The High Tide Club
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.

The High Tide Club Details

TitleThe High Tide Club
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 8th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Mystery

The High Tide Club Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    🧜♀ 4 Mermaid Beach Stars to The High Tide Club! 🧜♀ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I can still remember reading my first book by Mary Kay Andrews. I was in graduate school, and my cousin (one of my favorite reading buddies) told me I just had to read Hissy Fit. Filled with southern charm and humor, I had experienced nothing like it before. Mary Kay Andrews was offering something different! Several years later, and Mary Kay Andrews continues to offer something different. The High Tide Club is more serious than her previ 🧜‍♀️ 4 Mermaid Beach Stars to The High Tide Club! 🧜‍♀️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I can still remember reading my first book by Mary Kay Andrews. I was in graduate school, and my cousin (one of my favorite reading buddies) told me I just had to read Hissy Fit. Filled with southern charm and humor, I had experienced nothing like it before. Mary Kay Andrews was offering something different! Several years later, and Mary Kay Andrews continues to offer something different. The High Tide Club is more serious than her previous endeavors. Told in two timelines, in 1941 and the present, I fell in love with the characters. And talk about diversity in ages- they range from their 30s to 90s! The High Tide Club was formed in the 1930s by Varina, Ruth, Millie, and Josephine. Only two members, Varina and Josephine, are living in the present day when the story begins. There’s a mystery and a story behind the group of women, and it kept me quite intrigued. The setting on a Georgia coastal island was perfectly described. I felt like I was at the beach the entire time I read. The characters had MKA’s usual fun and charm. Mary Kay Andrews has dug a little deeper with The High Tide Club. Beach readers looking for a mystery on the side of their southern charm will swoon over this one! Thank you to Mary Kay Andrews, who never fails to entertain me, St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley for the ARC. The Hight Tide Club will be published on May 8, 2018.
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  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating. Warning. This is not a beach read. This is a story of barely developed characters, subtle racism (overt in some cases) a secret child story-line (I hate those) and a plot that zigs-zags from the past to the present repeatedly. I was left 100 percent disappointed with this read and baffled that Andrews wrote this. I have enjoyed her books over the years and this book feels/reads like a rough first draft Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my review or rating. Warning. This is not a beach read. This is a story of barely developed characters, subtle racism (overt in some cases) a secret child story-line (I hate those) and a plot that zigs-zags from the past to the present repeatedly. I was left 100 percent disappointed with this read and baffled that Andrews wrote this. I have enjoyed her books over the years and this book feels/reads like a rough first draft to me. I think if maybe the amount of characters had been cut out and or just had Josephine and Brooke as the only "voices" maybe the book would have worked out better. Instead we have a plethora of points of view (POV) in this one and random actions by characters that I didn't believe at all. "The High Tide Club" deals with almost 100 year old heiress, Josephine Warrick calling up Brooke Trappnell telling her she wants to hire her. Josephine wants to do what she can to leave her estate to friends of her that were part of a so-called "High Tide Club". The state wants to buy all of Josephine's land/home and wants to demo it. Josephine wants Brooke to prevent that by seeking out her friends and wants the opportunity to make amends with them.Seems simple right? It's not. From the first we have Josephine telling Brooke her story in fits and starts. It doesn't work as a narrative device to have Josephine telling a story and then the book flashing back to the past, and then flashing back to the present, then flashing back to the past again. That happens repeatedly while reading. It took me out of the story every single time. And at one point I started to skim in self defense because I just didn't care anymore and wanted to be finished with this book. And I did laugh though when Josephine lets Brooke know that one of the people she wanted to contact was Brooke's now dead grandmother. At this point we find out that two of the women from the club are dead and only one, her name is living, her name is Varina, but they had a fight related to Josephine not selling back land she bought from her and other Geechees living on the island. So then the book segues into Brooke contacting the heirs of the dead women and then coming to the island to hear about what they could possibly be inheriting. Instead there is a death, confusion, and just general bedlam of people scrambling around trying to demand land/money from a woman that any barely seemed to care died. And then we have reveal after reveal hitting you over the head with Josephine looking the worst out of all of the characters with some of the others coming in a close second.Brooke is an idiot and I was so done with her whole so-called plot. I hate secret children in romance novels. It is not believable at all and just once I would love it if the dude in question called the woman out and said no, I don't want to be with someone that would lie and hide the fact that they had my child for so-called BS reasons. The other characters were secondary and I didn't care for them much