I won't say Mary Kay Andrews' Ladies' Night is the perfect beach read. How many of us have time to read 400 pages at the beach? But, if you're looking for entertaining summer reading, look no further.
Grace Stanton loves her lifestyle as an rising star in the blogging world. She lives in a Florida mansion, has a keen eye for design as a former interior designer, and writes and photographs her lifestyle for her blog, Gracenotes. She's made enough money that her husband, Ben, quit his job to work with her, and she even has an assistant. At least she has an assistant until the night she finds Ben and J'Aimee doing a little more than working in his car. And, she's angry enough to make a public scene and drive his Audi into the swimming pool. But, Grace's biggest mistake was to move to her mother's apartment over her bar, The Sandbox, instead of kicking Ben out of the house.
Once she's gone, Ben and J'Aimee take over everything, the house, the blog, the lifestyle. And, when they end up in divorce court, it's Grace who is sent to six weeks of therapy with four other people who were all assigned there by the same judge. When the therapy sessions turn out to be a little odd, the group ends up at The Sandbox, where Grace's mom, Rochelle, takes a keen interest in the on-going dynamics of the group. It doesn't take long for The Sandbox to become the regular home for "Ladies' Night".
Grace is angry and frustrated without her blog or income, so she goes back to running. It's while out running that she comes across a man emptying a small house of all kinds of trash and furniture. A couple pieces catch her eye, and before she knows it, she has a job renovating the cottage, a new purpose for a new blog, and a new dog in her life. And, then there's Wyatt Keeler, the sole male in the therapy group. Grace just might find a few reasons to move on with her life.
I have to admit when I was given Ladies' Night to review I wasn't excited about the size of the book. However, it wasn't long before I was sucked into the book. Grace and the others in her group ended up there because their actions were a little extreme when they dealt with cheating spouses. But, the stories are hilarious. And, Grace is wonderful, a woman who finds her way to a happier life. Add in a rescued dog, a charming little boy, a little romance, and even a touch of mystery. What more do you want for the perfect summer read?
Mary Kay Andrews' website is www.marykayandrews.com
Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews. St. Martin's. 2013. ISBN 9781250019653 (hardcover), 400p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I was sent this book to review for a magazine.