Review: Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews
Friday March 16, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Harper Collins
Copyright: 2006
Published: April 6, 2006
Pages: 433
Form: Paperback
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
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The Breeze Inn is a place where very classy Southern belle BeBe Loudermilk normally wouldn’t be caught dead.  But a brief, disastrous relationship with gorgeous “investment counselor” con man Reddy costs her nearly all her worldly possessions.  The only thing that’s left is a ramshackle 1950s motel on Tybee Island, “a drinking village with a fishing problem.”  Relocating to the beach town, BeBe moves into the manager’s unit, vowing to make magic out of mud – and with the help of the inn’s cantankerous caretaker, Harry, and her friend Weezie, BeBe soon has the motel spiffed up and attracting paying guests.

But after a Reddy sighting in Fort Lauderdale, BeBe drops everything and heads south with her hastily assembled posse – including Granddaddy Loudermilk snoring away in the backseat of the Buick.  The sting she has in mind may be a little outside the law.  But with a little luck, BeBe will get her fortune back, Harry (who’s looking more hunky everyday) will get his boat back, and Reddy will get the prison stripes he so richly deserves.

My Thoughts:

Mary Kay Andrews has a very charming way of telling a story that hooks me each and every time.  And the kicker with this book is that I loved the story even though I was not very fond of the main character.   BeBe Loudermilk, self-proclaimed and self-made business woman, is taken for everything she owns by a charming and cunning con man.  With only a broken down motel left to her name, she works with the gruff and crotchety motel manager Harry to fix it up and begin generating a profit.  But when the man who conned her is spotted in Floria, BeBe takes off with her posse of friends to exact revenge and get back everything that was stolen from her.

Andrews is a brilliant story teller and has a way of making me feel comfortable and cozy in her books.  She has a gift for creating atmosphere and I never have a problem conjuring the setting or the details of her novels.  Her characters are always well-developed with their own quirks and distinct personalitiles.  Since BeBe is a self-made millionaire and really business savvy, I could not believe how stupid and naive she was or how easy it was for Reddy to swindle her.  Not to mention the fact that she was often times rude and hostile for no good reason.  BeBe wasn’t my favorite heroine, but her character was well-written and fleshed out.

The secondary characters made this book for me though.  BeBe’s best friend is a favorite of mine as the lead in Savannah Blues, another novel by this author.  She’s sweet, and funny, and an amazing junk picker and decorator.  BeBe’s crotchety hotel manager was  great too.  At first he doesn’t seem very personable but you soon come to realize that Harry has depth and character and a good heart, despite his rough edges.  Grandpa Loudermilk was a blast.  I don’t know why I love old people so in these books but they’re always so much more fun while providing the much needed wisdom the main characters need.

The revenge BeBe plans is brilliant and the plot was fun and fresh.  Andrews has a way of dropping you into a story and making you feel like you’ve known the place and the characters all of your life.  Excellently written and beautifully executed, Savannah Breeze is definitely a winner.  I’d recommend this one to anyone who’s into chick lit or just wants a fun read.

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16 Responses to “Review: Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews”

  1. This one is new to me, and it sounds really interesting. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I’m impressed that you didn’t particularly like the main character, but you still enjoyed the book. Usually, I need to like the main character. Very few books have a main character I dislike, and I’m still able to enjoy the book.

    • Jade says:

      It only happens rarely for me Mrs Q. Most times I’m like you. If I don’t like the main character I have a hard time getting into the book. BeBe happens to be the only main character of hers I haven’t really cared for.

  2. sidne says:

    This sounds like one i would enjoy and think I would like the secondary characters also.
    thanks for joining me at my new blog site.

  3. Hahaha! Sounds like a fun beach read. And her name (BeBe Loudermilk) is hilariously awesome. :0)

    • Jade Jade says:

      Isn’t it. I was like who thinks to make a character that! Oh, and it’s pronounced Bay-Bay and not Bee-Bee. I read it as Bee-Bee anyway though because it was just easier.

  4. Oh my gosh, I’m the exact same way! I don’t know what it is about those grandfather-like characters in books like this, but I always have a soft spot for them and their never-ending wisdom. x) And I agree with Mrs. Q! I’m glad that you enjoyed this book even though Bebe wasn’t the greatest main character — that’s usually a make-it-or-break-it point for me, so the secondary cast must be extra amazing to make up for it! 😉

    Amazing review as always, Jade! Thank goodness for fun chick-lit reads like this one! 😉 <3

    • Jade Jade says:

      Grandpa Loudermilk was beyond awesome, and those old folsk are just adorable. It’s so easy to love them because they can get away with saying and doing whatever they want which makes for some good comedy.

  5. The same has happened to me before, but you’re right if the atmosphere is richly developed, the story can still suck you in even if the MC isn’t a favorite.

    Love the cover for this book. I hadn’t seen it before.

  6. Fun and fresh? I definitely like the sound of that. While it’s not all too often I’m in the mood for pure chick lits, it definitely happens and I might have to add it to my to-read pile for those times! You have me quite curious and it really sounds like a great read:)

  7. I’ve never heard of this one. I love cozy reads and kudos to authors who can create such vivid settings. I’m not sure if this one is for me though. I just really enjoy books more if I like the main character.

    • Jade Jade says:

      I can definitely understand that. I’m big on atmosphere and I think that’s why I’m able to get over it if the main character isn’t my fave. Now if the MC is crappy and the atmosphere sucks….I just can’t do it.

  8. this sounds like such a fun read! Now I’m ashamed that I haven’t read anything by this author before. I may have to change that soon.

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