either. Varina's granddaughter or grandniece was shown to be grasping and greedy. Varina herself was portrayed as naive. I hated the fact that the book shows the other so-called members of the club treating her like a doll they could dress up and give expensive things to. But she's African American and could not really be a part of their world at all. In fact most of the African Americans in this book don't look that great at all in the end. The writing was rough in a lot of places. As I said above, maybe cutting out all of the extra characters and the jumping back and forth in the story would have helped. It was hard to keep things straight. When Josephine dies (not a spoiler, it's in the synopsis) the story loses it's forward momentum. The setting of the island doesn't feel real at all. I think maybe just telling the story from past to present would have helped it to feel more centered in the book. Instead I didn't get why anyone was killing themselves trying to save the place. The ending was supposed to be moving and uplifting, I just was glad to be done.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MAY 8, 2018."The characters were the highlight for me as well as the location.The island, its history, and its description made you want to be there with the characters.I enjoyed the lives of the characters in 1941 as well as the present-day family members. This was my first book by Mary Kay Andrews, and it was a very pleasant, entertaining read. If you enjoy family sagas, secrets, and mysteries, you will want to read THE HIGH TIDE CLUB. LOVED IT. 5/5This book was given to FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MAY 8, 2018."The characters were the highlight for me as well as the location.The island, its history, and its description made you want to be there with the characters.I enjoyed the lives of the characters in 1941 as well as the present-day family members. This was my first book by Mary Kay Andrews, and it was a very pleasant, entertaining read. If you enjoy family sagas, secrets, and mysteries, you will want to read THE HIGH TIDE CLUB. LOVED IT. 5/5This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review."
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  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: May 8, 2018 Genre: Women's FictionThe High Tide Club is much different than what I anticipated going into it, but it was well worth the surprise. Mary Kay Andrews has a way with words. She weaves beautiful and original tales that play on readers emotions while also opening up their minds and hearts. Even more, she brings her characters to life by building them up and making them seem like real people. I love the flow of her stories, how everything comes together in perfect detai Release Date: May 8, 2018 Genre: Women's FictionThe High Tide Club is much different than what I anticipated going into it, but it was well worth the surprise. Mary Kay Andrews has a way with words. She weaves beautiful and original tales that play on readers emotions while also opening up their minds and hearts. Even more, she brings her characters to life by building them up and making them seem like real people. I love the flow of her stories, how everything comes together in perfect detail, and the originality that I know I am always going to find when I dive into her novels. This one, while not my ultimate favorite plot wise, is a wonderful story of female friendships, past relationships, dark secrets, and sisterhood. It's one of those stories that empowers women, makes them feel alive, and puts a huge smile on their faces. It's just an all around great read and I very much recommend it. ABOUT THE HIGH TIDE CLUB This book weaves a story that started in the past and continues to the present tense. Andrews uses both past and present details to allow readers insight into how everything came to be and how it effects future generations. This is a partial historical novel as some of it takes place in the early 1940's when these women were girls, but also contemporary as it also highlights the characters of the present (the great-granddaughters). Ailing Josephine is on her deathbed, but needs a lawyer to save the precious island that she has lived on her whole life. So she chooses Brooke, a woman from Georgia to make her final wishes come true. In hiring Brooke though she needs to find the others- long last friends and their heirs- in order to make amends for past doings that have hurt those she loved the most. But this opens old wounds, sheds light to dark secrets, and may be the end to everything... In the novel, you will follow Josephine and the High Tide Club (from the past) and Brooke and the heirs of Josephine's late friends (in the present) as they try to figure out how to save the Island and make amends for the wrongdoings of the past. In doing so, old wounds will reopen, people from the past will come back to haunt them, and dark secrets that were long ago buried will come back to life. OVERALL THOUGHTS This is a whip smart, emotional, enlightening, and beautiful read from one of my favorite authors of all time. Mary Kay Andrews weaves this story in the best ways possible, and keeps readers engaged, excited, and nervous for what's to come for these wonderful characters. It's not a light read like some of her former titles, but it is a DEEP one filled with a lot of heart. I really enjoyed reading it and I look forward to many more books of Andrew's in the coming future. PURCHASE A COPY Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/2ELJv3MAmazon Print: http://amzn.to/2oli3nt Visit my blog for more book reviews, sales, recommendations, and more https://www.prettylittlebookreviews.com/
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Mysterious, sentimental and uplifting!A lovely story that just kept getting better and better as it went along.Full review to follow closer to publication.
