Sunset Beach Book Review- Mary Kay Andrews

Recently, I was contacted by a representative of Tandem Literary to ask if I would be interested in reading Mary Kay Andrews newest book, Sunset Beach. MKA is an amazing author and story teller so I didn’t hesitate to say yes!

I received my Early Readers Edition of Sunset Beach this week and I may have squealed a little when I opened my mailbox. I was so excited to open the package, although the packaging was almost too beautiful to take apart.

Sunset Beach is about Drue Campbell, a 36 year old woman with a life that is falling apart. Her mother passed away, she was homeless and working at a disgusting job. She was injured in a kite boarding accident, something she had once lived for. Nothing was going her way. Her entire world was rocked when her absent father appeared at her mothers funeral, out of nowhere, with the keys to her inherited beach cottage in Sunset Beach. He also came with a job offer in his busy law office. Drue had few other options, and while she did not have a great relationship with her father, she took the job offer and left Florida to start a new life.

It wasn’t long after she started her new job as a cubicle rat that Drue turned her energy towards solving a mysterious death at a local beach resort, as well as a decades-old cold case. This was in combination with dealing with her new stepmom- her eight grade ex-best friend, rehabing her cottage, and starting an office romance. Drue’s life has gotten pretty busy, to say the least.

This story was exciting with so many twists and turns. MKA does an incredible job of painting a scene so that you can really picture the characters and what they are going through. I could truly see Drue investigating her mysteries and following up on leads. And I caught myself holding my breath a few times because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next! This entire book kept me hooked from start to finish. After I finished reading last night, I laid in bed and wondered why none of her books have been turned into movies yet! They are that good!

I’m looking forward to reading through the rest of Mary Kay Andrews books very soon! And I recently noticed she has a Beach House Cookbook full of fun summer recipes! I hope to hunt that one down, quickly.

Sunset Beach will be available for sale 5/7/19 in stores! Make sure you grab a copy as soon as it hits the shelves and take it along with you on summer vacation, or make your own vacation with a fruity drink and a comfy chair. You will not be disappointed!

Love Languages

I was just reading a social media post where a man was trying to figure out a gift for his wife for Valentine’s Day. Several of the women in the group asked him “What’s her love language?” And he didn’t have an answer for that question. He was basically told to go find out and then come back to ask for suggestions. I’m going to say this is solid advice because some of the gifts suggested were definitely not something I would want to receive.

The Five Love Languages is a book written by Gary Chapman. Basically what he writes about is the fact that everyone feels love differently. It’s either words of affirmation (my language), receiving gifts, physical touch, acts of service or quality time. Each of these categories explains how different people feel loved differently. If you know how you best receive love and how to best love your partner (or your kids!) then you will know how to show them that you care in a way that means the most to them. Therefore, you are able to fill their “love tank”.

My language is words of affirmation meaning that I love it when my husband tells me that I am appreciated or he tells me that I am pretty. Really any kind of heartfelt words, make me feel loved. My lowest category is receiving gifts. Yes, I think it’s nice to receive a gift, but it’s not the biggest thing to me. For Christmas this year and my birthday I told my husband not to buy me anything. There are a couple of things I bought for myself that I wanted but the whole gift giving process is just not important to me.

If you haven’t read this book I highly encourage you to. Its been a few years since I’ve read it, but for the sake of curiosity I just re-took the test and not surprisingly Words of Affirmation was the highest score (12) and Receiving Gifts was 1. I had my husband take the test when we were dating because I really think it helps build a strong foundation for a relationship. Its a real eyeopener to understand your needs and needs of those that you love the most.

Do you know your love language? You can take the free test here: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/