Adventures with The High Tide Club

 Mary Kay Andrews takes you to white pristine beaches along the coast of Georgia, to an island called Talisa.  This little piece of paradise is littered with swamp myrtle, palmettos and cabbage palms, festooned with blooming jasmine.

The adventure begins when a nonagenarian heiress, Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, who lives on the 12,000 acre barrier island, solicits Brooke Trappnell, an almost broke attorney for two things, to prevent the state from taking her private island away via condemnation and to make things right with her friends from the past.

The narrative flashes back to the days that four women, Josephine, Millie, Ruth and Varina were hanging out together under a moonlit night to go skinny dipping.  The very first time they did it, on Mermaid Beach, they formed a pack to always meet on a beach somewhere in the world to go skinny dipping when the moon was full.  They called it, "The High Tide Club."

The High Tide Club mostly takes place at Shellhaven, the 15 room pale pink Mediterranenean revival  mansion framed with two sentinel palm trees.  It's steeped in history, mystery and a murder with a body that was never found.  The story unfolds when southern belle Millie is engaged to Russell Strickland.  Things happen that night at her engagement party that these four women have kept secret for decades.

The book shifts back and forth between the point of views of the four main characters living in the 1940's to modern times as Brooke searches and unravels the stories and secrets these women have woven throughout their lives.

Brooke has her very own secrets as well and it includes her son named Henry.  While Brooke is busy working for the heiress, she has her own life to figure out.

The High Tide Club is a pleasant and wonderful read with descriptive backdrops and colorful character development.  This was a fun and interesting read about the bonds women make in their lives and the secrets they keep even amongst people they love.

The ending gave me that wonderful feeling inside, but I can't tell you anymore as I don't want to spoil it for you.

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews debuts May 8th, 2018 just in time for summer.  It's a fabulous summer read.

You can pick up your copy here:  The High Tide Club

Thank you Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for this Early Readers' Edition.  I won this ARC via a book giveaway on Goodreads from St. Martin's Press.  However, this does not influence my review in anyway.  Happy reading.  

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