  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    POSITIVES OF THIS BOOK ARE TOO MANY TO LIST!!! NEGATIVE is simply that the story came to an end. The events of 1940's on an island in Georgia. Narration switches between POV along with time periods. Excellent characters, secrets revealed, and numerous happenings that make this an enjoyable entertainment option. Andrews started out with the introductions that at first seemed cloudy. Loved the length of the book that allowed for extended read time. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's POSITIVES OF THIS BOOK ARE TOO MANY TO LIST!!! NEGATIVE is simply that the story came to an end. The events of 1940's on an island in Georgia. Narration switches between POV along with time periods. Excellent characters, secrets revealed, and numerous happenings that make this an enjoyable entertainment option. Andrews started out with the introductions that at first seemed cloudy. Loved the length of the book that allowed for extended read time. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The High Tide Club is Women's Fiction mixed with mystery. This was my first book by this author. The main character is Brooke Trappnell (34 years old). She is a lawyer who lives in St. Ann's Georgia.The book is about 99 year old Josephine Bettendorf Warrick who lives on Talisa Island in Georgia. Josephine is very old and about to die. She wants to hire Brooke to 1)protect her island and 2)make amends with the heirs of her closest friends from the past (Millie, Ruth and Varina). In addition to Br The High Tide Club is Women's Fiction mixed with mystery. This was my first book by this author. The main character is Brooke Trappnell (34 years old). She is a lawyer who lives in St. Ann's Georgia.The book is about 99 year old Josephine Bettendorf Warrick who lives on Talisa Island in Georgia. Josephine is very old and about to die. She wants to hire Brooke to 1)protect her island and 2)make amends with the heirs of her closest friends from the past (Millie, Ruth and Varina). In addition to Brooke's chapters in the present we also get glimpses of the past (some chapters are set in the early 1940s).This book was not really what I was expecting. The book focuses on female friendship, secrets and an unsolved murder. I really enjoyed all of those aspects of the story. Plus I really liked the island where Josephine lived. And the characters on that island were very interesting.The cover doesn't really accurately depict what this book is about IMO. This is not a beach read. And romance is not really the focus. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy books like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The High Tide Club weaves history with Women's Fiction and mystery. It was a very entertaining read.Thanks to netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first & certainly not the last novel I've read by, Mary Kay Andrews! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars, because this novel had everything, mystery, romance, friendship & humor! I loved it, the setting was wonderful, there was a lot of interesting southern traditions & belief's. I read through this book quickly because it was too hard to put down, everytime I ended a chapter, I had to go on because a new twist had taken place & just when you think you've figured This is the first & certainly not the last novel I've read by, Mary Kay Andrews! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars, because this novel had everything, mystery, romance, friendship & humor! I loved it, the setting was wonderful, there was a lot of interesting southern traditions & belief's. I read through this book quickly because it was too hard to put down, everytime I ended a chapter, I had to go on because a new twist had taken place & just when you think you've figured it out, you're wrong! Mary Kay is a wonderful story-teller, I will be looking for her novels at the library! This book is a keeper!! (PS) I don't think Josephine was a terrible person, just someone caught up I the "times" & trying desperetely, to save & protect her friends!
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  • Laurel-Rain
    January 1, 1970
    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 mee 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.My Thoughts: The High Tide Club is a book about friendships, secrets, and the things that happen to tear friends apart.Brooke, a young lawyer who left a practice in Savannah to set up her own office in St. Ann’s, is struggling to raise her three-year-old son; she has secrets of her own, and keeps them close. When she gets the call from Josephine, she is reluctant to get involved. Especially when she realizes that one of Josephine’s old friends was her own grandmother.The story goes back and forth in time, with narrators in the 1940s and in the present. Just when Josephine finally has some of the descendants of her old friends around her, telling her story, she dies unexpectedly. Although at ninety-nine, with a terminal illness, it could have happened at any time.Because of her ill health and age, Josephine’s story unfolded very slowly, in bits and pieces, which frustrated the listeners. If only she had held on one more day! How did the skinny dipping and occasional pranks change into big secrets and mysteries? What really happened back then? With Josephine gone, how would the rest of the story unfold? How does the discovery of old letters add to the mystery?I enjoyed the characters and with each turn of a page, I was eager to find out what really happened. So many unexpected twists came at them, and none of the descendants could have seen any of them coming. 4.5 stars.***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Catherine Faulkenburg
    January 1, 1970
    I've heard of Mary Kay Andrews, and have actually picked up a few of her novels, started them, and put them down. However, I was offered book by the publisher, and after reading a few books that I didn't enjoy, I decided to try this one.First of all, the good. The setting. I love Southern fiction and this one does not disappoint. Set on a fictional island off the coast of Georgia, I could almost smell the ocean throughout the novel. I also really liked the characters. There were a few extraneous I've heard of Mary Kay Andrews, and have actually picked up a few of her novels, started them, and put them down. However, I was offered book by the publisher, and after reading a few books that I didn't enjoy, I decided to try this one.First of all, the good. The setting. I love Southern fiction and this one does not disappoint. Set on a fictional island off the coast of Georgia, I could almost smell the ocean throughout the novel. I also really liked the characters. There were a few extraneous ones (Lizzie and C.D. were pretty annoying throughout most of the novel), but overall I felt like they were well written. Also, the pacing was good. This book is LONG (almost 500 pages), yet I didn't feel like it suffered a whole lot from the length, and the story carried along at a good pace.Next, the so-so. The romance seemed forced, between Brooke and Gabe and between Brooke and Pete. In fact it could have been left out entirely.Last, the bad. I feel like the cover art on the novel is VERY misleading. While this book is set at the beach, I wouldn't classify it as a beach read. I wasn't expecting what I got based on the cover art, and for me that's a good thing, because I really enjoyed this. But others may be unpleasantly surprised.Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book!
