New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.
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.
Good from start to finish. This book won’t disappoint.
Good-but could have been better!
I have loved the writing of Andrews aka Trochek since she was an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter, decades ago. Andrews is a gifted writer, who excels at captivating storylines and well-developed characters. In “Welcome Summer,” she skillfully takes us into the life & mindset of a reporter adapting from a big city job to a small town one. I won’t give away spoilers, but I enjoyed the suspenseful twists and turns, as well as romance. I could have done without the unnecessary politics. We get enough of that already, in magazines, movies & tv shows. 2020 writers seem to be unable to help themselves. I partially blame myself for reading something written after 2016.
It took me almost 3 weeks to get through this poor excuse for a novel. Normally, I sail through books in 3 days at the most.
This “story” had a completely unlikeable main character, a story line which dragged on entirely too long. It also skipped around and was vague for major plot points, while other parts were overly descriptive.
It was difficult to imagine any of the characters as little to no descriptions of them were given. There was barely any character development, except for the very end where it felt forced and rushed.
I would have given up reading this garbage less than 1/4 of the way through, but I paid $15 to read it, so I pushed my way to the end. What a waste of time and money. Can I get a refund?
Give it up, Ms. Andrews. The ability to string a few sentences together does not warrant you being an author.
Avoid this book at all costs, people! You’ve been warned!