Mary Kay Andrews – Summer Rental Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I opened my mailbox and found a book from our friend Mary Kay inside

And like all of her books, I could not put that sucker down! Read the whole thing in three days!

I kept telling myself I should slow down and just read a certain number of chapters per day- but I couldn’t do it. I just had to know how it ended! It’s about three childhood friends from Savannah (Julia, Ellis and Dorie) who spend a month at a tumbledown beach house called Ebbtide on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Their plan is to recapture the friendship of their youth, but things don’t go quite as easy breezy as planned. It’s jam-packed with humor, intrigue, suspense and a few steamy Summer romances too!

I couldn’t help but envision the “Nights in Rodanthe” house the whole time I was reading it…

(Did’ja hear they moved that house so it wouldn’t get swallowed up by the sea? It’s available for rent now too!)

Summer Rental hits bookstores on June 7th, but Mary Kay is signing two copies for two Lettered Cottage readers this weekend, so if you’d like to throw your name in the hat, just leave a comment on this post and we’ll randomly select two winners at noon (Central Time) on Sunday, June 5th. And in addition to the book, each winner will receive a set of Mary Kay’s recipe cards and an “MKA” beachy bumper sticker. Good luck!

PS- The painting on the home page of our site today was created by Donna Robertson, and if you missed Mary Kay’s “Summer Rental Essentials” guest post the other day, click here after you leave a comment! Also, in case anyone is interested: Page and Palette Bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama is hosting a “Read It & Eat” with Mary Kay at Tamara’s Downtown on Friday, June 10th. Mary Kay will lead a discussion beginning at 1:00pm over a lunch at Tamara’s, followed by a book signing at Page & Palette. Event tickets are $35 and include admission to the Read It & Eat, your lunch, and a hardback copy of Summer Rental. Tickets available at Tamara’s Downtown and!


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  1. pj bowersock says

    I love the lettered cottage. Great ideas, and photography! I’m always looking for a new author thanks to you, I think I’ve found one.

    Thanks, PJ

  2. Stephanie R says

    I would lllloooovvee to win her book~you have made it sound like such a great book :))

  3. Priss says

    I’m getting ready to have a bit of time off, and would love to read this book……since it’s about N.C. and I’m in S.C.! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. says

    I am going on vacation to the Outer Banks in July. I would love to be reading that book on the beach!

  5. WendyMI says

    oooooh, I would love to win MKA’s new book. I spent a week two years ago in a rental in Waves, NC… just about a mile south of the Nights in Rodanthe’s former location. Would love to relive it… it was such a beautiful and serene location!

  6. sue says

    School will be over soon and this sounds like just the book to take to the beach for a read. Would love to win an autographed copy…thanks to the author and you for the giveaway!

  7. Lynette says

    I would love to own a copy of her newest book! My daughter and I have enjoyed all of her previous ones. They are great vacation reads!

  8. Isabel Z says

    This sounds heavenly and with summer vacation around the corner, a must read!

  9. Dawn says

    I would love to have a new book for summer reading with my family book club!

  10. Marcene says

    This would be a perfect summer read for our upcoming trip to the outer banks! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Tricia says

    Just came back from our very first family beach vacation…would love a good read for the summer!

  12. Julia says

    my favorite kind of book — long term friendships — can’t wait to pick this one up for summer reading!

  13. Vickie says

    Oh my gosh! I would just love to have/read this book. I have been going to OBX….(Avon to be specific) for over 20 years. My friend has a condo on the beach there. We love to read & do puzzles when we go to escape. This would be a fantastic addition to our reads. As for the house in Rodanthe….we have watched it over the years and was actually there when they moved it. I just saw (this weekend) where it landed and it looks fabulous there…even has the blue shutters now. (It didn’t before, only for the movie) Anyhoo….!! I hope this book finds it way to me & then back to the Outerbanks….where it belongs. :o)

  14. MelindaW says

    Your book giveaway sounds like an addictive read… the best kind! Would love to win a SIGNED copy!

  15. Karen says

    I will read this book regardless, but would love to receive the signed copy! Mary Kay’s books always make this midwesterner put a beach vacation on the top of her “to do” list.

  16. Jeni says

    I dream of vacationing at the Outer Banks, of course the economy is not going to allow that to happen this year due to job loss but the next best thing would be to read this book and experience it through the author.

  17. Britta says

    I am SOOOooooo looking forward to lazy summer hours and reading novels on the beach. Thank you for the give away and for your (always wonderful and inspiring) website!

  18. Catherine B. says

    I first heard of Mary Kay Andrews when her home was featured in Costal Living Magazine and she was pictured with a stack of her books. Since then I have read several of of those books. Would LOVE to win a signed copy of Summer Rental!

  19. Angella W. says

    Ahhhhh…..ocean breeze, waves crashing, lazy days on beach blanket with a good book – perfect addition to summer travels this year. Thanks for opportunity to receive this book ‘gratis’! :)

  20. shelia says

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend a day ! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  21. says

    I love Mary Kay Andrews! Love me some southern authors, especially when they’re set in towns like Savannah, Tybee and Madison that I know and LOVE!

  22. says

    Oh I love a good summer read and this one looks perfect! Please throw my name in “the hat”!

  23. says

    I’m pregnant and due later this summer. I was told to read as many books as possible before the baby comes and would love to add this one to my list.


  24. Tracie Behan says

    I am in of some summer reads and it sounds wonderful!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Marcy says

    I’m a fan of Mary Kay Andrews and would love to read her newest book. I have read all of her other books and greatly enjoy her writing.

  26. says

    I would love to win this book!! I love to read and need a good book for the summer.
    Thanks for doing the give-away. I love the picture of the beach house and was wondering where that is located?