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  • Elvan
    January 1, 1970
    Mary Kay Andrews sure knows how to weave a southern tale. This book is lengthy for a beach read. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen as you will be drawn into the lives of Josephine, Millie, Ruth and Varina, the original High Tide Club back in the Forties. Present day Brooke is tasked with finding these ladies or their heirs by the aging Josephine. There were times when snippets from the past seemed intrusive but as the mysteries increased, the past became as interesting as the present. I have a Mary Kay Andrews sure knows how to weave a southern tale. This book is lengthy for a beach read. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen as you will be drawn into the lives of Josephine, Millie, Ruth and Varina, the original High Tide Club back in the Forties. Present day Brooke is tasked with finding these ladies or their heirs by the aging Josephine. There were times when snippets from the past seemed intrusive but as the mysteries increased, the past became as interesting as the present. I have always been drawn to books using coastal locations, and MKA succeeds once again with her portrayal of the fictional island of Talista. It was easy to feel the heat and picture Josephine’s stately home trapped in it’s Sixties decor. It was a fitting backdrop for Brooke, Felicia and Lizzie as they tried to unravel the mysteries surrounding Josephine and her estate.I enjoyed watching bonds form between this disparate trio of present day women. I liked how Andrews inserts enough humour to lighten the darker moments and appreciated the parallel themes of orphans and single parents in the past and in the present. . Not my favourite read by this author thanks to threads left unresolved and slow pacing. My need for speed thriller side found this book a slow go. ARC received with thanks from publisher via NetGalley for review. 3 stars
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good beach read mystery from an author I hadn’t read before and really enjoyed.Josephine, a rich old woman, has invited Brooke, a small-town lawyer, to her home on an island. She wants Brooke to help her find the family of her old friends so she can make amends before her time is up now that she is 99 years old. Josephine takes her time telling her story that started in the 1940’s. Some of her friends’ family members are also invited to the island and they along with Brooke eventually This was a good beach read mystery from an author I hadn’t read before and really enjoyed.Josephine, a rich old woman, has invited Brooke, a small-town lawyer, to her home on an island. She wants Brooke to help her find the family of her old friends so she can make amends before her time is up now that she is 99 years old. Josephine takes her time telling her story that started in the 1940’s. Some of her friends’ family members are also invited to the island and they along with Brooke eventually fill in the missing information to unravel a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and secrets. You get to see the choices that were made and the consequences and fall out from those choices. So many people were affected in ways no one could have predicted. Some of those results weren’t revealed until the very end and made for some interesting twists. An enjoyable read!ARC generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this novel as I've liked her others as well! Alternating between 1941 and the present, the book focuses on the friendship of four women who have secrets between them that come to light when present-day 99-year-old Josephine hires attorney, Brooke to help her settle her estate before she dies and make amends to her long-time friends. Brooke has her own secrets as she has a 3-year-old son and is estranged from her step-father--both issues that need closure. Enter Gabe, another attorney w I enjoyed this novel as I've liked her others as well! Alternating between 1941 and the present, the book focuses on the friendship of four women who have secrets between them that come to light when present-day 99-year-old Josephine hires attorney, Brooke to help her settle her estate before she dies and make amends to her long-time friends. Brooke has her own secrets as she has a 3-year-old son and is estranged from her step-father--both issues that need closure. Enter Gabe, another attorney with whom Brooke has worked and various members of Josephine's family, and things get complicated quickly. Fortunately the secrets come out and resolution ties the loose ends together. A fun and interesting mystery!
