Nicole Says…Read These Books

By Nicole McManus

The High Tide Clubby Mary Kay Andrews

A group of carefree girls enjoying the summer are torn apart by life’s events. A woman, Josephine, on her deathbed wants to make amends and protect the sacred family land. A young woman, Brooke, who has heard of the stories and of the legend, but has never met any of the girls, is summoned to the older woman’s side. A friendship is formed while secrets are unveiled. Will Brooke be able to gather the descendants to form a new bond in honor of the original High Tide Club members?

Set both in modern day and in the 1940s, the two stories woven through this book show how times have changed. This isn’t the typical light-hearted beach read that the author is known for. The High Tide Club has a bit more depth, concerning end of life and regrets. However, there is still plenty of fun to be had with the original friends and the new group of women that had never met. Add in the mysterious murder, and this book has a little bit of everything for readers to enjoy.

One of the first audiobooks that I ever listened to was Hissy Fit, by Mary Kay Andrews. It was one of the very few books that made me laugh out loud! Her flare for southern sass was priceless. So, I was thrilled at the chance to read her latest book. Though not as funny, more on the poignant side, there were still scenes that had me chuckling. Her writing style is impressive and her stories are fun entertainment for the beach. And if you can’t spend the day, lying out in the sun, have no fear, the setting truly comes to life and you will feel as though you are part of the antics with the members of the High Tide gals!

Bring Me Back, by B. A. Paris

Finn and his girlfriend, Layla, were on vacation, 12 years ago, when she disappeared. Never knowing what happened that night has tortured Finn. He has now found solace in his life and is engaged to Ellen… who is Layla’s sister. The two of them are living an idyllic life, when suddenly Russian nesting dolls begin to pop-up everywhere. The dolls trace back to when the sisters were children, and Finn is being taunted by mysterious emails. Could this mean that Layla is alive after all these years? If so, where has she been and who will Finn choose in the end?

This book is divided into sections. The first part is entirely told from Finn’s point of view, in the present and through his memories. Then the author brings in a new narrator so readers can hear two sides of the story. The author has a gift for taking readers on a very twisted, winding path. There are several sneaky characters in this book, all of whom readers will suspect at one point or another. The interchanging time periods and narratives keep readers on their toes, as they try to guess the ending.

B. A. Paris has written three books now. The first, Behind Closed Doors, was absolutely thrilling. I read it in a few short hours. This book was entertaining. I enjoyed how each chapter unraveled another layer, like an onion. Yes, the love triangle aspect was a bit clichĂ©, but I still kept reading to find out if my suspicions were right. (Every few chapters, one suspicion was proven wrong, another was right.) I don’t think I will ever be able to look at a set of Russian Nesting Dolls, without thinking of this story. This book was entertaining and very easy-to-read, making it perfect for a hot, summer day.

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  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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