In June 2016, the boys had Vacation Bible School. I opted not to drive home because I would turn right around to go and pick them up. So I went to the local outdoor mall.
The bookstore at the mall had Mary Kay Andrews speaking about her newest book Weekenders.
From her talk, I knew I would want to read/ listen to one of her books. She was put on my want to read book list. It took me a year until I finally listened to one of her books.
When the Imaginative One and I were on our way home from our road trip, I had finished listening to The Girl on Legare Street and Brownies and Broomsticks. We still had almost 3 hours to go so I opted to borrow one of Mary Kay Andrews books from Hoopla to listen to for the remainder of the trip.
In the beginning of Beach Town, Greer Hennessey was on the look out for a classic Florida beach town for a movie location. Greer is a movie location scout.
When she enters the town of Cypress Key, she realizes she has found that classic Florida beach town. However, she did not know that Cypress Key will change her life.
She meets residents Ginny (spelling) and Eb. Eb is the mayor of Cypress Key plus the owner of the grocery store and a realtor.
Greer and Eb have a love hate relationship throughout the book. You have to read/ listen to the book to find out if love or hate wins.
Greer’s mother had died two months prior to the beginning of the book. Her more Lees had been in contact with Greer’s estranged dad, Clint. Clint lives an hour or so away from Cypress Key. Greer has to make a decision on whether to contact Clint or to have any type of relationship with him.
Once the movie production team and actors arrive in Cypress Key, it adds an interesting dynamic to the book. There is Bryce who is the abrasive movie director. He is demanding and does not let the word no stop him. The main lead in the movie was Kregg. Kregg is a famous rapper who wants to be an actor. He is a true bad boy.
Cypress Key has an old casino that is about to collapse. Once Bryce finds out about the book, he wants to use the casino in the movie and then blow it up. Throughout the book, Greer attempts to get permission to use the casino from Eb. This adds an interesting twist to the story. So what happens to the casino? I’m not going to spoil it for you. You need to read/ listen for yourself.
Greer was at a crossroad in her life. Going to Cypress Key changed her life.
I loved the book. I kept wanting to know more about Eb and Greer’s relationship and what was going to happen with the casino. However, some of the movie details went on and on which made the book longer than it needed to be.
My favorite character is Eb. He is described as looking sort of like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. Eb is a jack of all trades, a good guy, and a family man. He only wants what is best for his home town.
If you want a good summer read, this book would fit the bill.