Wednesday, January 26, 2011

#BookReview: Savannah Breeze - Mary Kay Andrews

BeBe Loudermilk is one smart cookie.  At the age of 35 she owns several properties and a thriving restaurant.  While she has a good head for business, she's as blind as a bat when it comes to love.  A 3-time divorcee, though to be fair she married the same man twice, she's fair game when the smooth talking Reddy Millbanks shows up at the social event of the season.

Distracted by her grandmother's recent health scare and long hours running her businesses, BeBe is only too happy to allow Reddy, a financial analyst, to take over those tasks she's too busy to handle herself. In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, "Big mistake. Big.  Huge!"

When Reddy leaves her penniless and homeless, BeBe launches a plan to get back her money, her properties and her family jewels.  Aided by her sidekick Weezy, her grandfather Spencer and Harry, the manager of her only remaining property, she sets off on a road trip to reclaim what's rightfully hers.

What did you like about this book?
I love snark and there is snark aplenty, especially from Spencer.

What didn't you like about this book?
I was really expecting a confrontation between BeBe and Reddy at some point and it never happened.

The voice the narrator used for Weezy sounded like Holly Hunter, who I've always felt sounds like she has a mouth full of spit when she speaks.  So that was a bit distracting, especially since the character was supposed to be in her 30s and instead sounded like a 50 year old woman instead.

What could the author do to improve this book?
It was so frigging long!  Most audio books I listen to range from six to 10 hours.  This was a little over 14 hours and it wore me down. Even though I enjoyed listening, I was so ready for the story to be over well before it was.  I discovered that there was an abridged version that was only six  hours long, but it makes me wonder what eight hours of dialogue/story line did the editors think was unimportant enough to delete in the abridged version.

Listening time: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Published January 2007

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