About Hello Summer
“Andrews can be counted on for beach-worthy depictions of southern women with chutzpah and a talent for finding trouble with humor and romantic interest mixed in. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Kristy Woodson Harvey shouldn’t miss it.” –Booklist
It’s a new season…
Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.
For small town scandals…
When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat―and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”
And big-time secrets.
Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman―a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.
If I could gather up every single Mary Kay Andrews book and take them all on vacation to the beach, having them be all I read while I was there, it would be sheer heaven. Better yet, if I was renting one of Mary Kay’s beach houses in Georgia while on said vacation, well….. WHAT IS a descriptive word better than heaven??
I won’t lie, picking up a Mary Kay Andrews beach read is an automatic for me. I always know I am going to like them, so reviewing her books is never hard. The best part is that I never know what I’m going to get when I open it up, and Hello Summer didn’t disappoint. Coming in at a little over 500 pages, you may be frightened when you first pick this one up, most summer reads aren’t so lengthy. But I promise you, the size doesn’t matter, I still flew through it in a day and almost wished there was even more..
When Conley Hawkins dream newspaper job falls through she finds herself back home in her sleepy beach town of Silver Bay. Worse yet, she gets sucked into helping her sister with the run down hometown newspaper, The Beacon. When Conley happens upon an accident where a prominent member of the community is killed, of course she needs to investigate, and the more she noses around, the more risky her investigation becomes to her and her family. With a big mix of mystery, family drama, and a lovely chunk of romance, Mary Kay Andrews has written another page turning summer read that delivers the escape you are looking for without the weight of an exhausting saga.
Light, airy, and pleasant to read, I highly recommend Hello, Summer. You can never go wrong with any of Mary Kay’s books, and now we have another to add to the list.
Thank you to @marykayandrews and @stmartinspress for the gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
About Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including THE WEEKENDERS, BEACH TOWN, LADIES’ NIGHT, SUMMER RENTAL, DEEP DISH and HISSY FIT.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years. The last ten years of her career were spent as a features reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
She is married to her high school sweetheart, Tom Trocheck, with whom she has a 40-year (and counting) collaboration yielding two grown children, two adorable grandchildren and countless memorable kitchen experiences.
After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.
Her first novel, EVERY CROOKED NANNY, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of SAVANNAH BLUES. In 2006, HISSY FIT became her first New York Times bestseller, followed by eleven more New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.
Mary Kay Andrews’ first cookbook, THE BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK, published by St. Martin’s Press, goes on sale May 2. She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide, both named after fictional places in Mary Kay’s novels. In between cooking and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses. Visit her online at MaryKayAndrews.com.
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