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Beach Town: A Novel Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Praise for Beach Town
"Andrews expertly combines an intriguing love story with small-town quirkiness and cinematic action to highly entertaining effect." -Booklist
"Ready to kick off beach-read season? Look no further than Mary Kay Andrews's aptly titled Beach Town." -Instyle.com
"Could Beach Town be the summer beach read of the year? Featuring a bevy of memorable characters, as well as Andrews' attention to detail and distinct wit-along with her proven summer beach read track record-it very well could be." -RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars)
“There is a lot of competition out there for your beach bag filler this year. You had best go with the lady who has the track record of creating hit after hit after hit. To read Mary Kay Andrews is to love Mary Kay Andrews and Beach Town is no exception. Set your sites for this summer destination and have a grand time with a fascinating storyteller.” –Huffington Post
“A fun book that's perfect to read by the pool or in the sand...Another summer staple.” –The Durham Herald-Sun
“Beach Town is perfect reading for a sunny summer day.” –BookPage
“Fun and frothy.” –Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“It wouldn’t be Summer without another page turner from Mary Kay Andrews.” –popsugar.com
“Just in time for warm weather, Mary Kay Andrews comes through with another perfect beach read. Filled with sun, sand, and romance, Beach Town is ideal for the lazy days of summer…Though Andrew’s story is filled with deeply emotional issues, it has enough palm trees, quaint boathouses and ocean waves to qualify as a relaxing read.” –Woodbury magazine
About the Author
MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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It's been some years now since I read my first book by Mary Kay Andrews. I honestly can't recall if it was Hissy Fit or one of her other books that I first read. What I do remember was being absolutely captivated and mesmerized by how perfectly she was able to capture the true heart and spirit of the south.
Hollywood has long had such skewed preconceived notions of how us southern ladies are, and so to find an author who had truly captured the heart of the south and the spirit of the southern woman was so refreshing. She nailed it with Hissy Fit and her portrayal of a southern woman scorned.
The last few books have been a little different feeling than the earlier books I had fell in love with, yet they still managed to feel "southern". Beach Town to me seemed to lack the trademark Mary Kay Andrews "Southern, Sassy woman".
In Beach Town, we are taken to a remote old school southern beach town called Cypress Bay. Greer Hennesy, a Hollywood location scout, has been tasked with the impossible, finding an uncommercialized beach that has the feel of a remote and almost forgotten beach town. However, Cypress Bay is just the right location, it has all the qualities that the director is looking for.
Most of the locals are more than thrilled to discover that Hollywood is descending on their little town. However, the mayor and "Jack of all trades", Eb Thibadeaux is less than impressed by the bright lights and the big name stars. The mayor is more concerned with how this whole movie situation can have a negative impact on their small community.
When the director and writer of "Beach Town" has inspiration strike and sets his heart on having an explosive ending, the tensions between the Mayor and Greer only escalate. Seems the crew and Greer have their sites set on a local historic landmark "casino" and they have plans to not only fix it up to feature it in their movie, they also have the casino in mind for their "explosive" ending.
With a cast of characters that are more Hollywood than "Southern charm", this book feels different than Mary Kay Andrews trademark style. Don't get me wrong this was a good book, but the storyline didn't pull me in and grab my attention. Generally when reading a Mary Kay Andrews book, it takes me two nights TOPS to finish. However, this one it took at least a week to finish.
I just didn't find myself really connecting with these characters, I didn't feel any emotional connection to what happened to them. I wasn't rooting for any of the characters. It just lacked anything that made me feel immersed in the story.
The last chapter or two, I finally felt invested in the story and it got exciting a bit. However Beach Town is a long long way from the quirky and lovable imperfect southern characters in Hissy Fit and Savannah Blues and other of Mary Kay Andrews books.
I hope that this is a "one-off" and that Mary Kay Andrews goes back to the types of characters that we have come to expect to find in her books. For me Beach Town just totally missed the mark and didn't even feel anything like a Mary Kay Andrews book. I literally felt as if I could have been reading any ol' book by any ol' author. It just was severly lacking in character and heart.
It literally pains me to have to say anything less than glowing things about Mary Kay Andrews. Afterall, there's no way that I could do anything near as good as Beach Town, but as an avid reader and lover of Ms. Andrews work, I just have to give my honest opinion.
Location scout Greer Hennessy is tasked with finding a town that represents “old Florida”; somewhere far from tourists and theme parks. She finds the perfect spot in tiny Cypress Key, but runs into a roadblock when the town’s mayor, Eben Thibadeaux, has some reservations about having a big-budget film crew descending on his hometown. Greer manages to persuade Eben that a touch of Hollywood will be a boon to the local economy, but once filming gets underway chaos (and romance) ensues.
I really enjoyed this. The author does a great job describing Cypress Key, and by the time the book ended I was ready to toss my flip-flops into a suitcase and go searching for this fictional beach town. The characters are wonderful, really nicely developed and relatable. The story revolves around a major film being shot on location, and there are a lot of behind-the-scene movie-making details that I found interesting as well as entertaining. There’s a little mix of everything in this story: romance, heartache, grief, forgiveness, humor - all skillfully woven together to create a totally satisfying read.
This was the perfect story to get lost in as summer winds down here and autumn begins to creep closer and closer. I may not be able to hold on to summer forever, but I can experience it vicariously thru Ms. Andrews’ writing, and that may just be the next best thing.
Occasional swearing/strong language. There is some brief adult (non-explicit) content.
By Mary Kay Andrews
Beach Town: A Novel
Mary Kay Andrews once again delivers a good summer read. I enjoyed the hero, glasses and all. Her heroine, Greer, had a refreshingly , new occupation as a location scout and manager. I like learning new information while reading.
This was an pleasant read with a predictable romance between the two main characters. I had high hopes for their romance but it was predictable. I thought the heroine fell into bed much to easily and that she didn’t really have good reason for running away from Eb in the middle of the night. Eb the hero was much better drawn as a character. I liked the characterization of “Messiah Syndrome” for Eb. It seemed to fit him.
Andrews creates believable female characters to people the pages and to flesh out the novel. I felt for Allie all the way through. Being a teenage is always a difficult time for any girl and I cheered for as she battled her way through being taken in first by Kregg and secondly her realization of her father’s true character.
I would recommend this book as light reading and perfect to pick up and pick up again as I often do during the busy summertime.