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  • Read In Colour
    January 1, 1970
    This might be my favorite Mary Kay Andrews and I've read all of her books. Other than a few instances of black characters as the help and very minor characters, her books are typically very white. I was happy to see the character of Varina, but was initially hesitant because I wasn't sure if she'd be relegated to a secondary character. And though she wasn't, I was still wary because I thought she was going to be a go along to get along character. She was a bit, but her role of complacency was co This might be my favorite Mary Kay Andrews and I've read all of her books. Other than a few instances of black characters as the help and very minor characters, her books are typically very white. I was happy to see the character of Varina, but was initially hesitant because I wasn't sure if she'd be relegated to a secondary character. And though she wasn't, I was still wary because I thought she was going to be a go along to get along character. She was a bit, but her role of complacency was countered by her neice. I loved the story line, present day and the flashbacks. I figured out early on the big mystery, but was still shocked by other turns of event. I adored the new friendships made, but there were still a few loose ends that weren't tied up as it related to the original friends and why they lost contact. I'm not sure if that was an oversight or if Andrews decided it wasn't important to the overall story line.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.Quick thoughts:LOVE the cover.Loved how the story was revealed in 2 timelines- in the 40's and current time. And I now want to go to Mermaid Beach on a full moon night and become a member of The High Tide Club.
  • Amanda McGill
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at The Limit of Books Does Not ExistThe cover just screams beach read! The publishers know what they are doing because The High Tide Club is set to release on May 8th, just in time for the warm weather! We had snow flurries here in Toronto this morning :( I want summer!99 year old, Josephine, invites Brooke, a struggling single mother and lawyer, to her remote island home. Josephine says that she needs Brooke to help her track down her old friends and their heirs so that she can make Full review at The Limit of Books Does Not ExistThe cover just screams beach read! The publishers know what they are doing because The High Tide Club is set to release on May 8th, just in time for the warm weather! We had snow flurries here in Toronto this morning :( I want summer!99 year old, Josephine, invites Brooke, a struggling single mother and lawyer, to her remote island home. Josephine says that she needs Brooke to help her track down her old friends and their heirs so that she can make amends for what she has done. Brooke is up for the large task and is curious to learn more about Josephine. Brooke gets more than she bargained for and is uncovering secrets that haven’t never been shared in 80 years, which impacts her and her son.I wish I read this on the beach. The imagery is beautiful when the author describes the remote island of Talisa, which is just off the coast of south Georgia. I was all set to go to this island and have some sweet tea!The book flips back and forward between present day, mostly told through Brooke, and the 1940s when Josephine’s friend, Millie was set to marry. I loved the friendship of the 1940s women and how they would go skinny dipping when there was a full moon and high tide!There are some mysteries involved, including a death in the 1940s, as well as the secrets that Josephine was hiding. You don’t have to be Sherlock Homes to get the mysteries, but it was nice seeing how everything came together.Thank you to Erica at St. Martin’s Press and Netgallery for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Erin L
    January 1, 1970
    I don't often choose "Beach Reads" in my normal reading life, but I have read Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trochek and really enjoyed it so when I saw the High Tide Club in an email from Netgalley, I decided I should give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed.This book mixed a beach setting with strong female friendships like most beach reads seem to do. The author then threw in a dash of age-old family secrets - skeletons hidden in closets explored through chapters that flashback to the p I don't often choose "Beach Reads" in my normal reading life, but I have read Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trochek and really enjoyed it so when I saw the High Tide Club in an email from Netgalley, I decided I should give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed.This book mixed a beach setting with strong female friendships like most beach reads seem to do. The author then threw in a dash of age-old family secrets - skeletons hidden in closets explored through chapters that flashback to the past. A bit of romance - of course. And finally murder. Let's be honest, this book was crying out for me to read it!As the past and present stories began to echo each other through friendships old and new, the character that