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May 14, 2022

Start Summer with Mary Kay Andrews's Newest Book: THE HOMEWRECKERS

by Susan Roberts

A new book by Mary Kay Andrews means that summer is just around the corner.  She is one of the few authors that I pre-order her new books without knowing anything about them and she's never let me down.  Her books are always a reflection of people and places in the South along with a bit of mystery and a bit of romance, tears, and laughter, and a plot that keeps me reading while I ignore the world around me.

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book cover of summer beach read The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
May 2022; St. Martin's; 978-1250278364
audio, ebook, print (448 pages); southern fiction

Hattie restores old houses in Savannah with a company owned by her father-in-law Tug  She started working with the restoration company in high school and Tug taught her the basics of rehabbing a house. She married the boss's son and when her husband was killed in a motorcycle accident when she was 25 she put all of her time and energy into her restoration work.  There are a lot of problems with the house that she's currently working on -- the house that Tug warned her would be a problem and she is going to take a loss and quit the rehab - when Mo shows up.  He is a producer for a reality TV station and trying to find a new angle for a reality show on flipping houses. He asks Hattie to be the star of a show about rehabbing houses in Savannah.  His boss at the TV station wants to change the plan to make it more popular and adds a handsome designer, Trae,  who has become popular on other reality shows.  Hattie reluctantly agrees to be part of the show to help get out of the debt she incurred on her last house. Once filming starts, she isn't sure that it was such a good idea.  Trae's design ideas go against her ideas of how a house in Savannah should be decorated plus he wants to be more than friends with her. To top it all off, a body is found in the house septic tank and turns out to be a woman who has been missing for years.  Suddenly someone starts working against her and a fire is started in the back of the house to try to stop the work that's going on.  Is it connected to the family of the original owner or does it have something to do with the dead body? So now we have a mystery, a little romance, and a look behind the scenes of a 'reality' show.   Along with the great characters and plot, we also get some fantastic scenery descriptions of Tybee Island.  It made me want to return to Tybee for some needed rest.

Will the reality show be accepted by the network?  Will the mystery of the missing woman be solved? And will Hattie get her happily ever after with Trae or Mo or be destined to stay alone?  All these questions and more are solved by the end of this great book.

If you read MKA books, you don't want to miss this one!  If you don't read her books, why not?  She's a great author who always provides her readers with fantastic books filled with her trademark Southern wit and warmth.
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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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