Books & Wine Wednesdays!
The Weekenders, by Mary Kay Andrews
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2016)
Reading Sara Rating: 7.5/10
Reading Sara Review: Two things I like to start my summer out with: a crisp glass of rosé and a fun beach read. Today’s Book & Wine Wednesday will help you get started on your summer with those two things too!
First: the beach read. While The Weekenders was not on my Summer Reading List, I read a couple of reviews and recommendations for it, so it bumped some others for a top spot. It isn’t the best book that I will read this year, but it is my favorite beach read so far. Side note: I hope that beach read is not a derogatory term in any way – yes, it’s light and it is not historical fiction set in World War 2, but it’s still good. The writing is creative; the characters have depth, and I am still thinking about it a couple of days after reading it.
The Weekenders starts with our protagonist, Riley Nolan Griggs, as she is about to board a boat to take her and her daughter to their summer home – Belle Isle, North Carolina, and the drama unfolds pretty quickly from there. Belle Isle is a presumably imaginary idyllic place* that doesn’t have cars and only one ferry to and from the island. It is a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone’s business.
Upon the first appearance, Riley’s life is going pretty well – she has a beautiful daughter, a wealthy husband and gets to spend the summer in Belle Isle with her best friend, her family, and in a beautiful house that her husband designed. Unfortunately, while on the ferry to Belle Isle, she is served with papers – and her husband is not on the boat where he is supposed to be.
Her family and friends all have side stories full of mystery, and Riley has to uncover the secrets of the island, a murder, and her family (all while dealing with a teenage daughter). It ends with a dramatic storm, as most beach reads are wont to do, and in between we watch Riley grow, remember who she is and take control of her life.
This is fun southern fiction – you’ll read it in one sitting at the beach or the pool. Andrews does a great summer beach read; she hit the mark yet again!
*If this is a real place, let me know. It sounds like a lovely place to summer. That is, if I ever become wealthy enough to summer as a verb.
Wine Recommendation: Charles & Charles Rosé has been a go-to recommendation for me for the past couple of years. Not only is the bottle super easy to recognize, but you can find it in most wine shops for around $14. It’s a vibrant salmon color, made from blended grapes (with a majority of Syrah). It’s fruity and summery and everything you want your rosé season to be. Now get out there and get your summer started with a fun beach read and some rosé! Wednesday isn’t too early to start your weekend, right?