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Review: The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Blurb from Goodreads:
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.
My Review:
I liked this better than the last two books by this author that I read although it reminded me A LOT of Little Bitty Lies, the first book I read by this author many years ago.  Very similar themes even if the setting was different.  That being said, this was fun and pure chick lit set on an island, which I usually enjoy.  Mary Kay Andrews seems to have a repeated theme in her books of women being seriously beguiled and mislead by men -- this isn't a bad thing but it seems to occur in all of her books, at least the ones I've read.  She also seems to like second chance romance so if you are fan, this one has both!

I would recommend this to anyone wanting a fun and fast contemporary beach read -- this will definitely put you in the mood for a day at the beach and fans of Mary Kay Andrews won't be disappointed.  Add this to your beach bag along with anything and everything by Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, and Dorothea Benton Frank!  The Weekenders was released last week on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and you can purchase HERE.
In times like these, I think it's a good policy to hope for the best, but expect the worst.  


  1. I actually haven't read anything by this author but I am always up for chick lit set on an island :) Great review!

  2. I LOVE this author! I'm reading this right now and really like it. Her books are good easy reads and so far I haven't been disappointed by the books I've read. Thanks for your recommendations! I really like your blog and have read many of your recommendations ;c)

  3. I have a hold on this one at the library, but I can't remember how far along in the queue I am. I've never read this author but have always wanted to read her books. They just look perfect for summertime reading.

  4. This does sound like a great beach read/summer read. Wonderful review and have a nice weekend!

  5. I'm glad this book was better than the fruit two you read by this author! <3 That's always a treat! <3 And it takes place on a FRIGGIN' ISLAND?? YES MA'AM! :)

    Epic review, E!

  6. I also haven't read anything by this author. Nice review, Eva! I'll keep this in mind when I want a beach read. :)

  7. I like the second-chance trope a lot so I'll have to check it out. But I think if it's so repetitive, then I won't read much by this author. Lovely review!

  8. I do enjoy second chance romances, and this is a perfect time of year for a beach/island setting. I think my favorite beach setting read was Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor, but that was less women's fiction and more straight up romance. I'm not sure it would be your kind of read though, because it has kids that play heavily into the story. Didn't you say you didn't like kids in a romance so much? Maybe I'm remembering wrong, lol! Wonderful review, Eva!

    I'm finally home for the weekend and happy to catch up with a few blogs! I can't tell you how happy I am to be home and not going anywhere! Well, except for my daughter's house for pool and BBQ time, but that feels like my second home. Hope you're having a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

  9. I've never read anything by Andrews but I feel like I see her books everywhere. This looks like a fun summer read. :)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  10. oh I do love a good beach read and this sounds just right!!

  11. I've been in the mood for beach reads, so I'll certainly have to add this one to my TBR, Eva! And I do like second chance romances. :)

  12. I haven't read anything by this author but this does sound like a fun summer read. Great review!

  13. Another cute summer read, this one might be more interesting for me.


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