Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Weekenders {+ Giveaway}

THE WEEKENDERS: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews
◊ Hardcover: 464 pages
◊ Genre: Women’s Fiction
◊ Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1250065941
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1250065940


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 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.

From the first few pages of a Mary Kay Andrews novel you know you’re in for a rip-roaring good time combined with a little heartache and lots of hope.

With her sweet Southern flare, Andrews quickly pulls you into the chaos that is her characters’ lives. You can feel their pain and joy, highs and lows while reflecting on your own life. Andrews’ protagonist Riley Griggs is a strong, independent woman who has lost herself while tending to her family. Readers can relate to her as she finds her way back.

The summer vacation setting comes alive through intense descriptions. The close knit Southern atmosphere shines as the unique characters make you laugh.

THE WEEKENDERS is a story of hope and starting over. It’s about facing life as it comes and taking on the challenges. This is a tantalizing read you won’t be able to put down as those you read about feel more like new friends than characters in a book.

The Weekenders: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin’s Press, @2016, ISBN: 978-1250065940, Hardcover, 464 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the lovely Meg and the wonderful folks at Tandem Literary, I have a print copy of THE WEEKENDERS by Mary Kay Andrews to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, June 3.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope I’ve tempted you to check out this fascinating new novel by Mary Kay Andrews. Do you have a favorite ‘go-to’ author that you read to begin your summer fun? What book do you have currently that you would take to the beach with you for an afternoon of relaxing read time?


  1. Winter is nearly upon us, but my reading isn't really seasonal anyway. Greedy, but not seasonal.

  2. I've never spent a summer on an island :(

  3. Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite "go to" summer authors!

  4. What a great context for a mystery! That 'weekend' crowd is realistic, and you never know what might happened. And the island setting sounds great, too. Thanks, Mason

  5. I always look forward to MKA's new novel every year! They kick off summer in a splendid way! Thanks!

  6. Sounds like a good summer beach read!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. I'm looking forwrad to this one, she's a new Author for me, I read a lot of books in the summer Susan Mallery Fools Gold series, and a bunch of the cooking mystery books.

  8. I'm looking forward to catching up on several of my favorite authors latest releases! Time to sort through my TBR stacks.


  9. Yes! I always pull out a Barbara Kingsolver book for the summertime. :)

  10. This looks like a great summer read with heart.

  11. I have never read this author but I would like to. It sounds like an enjoyable read!

  12. Perfect for backyard reading this summer. Thanks.

  13. I really enjoy the North Carolina coast, it is so beautiful! This sounds like a great beach read and I can always count on Mary Kay Andrews for that great beach read.

  14. I really enjoy the North Carolina coast, it is so beautiful! This sounds like a great beach read and I can always count on Mary Kay Andrews for that great beach read.

  15. This sounds like a fascinating read. I've never been to N.C. but I've read a few books set there and I'd really like to go. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  16. I don't have a specific beach read author. Right now I have a new set by Becky Wade that would probably be my beach read if I get to go this summer.


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