My Review: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 deepens...in 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.
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.