Savannah Breeze (Weezie and Bebe Series #2)

Savannah Breeze (Weezie and Bebe Series #2)

by Mary Kay Andrews

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Overview

“A sheer delight and will have readers laughing out loud by the second page.” — Daytona Beach News-Journal

“The perfect mix of comedy, action and romance makes this book nearly impossible to put down.”  — Library Journal

Mary Kay Andrews takes us back to Savannah, Georgia, in Savannah Breeze, the uproarious sequel to her blockbuster New York Times bestseller, Savannah Blues. Breeze is the story of BeBe Loudermilk, a Southern belle who’d dearly like to get back at the handsome, two-faced con man who swindled out of everything she owns except for a broken-down 1950s-era motel on Tybee Island. Joining BeBe on a revenge-inspired road trip south to Fort Lauderdale is her junking friend Weezie, the heroine of Blues, and a car-full of lovable misfits. Readers with a taste for the novels of  Fannie Flagg, Jennifer Crusie, Adriana Trigiani, and Emily Giffin—not to mention Rebecca Wells and Sweet Potato Queens queen Jill Conner Browne—will adore this delightful take on the New South and one woman’s discovery of what’s really important in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060564674
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Series: Weezie and Bebe Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 96,981
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, most recently The Weekenders, as well as 10 critically acclaimed mysteries. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hometown:

Atlanta, Georgia

Date of Birth:

July 27, 1954

Place of Birth:

Tampa, Florida

Education:

B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976

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By Mary Kay Andrews

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Copyright ©2006 Mary Kay Andrews
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ISBN: 0060853468

Chapter One

He was introduced to me as "Reddy" -- short for Ryan Edward Millbanks III. And I should have known better. He was younger. Too young. Sexy. Too sexy. Dead sexy. Exquisite manners. And as he leaned in, kissing me lightly on the cheek, I nearly fainted from the pheromones the man emitted. "I've heard so much about you from your ex-husband," he whispered, his mustache tickling my ear.

Alarms should have gone off. Sirens, blinking lights. Robotic voices should have warned me away. But the band was playing something Gershwinish, and I wouldn't have listened anyway. I only heard what I wanted to hear.

At the mention of my ex, I looked around the tightly packed ballroom with alarm. "Richard? What's Richard doing here? They were supposed to notify me when he was released."

Reddy looked confused and laughed to cover up his embarrassment. "Richard? But . . . Sandy Thayer told me, I mean, well, Sandy said you were his ex-wife. That is, he pointed in this direction and suggested I come talk to you. In fact, he suggested you might need rescuing from your date. You are BeBe Loudermilk, have I got that right?"

Now it was my turn to laugh. "Oh, Sandy. Yes, you've got that right. Sandy is my ex. Or I'm his. Twice, in fact. Sorry, I've been drinkingwine all night. As for my date, I'm not sure he remembers he brought me." I grimaced in the direction of Tater Love, my so-called date, who'd spent most of the evening drooling down the front of my ball gown, and who was now draped over the bar, consuming one beer after another.

Tater was a last-minute fix-up, and I should have known better, but it was the Telfair Ball, which was the social event of the year in Savannah, and I'd already paid for the tickets, and it wasn't as though my former fiancé, Emery Cooper, would be joining me.

Emery, one of the Cooper-Hale Mortuary Coopers, had called long distance, the previous week, to let me know that he and his ex-wife were on their way to Jamaica, to be remarried on the beach, which was the site of their first wedding. And their second honeymoon.

I thought I handled the news rather well. I took the salmon steaks I'd bought for our dinner that evening, drove over to his town house on Lafayette Square, and slid them through the mail slot in the door. That way, when Emery and his new bride returned home in a week, they'd have something to remember me by.

There was no way I was going to skip the Telfair Ball. For one thing, I was on the host committee. For another, by now, everybody in town knew that Emery had thrown me over for Cissy Drobish, the bucktoothed millionairess mother of his three children. It wouldn't do to have people talking about me behind my back. If they were going to talk, by God, they could just do it to my face.

"Hold your head up high, girl," I could hear my late father saying to me, nudging me as I slumped down in the pew in church. So I did as I was taught. I'd spent the whole day of the ball getting ready for battle: manicure, pedicure, facial, herbal massage, and new honey-blond highlights in my hair. I'd gotten all my big-girl jewelry out of the safe-deposit box, and had Roi, my hairdresser, pile my hair on top of my head so everybody could see that I hadn't returned Emery's diamond earrings.

