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Summer Rental: A Novel Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“Mary Kay Andrews spins a beach-blanket sizzler around three lifelong friends . . . a warm-weather treat that has a lot going for it, not least the sunny forecast that summer love can blossom into a four-season commitment.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Andrews writes another charmer with a picturesque Southern setting and winsome female characters.” ―Booklist
“[R]eaders of Summer Rental will stay glued to their sandy beach chairs waiting to see what happens next.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
“Secrets are shared, a mystery woman appears, love may be in the air.” ―People magazine
“[T]his is prime beach-read material.” ―Daily Record (Gannett newspapers)
“Summer Rental is like a great day at the beach. You don't want it to end. Enjoy a vacation any time of the year with the ever-delightful Mary Kay Andrews.” ―Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Heroes Are My Weakness
“The bright and breezy plot of Summer Rental delivers just the right combination of sexy romance and warm friendship.” ―Chicago Tribune
“Summer Rental is just a delight to savor. The lively cast of characters is complex, genuine, and strong, and the interplay between the long-term friends is heartwarming.” ―Times Record News (Texas)
“You will relate to the women and their relationships as you laze through the pages . . . and you will smile, chuckle, and maybe even get a little misty eyed.” ―Examiner.com
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 .
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.
I must give MKA major props for her loyalty to John D. MacDonald. She has managed to work him into a couple of her books and mentions him in this one on page 323 referring to his book "The Turquoise Lament" when Maryn/Madison is reading one of the old books she found on the house bookshelves. I have read all 21 of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series books that are in re-release. All of the books in this series have a color in the name of the book. I believe he deserved special recognition just for his creativity in naming his books. Here's a few: Freefall in Crimson, The Deep Blue Goodbye, The Long Lavender Look, Cinnamon Skin, Bright Orange for the Shroud, Darker Than Amber, The Lonely Silver Rain, etc, etc. Apparently, John D. MacDonald has had a huge impact on MKA. I love her for remembering him. He wrote mystery novels for decades from the 40's through the 80's until his death in 1986. Anytime I see her mention him, I feel a kinship with Ms. Andrews and a nostalgia for south Florida where I spent some of my youth growing up. I can so relate to John D. MacDonald's rants on the devastation of the beautiful Florida that was once pristine and undeveloped. Until the invention of air conditioning it was basically a swamp land and rich sanctuary for wildlife. I think Mary Kay Andrews has a love for John D. MacDonald's bohemian description of the lifestyle of Travis McGee and I have to chuckle that deep in her soul and mine we have a love for that man!!! I think her writing is a nod to him in that she keeps it close to home and all in good fun.
I always enjoy MKA's books for a romp through the steamy South and when I finish one of her books I am ready to pack up the car and head to the beach. I live in the South and we love our beach vaccays and seafood that's for sure! The beach just seems to cure what ails you. Thanks Mary Kay, can't wait till your next book.
I enjoy Andrews' books because they take me to relaxing places and because she creates likable characters. Summer Rental is no different.