- Hardcover: 402 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312642695
- ISBN-13: 978-0312642693
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 601 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Summer Rental: A Novel Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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Andrews…is at her warm and funny best…[she] simply excels at creating the kind of characters readers can relate to, and she has a fabulous sense of humor to boot.
Andrews spins a beach blanket sizzler… This warm weather treat has a lot going for it.
[A] tailor-made beach read…another charmer
…unraveling secrets makes for fascinating reading. This is a perfect beach book: the tale of a sandy, flea-bittensummer house and one month in August in which honesty triumphs over silence, and love over lies. Ellis falls in love, and Dorie meets a new guy, and Julie makes a big decision, and Maryn breaks free… and the readers ofSummer Rental will stay glued to their sandy beach chairs waiting to see what happens next.
…this is prime beach-read material
About the Author
Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Then the whining starts. And it goes on and on. There is a subplot with another character, but it's pretty predictable. I just can't finish this book. It's going back to the library. I got to disc 4 and was sick of the whole thing. Don't waste your time unless you enjoy a lot of whining .
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.
I gave the story four stars instead of five because of the character's dialogue. All three of the 35 years old women spoke like a college-aged kid. They spoke words like: totally...dude...swishy (referring to a gay man). Also, the landlord had quite a nickname for his ex-wife's current husband, which was F-face. Really??? I don't know any 35 years old people that talk like that. The dialogue was a pet-peeve of mine all thoughout the book and thus, the reason for four stars.
Ellis, Julia, and Dorie are three women in their mid 30s who have been best friends since grade school. They decide to rent a house on the Outer Banks for the month of August as a girls getaway. Throw in Ty, the good looking landlord, and Maryn, a woman on the run from her troubles, and there are twists and turns along the way.
What I loved most about Summer Rental was it centered on a group of women in their 30s, not their 20s. As I enter that new decade, I love finding books with characters in that age bracket. It's a must read for a summer day or two at the beach or pool!