However fabulous I looked, however, did not change the fact that I was stuck for the evening with Tater Love, friend of a friend of a friend, confirmed bachelor, who'd been too cheap to rent the evening shoes to go with his tux. Scuffed-black-loafer Tater Love. Cocktail-sauce-on-his-shirtfront Tater Love. It was going to be a very long evening. Which was why I'd decided to anesthetize myself with chardonnay as soon as we arrived at the dance.

Reddy took my elbow and guided me firmly from the dance floor to a remote corner of the ballroom occupied only by a grotesque marble statue of an unidentified Greek goddess and a large potted palm.

"About my exes -- " I started to explain.

"Shhh," Reddy said, putting a finger to my lips. "Be right back," he promised. And when he reappeared, he had a plate of lobster in one hand and a pair of crystal flutes in the other. He lifted the front of his dinner jacket -- it looked Armani, but I couldn't be sure -- and extracted an unopened bottle of Moët & Chandon from the waistband of his trousers.

Which should have signaled another set of alarms -- beware of men bearing gifts in their pants.

He popped the champagne cork with one smooth, expert motion -- I was soon to learn that he was an expert on many, many things -- and poured a glass for each of us. Reddy clinked his flute lightly against mine. "To new beginnings," he said, and he smiled that rogue smile.

And that was the end of all my good intentions.

Continues...


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Table of Contents

Reading Group Guide

Introduction

Mary Kay Andrews's latest novel has everything: love, a little revenge, and even two great recipes. Her lively main character, BeBe Loudermilk, has great energy and drive, but even the resourceful BeBe takes a hit when a gorgeous con man seduces her and walks away with everything she owns. Well, almost everything. All that's left is a dilapidated 1950s motel on Tybee Island. The Breeze Inn is not this former Savannah deb's kind of haunt, to put it mildly. Soon, though, with her spirit of can-do and the help of a few good friends, BeBe picks herself up and pitches in. What happens along the way, including an attraction to the also dilapidated but fast-improving manager of the Breeze Inn and some innovative decorating ideas, will keep readers staying up late. This is a delectable romp, masterfully written, and it hits all the right notes: serious, fun, and truehearted.

Questions for Discussion

Question:Question: 1. Were you fooled by Reddy? Were there any clues that he was trouble?

Question: 2. Can you imagine losing everything you own in the world, even your clothes? What do you think that you would do?

Question: 3. Is this a particularly Southern novel? If so, what are the elements that make it that way?

Question: 4. BeBe is a woman who thinks she knows what she wants in life. How does this stand in her way?

Question: 5. What does Andrews's portrayal of BeBe's grandparents have to say about aging? Did you find these characters frustrating, charming, or both?

Question: 6. Do you believe that people can really change? How do BeBe and Harry change each other? Is this change believable?

Question: 7. On page 162 Bebe says, "Up until the day I realized that my second husband, Richard, had that unfortunate penchant for computer porn, I'd always thought of myself as somebody who was naturally lucky." Do you think there is such a thing as "natural luck"?

Question: 8. Each of the characters in this story has pride, and shows it in different ways. How do we see this, and what part does pride play in what happens?

Question: 9. Would you say that this is a feminist novel? Why or why not?

Question: 10. Savannah Breeze definitely has a happy ending. What is it about happy endings in general that has such a powerful effect on readers? Are there happy endings in real life?

