I discovered author Mary Kay Andrews last year when I picked up Savannah Blues, and I loved this book! So I decided to read another novel in this series, Savannah Breeze. This story was just as good, if not better. Where Savannah Blues centered on Weezie Foley, Savannah Breeze focuses on her best friend, BeBe Loudermilk.
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.