From the New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.
When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.
Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met
The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found.
Josephine is dying and before she goes she wants to make amends and see that her family’s land is secure. She calls in Brooke to make sure her wishes are granted. She asks Brooke to find the descendants of The High Tide Club.
I love Josephine. She is a tough old bird. She is cantankerous and she IS going to get her way. She is a recluse living on her own island and is one of the best flawed characters I have read about in a while. Josephine stays into a fight with someone at all times. She is not a generous or a kind person. Plus, she has a past and a huge secret. And it revolves around a dead body! Enter the story of the High Tide Club! These are ladies from Josephine’s past and she has let their friendships deteriorate due to various reasons.
Mary Kay Andrews has done it again. It is hard to top Hissy Fit. But she did it! I love so much about this twisty tale. There are so many moving parts to this story. And believe me, this has a little bit of everything, mystery, murder, family drama. This is not to be missed!
I am so behind and out of touch. My book club is reading Hissy Fit for June. I’m glad you liked it, because sometimes they just choose the worst books and I’m always afraid the next one will be more of the same. I’ll keep The High Tide Club in mind after I read Hissy Fit.
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