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.
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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