Wednesday, June 29, 2011

(96)Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook)

Nothing says "Summer" like a good beach story. I am usually partial to the Nantucket or Cape Cod beach stories, but a good Outer Banks story will suffice. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews is one of the latter stories.

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie have been the best of friends since grade school. They have been through boyfriends, husbands, Parochial school, the deaths of parents, and divorces. They decide that they don't spend enough time together and have rented a summer house in North Carolina's Outer Banks for the entire month of August. Underneath their infectious laughter and endless games of Rummy are three women who are at turning points in their lives. Julia is insecure about her modeling career, Ellis has just been laid off from her job in banking and doesn't know which way to turn, and Dorie's husband just left her... for another man. Throw in a handsome landlord and a woman running from something and you have the perfect mix for a perfect summer vacation.

Listening to the book provided a different perspective. If I had read this book it would have taken me a day or two tops. But listening to the book took two weeks. And it felt like I really spent those two weeks with Ellis, Julia & Dorie. I laughed with them, I cried with them, and Julia really got on my nerves at times, but mostly I felt like the were my friends, too. Overall Summer Rental is a great summer read to take to the beach, or on vacation, with you.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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