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Summer Rental

Format:  Hardcover,

402 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Jun 2011

ISBN-13: 9780312642693

ISBN-10: 0312642695

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Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction...

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia--whose caustic wit covers up her wounds--has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life. And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world...though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

Mary Kay Andrews' novel is the story of five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.

"Summer Rental" is one of "Library Journal"'s Best Women's Fiction Books of 2011

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Jun 2011
ISBN-13: 9780312642693
ISBN-10: 0312642695
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 402
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.33
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.47 x 1.39 x 9.39

About the author

Biography of Andrews, Mary Kay

Mary Kay Andrews received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia. She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Before becoming a professional writer, she worked for fourteen years as a reporter, mainly at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Under her real name Kathy Hogan Trocheck, she wrote 10 mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity Mystery series.

Under Mary Kay Andrews, she has written Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, Savannah Blues, Summer Rental, Spring Fever, and Ladies' Night. She is also a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, the University of Georgia's Harriet Austin Writer's Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer's Workshop and the Antioch Writer's Workshop.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-10-15)

When childhood friends Dorie, Ellis, and Julia rent an old house on North Carolina's Outer Banks, they anticipate a month of beach reading, getting great tans, and reconnecting. Soon, it's clear that they all are facing life changes: Ellis has been downsized, Dorie has marital problems, and Julia's career is faltering. Then there's Maryn, a runaway with a dark secret, whom Dorie invites to share the house. While best-selling novelist Andrews (The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish) builds suspense to keep the plot moving, the story is a tired one that ends predictably. Narrator Isabel Keating makes the most of the material, giving each character a distinctive Southern accent, fitting for these girls from Savannah. Recommended for Andrews's fans and those wishing some light fare.

- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-05-01)

Andrews (The Fixer-Upper) is at her warm and funny best with this story of three girlfriends who rent a beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks. A month of fun, frolicking, romance, and self-discovery ensues, while the arrival of a fourth roommate ratchets up the drama. Andrews simply excels at creating the kind of characters readers can relate to, and she has a fabulous sense of humor to boot. For all women's fiction fans, especially those who enjoy ensemble fiction. [National tour; see Prepub Alert, 12/20/10.]

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-12-01)

Three girlfriends share a month of frolicking, romance, and self-discovery on North Carolina's Outer Banks until the arrival of a fourth roommate ratchets up the drama. Andrews excels at creating relatable characters and has a wicked sense of humor. (LJ 5/1/11)

Book description

Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction…

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia--whose caustic wit covers up her wounds--has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life.

And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

Mary Kay Andrews' novel is the story of five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.

Summer Rental is one of Library Journal's Best Women's Fiction Books of 2011

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