What better way to reconnect with your friends than with a
month on the shores of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Ellis,
Julia, and Dorie have been friends since childhood. Now in
their mid-thirties, each woman finds herself facing a
crossroad. Ellis is unsure what her future holds now that
she's been downsized at a time when jobs in finance are hard
to come by. Except for a short but disastrous marriage, she
has dedicated her life to her career and can't see the
direction her future will take. She's decided to focus on
organizing their vacation and buying some time. Dorie
believed she was married to the love of her life until a
horrible betrayal revealed the truth. She arrives at the
beach house carrying secrets, unsure about her next steps.
Fashion model Julia loves her bohemian European life with
her long-term lover. Now he wants to settle down and she's
not sure if that's the life she wants, or even deserves.
The women gather at the SUMMER RENTAL on the shore.
Unfortunately, the house, Ebbtide, has seen better days and
the absentee landlord is slow to respond to requests and
complaints. The house also comes with Ty, the hot guy who
lives over the garage, who finds himself drawn to Ellis.
They also find themselves sharing a home with Madison, a
woman willing to pay cold-hard cash for the extra room.
What they don't know is that she is really Maryn
Shackleford, on the run from an abusive husband intent on
hiding his criminal behavior. In his or her own way, each
person will have to choose their path and their future.
I've enjoyed many of Mary Kay Andrew's books and was excited
to pick-up SUMMER RENTAL. The characters immediately
captured my attention. The women were complex, genuine, and
strong. I enjoyed reading the interplay between these
long-term friends, and seeing the challenges brought by
Maryn's presence. Ty was a good love interest for Ellis but
also faced his own challenges. The plot moved a little
slowly for my taste and was a little light on the humor and
charm in Ms. Andrews' earlier books. That said, SUMMER
RENTAL would make a great addition to your summer reading
Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide
just happens to pull you in the right directionâ€¦.
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. Juliaâ€”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
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 worldâ€¦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
Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to
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
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.