After a few heavy books – neurosurgeon, corporate politics, and climbing Mt. Everest I was ready for a light read. I picked Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews. I didn’t know it was the second of a series but the premise intrigued me. Southern socialite has her money swindled in a sweetheart scam leaving her only a seedy motel. She tries to put her life back together. As she is doing so she learns where the con-man is and goes to con her money back from him with a little help from her friends. Fun huh? It was!, definitely a beach blanket read of the first class chick lit type, nothing heavy here.
I’m not a big chick lit fan but I do love a good hustle or mystery. This was a cute hustle that was light and airy. The main character is Bebe Laudermilk. I have to say I didn’t like her very much. She’s stupid and wow’d by money. To supposedly be a savvy business woman who built herself a fortune in two businesses (real estate and restaurant) she was surely a sucker for a fast and easy con. I know in the plot she is supposed to be distracted by the sudden illness of her beloved grandmother but honey this true GRITS (girl raised in the south) was taught that’s when you are be on guard the most – your most vulnerable moments. Some how I don’t see Scarlett O’Hare being such a sap. But it’s a beach blanket book and I shrugged saying fine we’ve got to get her swindled to start the sting to get it back.
There were several times in the book I shrugged the rushed getting pieces into their proper places for sake of the genre’s tropes. Yes she had to fall in love with the handsome handyman. Yes her grandfather had to be proven to be shrewder than the tottering old coot he first was introduced as being. Yes the police had to else where tied up to be uninterested in perusing a multi-million dollar con artist that crosses state lines. Where the heck the Feds were is anybody’s guess but they weren’t needed for the story so, eh. It’s a book you surrender to its terms and don’t look too deeply but enjoy the ride.
No I probably won’t read another in the series. I don’t really care enough about these characters to see what else happens to them except maybe grandpa. That wily old coot was funny. BUT I will look for another of Mary Kay’s books where I need a lighthearted break that makes me smile in my reading material. Take this for what it is, pure fun and frivolity where the good guys have to win, love has to reign supreme, and the bad guys have to go down so all ends happy for everyone with a good heart. And now I’m refreshed and anxious to get back to my heavier non-fiction reads that are my primary reading fodder.
There really is a Breeze Inn on Tybee Island Georgia. Only it’s not a motel it’s a cottage for rent. But hey it’s cute and I’d like to vacation there.