The High Tide Club

Written by Mary Kay Andrews

 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found.

 

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Enticing and Exciting!  5 stars

When I have a novel by Mary Kay Andrews to read, I’m always sure I have a good, solid read packed with details and interesting characters. This is exactly that!

Brooke Trapnell is a single mum, running her own solo legal practice. She relocated to St. Ann’s from Savannah when she discovered, unexpectedly, that she was pregnant. She employs help with her son, and her mother is always willing to step in if she can, but at the end of the month Brooke is lucky to break even. Out of the blue she received a phone call from Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, a rich heiress who lives – and owns – a nearby island. Josephine wishes Brooke to travel to see her at home and it’s not so much a request as a directive.

Thus begins a two-part saga, told in alternative chapters both in the present day and looking back to the 1940’s when Josephine and her tight group of friends roamed the island of Talisa with a freedom seldom young women of their day had. This story reveals secrets all the way from the forties to the present day. There are some threads which can be unravelled with only a little effort, whilst some are so tangled that it takes until almost the end of the book to work out the knots. This is a really well-written tale, an absorbing saga with several characters all with their history to tell and Mary Kay Andrews tells it in a very enticing and exciting way. With plenty going on, this is one book which has kept my nose glued to my kindle and I love that all the questions which arose were answered in full and the future tied up securely by the final page. If you are a reader who enjoys a saga with lots going on, then I definitely recommend this novel for you.

My thanks to publishers St. Martin’s Press for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

 

Tags: family saga, friendship, humour, romance

 

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3990 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Day: 8 May 2018
  • Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/57i9WHM

 

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Meet the Author

 

91moa8+MJTL._SY200_.jpgMary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including THE WEEKENDERS, BEACH TOWN, LADIES’ NIGHT, SUMMER RENTAL, DEEP DISH and HISSY FIT.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years. The last ten years of her career were spent as a features reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Tom Trocheck, with whom she has a 40-year (and counting) collaboration yielding two grown children, two adorable grandchildren and countless memorable kitchen experiences.

After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.

Her first novel, EVERY CROOKED NANNY, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of SAVANNAH BLUES. In 2006, HISSY FIT became her first New York Times bestseller, followed by eleven more New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.

Mary Kay Andrews’ first cookbook, THE BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK, published by St. Martin’s Press, goes on sale May 2. She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide, both named after fictional places in Mary Kay’s novels. In between cooking and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses.

 

 

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