joined the two generations together was hard to like as she pushed people away. Is it because of the secrets she's hiding? Or is she just a miserable old woman on death's doorstep?There were times I found the new friendships developed faster than expected, but as a hermit, I'm not sure I'm the person who should be commenting on how friendships form. Overall this didn't distract from my real reason for reading the book - the secrets and murder. This is where I thought the book truly shone. Just enough information was delivered through the chapters that delved into the past to make the reader want (or need) to know more. And the present day chapters had their own conflict and mystery imbued in them. Completely enjoyable read and a reminder that Mary Kay Andrews is a force to be reckoned with in the beach read/suspense area.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolutely fantastic story combining three generations of strong southern women. Josephine is the last of her family and lives on Talisa Island With a small staff and a settlement of families who are descendants of slaves that worked the plantation. The state of Georgia wants the 20,000 acres for a state park but Josephine hires Brooke to set up a trust and fight the State. AT 99, Josephine is setting things right in her life by deeding the homes back to the families, and giving the rest What an absolutely fantastic story combining three generations of strong southern women. Josephine is the last of her family and lives on Talisa Island With a small staff and a settlement of families who are descendants of slaves that worked the plantation. The state of Georgia wants the 20,000 acres for a state park but Josephine hires Brooke to set up a trust and fight the State. AT 99, Josephine is setting things right in her life by deeding the homes back to the families, and giving the rest of the island to the families of her 3 best friends. The story has several twists you never see coming and the glimpse into the south in the 20's is heartbreaking. There are several story lines and it's easy to keep them straight because they blend together seamlessly. I could not stop reading this book. It's so surprising and really pretty deep. Will be a great read for summer vacation either on the beach or on your back porch. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read by this author. Being from the south myself, I enjoyed reading about the area. The story plot was ok but I just didn't get a great feel for any of the characters. Most were greedy, selfish and really unlikeable. I will definitely try another one of Andrews books because I really like her beach-themed style stories. This one is probably a good summer read, just don't expect to come away with any warm fuzzies.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This is a different kind of book for Mary Kay Andrews - her books are usually laugh out loud funny and even though this one has some funny moments, its much more serious and mysterious than her earlier books. That said, I loved this book and highly recommend it. The characters are so well written that we see them as real people - flaws and all. Plus the age of the characters range from mid 30s to 99 so we get to view women's lives through a variety of ages.Josephine, Millie, Ruth and Varina form This is a different kind of book for Mary Kay Andrews - her books are usually laugh out loud funny and even though this one has some funny moments, its much more serious and mysterious than her earlier books. That said, I loved this book and highly recommend it. The characters are so well written that we see them as real people - flaws and all. Plus the age of the characters range from mid 30s to 99 so we get to view women's lives through a variety of ages.Josephine, Millie, Ruth and Varina formed the high tide club in the 30s. Three of the women were spoiled rich girls and Varina was a black girl who lived on the island and was younger than the others. The story is told present day with flashbacks to the 30s so that we get the total picture of Josephine and Varina, the only two surviving members of the group. As the story beings, Josephine summons a lawyer, Brooke, to her secluded island home on a barrier island off the Georgia coast, to help her save her island and to make amends to the women of the high tide club. What follows will have the reader turning pages to find out the story behind this group of women and their descendants. It's a book full of twists and turns and just when you think you have it all figured out, things change again and you realize you were wrong. Don't wait to take his book to the beach, read it as soon as you can.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a MKA fan you would enjoy this beach read. There is a little bit of everything included from romance to suspense to humor. I do feel though that the excessive number of characters and side stories took away from the main plot and at times made the story drag. I did like how the story was told in the present with every few chapters told in the past. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming thus making the story more interesting for me. This was an ARC from Goodreads. Thank you!
