Beach Town: Mary Kaye Andrews
Relationships come in all shapes, sizes and often are created within the parameters that many set for them. Walls can be raised, barriers can be broken to recreate what the past took away or create what the present might bring. This might be a book about Greer Hennessy a location set scout for a movie company but it is much more. When searching for the right location for a movie, she came upon a rundown, dilapidated small town in Florida, Cypress Key. Filled with many interesting down to earth people that might not be up on the most recent movies or fashions, these hardworking people are striving each day to reignite and refresh this tiny town. As she enters the town and looks around, the beautiful blue sky and the bright sparkling sun, she sees a scene that would not only take your breath away but will change her life in many ways. Beach Town: Mary Kaye Andrews is about Greer and her relationship with her mother and the father she thought deserted her and now wants a place in her life. It is about Bryce Levy the director/producer of the film and his fly by night relationships with women, his attitude about how he gets things done and his treatment of CeeJay his girlfriend and Greer’s best friend.
When she finally enters the center of this town and finds the motel that would house the crew and herself, you learn more about a woman named Ginny, her reasons for allowing Greer’s crew to take over the motel, and her nephew the Mayor whose dynamic personality, temper and desire to keep some things as they are cause friction not only between him and Greer but others too. Hoping to find the right place for this movie she enters this town and realizes that this small seaside community is perfect. But, although she is determined to create this movie there are man obstacles that will come her way as Bryce is set on his own way of handling things, over extends his budget, uses Greer to handle the difficult negotiations with the town, getting the deeds, permits and much more and then she meets Eben Thibadeaux the mayor of Cypress Key, the city engineer, the plumber, exterminator, and much more whose goal it is to preserve his town and not change it. But, when the director wants to use a historical building, the old casino, in the last scene of the movie this sets off an explosion of a different type, as this is where he draws the line. Relationships are at the heart of this novel an although Eb is caught up in the movie, the director’s demands and dealing with his feelings for Greer, his other priority is his niece Allie who becomes so enamored with Greer that she manages to get a job as a PA working for her and then the fireworks begin. Flashbacks of Greer’s last moments with her mom before she died are revealed and the reasons why she and her father Clint are estranged. Different versions of his leaving are told and she has to decide which to believe and if she has room in her heart for a father that has sudden reappeared. Greer has to face many betrayals, harsh realities and the truth behind her mother’s disappearance and the fact that her father really did not desert her. But, just how far will she go to allow herself to let him back into her life?
Disappointments come front and center as she and Eben go head to head about the final scene of the movie, dealing with Vanessa, who owns the property that the casino stands on, whether she agrees that it should be destroyed in the last scene and how she is going to deal with her assistant, Allie and much more. With a screenwriter who cannot seem to come up with the final pages of the movie and changes course all too often, the threat of funds being cut off because they are over budget, a headstrong director who has a one track mind, a best friend who gets tossed aside and a community that is eager to benefit from having them there. Payments made, bribes paid and one young girl who falls prey to the wiles of the star.
As usual, it’s up to Greer to schmooze the town’s powers-that-be to persuade them to allow the production company to invade their area for several weeks to create its latest masterpiece. While that’s usually not difficult to do, particularly when Greer points out the financial advantages, Cypress Key’s mayor, Eben Thibadeaux, isn’t so easily swayed. In fact, he’s dead set against Greer’s plans, which include purchasing an abandoned community casino in order to blow it sky high for the movie’s final climactic scene.
When Allie Thidbadeax is hired as a production assistant and becomes too friendly with Kregg the rapper and star of the movie red flags go up but only Eben and Ginny see them. Getting too close to him and in incident that was basically innocent causes a major rift between Allie, Eben and Greer when the facts come to light but not in the way you think. Trust goes out of the window. Safety and respect are challenged and when Greer keeps getting blamed for all of the failures something within her snaps. But, Greer and Eben are totally attracted to each other and although on one hand they say no to a relationship on the other they can’t. Forced to decide whether to return to LA or remain in Florida things spiral out of control, words are spoken and the outcome remains to be seen. With Kregg getting drunk, smoking weed and not able to remember his lines, taking her assistant under his wing and finding a friend in Allie’s just prison released father, things heat up but not in the way you would expect. As the time comes for the casino to be blown up Eben refuses to sign the permit and the one person that Greer never want to see again is her ex-boyfriend, Sawyer a pompous, self absorbed and overbearing lawyer who pretends interest in her for the moment as he takes control of a meeting that would destroy more than just an historical landmark. Take a plane, visit Cypress Key, find the grocery store, visit the Silver Sands, enjoy the old fashioned town, meet Aunt Ginny and decide for yourself whether you would stay or go if you were Greer.
When Greer’s father has an accident and the truth behind it is revealed will she go to the hospital and forgive him for the past or will she continue on the set and let the doctors worry about him? Realities set in and decisions have to be made, threats are hurled and the lives of the people in Cypress Key will never be the same. When the final scene is changed what happens will shock readers as the ending is electrifying, explosive and lives will be endangered and some might pay a serious penalty for the callus behavior of others. A business that requires money, time, pushing people to the limit and often no regard for anything but money and business; Beach Town: When the final cut! Is stated and the film is in the can will it be a blockbuster or will it just bust? Bryce Levy will stop at nothing to get what he wants and the fallout on the way matters little to him. Relationships are fly by night, nothing permanent many are pushed aside in order to get what he wants. Greer Hennessy faces many obstacles when working on this film and dealing with Eben might be the largest one. Whose side will she take? Will she push to have the final scene remain the same? What about Vanessa will she win in the end? Greer is a strong, persistent and tenacious character that is ambitious and can do just about anything if she puts her mind to it. But, what about living in Cypress Key a town without many of the conveniences she is accustomed too? What will she decide and what will happen to Clint her father? Beach Town is an outstanding romance novel that is filled with a touch of mystery, intrigue and definitely some characters that you will want more of.
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