The Homewreckers

St. Martin’s. May 2022. 448p. ISBN 9781250278364. $28.99. F
This latest from Andrews (The Santa Suit; The Newcomer) is a beach read about house-flipping in Savannah, GA. Hattie grew up fast in a tough home environment, married Hank Kavanaugh at 18, and is widowed by 25, having spent her entire adult life working with her husband at Kavanaugh and Sons Restorations in Savannah. Determined to keep going after Hank’s death, she tries to flip a crumbling beach house, but it turns into a financial disaster that might cause her to lose her own home. When a producer named Mo overhears Hattie talking about flipping houses, he’s inspired to create a reality TV show about Hattie’s work restoring this money pit of a beach house. Hattie signs on to the show, seeing it as her only chance to move forward. On the show, alongside male costar Trae, Hattie tries to resolve the house’s dry rot and plumbing while Mo and Trae both find themselves becoming attracted to Hattie. Then an item belonging to a long-missing woman is found among the house’s ruins. Cue the interest of a retired detective and an unfolding of a mystery that the house left behind.
VERDICT Though it takes a little bit to get going, Andrews’s new beach read ticks off multiple boxes including romance, forgiveness, mystery, and loss. Recommended for most collections.
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