I love Southern Lit. It kept me grounded in my Southern roots while I was living up North, and honestly was a draw when we were trying to decide where we were going to live when Alaska was just too far away from our families. Mary Kay Andrews has written a long list of my favorite Southern novels, including The Fixer Upper and Spring Fever. Her novels always have a great cast of lovable characters, an intriguing plot, and often a little mystery that needs solving.
Her latest novel, The High Tide Club, is no exception. Once again, I’m drawn in to a (fictional) location I wish I could visit, characters I want to befriend, and a mystery I’m trying to solve the whole time I’m reading. The plot is riveting, and I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up way too late at night reading, and let unread emails pile up into an enormous mountain I’m still whittling down.
The High Tide Club follows nonagenarian Josephine as she recounts her past and her dearest friends, and bounces between the 1940s and present day. With friendships old and new examined and tested, the relationships between these strong women is intricate and envy-inducing. With the decades old mystery of a missing man, a small island being pursued by the state of Georgia, and limited technological resources because of the island’s location, this mystery is engaging and may or may not throw a twist or two your way.
Andrews always creates rich and full worlds worthy of exploration and writes them in an accessible and enjoyable way. Whether you’re looking for a beach read or to mentally escape for a few hours, The High Tide Club is a wonderful and worthy read.
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