The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

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Grab your beach bag, a cool drink, and some sunscreen – you’re going to want to sit outside and enjoy this read for as long as possible.

Jacqueline, an heiress in her nineties, has some unfinished business she wants to take care of before she passes. Brooke is a single mom and struggling to make it as an independent lawyer in the South. When Jacqueline hires Brooke to try to save her private island, the complicated history of a group of friends called The High Tide Club starts to unfold.

Mary Kay Andrews is the epitome of summer/vacation authors for me. While her books have gotten a bit more serious over the years, she makes the South and its quirks come alive with the stories of realistic and powerful women. Her books always contain a tad of romance, a dollop of mystery, and a large helping of strong women getting stronger. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the song Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves!

While Brooke’s character takes the spotlight, I found the stories of the minor characters to be more compelling. Varina, Millie, and Ruth all led such fascinating lives that I couldn’t help but want to know more about their stories. We spent a lot of time getting to know Brooke in Andrews’ previous novel, Save the Date, and I felt as if I already knew her and didn’t need as much time with her as I did with the other characters.

I definitely recommend this book – especially if you are looking for a great summer read. What summer reads are you looking forward to?


Well, hello there

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged at all, let alone post book reviews. I’ve been missing it lately, so I decided to start over and blog about the books I’m reading, the teas I’m drinking, and just other fun stuff in general.

Since I’ve switched jobs, I actually have time to read for pleasure and not just for the book clubs I was leading – there’s such a feeling of freedom and lack of pressure with finally reading all of those books I put off trying to catch up with reading for work.

Feel free to comment with what you are reading – I love to hear what people are actually reading as opposed to the books being promoted by the publisher.