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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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    Sharon Fort Smith, AR, United States 06-21-11
    Sharon Fort Smith, AR, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfect fun summer reading!"

    I love Mary Kay Andrews' books in general, and so was very excited to get going on this one. I was not disappointed. It is not my MOST favorite of hers (Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze are my faves, also liked The Fixer Upper) but still very fun and had me laughing out loud in parts. It is a little Nancy Drewish but that is ok with me because as a kid I liked those too. If you want lighthearted fun reading with a little bit of suspense thrown in, I reccommend it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    L. Davenport Scottsdale, AZ 07-09-11
    L. Davenport Scottsdale, AZ 07-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "meh, just okay"

    I have to admit I have a BIG problem with bad narrators... I think she's from New Jersey and that accent kept sneaking into her southern characters voices. Ick, not good. AND, another pet peeve of mine, she mispronounced a lot of words. The story is cotton candy, fluff and took me back to my time at the Banks but I will NOT buy anything read by this narrator again... Bad choice for me...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Salatto West Islip, NY, United States 09-05-11
    Salatto West Islip, NY, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    What a great summer read. The characters were believable and likable. Nice book to listen to while you are walking.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan C. Nash 08-14-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Summer Rental was a great beach read"

    I am a fan of Mary Kay Andrews. I read some of the negative reviews from others but bought the book anyway. I was not disappointed. I read the book while visiting Cape Cod. It was a perfect book for a summer day. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    denise United States 11-13-11
    denise United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"

    Great book. I listen to my books when I jog, or ride my bike and I couldn't wait to get out each morning. Felt like I was there at the beach.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia Arecibo, Puerto Rico 10-21-11
    Natalia Arecibo, Puerto Rico 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good book to read in the beach"

    If you are looking for a very light book this is the one. Is a little bit cheesy, but a nice smooth story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dnorfleet LONG GROVE, IL 07-04-11
    dnorfleet LONG GROVE, IL 07-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "PET PEEVE"

    While I enjoyed this book, I have to say, once again, that books with Southern characters should be read by narrators with genuine honest-to-God Southern accents. It is SO annoying when people try - and fail - to fake it.

    15 of 19 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 2 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 2004
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 06-22-11
    Elizabeth Calgary, AB, Canada 06-22-11 Member Since 2008

    A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.

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    "Bland."

    I found the story started great, and then nothing keeps your interest. Which was a shame because I could have related to the characters. Did not enjoy the narrator. The accent/inflection changed within characters and I found it hard to stay focused and involved in the story, (I spent far too much time trying to figure out who was speaking) The reviews for M.K.A. were so good tho, I tried another, with different Narrator. Savannah Blues was a great listen !!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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