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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 402 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780312642693
0312642695
Main Author
Mary Kay Andrews, 1954- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this tailor-made beach read, three longtime friends escape for a month-long vacation in North Carolina's Outer Banks. The break comes at just the right time for each woman. Ellis has just been laid off, and she hasn't been with a man since her disastrous, short-lived marriage years ago. Julia's modeling career is coming to a close, but she's not sure if she's ready to settle down to marriage and children with her longtime boyfriend. Dorie's husband left her just as she found out that she's pregnant. In their ramshackle rented beach house, Ebbtide, the women share laughs, tears, plans, and setbacks. They cheer Ellis on as she starts a fling with Ebbtide's handsome, surly owner, and plot how to save Ebbtide from foreclosure. Andrews, author of The Fixer Upper (2010), writes another charmer with a picturesque southern setting and winsome female characters. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Andrews (The Fixer-Upper) is at her warm and funny best with this story of three girlfriends who rent a beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks. A month of fun, frolicking, romance, and self-discovery ensues, while the arrival of a fourth roommate ratchets up the drama. Andrews simply excels at creating the kind of characters readers can relate to, and she has a fabulous sense of humor to boot. For all women's fiction fans, especially those who enjoy ensemble fiction. [National tour; see Prepub Alert, 12/20/10.] [Page 78]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Andrews (Savannah Blues) spins a beach blanket sizzler around three lifelong friends who grew up together in Savannah—unemployed banker Ellis, model Julia, teacher Dorie—and reunite in Nags Head, N.C., for a month-long holiday at a rundown rental elegantly named the Ebbtide. But when the 30-somethings BFFs, each of whom is struggling with life-changing crises, take in Maryn, a stranger and runaway-wife, the beachy holiday takes on a dangerous edge. To the rescue comes handsome landlord Ty, who's renting out his ramshackle family home in hopes of staving off foreclosure. Amid all the romantic entanglements—Julia with her marriage-phobia, love-shy Ellis, and Dorie with her truckload of drama—Andrews pulls off an exciting tale of Maryn's abusive embezzler husband. This warm weather treat has a lot going for it, not least the sunny forecast that summer love can blossom into a four-season commitment. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Ellis questions everything she believed after losing an all-consuming job, while Julia struggles with insecurities that threaten a loving relationship and Dorie confronts a maelstrom of problems after a shocking betrayal.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Ellis questions everything she believed after losing an all-consuming job, while Julia struggles with insecurities that threaten a loving relationship and Dorie confronts a maelstrom of problems after a shocking betrayal. By the best-selling author of The Fixer Upper. 150,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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' novel 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