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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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    Frank Gillette, NJ, United States 07-15-11
    Frank Gillette, NJ, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Saint Albert, AB, Canada 06-21-11
    Michelle Saint Albert, AB, Canada 06-21-11 Member Since 2015
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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 2015

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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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    ginger SANFORD, NC, United States 09-30-11
    ginger SANFORD, NC, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    I love Mary Kay Andrews Hissy Fit, so someone told me about Summer Rental so this was my first audiobook. I really enjoyed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Setauket, NY, United States 09-22-11
    Grace Setauket, NY, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    Because I've enjoyed other books by Ms. Andrews, I anticipating enjoying this as well. It was a waste of time. The characters had no depth; in fact I could hardly tell them apart. The story was predictable. The narrator did her best to fake a Southern accent but failed miserably. Most of the book was taken up by every character repeating the major plot points periodically. I couldn't believe anything about this book including the fact that I actually listened to it all the way through. I'm sorry to be so negative, but this is my honest opinion.

    Let's hope it is an aberation and Ms. Andrews' next is up to her usual standard.

    2 of 3 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 2012
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Williams 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Painfully cheesy-"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line.


    Has Summer Rental turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe, just depends on the author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can't think of any.


    Any additional comments?

    Just really cliché` and cheesy.

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    Rhonda Salem, VA 06-12-15
    Rhonda Salem, VA 06-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "a good listen"

    I liked the story, but I had a hard time with the narrator, she was very distracting I would have chosen someone else

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    Crabitat 05-02-15
    Crabitat 05-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    "More than 1 listen"

    The world of the story is do complete that I was drawn in entirely. Isabel Keating did a great job making all the characters distinct. I've listened to this book more than once over the past couple years.

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    Rebecca Jackson 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping"

    I loved this book. I was hesitant at first with the different characters but I loved hearing all of their takes on the narrative.

    I was sad when it was over because I felt like I was at Eptied with the girls!

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