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-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. And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the 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?
Mary Kay Andrews' audiobook is the story of 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.
Summer Rental is one of Library Journal's Best Women's Fiction Books of 2011.
This program includes a bonus interview with the author.
©2011 Whodunnit, Inc. (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Perhaps, it's got a lovely location, great friends and I love Islands. The storyline was very interesting.
The island setting and the close friendships of Ellis, Dorrie and Julia.
I believe Isabel Keating was excellent! She definitely was into every character which pulls me the listener right with her!
A must see!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The plot startet out well, the introduction of the characters was OK, but with the introduction of the "mysterious" woman the story lost itself. Somehow all the characters along with the plot didn't get any depth but rather got stuck. There is some "action" toward the end, however, it all seems very constructed. For me the book felt very long, I was happy when it ended.
Narration was OK but not outstanding.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
ASILLY STORY THAT GOES NO WHERE. BORING YOU TO TEARS. MARY KAY REALLY MISSED HER TALENT WITHS BOOK.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I enjoy a light listen, and this is one of them. Mary Kay Andrews books are solid stories about friendship and love. This was no different. If you enjoy her, you will enjoy this!
I enjoyed the author's writing style and the story itself.
I wish Kathleen McInerney would have narrated the book. I love her voice and ability to make characters come to life.
I found her voice difficult to listen to when she spoke with a southern accent; it distracted from the story. I usually grow used to a narrater's voice and am able to still enjoy the story. Listening to her voice never grew comfortable. The voices she used for the girls sounded odd through the entire book.
With subplots going for each character the story was multi-leveled and there was never a dull moment in Summer Rental. Even though the narrator very occasionally slipped with a bit of a Jersey type accent, she did very well with the main characters southern voices, as well as defining a different sounding voice for each person. Keating has a pleasant voice to listen to and I would gladly listen to more books read by her.
Yes - it allows you to escape and relax as if you were actually in the story.
Savannah Breeze - by the same author - another great MKA must read!
Yes - just as good
Surf, Sand, and Mayhem make you want to check into this Summer Rental
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