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August 7, 2015 / Leslie

Review – Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

A Rapid Review

Beach Town by Mary Kay AndrewsPublisher: St. Martin’s Press | May 2015
Format: Hardcover | 448 Pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction Rating: 4 stars

Greer Hennessy needs palm trees. As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film’s explosive climax. There’s just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer’s plan.

I liked Greer, whose backstory turns out to be much more involved that it appeared on the surface. As we learn about her family, her friends, her relationship with her divorced parents, and disastrous ex-boyfriend, her complex personality evolves. Add in a varied cast of lively characters in Cypress Key plus a movie crew, and it makes for a fun time as crisis after crisis occurs and is resolved.

This was a nice, leisurely read for summer afternoons and evenings. Perfect for when I wanted to pick up a book for a few minutes and relax, joining the crew in Cypress Key. The pacing was good, the story was fun, I learned a bit about the movie industry, and the romance wasn’t overdone. And— not really a spoiler here—a happy ending for most of the characters.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Tandem Literary.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Aug 7 2015 1:20 pm

    Yes, her books are fun and end happily and sometimes that’s just what we need.


  2. bettyl / Aug 7 2015 1:29 pm

    would love to win, anything that Mary Kay writes is great, ty for the chance


  3. Vicki / Aug 7 2015 2:01 pm

    I love happy endings, and books that take place in a beach town.


  4. laurelrainsnow / Aug 7 2015 2:32 pm

    I do love this author’s books, and this one is on my list. Thanks for your great review.


  5. Suko / Aug 7 2015 5:13 pm

    This sounds very good! have a super weekend, Leslie!


  6. Mary / Aug 8 2015 6:29 am

    I liked this one – perfect summer read.



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