I plan my summer reading around Mary Kay Andrews – she has a new book every spring and this year is no exception. Beach Town hits shelves May 19, but to tide you over, I am giving away a bag full of swag to one lucky winner!
- Copy of SAVE THE DATE in trade paperback
- Copy of SUMMER RENTAL in mass market paperback
- Two different Mary Kay Andrews bookmarks
- Set of 3 SAVE THE DATE recipe cards
- SAVE THE DATE magnet
- MKA Summer Rental sticker
- BEACH TOWN lip balm with SPF 15
SAVE THE DATE
A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by The New York Timesbestselling author of Ladies’ Night.
A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime-one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.
My Review: Cara Mia Kryzik inherited the flower shop where she worked in Savannah, Georgia, when the owner decided to spend her remaining days in Florida. Turning “Bloom” into a successful business has Cara stressed, to say the least. Her only salvation is her Goldendoodle, who she bought after her divorce to keep her company.
When the dog takes off one morning, Cara goes running after her, only to find a gorgeous hunk of a man has her dog, a rope tied around her neck. He insists the dog is his, and takes off with her. Cara has to get back to work. As Savannah’s most original wedding florist, her work is starting to build demand and she has weddings lined up every weekend. Of course she runs into Jack, the dognapper, at the first wedding…and the second…and the third. Seems like Jack is related to or knows everyone in Savannah. Turns out Jack has a Goldendoodle too, and after one night with Cara’s dog he realizes his mistake.
Adding to her stress, Cara’s father lent her $20,000 but calls regularly to let her know she needs to close up shop, pay him back and move home. But despite the fact she’s living hand to mouth, her business is steadily growing, if only her old equipment would hold out. When the air conditioner finally dies, Cara is in a quandary. Her cheap landlady died, leaving the store to her equally cheap daughter who isn’t returning any calls. A new florist has moved into town, expanding his shop and trying to put hers out of business at the same time.
Lots of angst, but lots of romance and Andrews’ trademark southern charm make this a terrific fast paced read with warm, fully realized characters, crisp writing, and a terrific storyline. I raced through it in one night and loved every page. I especially loved the little nod to her series characters that pops up.
Save the Date is the best way to kick off summer reading. Don’t miss it!
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?
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.
My review: Ty Bazemore inherited a beach house in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, which he is struggling to keep afloat. He rents out most of the house as “Mr. Culpepper,” without telling his tenants who he is or that he is actually living above the garage. His newest tenant, Ellis, is meeting up with her best friends for a month of rest and relaxation, which they are all desperate for.
Ellis has just been downsized and doesn’t know what she’s going to do, but she does recognize the chemistry between her and Ty. Julia is a model who realizes her modeling days may be over and is having a hard time dealing with that, and her insecurities are affecting her marriage as well. Dorie is a newlywed, but her friends suspect trouble in paradise when her husband doesn’t come with her.
These women share the house and their lives, until Dorie meets Maryn who seems well off and very nice, yet somehow she’s homeless. She invites her to stay, and it turns out Maryn, like all these characters, has some secrets too. This is vintage Mary Kay; light and breezy and total escapist fiction. I really enjoyed getting to know these women and sharing their summer on the beach – take this book with you to the beach and have a fun afternoon!
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