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Beach Town

(Beach Town #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  14,376 ratings  ·  1,251 reviews
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 Cypr
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Robert No mystery, some romance, mostly it's about making a movie in an oldtime town and the struggles of the crew and the locals.

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Terry
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
I have loved Mary Kay Andrews' books since I first read "Hissy Fit" many years ago. After living in the South all my life, I have appreciated, loved, and lived her Southern humor. That is missing from this book. Yes, it takes place in the South -- sort of -- Cypress Key, FL. And then there are the LA transported characters who clash with the FL natives. But Andrews' trademark Southern humor is absent. The characters are predictable as is the story. This is not up to Ms. Andrews' regular standard ...more
Leslie Ann
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
This was my least favorite MKA book. There was way too much detail about filming the movie. Details that didn't have anything to do with the plot. There were two entire pages dedicated to how Greer solved the portable toilets crisis. What did that have to do with the storyline? I get that it shows how valuable she was to the filming crew and how good she was at her job, but it was a bit much. There was way too little interaction between Greer and Eb. Their scenes were my favorites, but the rest ...more
Bianca
3.5

This was the first Mary Kay Andrews novel I read, well, listened to.
It was an enjoyable novel. Our heroine, Greer, is a movie location scout, so there are a lot of scenes about the intricacies of movie making.
Her love interest was multi-layered and a bit different.
This was the perfect beach read.

Beach Town could be turned into a cute romantic comedy.
ariesdollface
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
NOTE: I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Let me say that the 2 star rating suggests that the book isn't good, which is not the case. My takeaway from the book, however, truly fit the "it's ok" descriptor of the two star rating. Beach Town is a leisurely read that you can put down and come back to. The characters are only semi-likable, the town is semi-interesting. There was at least one moment that made me chuckle. Still, I did not find the story particularly com
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Carol Brill
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
A breezy, easy beach read. Greer stumbles on an old Florida beach town that is perfect for a movie shoot and the story flows from there. There's the BFF, former cheating boyfriend, new gruff and charming love interest, small town politics and a cast of intertwined characters. Mostly predictable story and happy ending.
Kim
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book of hers. The ending was rushed.
Judy Collins
Always a fun time with southern charmer, Mary Kay Andrews and of course, love the Florida setting and the front cover. Coming in Paperback format, May 2016.

BEACH TOWN is a "must" for your beach bag for some summertime fun. Highly recommend the audio, narrated by the fabulous Kathleen McInerney for hours of laugh out loud entertainment!

Mary Kay Andrews is back with her southern lovable humor and sass with BEACH TOWN, for a summer sizzling beach read of family, drama, and romance, assured to
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Yvonne
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life isn’t easy for Greer Hennessy. It’s difficult enough in her line of work as a movie location scout, but when a disaster she couldn’t control occurs, she loses the job she loves. Now, she is hired as a location manager for the film Beach Town. Her first assignment is to locate the perfect spot for the film, but the director’s demands are not easy to fulfill. When she comes upon a small Florida town, Cypress Key, she’s convinced it would be just the place the director is looking for. A sleep- ...more
Mary
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This may have been my favorite MKA book to date. Taking place in my adopted hometown of sunny Florida was part of it. But I especially enjoyed the making of the movie and Greer's sass. The family drama and the teen angst was well done. The ending was fairly predictable but still a worthwhile read. I loved it!
Crystal
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Sadly, this book was a disappointment. I typically like this author but this one was different to me. The storyline seemed thrown together and I didn't love any of the characters. Started off slow and never picked up for me.
Suzanne
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
4.5 stars
Heather Alderman
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, quick, beachy story that was hard to put down at times. Just what I needed for the end of summer.
Chelsey Wolford
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My summer cannot truly begin until I have read the latest Mary Kay Andrews novel. Each and every novel that I have ever read by Andrews takes me only hours and allows me to feel so connected to her characters and puts me in a fresh frame of mind. This book follows Greer Hennessy, a movie scout that has recently lost her mother and has not had contact with her father in about twenty years. Greer is doing some traveling in order to find the ideal location for an upcoming movie shoot. She ends up i ...more
Kayla
The CD audio narrator is AMAZING!!! Plus you can never go wrong with a book by Mary Kay Andrews! When this book was released, I got the privilege of attending the promo tour and hearing MKA speak about the book and her process of writing the story, including her personal research and the traveling involved. Oh, the excitement of working on a Hollywood movie - doesn't seem too difficult unless your star was recently released from rehab and begins hanging out with the mayor's underage niece. I cau ...more
Dawn
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

