Adult Fiction book review

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

The Homewreckers is Mary Kay Andrews’s 30th novel. I would classify it as Southern Chick Lit / Romantic Suspense. The romance is all closed door and there is some harsh language used at times, but overall it’s a pretty clean beach read. A beach house restoration project for a reality tv show turns into a reopening of a 17 year old cold case investigation for the disappearance of a 25 year old teacher. Carpenter and widow, Hattie, was a student of the missing teacher 17 years ago, and she remembers her fondly. When the missing woman’s wallet turns up inside the wall of the house she is renovating, Hattie’s project gains media attention, as well as a considerable amount of additional roadblocks to completion. Hattie is a a well-established, determined, skilled, and strong female main character. She lost her husband at the age of 25 in an accident, and has since thrown herself into her work, not planning on meeting any men or dating any time soon. Soon, however, a bit of a love triangle ensues as two men on set are vying for Hattie’s attention and time. The atmospheric summer setting of Savannah, Georgia makes this a perfect summer escape read. It has a little bit of everything – romance, suspense, mystery, drama, and home remodeling. Fans of HGTV renovation shows will love this story.

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