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Summers At The Saint

The wonderful new Mary Kay Andrews signals the start of summer reading!

Summers At The Saint by NYT bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews is out today! Happy Pub Day! 

For years now, Mary Kay Andrews has kicked off my summer reading. And this book, set at a posh resort on the coast of Georgia has wealthy people behaving badly, and a pair of deadly mysteries to solve. 

MKA is a gifted storyteller. Her books captivate. She is fantastic at mashing up genres, and this book mixes mystery and women's fiction with a dash of romance. The setting is lovely. A family run business, The Saint is an exclusive coastal resort struggling to regain its former luster. It is vividly depicted, as is the surrounding area, giving the book great summer vibes. 

The book's many characters, particularly the smart and compassionate Traci, are very well-developed. Despite the large cast, Andrew's skill ensures each character is distinct and easy to follow, even through the multiple POV format. Witty dialogue, friendship, romance, loss, family dysfunction, deception, and secrets are skillfully woven together, creating a compelling drama with a few surprising twists that ends up being very heartwarming. The writing is great, as always, and it is perfectly paced. 

I could not put this down and alternated between the ebook and the audiobook. Kathleen McInerney narrates the audiobook, as she has many of MKA's books and delivers another amazing performance. She gave each character a unique voice and captured the emotions, humor, drama, and suspense perfectly. This is very entertaining and makes a perfect addition to that summer reading list. I loved it! 

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Macmillan Audio for the free book and audiobook! 

My steep was iced Basic Black by Snarky Tea with some lemon. This is my favorite classic black tea for iced tea


Welcome to the St. Cecelia, a landmark hotel on the coast of Georgia, where traditions run deep and scandals run even deeper. . . .

Everyone refers to the St. Cecelia as “the Saint.” If you grew up coming here, you were “a Saint.” If you came from the wrong side of the river, you were “an Ain’t.” Traci Eddings was one of those outsiders whose family wasn’t rich enough or connected enough to vacation here. But she could work here. One fateful summer she did, and married the boss’s son. Now, she’s the widowed owner of the hotel, determined to see it return to its glory days, even as staff shortages and financial troubles threaten to ruin it. Plus, her greedy and unscrupulous brother-in-law wants to make sure she fails. Enlisting a motley crew of recently hired summer help—including the daughter of her estranged best friend—Traci has one summer season to turn it around. But new information about a long-ago drowning at the hotel threatens to come to light, and the tragic death of one of their own brings Traci to the brink of despair.

Traci Eddings has her back against the pink-painted wall of this beloved institution. And it will take all the wits and guts she has to see wrongs put to right, to see guilty parties put in their place, and maybe even to find a new romance along the way. Told with Mary Kay Andrew’s warmth, humor, knack for twists, and eye for delicious detail about human nature, Summers at the Saint is a beach read with depth and heart.

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