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  • Perfect setting, characters, and plot

    I am a Mary Kay Andrews fan. I love the beach settings, the realistic characters, and the plots that keep me turning page after page. Hello, Summer is exactly what I was hoping it would be. I was looking for a fun and easy to read book that would keep me entertained during a time when I am stuck at home more than I’d like to be. The length of the book had my second guessing reading it. I am struggling right now to keep my attention on anything for long, but my attention was help for all 450 pages of Hello, Summer. I was invested in Conley and Gray’s sister relationship, in Skelly’s and Conley’s romance, in Lorraine and Winnie’s friendships, and most of all in the mystery behind the death of a beloved local congressman. Hello, Summer has everything. There is romance, mystery, drama, and family. What more can you ask for? Whether on a beach or cuddle up on a cold winter night this book will have you dreaming of putting your toes in the sand.

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  • Hello Summer

    Hello, Summer is the latest book by Mary Kay Andrews. In Hello, Summer Ms Andrews gives the reader likable main characters, a mystery, a little romance, and thrown in for good measure some edge of the seat moments.This is the kind of story that you hate to see end. I want to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the early copy to review.

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  • A great beach read

    Conley Hawkins is a successful Atlanta newspaper reporter headed for Washington to accept a new position when she learns of this paper’s demise. Having no job and no home to return to, she heads for Florida and her small hometown to visit family and start a job search for a new position with a major newspaper. Her sister runs the Silver Bay Beacon, the town’s newspaper which has been in Conley’s family for generations. Unfortunately, the newspaper is barely viable - that is until Conley starts reporting on the biggest story for decades involving the death of the local congressman and the scandal he leaves behind. Aside from the news matters, Conley is distressed by the increasing frailty of her Grandmother having not seen her for several years. She learns of the Congressman’s history of cover up from her Grandmother’s cook Winnie. Her married sister has lost a significant amount of weight and appears to be sleeping at the office. A former boyfriend, Skelly becomes someone Conley learns to lean on. Maybe Silver Bay has more to offer her than she remembers? The book portrays the challenging and, sometimes invasive, work of an investigative reporter. Conley was very good at her job but, in my opinion, would sometimes cross the line between merely reporting the facts and going for the insensitive sensationalism inspired by many reporters today. I was engaged throughout this book which kept me wanting to read more. The plot was well paced and the characters interesting. There were many moments of humour - I loved the small town flavour added to the Beacon’s public notification of police reports and social affairs. I’d recommend the book to all readers of General Fiction. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

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  • Perfect Beach Read!

    Conley Hawkins has the worst going away party ever at The Atlanta Journal Constitution. She learns that her new, fancy online job in Washington has vanished in financial collapse. With her apartment already rented and her car packed with suitcases, she heads for home. Silver Bay, Florida. Home to her grandmother Lorraine and her sister Grayson, editor of the Silver Bay Beacon, the family newspaper. Conley means this to be a short stay but on her first night home, after visiting a local bar and reconnecting with Sean “Skelly” Kelly, her childhood crush, the couple are first on the scene of a fiery crash that kills a local, long term Congressman. If you are a Mary Kay Andrews fan, and I am, here’s where the surprise happens. This isn’t a beach read. This is an excellent mystery with elements of romance. Corruption, property development, adultery and election politics all combine to make this thriller a must read. There are captivating side plots: the challenges with aging faced by Lorraine and Skelly’s mother ; Winnie’s grief for her long dead sister; plotting by the Congressman’s wife and ex-wife; and the very real challenges that Conley and Grayson must overcome to make a local weekly newspaper relevant. I was excited to read Hello, Summer because I have enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews since she wrote as Kathy Hogan Trocheck (look that one up). I didn’t think she could get any better but she has. 5 giant stars! Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Mary Kay Andrews for the ARC.

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  • Family dynamics at its best by Ms Andrews

    You can count on a book by Mary Kay Andrews to deliver characters you quickly love and a story of complex relationships. When Sarah Conley Hawkins finds herself back in Silver Bay FL family dynamics complicate her already upended life. G'mama, Lorraine DuBignon Conley, still has final say in the family owned, local weekly newspaper. Grayson may be (Sarah) Conley's older sister but she is the one putting out the newspaper as print journalism is dying. Their childhood neighbor, Sean Kelly aka Skelly, now runs his family's pharmacy. Though is he Grayson' age he's always been in love with Sarah (Conley). The plot involves the death of a senator and more family dynamics in a small town setting. A great beach read even if you're not on a beach or it's not summer. I volunteered to read an ARC from St Martin's Press through Net Galley.

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