Review: The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Hattie Kavanaugh went to work helping clean up restored homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at 18; married the boss’s son at 20; and was only 25 when her husband, Hank, was killed in a motorcycle accident. 

Broken hearted, but determined to continue the business of their dreams, she takes the life insurance money, buys a small house in a gentrifying neighborhood, flips it, then puts the money into her next project. But that house is a disaster and a money-loser, which rocks her confidence for years to come. Then, Hattie gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers.

She is cast against a male lead who may be a love interest, or may be the ultimate antagonist. It’s a question of who will flip, and who will flop, and will Hattie ever get her happily-ever-after. 

Filled with Mary Kay Andrews’s trademark wit, warmth, junking trips, and house porn, The Homewreckers is a summer beach delight. 



My Thoughts:

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews is a very fun read! It combines a good mystery and home-renovation-reality television programming. I love both, so it was easy to dig into this book.

The family-owned restoration business goes south when Hattie takes over after her husband’s death, but her luck turns when she is offered a spot on a home renovation television show. The stakes are high, and Hattie really needs a win. Ms. Andrews’ writing is engaging. She created a realistic-feeling reality television program scenario. I loved the mystery story thread of the novel as well. Whether it involves a mystery or not, old houses always have a story to tell!

The house Hattie is renovating coughs up the wallet of a long-missing local woman, and from there, the story really takes off. Hattie and her BFF, Cass, are thrown into the middle of the mystery, and Ms. Andrews wonderfully intersects these two storylines. If all that isn’t enough to keep a reader engaged, there is a bit of romance thrown into the mix in this Southern Chick-lit/Romantic Suspense.

The Homewreckers is yet another fun read from Mary Kay Andrews that had me smiling and chuckling throughout the book.


About the Author: A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Mary Kay Andrews earned a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia. After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.

Her first novel, Every Crooked Nanny, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of Savannah Blues. In 2006, Hissy Fit became her first New York Times bestseller.

She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA, where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes. In between cooking, spoiling her grandkids, and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses.

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