Friday 24 April 2020

Book ~ "Hello, Summer" (2020) Mary Kay Andrews

It’s a new season ...

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.

For small town scandals ...

When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat - and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”

And big-time secrets.

Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman - a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer. 

Conley is a reporter for a paper in Atlanta when she gets a job offer in Washington.  On her last day at her old job she finds out her new job has now disappeared because the paper has just shut down.  With nowhere to go, she heads home to Silver Bay, FL.  She moves in with her grandmother and starts working at the family newspaper, which her sister, Grayson, runs.  Conley and Grayson have never gotten along so there is a lot of tension.  As Conley sends out feelers for another job, she starts working on stories in Silver Bay and the surrounding community.

I've read quite a few books by this author and thought this one was okay.  It is written in third person perspective.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

Conley's full name is "Sarah Conley" but she now goes by "Conley" (her second name) but her family calls her "Sarah".  I don't know why the big fuss was made about this.  I was waiting for the big reveal why she doesn't want to be called "Sarah" anymore but it never came.  Why didn't the author just give her a name and leave all the fuss out about it?  Another drama was about Conley's parents.  Her father had been dead about six years and her mother left the family years before.  This was a drama that wasn't needed. 

I found it weird that when the grandmother was in a scene, she was referred to as "Lorraine" and "G'mama" ... for example, "Lorraine said," whatever and then it the next paragraph "G'mama said," whatever.  It seemed weirdly inconsistent.  And having her grandmother referred to at "G'mama" seemed strange.

There was a lot going on in this book.  A local congressman passes away in an accident and Conley knows there is more to the story (she witnessed the crash) and she starts digging.  She starts to hang out with Skelly (Sean Kelly!), the "boy next door", who wants more than she is able to give him.  The local DJ has a mysterious past.  A cop investing the congressman's death is a slimy dog.

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