I should first say that I am not a huge fan of this genre. I really have no idea what possessed me to request this novel as a giveaway. If only I could turn back the wheels of time and undo that thoughtless action. But alas, this garbage is now in my head. Hated it from start to finish. An absolutely trite, tired story line without even a hint of originality. On top of being hot garbage as far as the plot, character development, and overall
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Debbie
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winner by MKA. Just the right mix of everything we look for in chick lit. I hate to see these books end and I keep thinking we could pick this story up in another book. I only have 2 or 3 of her older books left to read and then I'll just be in the line of people waiting for the next book to come out.
Kayrene Smither
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Loved the town of Cypress Key, and the description of the area. Found the details about the making of a movie to be maybe unrealistic, but what would I know. Listened on Audio, and the reading was excellent.
Tracy
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I do love visiting the worlds MKA creates, if only for a little while. And this one is only about 2 hours from here!
Sheena
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Loved it. Perfect book to start off the summer.
Sally Kilpatrick
My first MKA book! I'm still mulling over my feels. It's romance, but it's not. It's a mystery, but it's not. It's like like Nora, but it's not.

I liked it, especially Eb. Eb is the best.
Sonia Cristina
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Beach Town is my second book by Mary Kay Andrews and, as it happened with the first, Sunset Beach, I enjoyed it very much. It was a lovely reading and it provided me with hours of immense pleasure.

I enjoyed everything: the plot, the subplots, the characters and the romance. I even wanted to visit Cypress Key, a small town where the book happens.

Before starting reading Beach Town, I couldn't imagine I would have so much fun reading about making a movie but I enjoyed that part, too.

The romance pa
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Ada-Marie
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love MKA but I think this one might have been one of her worst. Shallow plot and waaaaaaaaay too long.
Louise
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
ISBN: 978-1-250-06593-3
Greer Hennessey is a movie location scout and she needs to find a specific location with palm trees and a beach. When she stumbles upon a place called Cypress Key she thinks she's found the absolute perfect place. But, has she found more than she bargained for?
It seems Eben Thibadeaux is the head of everything in Cypress Key from Mayor right on down to the person who issues building permits and at first, Greer finds him a tad arrogant. However, those feelings soon begin to
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Monica
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
First off I’m a huge Mary Kay Andrews fan, I love her books and they make the perfect reads, Beach Town is no expection this one focuses on Greer who is a sent to Florida to look for locations for a new movie. This is her chance to rebuild her reputation after her last film shoot was set on fire and it was seen as her fault. She is determined to make this her comeback film but little does she know her future is headed in a whole other direction.

While in town she meets a cast of characters who wi
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Rachel
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I'm a bit on the fence about this book. It was engaging and well written, but had an overabundance of cursing. This isn't something that normally bothers me, but when the f-bomb is dropped every other paragraph that's excessive.
I also thought the ending was a bit abrupt.
Joan
Dec 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
As a long time fan I felt disappointed in this book because it didn't have that quaint Southern feeling that her other books do. I can appreciate a different approach to writing but this one wasn't it for me. I look forward to the next book to see what Mary Kay Andrews has in store for us!
Marcia Kellenberger
Apr 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Usually enjoy a light Mary Kay Andrews read. Not this one. Did not care about these characters. Disappointed.
Chloe
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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Teena in Toronto
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Greer is a scout and travelling around Florida for the perfect location for a soon-to-be-made movie. She has a big list of "need-to-haves" and finds the perfect spot in Cypress Key. Filming starts right away, the script isn't even finished, and the cast and crew take over the town. There is tension between Greer and Eb, the mayor ... Greer is focused on getting the movie made (and keeping her job) and Eb is concerned about preserving the town after a paper plant had left. It doesn't help that th ...more
Cynthia
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The setting of the book Cypress Key was pictured in my mind as pretty but old- fashioned looking buildings but pretty with the ocean near by how could it not be picturesque. As I was reading Beach Town I imagined myself in Cypress Key. I can always tell when I become attached to a book by the way I imagine myself in the setting of a book.

Greer, the main character , has Daddy issues so unfortunately for her she just cannot seem to find the right man…..yet. What did I like about Greer? Her strong
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Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri
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