Monday, May 18, 2015

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

I've been a Mary Kay Andrews fan since the early '90s when she was writing mysteries under the name Kathy Hogan Trocheck. And, as much as I liked those books, and have enjoyed some of her standalones written under Andrews, she's moved up a notch with Beach Town. It's already on lists of the hottest summer reads for 2015, and it deserves to be. The engrossing story has drama, humor, romance, and an explosive ending. In other words, Beach Town is a captivating story with a charming setting and the type of delightful characters Andrews writes so well.

After the fire on her last job, movie location scout Greer Hennessy has one last chance to get it right, or she'll be blacklisted in Hollywood. Director Bryce Levy is looking for the perfect Florida location for his movie, Beach Town. He wants an old time, sleepy Florida town, the kind that's hard to find anymore. But, when Greer arrives in Cypress Key to discover small motels, closed-down shops, and a deserted casino, she knows she's found her movie location. And, she might even have an ally in the casino's owner, Vanessa Littrell. But, she'll have to make peace with the mayor first, Eben Thibadeaux. And, Eb isn't about to turn the town over to outsiders without a fight.

Beach Town. It appears to be just another summer read with a film crew arriving in a small Florida town, doesn't it? But, Andrews succeeds beautifully in writing an entertaining story with depth. She juggles the film business with stories of dysfunctional families, and a realistic story of a town destroyed by industry, first polluted, and then left behind to die economically. And, it's the story of one man fighting for the town he loves. But, most of all, Beach Town is a story of relationships, unhealthy ones, family ones, and romantic ones.

If you're looking for an engaging romance, a big novel for your summer vacation, you might want to start your escape with Mary Kay Andrews' Beach Town.

Note: And, the publicist will give one lucky reader the chance to enjoy that summer escape. I'm giving away one copy of Beach Town. Email me at Your subject line should read "Win Beach Town." Please include your name and mailing address. Entries from the U.S. only, please. The giveaway ends Thursday, May 21 at 6 PM CT.

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Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews. St. Martin's Press. 2015. ISBN 9781250065933 (hardcover), 448p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Kay said...

I don't read so many 'beach' books anymore. However, I may do so this summer. There are several coming out that look appealing to me and this one is in that group. Thanks for the encouragement!!

P.S. Maybe it helps that she used to write mysteries. I remember her name, but I don't think I read any of them. :-)

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Kay. Beach Town is meatier than some beach reads, so you might want to look at it.

Kaye Barley said...

I am a huge beach reads fan and fine the to be more than some give them credit for - Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank, Karen White and Mary Kay Andrews, just to name a few, are some of the finest writers writing today, I think. (I still miss the Kathy Hogan Trocheck books!)

My Recent Favorite Books said...

This sounds like a very good story! =)
Thanks for sharing!

Lesa said...

They do have more meat to them than people give them credit for. Good list of authors, Kaye. And, I miss those books as well.

Lesa said...

You're welcome! Happy to share!

ceblain said...

Sound like a good book when you want to read but don't want something keeping you awake due to disturbing thoughts from the material that you read that evening. This sounds like a lovely book for anytime you want some quiet time and reading pleasure.


Lesa said...

You're right, Cynthia. This one won't keep you up at night. Just a good book.

Ingrid King said...

I can't wait to read this. I recently attended an event with Mary Kay Andrews, and her humor and warmth are just as endearing in person as they are in her books.

Lesa said...

Isn't she great in person, Ingrid? I've had a couple chances to meet her, and she's very nice. I know you'll enjoy the book.