Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Book Review for Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews

 Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews

Published May 7, 2024 by St. Martin's Press

Genre:  Romance, Chick Lit


Taken from Goodreads:  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.


My Thoughts:  Mary Kay Andrews is one of the top chick lit/romance writers.   I was taken to The Saint, I could see the glamour of the hotel, the beauty of the surrounding, and when she describes the sunset, it came to life for me.   

Romance is a small part of the story; the murder mystery and family drama is the main part of the story.   I was intrigued by the family drama and felt like it was portrayed as real life would be.   When money is involved, life can get messy.   Traci was the bigger, smarter person than the Edding’s family gave her credit for.    She was willing to fight for what was right and stand up for her employees that were faithful to her. 

This is a different type of Mary Kay Andrews.   There is a lot going on in the book, at times it may have been more than needed.   But I love every word of Summers at The Saint.  The book entertained me, took me to an beach hotel, and introduced me to some amazing characters. 

Thank you St. Martin's Press for a copy of the book in via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 


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Meet Mary Kay Andrews (Taken from her website):
 MARY KAY ANDREWS is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels (including The HomewreckersThe Santa Suit; The Newcomer; Hello, SummerSunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The WeekendersBeach Town; Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring FeverSummer Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas; Savannah Breeze; Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she earned a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia. 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. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 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 fifteen more New York TimesUSA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.

She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA, where they cook up new recipes in three restored beach homes, The Breeze Inn, Ebbtide, and Coquina Cottage—all named after fictional places in Mary Kay’s novels, and all available to rent through Tybee Vacation Rentals. In between cooking, spoiling her grandkids, and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses.



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