Publication Date: May 17, 2016 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: ★★★★★
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything. Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.
This story starts with Riley Griggs waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry with her daughter. This was the weekend where Riley and her husband were going to tell their daughter about their impending divorce. However, when her husband, Wendell, doesn’t show, Riley has no choice but to freak out when she is handed divorce papers (or what she thought was divorce papers) on the ferry, leaving her daughter to have a meltdown of her own. The next morning, a sheriff shows up at Riley’s mother’s house to tell her that things have taken a murderous turn.
This book had a good amount of mystery, and the perfect amount of romance. It wasn’t my favorite Mary Kay Andrews book, but it definitely had wonderful moments throughout the story that keeps the reader entertained.
Publication Date: April 14th, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Rating: ★★★★★
Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ” Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke. When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say . . . ?
This story was extremely interesting. I’ve never heard of a premise quite like this one. It starts with the story of Lincoln and how his love life is not as quite as up to date as it could be. The time frame is a little outdated for now, but it is interesting because it takes place around Y2K and at the Courier. It’s Lincoln’s job to read the email’s of his co-workers and send warnings to those who get flagged. That’s where he finds the emails of two best friends, Beth and Jennifer who talk about anything under the sun.
He should give them warnings, but he finds that he can’t. He also finds himself falling for a woman that’s in a relationship. After Lincoln’s troubling past relationship, he is apprehensive to meet her. This story was definitely a romantic adventure and I loved it from start to finish. Definitely would recommend this to anyone.
Publication Date: June 16, 2015 Publisher: Harper Rating: ★★★★★
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her – and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident. Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt Portia’s chances on this quest to resurrect a good man and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.
There is something about Matthew Quick’s words that grab your attention immediately. Love May Fail begins with a woman, Portia, who ends up drunk in her closet in her million-dollar-home waiting for her husband to come home with his mistress. If that doesn’t immediately grab your attention, there’s something wrong. My brain was begging to find out what was going to happen when they finally came in the door.
Portia is a traumatized character and really shows it throughout this novel. She had a really questionable childhood with her mother as well as having a cheating husband. It was a really telling story. Portia moved home to south New Jersey. I loved this because it tells the story of the author. Matthew Quick is also from that area so we got to see his hometown area through his own eyes. As someone who grew up in the South Jersey area, I really enjoyed seeing all of the landmarks that Matthew Quick had to offer.
One of my favorite things about this book was the character development. Portia, Chuck Bass and everyone really just improved themselves throughout this entire novel. I really enjoyed Portia as a person. She was kind of messy to start, but by the end, I felt like I really could understand and see her through my own eyes.
Lastly, the title really is something to pay attention to. Love May Fail is the perfect title because Matthew Quick really has you thinking that love may just fail. Portia had been through so much that you really weren’t sure where she was going to be in the end between location and her development. Love May Fail is really, really true because it may, but it may not.