Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Release Day! Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews ~ My Thoughts #HelloSummer #NetGalley

Happy Release Day!

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Congrats Mary Kay
on the release today of
Hello, Summer!

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
Paperback and e-book, 480 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by St. Martin's Press

New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season...

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.

For small town scandals...

When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat—and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”

And big-time secrets.

Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.

My thoughts about Hello, Summer ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"'I hate these things,' Conley Hawkins said, gazing toward the newsroom's glass-encased conference room, where the rest of the staff was gathering."

You know that summer is just around the corner when the summer beach reads start showing up. And Hello, Summer was the perfect read for me to start the season. Like always, Mary Kay Andrews has once again written a wonderful story that I just got lost in. 

Conley's career takes a detour as she has goes back home to her small town, family-owned newspaper. It's only temporary as she waits for another shot at a big-time jig. And then the accident happens. Something doesn't feel right to Conley and she just can't let it go. Her 'big-city' journalism skills come in handy as she searches for answers and uncovers things that most everyone wants to be left covered. 

I love Mary Kay's stories for the fact that they are great summer reads while also having depth to them. There is always an exciting story that draws me in and keeps the pages turning. They are great books in which I can escape life for a little bit. 

Hello, Summer is definitely a book you need to add to your summer reading list. It will keep you enthralled and entertained, for sure. I just love her books and I highly recommend this one!

I received an ARC of Hello, Summer via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to write fiction full-time in 1991. She published ten mystery novels under her own name between 1992 and 2000, and switched to the Andrews pen name in 2002 to author Savannah Blues, which marked a change in her style to more Southern-flavored themes. ~ Goodreads

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