In this brand-new summer read by the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point, three women join forces to bring a historic seaside hotel back to life… There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix… After losing their life savings in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki have banded together to make the most of what they have left, using their determination, ingenuity, guts, and a large dose of elbow grease. It’s Maddie’s daughter Kyra who stumbles across a once glorious beachfront hotel that has fallen into disrepair. The opportunity to renovate this seaside jewel is too good to pass up—especially when they come up with the idea of shooting their own independent television show about the restoration. What could possibly go wrong?
Everything. With the cameras rolling, Maddie’s second-chance romance with her all-too-famous new boyfriend gets complicated, Avery struggles with grief over the loss of her mother, and Nikki’s reluctance to commit to the man who loves her could leave her to face the biggest challenge of her life. Even the hotel seems to be against them, when their renovation uncovers a decades-old unsolved murder which just might bring their lives tumbling down all over again…
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been waiting for this Ten Beach Road installment and preordered to be sure I didn't forget to download it when available. Well, there was no hurry. The characters were the same, of course - Maddie, Avery, Nicki, Kyra, Joe, Jeff etc. - and they didn't change or grow much. While a revisit to Bella Flora was pleasant and the Do Over of a mid-century motel had real promise, the sub-story of the mysterious death of Renee and Annelise's father (who "happen" to be the wife and sister-in-law of their original realtor, John) didn't add up. Dates were off when you consider that WWII was over in 1945. Some of the characters, including the sisters, would be elderly to decrepit. Annalise, especially, seemed like a caricature in the vein of Baby Jane. Joe and Nicki's love spat was over the top and got pretty boring with page after page of angst. One reviewer suggested that there was a publishing deadline - perhaps to become this year's best beach read? - and that may be so,...
I have enjoyed all of the previous books in the 10 Beach Road series, but this one is a stinker. There is no action and almost no renovation going on, Maddie's rock star boyfriend disappears after the first few chapters, the mystery of what happened to Renee & Annelise's parents is boring, and worst of all, Nikki acts like a complete idiot throughout the book. Ugh! I couldn't wait for it to end.
Wendy Wax write a fun read, and I turn to her when I want a break from reality and a good laugh. I've really enjoyed the Ten Beach Road series, but this was not my favorite in the series. This book was more about dealing with various damaged relationships than moving the Ten Beach Road series forward. And the actual renovation in this story was really downplayed and, frankly, didn't make sense to me from the beginning. (The property sounded to me like a tear-down from the get-go. While I know the whole premise is a series of fantasies, I didn't see any way that the property could be turned into a going concern, and I remained skeptical through the end of the book.)
Tip: This is a series that really needs to be read in order. This book picks up on past relationships without a lot of exposition. So if you haven't ready any of the Ten Beach Road books, don't start with this one.
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