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  • Lisa Denton
    January 1, 1970
    “It’s easier to walk around with love in your heart than with hate.” -VarinaMary Kay Andrews’s The High Tide Club is a perfect beach read filled with mystery, romance, friendship, and humor. The story jumps back and forth between the 1940s and present day. In the 1940s, we meet best friends Josephine, Ruth, Millie, and Varina, the girls of the High Tide Club. In the present, only Josephine and Varina are still living, and 99 year old Josephine enlists the help of struggling lawyer Brooke to get “It’s easier to walk around with love in your heart than with hate.” -VarinaMary Kay Andrews’s The High Tide Club is a perfect beach read filled with mystery, romance, friendship, and humor. The story jumps back and forth between the 1940s and present day. In the 1940s, we meet best friends Josephine, Ruth, Millie, and Varina, the girls of the High Tide Club. In the present, only Josephine and Varina are still living, and 99 year old Josephine enlists the help of struggling lawyer Brooke to get her estate in order. Her estate happens to be a wild and beautiful barrier island off the coast of Georgia, and Brooke is tasked with bringing the surviving family members of the High Tide Club together on the island so Josephine can make amends for unknown transgressions. Mysteries from the past and the present intermingle, romance blossoms, lives are endangered, and the most unlikely friendships form.The Deep South setting of The High Tide Club is beautiful and allows Mary Kay Andrews to fill the book with local color. The reader is transported to the humid, muggy, insect-filled beauty of South Georgia through the language, food, and local landmarks.My favorite parts of The High Tide Club revolve around the unlikely friendships formed. Lizzie, Marie, and Felicia join Brooke, Josephine, and Varina on the island as descendants of the High Tide Club girls, and despite different family situations and geographical backgrounds, they overcome their differences and set aside assumptions to forge great friendships. These friendships carry them through sad circumstances and hard revelations. While the story is ultimately about solving a mystery or two, the development of these characters, the humor they share, and the fierceness of their personalities are this book’s real treasures.This book kept me entertained the whole way through. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    This may be my favorite Mary Kay Andrews. It was much longer, and darker, than most of her books. There is not as much of her trademark humor as there has been in other of her novels, however this is a far from solemn book. Mary Kay's love of coastal Georgia shines through, and I am now more determined than ever to make a visit to see if the offshore islands are as impossibly beautiful as she describes them. The characters are memorable, and have interesting back stories and inter-relationships. This may be my favorite Mary Kay Andrews. It was much longer, and darker, than most of her books. There is not as much of her trademark humor as there has been in other of her novels, however this is a far from solemn book. Mary Kay's love of coastal Georgia shines through, and I am now more determined than ever to make a visit to see if the offshore islands are as impossibly beautiful as she describes them. The characters are memorable, and have interesting back stories and inter-relationships. Perhaps Lizzie could have been a little more fleshed out. I enjoyed Felicia's counterpoint perceptions of the way her aunt Varina was treated. The plot certainly took a lot of twists and turns, which kept the story moving and built the suspense. The only subplot that I thought was possibly a little contrived or unnecessary was the relationship between Pete and Brooke, but what would a Mary Kay Andrews book be without a tortured romance (or two) for her heroines? Normally, I do not like novels that shift between time periods, but I found that in this case, the shifts were expertly woven in and served to advance the storylines in a compelling way. The plot twists were unexpected, and served to provide a satisfying resolution to the story. It would be wonderful to see Brooke and Farrah again in a future novel, and see what happens with Pete. The High Tide Club will be a big hit at the beach this summer!. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to preview this book. The only downside to it is that now I won't be able to read it this summer!
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  • Peg
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley, for an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.From the cover, the first thing you think of is a summer beach read. I didn't find it to be that but felt it was a novel that could be read anytime, anywhere. The story line was just okay for me. It's about a fictional island off the coast of Georgia owned by a 99-year-old wealthy woman who is dying and she wants to leave the island to the descendants of her three best friends. She hires an Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley, for an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.From the cover, the first thing you think of is a summer beach read. I didn't find it to be that but felt it was a novel that could be read anytime, anywhere. The story line was just okay for me. It's about a fictional island off the coast of Georgia owned by a 99-year-old wealthy woman who is dying and she wants to leave the island to the descendants of her three best friends. She hires an attorney, Brooke, to take care of this but details are complicated. The attorney has many problems of her own plus conflicts of interest in dealing with this case.The novel switches between the present and the 1940's and that may be why the first half of this novel moved very slowly for me. By the time the pace picked up, I wasn't very interested in the plot or the long list of characters. The story lines include female relationships, tremendous wealth, deception, murder, and some twists and turns.The title of the novel is from the young females in the 1940's going skinny-dipping in the moonlight when it was high tide. I enjoyed the island setting since I've spent time on the barrier islands of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia but didn't enjoy any of the under-developed characters. Sadly, only 2 Stars.
