millbanks, III. They become an item almost immediately. When her life becomes complicated by the hospitalization of her grandmother, Millbanks (an investment banker) starts taking over the care of her properties. Before she knows what is happening, Millbanks has disappeared and she is told by the police that he is a con-artist. Not only that, but he has swindled Loudermilk out of almost everything she owned including her house and all her possessions. The only property she is left with (besides her restaurant which she can no longer afford to operate) is a dilapidated set of beach cottages on Tybee Island. Millbanks used her money to buy The Breeze Inn, but didn't get a chance to liquidate the property before he had to leave Savannah.
At first, Loudermilk is unsure of what to do with The Breeze Inn. She can sell the property for a small fortunate to a developer. But finding herself homeless, she decides to renovate the cottages and make one of them her home with the help of caretaker Harry and with Weezie's vintage furniture. She also hatches a plot to find Millbanks and to get her money back. This escapade is a hoot and involves Weezie, Harry and Granddaddy Loudermilk.
Andrews' books are always fun, but they also come with a message. In Savannah Breeze, we learn that sometimes we find love in the most unlikely places. Material possessions are way over-rated in bringing us happiness. And sometimes what you think might be a personal catastrophe can actually turn out to be a good thing.
I have already purchased another Andrews' book, Blue Christmas--she's that good.