Monday, March 5, 2012

#BookReview: Summer Rental - Mary Kay Andrews

Childhood friends Ellis, Dorie and Julia decide to reconnect during a month long stay on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Their hectic daily lives prevent them from spending as much time together as they'd like, so a month without spouses or significant others is a perfect way to reacquaint themselves.  As each arrives, she brings secrets that she's kept from the others.

Ellis was downsized right before the trip.  The planner of the group, Ellis can't believe she didn't see this coming.  Thanks to her money management skills, she's not hurting for income just yet, but she will eventually and, for once, she doesn't have a plan B on which to rely.

As one who has always gotten by on her looks, model Julia is starting to come to the realization that her days of good modeling gigs are over.  More and more she's being asked to do print work.  It's not that print is so much worse than walking a runway, but they're asking her to take on mom roles.  She could always change careers and finally give in to her longtime boyfriend's marriage proposal, but she's not sure if she's ready to settle down.

Dorie comes to the Outer Banks without her husband.  The girls weren't excited to hear he was coming, but are surprised when he doesn't show up and Dorie offers no explanation.

While the girls use the time to catch up on what's going on in each of their lives, they also make room in their circle for Maryn, a quiet stranger who is obviously on the run from something or someone.

I'm used to Mary Kay Andrews' books being light-hearted and fluffy, Summer Rental, not so much.  It almost reminded me of the leap Judy Blume made from books like Deenie to Summer Sisters.  While I recognize that Deenie was YA, my point is her books grew up.  There is still humor to be found in Summer Rental, but it's much more difficult to find than her other books like The Fixer Upper or Savannah Breeze.

Published: June 2011
Listening time: 14 hours, 46 minutes


Theme: Summer Madness by Kool & the Gang

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