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  • Jessica Call
    January 1, 1970
    Unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was fascinating read. I had a hard time putting it down! This book shows how the past always has a way of showing up in your present. There’s lots of twists and turns I gasped in shock at a few. Applauded others and was sad, happy, mad, teary etc. this book makes you feel. You get caught up in the reminiscing moments and through the whole book you are guessing who done it! At the end I was incredibly proud when I found out. This author has a amazing gift and I’ Unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was fascinating read. I had a hard time putting it down! This book shows how the past always has a way of showing up in your present. There’s lots of twists and turns I gasped in shock at a few. Applauded others and was sad, happy, mad, teary etc. this book makes you feel. You get caught up in the reminiscing moments and through the whole book you are guessing who done it! At the end I was incredibly proud when I found out. This author has a amazing gift and I’m so grateful she chose to share it with the world. I’m wanting you to know that this is a book everyone would enjoy. It’s filled with laughs,tears,friendships,loyalty,shocks,fears, truths and lies. Oh and somebody dies lol it was completely full of life and amazement. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a mystery with memory trips to the past and laughter, heartbreak, family and secrets. You can totally take this book anywhere and it takes you everywhere! *****Goodreads First Reads Winner *****
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Mary Kay Andrews has given us another well-written novel that rolls out excitement, mystery, intrigue, romance along with beautiful scenery and gentle moments where joy springs up in simple everyday actions. Very well done!The High Tide Club is established in 1941 when four teenage girls go skinny dipping during a full moon on Talisa Island. The daughters and granddaughters of Josephine, Millie, Ruth & Varina continue to tradition in 2018.Their lives are told in a series of flashbacks that r Mary Kay Andrews has given us another well-written novel that rolls out excitement, mystery, intrigue, romance along with beautiful scenery and gentle moments where joy springs up in simple everyday actions. Very well done!The High Tide Club is established in 1941 when four teenage girls go skinny dipping during a full moon on Talisa Island. The daughters and granddaughters of Josephine, Millie, Ruth & Varina continue to tradition in 2018.Their lives are told in a series of flashbacks that reveal the norms for both eras - how much has changed for women regardless of race.You meet 34 yr old Brooke, determined to be self-supporting, independent, as a lawyer and single mother she has a lot on her plate. Meet Josephine, 99, determined to right a lifetime of wrongs before cancer wins.The men in their lives are as diverse as the women in their temperaments and actions. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this ARC from St. Martins Press through Net Galley.
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  • MaryAnn
    January 1, 1970
    The High Tide Club was unlike any other Mary Kay Andrews book that I've read. I've read most, if not all of hers, so this surprised me.The story started out slowly, in my opinion, and at one point I had half a mind to put it down without finishing. Believe me, do not make the mistake that I almost did because the story does pick up and keeps moving quickly until the end once it starts moving. I'd say I found it slow going until about 15% of the way in.One thing I always enjoy about this author i The High Tide Club was unlike any other Mary Kay Andrews book that I've read. I've read most, if not all of hers, so this surprised me.The story started out slowly, in my opinion, and at one point I had half a mind to put it down without finishing. Believe me, do not make the mistake that I almost did because the story does pick up and keeps moving quickly until the end once it starts moving. I'd say I found it slow going until about 15% of the way in.One thing I always enjoy about this author is the ability she has to describe things so well that you almost can see them. This book was no exception to that. The characters were well rounded, although they made some questionable decisions that I disagreed with, but then again, I'm not the author. The bit with the librarian bothered me because I'd like to think that what books you asked to check out or research would be confidential unless someone had a warrant to get that information.If you've enjoyed other books by this author or like beachy type settings with more "meat" to them than the typical beach read, you will enjoy this story. Thanks very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for making an ARC available to me.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This book had it all! I thought from the title it would be a fluffy romantic beach read. Boy was I surprised. It had murders, mystery, friendships new and old, romances new and old, and lots of secrets. The characters were fascinating. I could actually feel the pain for both Varina growing up a young black girl in the 30’s and 40’s who is now in her 90’s as she tried to explain to her great niece a young black professional of the new millennium of a different time. Oh, and how are he secrets cha This book had it all! I thought from the title it would be a fluffy romantic beach read. Boy was I surprised. It had murders, mystery, friendships new and old, romances new and old, and lots of secrets. The characters were fascinating. I could actually feel the pain for both Varina growing up a young black girl in the 30’s and 40’s who is now in her 90’s as she tried to explain to her great niece a young black professional of the new millennium of a different time. Oh, and how are he secrets changed lives. And, how lives were mended from these same secrets.#TheHighTideClub. #NetGalley
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Quite different from the typical MKA, this one adds the impact of race on family, especially in the South, and even includes a bit of a murder mystery. Unlike most of her titles, this one alternatives between the present and the 1940's, including a wider cast or characters than many, but still with a snappy, sassy sense of humor and enough depth to keep them interesting. Another great beach read.
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  • Leslynn
    January 1, 1970
    Copy courtesy of NetGalleyCould've been a 4-star, but (view spoiler)[happy endings (hide spoiler)] are bullshit! I was pleasantly surprised by the calibre of writing, character depth and storyline. Mostly because the cover image depicted a girly, light-hearted, fun story, I didn't hold out hope that the novel would be other than a cute story. How wrong can one be? This is a wonderful tale of strength, perseverance, friendship and forgiveness - but also a fun read!
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