Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Review: The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

The Homewreckers
by Mary Kay Andrews 

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Hattie Kavanaugh went to work helping clean up restored homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen; married the boss’s son at twenty; and was only twenty-five when her husband, Hank, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Broken hearted, but determined to continue the business of their dreams, she takes the life insurance money, buys a small house in a gentrifying neighborhood, flips it, then puts the money into her next project. But that house is a disaster and a money-loser, which rocks her confidence for years to come. Then, Hattie gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called "The Homewreckers," cast against a male lead who may be a love interest, or may be the ultimate antagonist. It's a question of who will flip, and who will flop, and will Hattie ever get her happily-ever-after.

Kritters Thoughts:  A combination of a great women's fiction and a mystery in this one book.  Hattie Kavanaugh lives in Charleston, SC and a young widow who is working with her father in law to renovate older homes around the city.  After a poor purchase, Hattie is trying to undo her mistakes and prove everyone and herself wrong that she can be the future of this company.  While at a coffee shop telling her friend her woes, a tv producer hears their conversation and is coincidentally in pursuit of his next show idea. 

While the romance part of the story was predictable, but great.  I loved the inclusion of the mystery and the author perfectly tied it to the home renovation and tv show, so it didn't feel from left field!  The plot perfectly twisted and turned and I was so hooked from beginning to end.  

AND Hattie was so fun!  With each page, I wanted to find a Hattie and have her as my friend.  Mary Kay Andrews creates women who are, sure fictional, but they are fun and quirky and full and the women that you want in your crew.  I love that these women are whole and they love they have loss, they work and have fun.  

After finishing this book, I immediately wanted to hop into another one of her books and I am making it a goal to get into her backlist and just enjoy the women that Mary Kay Andrews creates.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 35 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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