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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rushmore VINE VOICE on May 30, 2011
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I am a bit of a book snob. I don't read a lot of chick lit. But it has been a cold, rainy spring in Chicago, and it's Memorial Day weekend, and I am a sucker for anything with Summer in the title.

It turns out this is a well-plotted, engrossing story with appealing characters, the perfect escape literature to usher in unofficial summer. The formula of a few characters with various hang-ups, a relaxing resort location, and sparks flying is executed quite deftly by Mary Kay Andrews. We have Ellis, the control freak, newly downsized from her bank job in Philadelphia; Julia the aging model, still gorgeous, involved in a long-term relationship with a boring guy; and Dorie who has always been the man magnet, whose marriage is tangled up in a number of very thorny problems. Then we have Maryn, on the run from a very thorny marriage of her own. The first three have rented a house on the beach in Nags Head, NC, Maryn needs a place to disappear until she can sort things out, there is an extra room at the house, along with an enigmatic, hot landlord....it all falls into place.

They have a month to spend at the house, and the first three weeks or so are relatively uneventful, full of long walks on the beach and sunning themselves. However, the last week is a humdinger.

I wouldn't say Mary Kay Andrews is the best writer I have ever read, but she is far from the worst. She does evoke a picture of a writer with a thesaurus by her side. However, I was drawn into this story and glad for a long weekend to read through to the conclusion. I am giving it 5 stars for great timing and excellent plotting. For me it was the perfect way to kick off the summer.
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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...
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I took this book on my beach vacation with high hopes. What a disappointment! The book is about mid-30ish women who overuse the word "totally" in the dialogue (do women this age really talk like 16-year olds?) I also noticed that the 'garage guy's' van started out tan with a red surfboard on top and a couple chapters later morphed into his 'red' van. This is just carelessness on the part of the author. Also, another character's father had a stroke and was later said to have had cancer. Didn't she pay attention as she wrote? The story itself was so ordinary. She interjects sex liberally I think as a means of sustaining interest, but it didn't have that effect. Just all in all a boring book. The jacket said I wouldn't want it to end. Not true. I wish I had packed another book. I'm not that picky and rarely give a book a bad review, but this one was pretty bad, "totally!"
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I have followed Mary Kay Andrews since Savannah Blue. What I most like about her books is the rich, detailed Southern atmosphere, and the quirky but loveable Southern belles who just jump right off the pages! Weezie, BeBe Loundermilk and Mary Bliss come to mind. The trio in this book - Ellis, Julia and Dorie, are mid-thirty-somethings who were best friends through high school but 15 years have passed, they literally have nothing in common, and really, don't even seem to like each other very much. Not only did they not jump off the pages for me, I had a hard time even getting through this book. And I got no sense of that Southern locale richness and history - this book could have been set anywhere. Ty comes across as likeable but immature - not someone that a woman like uptight Ellis would, in the real world, even be attracted to. And to introduce the odd-man-out Maryn into that setting was not only odd, but unnecessary to the storyline. You just don't bring a standoffish, rude stranger into your beach rental for a month, even if the justification, in Dorie's eyes, was for financial reasons. She could have told Julia her situation, and Julia, who has money, would have thought nothing about chipping in more cash, rather than have to deal with an obnoxious, unknown woman for 4 weeks. I guess Maryn's story will be a future book???
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