Ellis Sullivan is in a world of trouble. She loses her job. The plan to rent a beach house with life long friends is intact, and Elly Belly drives down to Nags Head in the middle of the night. She arrives early, and goes to check out the house. It is not ready for the girls, and won’t be for a few hours. Ellis goes for a walk on the beach, and sees a man standing on the porch of a garage apartment. The man takes a leak. It is the first exposed man Ellis has seen in eleven years.
(Spoiler Paragraph) Romance story veterans should not be surprised at what happens four hundred pages later. The garage dude begs Ellis to move in with him. After a gunfight, the story concludes. With a couple of exceptions, most people in the story have happy endings.
This is the world of Summer Rental. by Mary Kay Andrews. If nothing else, Summer Rental is a delightful waste of time. There was a surge of excitement when PG found a new Mary Kay Andrews book at the Chamblee library.
Summer Rental does have a few flaws in logic. Ellis and her bf only have a handful of dates before he decides it is true love. There is a subplot, involving a New Jersey lady on the lam from her killer husband. Dorie, one of the lifelong pals, invites Jersey girl to stay at the house. Julia, the third lifelong pal, is suspicious, and breaks into Jersey girl’s room. While Julia is in the room, she discovers a cash stash, and a pistol. Julia takes the pistol. Jersey girl does not miss the pistol, until killer hubby comes looking for her. This does not add up.
Mary Kay Andrews always seems to have a gay man in her books. He is usually an antique dealer, with flawless taste. In Summer Rental, Dorie is married to Stephen. It turns out that Stephen left Dorie for Matthew. The new bf has a fabulous house. Dorie,the discarded wife, has a baby on the way.
Despite the holes in the plot, Summer Rental is tons of fun. Most of the one star people at Amazon talk about wasting money by buying the book. The library copy is just as good as a bought copy, and they will find a place to keep it when you are through. Buying a book is always a waste of money, especially at retail price.
Mary Kay Andrews is in good shape, and should be producing fun books for at least twenty more years. The same cannot be said for Ferrol Sams. Sambo met his maker Tuesday, at the age of ninety.
Dr. Sams grew up on a farm in Fayette county, and went to Emory Medical School. He took a break in his education for World War II. Sambo finished his Doctor training, took a wife, and practiced medicine in Fayetteville for many years. After having four children, Sambo had an emergency vasectomy.
When he was in his fifties, Sambo decided to start writing books. A trilogy followed. Run With The Horsemen is about growing up on the farm. The Whisper Of The River is about college at Mercer University. When All The World Was Young is about World War II.
The earth does not own people like Ferrol Sams. Humanity rented him for a month in the summertime. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
The movie is courtesy of The Atlantic. This was written like James Joyce.