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Savannah Breeze 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
skeeterbyte More than 1 year ago
Growing up in and around savannah, I knew these women. I knew all the little quirks that make us ( savannahians!) every bit as interesting as this story details. Visit my city, if not read this book and any others that ms. Andrews may pen. She nailed us down without putting us down.
CrystalMichelle More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this book would be entertaining and it proved me wrong. Another great by Andrews!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book to read on a warm sunny day out on the beach... it is a quick read as well...
BamaLu More than 1 year ago
This book is so charming! I couldn't put it down. The characters are so lovable and personable; I wish there were of more of these with the same ensemble. I didn't want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite authors. I have not read anything I didn't like from her. Once again in this book, she captures just the right amount of everything to make this book one to leave you feeling good. Her books are funny, have a few twists, but end on a happy note. Nice easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because I have absolutely loved all of Mary Kay Andrews' books, I waited with great anticipation for this one. The plot is a little outlandish and I couldn't identify with her main character's plight. Please read Andrews' other books before you read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have bought and read all ofnher books and have not been disappointed!
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised to find out this is the sequel to 'Savannah Blues', I'm glad I read them in the order I did. This one is mostly from the point-of-view of BeBe, Weezie's best friend. Cute story, fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Andrews is a very talented author, bringing to life the story, the location, the characters AND the readers of her books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was hilarious. I just had surgery and I really need my sleep but I just could not put this book down. I had to stay up and finish it. Loved the characters....hope she writes more like this...or even more with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the right amout of all things involved in a good novel, with a great southern setting. I could tottaly see myself running into these charaters on the streets downtown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoying read. It was a good read. Very simple and easy to keep up with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent beach read! It's a page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I had no idea when I started reading it, it would be so funny. I couldn't put it down.
Bookworm55PP More than 1 year ago
Mary Kay has done it again! Her stories are lighthearted, make me chuckle out loud and cheer me up. I'm a Georgia girl, and always enjoy reading southern authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this "summer read". Would recommend it (in fact, I have!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything by this author.
beachpolly More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Great story!
loral More than 1 year ago
would reccomend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summer porch read m.a.@sparta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i am 14and i hate reading but i sat down with my aunts nook and saw ths book so she baught it for me and now i cant put it down! :) :) (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a fast read as it provided a humors look at a stressful situation.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
BeBe Loudermilk has always considered herself to be a fairly savvy businesswoman. She's lived in Savannah for her entire life and everybody in her family lived there for /their/ entire lives. Nothing much ever changes in Savannah. BeBe has managed to carve a fairly nice niche for herself, being the owner of what the critics call "the best little restaurant in Savannah," along with a gorgeous townhouse in the historic district and a handful of rental properties besides. BeBe is pretty satisfied with her life, especially after the trauma of her last divorce. But, even a level headed businesswoman can make a mistake, and BeBe makes a big one when she meets Reddy Millbanks III. Suave, helpful, attentive, with "slap-your-Mama" good looks, Reddy is right there to help in the middle of a very hectic time in BeBe's life. He even lets her in on a couple of very lucrative real estate deals and she makes a tidy little profit. In fact, she thinks it's another real estate deal when he needs her signature on a couple of legal documents and what difference could it possibly make that she doesn't have her reading glasses when he puts the papers before her just before she falls asleep one night, nestled in the stateroom of Reddy's yacht? When she wakes up in the morning, she realizes it makes a HUGE difference -- Reddy has her power of attorney and has sold everything she owns, including her home and all it's contents! With only the clothes she has on her back and her car, BeBe discovers from her lawyer that she still owns one piece of property -- a run-down, falling in no-tell motel called the Breeze Inn on Tybee Island. Apparently it's one property that Reddy didn't get around to flipping before he made the big score, so with no other place to call home, BeBe arrives with all her worldly goods in a paper bag from the Piggly Wiggly. She finds motel cabins that are enough to gross out a sewer worker, and a curmudgeonly caretaker named Harry who'd really rather she went about her business elsewhere. But BeBe decides to fix the place up and try to run it. And when her lawyer tips her off that there's been a Reddy sighting in Fort Lauderdale, she takes off with her grandfather, her best friend, and Harry, to perform a little sting of her own and get her money back.Ok, so this is chick lit, but it was pretty good. I like this author (she also writes the Callahan Garrity mystery series under the name Kathy Hogan Trocheck). She knows how to write with a southern flair and her characters are well fleshed and multi-dimensional. The story was fairly predictable but was humorous. It was a good book to read during the week I've just had. We had a horrible storm last Friday and no electricity, so I've only been able to read in little snatches. Anyway, this book fit the bill for me this week.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story about BeeBee Loudermilk who fell for and "investment councilor" or so she thought he ended being a con man and left town with all her money and sold her house out from under her.BeeBee sets out to recoup what she's lost at an old motel she finds out she still owns. Plus she works at tracking down the scumbag who stole all her money.This was a fun quick read , cute southern fiction/chick-lit but a nice break from the heavier books I've been reading lately. I would say this is a "beach-read". This was my first Mary Kay Andrews I may read more but I will for sure check out her mysteries written in the name Kathy Hogan Trocheck.If you like Janet Evanovich type books this is one you may enjoy.
vannababyy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story about a woman losing almost everything she owns except a run-down motel on Tybee Island. Amazingly, with the help of her best friend, she turns the place around and begins getting her life back.