Mary Kay Andrews
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Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame.
Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. 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 climax—when the bad guys blow it up in an all-out assault on the townspeople.
Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoilt patch of the Florida gulf coast. She takes a room at the only motel in town, and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who’s seen huge damage done to the town by a huge paper company. The bay has only recently been re-born, a fishing industry has sprung up, and Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.
Will true love find a foothold in this small beach town before it’s too late and disaster strikes? Told with Mary Kay Andrews inimitable wit and charm, Beach Town is this year’s summer beach read!
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Such a fun, easy, happy, touch your heart kind of book. Can't wait to indulge in her other works.
What a dud
I read Mary Kay Andrews' new book every summer. I usually find her stories fun and entertaining if a bit thin on plot, but this one was poor and formulaic, badly in need of some editing.
I seldom give up on a book, but this was close.
Two notes to MKA:
1. Either write sexy books or don't. You seemed to dip your toe into writing a hot scene, but it felt forced in the context of the rest of the book.
2. This book was rife with awkward racial references. Any black character is promptly referred to as black in the first few words describing them, with few other descriptors. Other characters are assumed white with more detail and description.
I'm not a person who notices this kind of thing unless it's very pointed, and wow, it's almost impossible to miss. Shocking, really.
3. There were so many characters and plot points that could have been cut entirely. There were characters who were abandoned in the middle of the book. The second half of the book feels rushed and looks like a master class in what happens when an editor does not manage the writer.
A fun summer romance to read on the beach or in your porch swing with a cold drink in your hand.