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Summer Rental | [Mary Kay Andrews]

Summer Rental

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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-30s, 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 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.

©2011 Whodunnit, Inc. (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 06-18-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Beginning didn't grab me, stayed with it,glad"

    I don't know why I couldn't get into the beginning of this book. It just didn't capture me. I like the narrator her voice is easy to listen to. I stayed with the book due to enjoy the author, and I am glad I did. It turned into an interesting read, some mystery, some romance, some life changing events, some secrets, all in all I really enjoyed this story. Well, written and well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-29-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Look elsewhere"

    Despite the mutual "love fest" at the end of the book (an interview between the author and the narrator) I found this to be about as filling as cotton candy. The story has been done before (yawn) and the narrator makes the characters sound stupid and cliched. Pass on this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Gillette, NJ, United States 07-15-11
    Frank Gillette, NJ, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Fluffy"

    Thought this would have a bit more substance than it actually did. Too serious to be a lighthearted read and too insubstantial to be take seriously.

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    Michelle Saint Albert, AB, Canada 06-21-11
    Michelle Saint Albert, AB, Canada 06-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "So Boring!!! No Flavour!!! No Texture!!!"

    This is one that frustrates me that I spent money on it! Very slow, no depth at all...boring. Did not care for story or narrator. Try something else....trust me.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 07-24-11
    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Note to narrator"

    When you read a book about Southerners you do not have to use that fake, annoying, offensive accent. Pretty much, only someone from the South sounds "Southern". Your voice is distracting from the story and VERY annoying to those of us from the South. Cannot listen to another book read by this person.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 08-11-11
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 08-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "great story great listen"

    I was not ready for it to end. Great story. Worth every penny. Will keep in library and listen to again. Down loaded for my daughter. Funny, smart, so like real girlfriends. Can't say enough. I love this story.

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    Leah 07-31-14
    Leah 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful summer read!!!"
    Would you listen to Summer Rental again? Why?

    Perhaps, it's got a lovely location, great friends and I love Islands. The storyline was very interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The island setting and the close friendships of Ellis, Dorrie and Julia.


    Have you listened to any of Isabel Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I believe Isabel Keating was excellent! She definitely was into every character which pulls me the listener right with her!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A must see!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book, it had great relationships, suspense pulling unity in all directions to help Madison. Love in all directions and on the Island. Great detail! Holds interest from the get go!!! I love that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren okc 07-06-14
    Lauren okc 07-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a perfect summer read (or listen)"
    What made the experience of listening to Summer Rental the most enjoyable?

    The three women in Summer Rental are so different and lead totally different lives. However, the summer brings them back together and shows the true bonds of their friendship. The strange woman they let into their lives slowly develops into a bigger character and the transformation is exciting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ellis is the character I relate most to, so I enjoyed her parts of the book the best. She isn't one of those characters who is stubborn from the get-go and refuses to live her life the way she wants.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the very end of the book where all the characters go after Don was both hilarious and suspenseful. I can't say any more or I will ruin the story.


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    Pburgess3 05-12-14
    Pburgess3 05-12-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book, lousy narrator. :/"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Isabel Keating?

    I believe that you need a woman with an actual southern accent for this book. There were a few parts I had to fast forward through and made me cringe. A lot of words were over pronounced and others came off very sleazy. I think that with a different narrator this book would have been awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great summer read. It was nice to have something 'not so serious' and fun. I do love Mary Kay Andrews books and this one didn't disappoint. I just really wish that the narrator was different.

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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 04-26-14
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 04-26-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Not the Best"

    When three young BFF females take to Nags Head for a month long vacation, the reader expects some chick lit fun in the sun. But Mary Kay Andrews misses her usual mark in this book. While the plot itself could have been delightful and full of Andrews' wit and Southern Charm, it fell flat. Andrews must have dialed this one in. Its primary sin was info dumping of the women's common child and teen experiences. Enough already! Get on with it. The most interesting aspect of the book was Madison, a loner who Dorie befriends in a diner and brings her back to the house, without prior approval from her buds.

    Every author is entitled to a bad write now and again, so I accept that Andrews was in a rush when she wrote this. I can forgive the narrator because she did have to go back and forth between a Southern accent and a Jersey accent, but there were times she she forgot which character she was reading. That may have been the funniest part of the book.

    If this is your first Andrews read, don't give up. This is not a shining example of her true writing talent.

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