Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Beach Town

By Gail Allison

I’m pretty sure summer’s officially here (even for those of us way up in the frozen north), and that can only mean a few things: 1) my hammock has a place of honor in the backyard again, 2) any of the delicious teas that I’ve been sipping all winter are even more delicious when iced and enjoyed out on the deck in the sun, and 3) it must be time for a new Mary Kay Andrews book!!! Seriously you guys...I just can’t say enough about MKA’s books. I love them so much! They’re just fluffy enough to be readable on the beach or on the patio, and they’re just involved enough to become thoroughly unputdownable once you’re a chapter or two in.

Her newest offering, Beach Town, takes us out to the tiny, sleepy Florida town of Cypress Key. Movie location scout Greer Hennessy needs palm trees, an old timey main street, a quaint fishing area, and a big building to blow up for the movie’s climax. When she finds Cypress Key, she realizes it’s absolutely perfect...almost. First, Eben Thibadeaux (the mayor, the town engineer, the grocery store owner, and...well, you get the idea) doesn’t want his town’s landmark casino blown up. Second, Greer has some pretty serious unresolved family issues, and this little jaunt to Florida has landed her right in her father’s backyard. Combine these problems with Florida-grown flying insects, a hilarious cast of characters, and a movie budget that’s skyrocketing out of control, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a novel that moves along comfortably, and keeps you smiling all the while.

As with all of Mary Kay Andrews’ books, the magic isn’t in the main storyline, but in how it seamlessly moves alongside all the other minor storylines. We have the blossoming yet questionable romance between Kregg (rapper turned movie star) and Allie (Eben’s niece), the comic foil of Greer’s best friend and makeup artist for the movie CeeJay who is shacking up with the producer/director when the novel opens, and the ex-debutante heiress who actually owns the casino land and is determined to do what’s best for her own self in the middle of this whole mess. Meanwhile, people are still trying to make a movie, stick to a timeline, and in Greer’s case, decide if she’s really ready to reunite with her father in the little bit of downtime she gets each evening.

All in all, Beach Town was a nice escape. The landscape of small town Florida was illustrated so well I could practically feel the sand under my feet and smell the sea water. The characters were easy to read, distinguishable from each other, and had their own voices and foibles which definitely made the book more entertaining. It was an engaging book to sink into, and involved enough to hold my attention the whole way through. Fluffy? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. Goes great with a cocktail in the sun? Most definitely. Happy reading, and don’t forget the SPF!

Thanks to Tandem Literary for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have one copy for a lucky US reader!

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31 comments:

Kristi said...

This weekend is going to be so awesome! Tonight I have book club and can't wait to catch up with the ladies. Tomorrow I have obedience class with my crazy dog and then the rest of the weekend is mine to putter around, finish some sewing projects, drink wine and do whatever I want. I love weekends like that!

Janine said...

I really don't have any plans for the weekend. I hope to get caught up on some reading.

Rhonda Gothier said...

Reading. Maybe drive to the beach.

susieqlaw said...

I am so excited about the weekend! I plan to spend time with family, sort stuff to simplify life, read, and relax!

Patricia said...

Reading, of course. And yoga, cooking, and a little laundry.

Jennifer C said...

Reading, exercise, time with family - all sounds perfect to me! :)

Suburban prep said...

hopefully being able to get some rest and then also meet up with a friend

cpr040304 said...

We will be heading to California to visit my parents and in-laws. We are all super excited!

Bonnie Franks said...

Organizing my books and things. *shudders*

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Poke about out in our garden if it isn't raining. We have had so much that if it had been snow there'd be 130 inches!

Bethany Clark said...

Laying out, reading and swimming with the kids!

Britney Adams said...

Enjoying time with my family!

traveler said...

Spend time with the grandchildren and read in the sunshine.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Books and Java said...

read read read

pascale said...

we are having a pool party and I am spending the day with my 15 year old daughter

Grandma Cootie said...

Going to kick back and enjoy sitting by the pond. Remodel in progress so the quiet will be nice.

Linda Kish said...

I don't have anything planned which is nice after two busy weeks.

bn100 said...

a picnic

Kkdnc said...

We're meeting our youngest daughter in Asheville for lunch & shopping!

Vivian Vereeke said...

I managed to squeeze in quite a bit of reading between doing some painting for a craft project and giving my dog a bath - always a fun (?) time. ;)

Tracy said...

I'm working on finalizing pieces of my upcoming book tour, and patiently awaiting for my husband to arrive home with my new Kindle Paperwhite :-)

Anonymous said...

Well, I thought I left a comment but I don't see it here :(
I spent the weekend working with my wonderful blood donors. The played with the new battery powered weed eater my son got me! So much lighter and it does the trick! I'm not very good with one, though :(

Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

booksandcarbs said...

This weekend? Participating in a Bags Tournament. Bean bag tossing game.

Terri. said...

I'm going to have a quiet, relaxing weekend...no plans!!!

penney said...

This sounds very good, I'm looking forward to reading it, We are having a friend over for a BBQ.
Penney

S.Sabia said...

Last weekend we had a BBQ with my husband's brother and sister and their families. Our three families are only together a couple of times a year because we all live in different states. It's always a good time when we are together!

Nova said...

this past weekend was my youngest' birthday. we had lunch out and then a cook-out later in the day. spend time hanging out & making smores! a really good day!

rubynreba said...

Today my granddaughter and I went to our local Care Center and played bean bag toss with the residents! Loved it!

Jen said...

This weekend we are celebrating our son's 16th birthday, which is on Monday! I will be reliving some memories as I look at this man-child who was a baby just sixteen years ago.

DarcyO said...

This weekend I'll have some time for reading and will be seeing a production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Nicole said...

No time for reading this weekend :( My daughter is in a softball tournament! GO RAVENS!!!!!