Book Review: Summers at the Saint by Mary Kay Andrews

In her latest beach read gem, Mary Kay Andrews transports readers to the sun-drenched shores of Georgia and the iconic St. Cecelia hotel in Summers at the Saint. It’s an engaging tale of family drama, long-held secrets, and one woman’s tenacious fight to save her beloved coastal resort.

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Andrews’s storytelling shines as protagonist Traci Eddings, the determined widow inheriting the struggling St. Cecelia, takes center stage. Facing financial turmoil, a scheming relative, and the revelation of a tragic past event, Traci must rally an endearing crew of summer staff to turn the hotel’s fortunes around. Her journey crackles with spirited dialogue, a delightfully zany cast of characters, and Andrews’s signature flair for capturing the soul of the Southern experience.

Andrews deftly juggles genres, infusing the summer drama with welcome dashes of romance, humor, and mystery. Her vibrant descriptions truly transport readers to the cloying salt air and lush coastal scenery of the Georgia lowcountry. If you’ve ever been to The Cloister on Sea Island or the Don CeSar in St. Pete, you’re going to feel right at home at The Saint!

A true master of the beach read, Andrews has once again crafted a story that sparkles with wit, warmth and a celebratory zest for life’s simple pleasures. Summers at the Saint is a delightfully immersive summer escape brimming with heart and humor.

I did listen to the audiobook of this one, and I thought it was a great listen. There are quite a few characters to keep track of, which is sometimes difficult with an audiobook, but this one was an easy listen.

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