Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Summer Rental Audiobook by Mary Kay Andrews

Title:  Summer Rental
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Series: - 
Main Characters: Ellis, Ty, Dorie, Julia, Maryn
Release Date: June 2011
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this AudioBook from MacMillan Audio in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
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? 
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.

My Review:
I don't read much general fiction, but it really works for me in audio format, because I don't usually have to worry so much if my 4 year old walks into the room while I am listening to it. As a result, this is not necessarily a book that I would have picked up in the bookstore to read, but it worked perfectly for me in audio format...and I really enjoyed the story.

This book is about 3 childhood friends who rent a house on the Outer Banks for a month in August. Coincidentally, they are all at a crossroads in their lives which none of them realized would be the case when they set up the vacation months before. Add to the story, Ty, the owner of the house, who lives above the garage...also at a crossroads; and Maryn, a Jersey wife on the run from her criminal husband, also at a crossroads. The book description gives a  pretty good overview of what is happening with all of them, so I won't explain that any further. All five of these people spend the month learning about themselves and about each other and finding direction for their lives.

This is one of those books that it's just a pleasure to experience. These five people are growing and much of that growth is happening through their friendships and tribulations through each other out in this old ramshackle house on the beach. For entertainment value alone, this is a good read. It would be incredible to take this to enjoy when you are headed to the beach. There is a bit of a suspense story line with Maryn's situation. There is also suspense because there are situations with the characters that are a mystery throughout the first parts of the book. Uncovering the layers of what is happening with each of these characters is part of the allure of this book. Finally, there is a romance to the story too (and you know, that made this romantic reader happy.)

As far as the audiobook goes, this is a long one...13 hours. I listened to part of it on a road trip with my mother. For a group of girls on a roadtrip, this is the perfect way to pass the time!!! My 4 year old was also along and besides some mild cussing, there wasn't anything that was an issue for her to hear at all. My only complaint is that midway through the book, the narrator switched two of her characters voices...Ellis & Julia. Because these are main characters, the switch was a bit distracting. These characters are almost all from the south and the southern drawls would come and go for all of them with the narrator, but that was my only real complaint for this one. Overall, it was a great choice for me as an audiobook.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am the same way! I can do general fiction much better in Audio Form than just sitting down reading the book!

Great Review!