Review of SAVANNAH BREEZE by Mary Kay Andrews (see her website)
HarperCollins, April 2006
Wealthy Savannah restaurant owner BeBe Loudermilk should have known not to trust "Reddy"--he was too handsome, too smooth, too young. But he turned her head, and before she could blink, he had defrauded her out of her restaurant, her real estate, everything she owned--and even her grandparents' life savings. When he's done, all she has left are the clothes on her back, her car, and a rundown motel on Tybee Island, where normally she wouldn't set foot.
But BeBe is a fighter. If she wants to eat, she has to do something with the motel, and right now it's not fit to take on guests--as if anyone would want to stay there when the caretaker, a fisherman down on his luck, deliberately scares people away. Harry Sorrentino won't leave until BeBe pays him back salary. And since she doesn't have it, she has no choice but to join forces with him to revamp the motel.
Just when the Breeze Inn is looking kind of cute and starting to make money, BeBe gets a lead on Reddy down on Ft. Lauderdale. She heads down there determined to get her money back, even if she has to skirt the law to do it. But she's not without allies. Her best friend, Weezie, can't resist going to Florida for the junking. Grandfather Loudermilk is keen for an adventure. And Harry--BeBe's not sure why he's going. But she's glad he's there. Because he's starting to look pretty tempting.
Savannah Breeze is a wonderful fish-out-of-water story. The descriptions of Savannah, Tybee, and Florida make me want to pack up and move there, while the high adventure of BeBe and her friends trying to pull the ultimate con on a conman has shades of The Sting. The middle portion of the book, when BeBe is renovating the motel, is a bit slow--unless you love interior design, antiques, and 1960s kitsch, in which case you'll be in hog heaven.
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