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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 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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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.

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-29-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    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.

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    Frank Gillette, NJ, United States 07-15-11
    Frank Gillette, NJ, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2014
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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 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.

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    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 07-24-11
    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2014

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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.

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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.

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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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    "Wonderful characters and story! 1 of my favs!"

    I really enjoyed the stories with a group of women like this one I have listen to most of Mary Kay Andrews book tonight have to say this is one of my favorites and I absolutely love this voice actress!

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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.

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    Lauren okc 07-06-14
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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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