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The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

We are thrilled to be part of The Book Club Cookbook’s Blog Party for The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews!

Years ago, before I even started Really Into This, I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Kay Andrews at a book event in Savannah, Georgia. I will just say this; Mary Kay is a total joy! If you read her books, I think you get e great sense of her humor & joy. She is just a total gem and I am so glad  I had the opportunity to meet her. I’m also so glad we can celebrate her newest release with a perfect cocktail (or mocktail) pairing!

Book Club Cookbook Blog Party

Letty’s Surf Spritzer

I’m over the moon to have my dear friend Sara help us out with some cocktail pairings! You can connect with Sara here!

First up, is Letty’s Surf Spritzer! Letty is the lead in The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews. She definitely deserves a refreshing and delicious spritzer! Oh, did you think Sara was going to leave the other characters in the books without a cocktail to enjoy? No way! Joe & Ava are covered too!

Letty's Surf Spritzer

Cocktail recipe that pairs perfectly with The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

Course Drinks


  • 2 oz Malibu Rum
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz pineapple mango juice
  • Prosecco, sparkling wine or soda


  1. Shake, pour and top with Prosecco, sparkling wine or soda. Serve immediately!


Ava’s Sunset Martini

Course Drinks


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1 oz simple syrup


  1. Rub a lemon slice around the edge of a martini glass, dip the edge in sugar
  2. Shake over ice, strain into rimmed glass, and add a drop of grenadine into the prepared cocktail

Joe’s Murmuring Mojito


  • 2 oz rum
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 4 mint leaves
  • I cup watermelon chunks
  • Juice of 1/2 lime


  1. In a glass, add mint leaves, watermelon, lime wedges, rum, and simple syrup. Muddle, add ice to the glass and top with soda water, garnish with watermelon slice

Book Review: The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

Amy’s Review: This book was hard to put down. I read it in two days. Letty Carnahan finds her sister dead on the floor in her NYC townhouse. Her sister made her promise months prior that if something ever happened to her, then Letty should take her daughter Maya and run away where her dad couldn’t find her. This is a gripping story of her life on the run to save her 4-year-old niece from her wealthy and narcissistic dad.


Mary Kay ANdrews Bio
Mary Kay Andrews | Twitter

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including THE WEEKENDERS, BEACH TOWN, LADIES’ NIGHT, SUMMER RENTAL, DEEP DISH and HISSY FIT.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years. The last ten years of her career were spent as a features reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Tom Trocheck, with whom she has a 40-year (and counting) collaboration yielding two grown children, two adorable grandchildren and countless memorable kitchen experiences.

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.

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