Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

76%

9 Critic Reviews

This warm weather treat has a lot going for it, not least the sunny forecast that summer love can blossom into a four-season commitment.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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

 

About Mary Kay Andrews

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MARY KAY ANDREWS is the author of nine bestselling novels and ten critically acclaimed mysteries. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 413 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Summer Rental
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jan 27 2016

This warm weather treat has a lot going for it, not least the sunny forecast that summer love can blossom into a four-season commitment.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 18 2011

This warm weather treat has a lot going for it...

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jul 17 2011

The surf will lull the reader into a peaceful kind of serenity -- until the action gets hot...Summer Rental will not disappoint fans...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Jamie Layton on Jun 17 2011

SUMMER RENTAL is the perfect book for your beach bag, best read sitting in your favorite chair, toes in the sand, cold drink at hand.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Eloisa James on Feb 21 2013

...readers of "Summer Rental" will stay glued to their sandy beach chairs waiting to see what happens next.

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The Roanoke Times

Below average
Reviewed by Nona Nelson on Jun 26 2011

...the book fails to deliver. The dialogue is vapid, the plot twists are predictable and the book’s only sex scene is decidedly unsexy.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on Aug 26 2011

The lively characters of “Summer Rental” are complex, genuine and strong, but the interplay between the longtime friends is what really will endear this novel to readers.

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Shine from Yahoo

Excellent
Reviewed by David Marshall James on May 04 2011

Mary Kay Andrew...offers another appetizing read, as Southern-summery as a fresh-from-the-garden-tomato-and-mayo sandwich with plenty of potato chips, and a tall glass of sweet iced tea.

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Role Mommy

Good
on Jun 13 2011

Summer Rental is packed with humor, romance, suspense, a pending divorce, an unexpected houseguest with a secret past, and much more.

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