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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I loved this sparkling, deeply satisfying tale of women and life, and the friendships that sustain both. A novel to savor!” --Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Sea Change

"Wax returns readers to characters Madeline, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra of Ten Beach Road....The foursome gets fine support from a well-rounded supporting cast and just the right amount of suspense and drama for a beach read." --Publishers Weekly

"Wax’s heartfelt portrayal of the female spirit and the bonds of friendship infuse warmth and love into the story of Madeline, Avery,
Nicole and Kyra."—Bella NYC

About the Author

Wendy Wax is the author of seven previous novels. A former broadcaster, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband and two teenage sons, who have turned her into the shortest member of their family.

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Wendy Wax, freely admits to her Downton Abbey addiction and the role it's played in the creation of her latest novel, WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY. As Season 2 ended, she found herself thinking about characters who were also fans of the show. "That was all well and good," she says, "but I didn't have a book for them-at least not until I let Downton Abbey itself bring them together." She adds that once she saw how the show might actually help change their lives, the story "came alive."

The novel takes place at the Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building whose British concierge invites residents to weekly screenings of Downton Abbey. That's how Samantha, Claire, Brooke and Edward, who have little else in common, forge bonds that sustain them through some of life's hardest moments--all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, humor, and lives of Downton Abbey. Wendy's writing, including her recent books Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road, has been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she "writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations." Her books have been featured in national publications such as USA Today and Woman's World, and at online book blogs and sites such as

On A Clear Day You Can Read Forever, Luxury Reading, Night Owl Reviews and Fresh Fiction. In 2011 she was honored by the City of St. Pete Beach, where she was born and raised, when the City Commission declared May 12 "Wendy Wax Day."

The mother of a toddler and an infant when she decided to change careers, Wendy admits it may not have been the best timing in terms of productivity. "I'm still not certain why I felt so compelled to write my first novel at that particular time," she says, "but that first book took forever." Since then she's written eight others, including Magnolia Wednesdays, the Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist The Accidental Bestseller, Leave It to Cleavage and Single in Suburbia. Her novel 7 Days and 7 Nights was honored with the Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award. Her work has been sold to publishers in fifteen countries and to the Rhapsody Book Club, and her novel, Hostile Makeover, was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.

Wendy is currently at work on her next novel, which takes characters introduced in Ten Beach Road (St. Pete Beach) and Ocean Beach (Miami) and sets them loose in Key West. Her first e-original, a holiday novella, Christmas at the Beach, also reunites those protagonists and will be published in the fall.

When not writing, she spends much of her time speaking to writer's groups and book clubs, enjoying time with her family, visiting relatives in St. Pete, and devouring books. She lives in Atlanta.

www.authorwendywax.com ● facebook.com/AuthorWendyWax ● @Wendy_Wax

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Good story, great characters.
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Another enjoyable story by Wendy Wax about strong women, their friendships,and their joys and sorrows.
I'm currently reading this book and it's hard to put it down.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of Ocean Beach in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book I read from Wendy Wax, and I was excited to tear into it. The story followed characters from her previous novel Ten Beach Road ¬- Madeline, Avery and Nicole. After renovating Bella Flora, the women get an opportunity to fix up another home - this time in South Beach and while shooting a pilot for a television show called Do Over. What they didn't realize is that the TV show about renovating old homes has actually turned into a reality show. Maddie's daughter Kyra had an affair with a much-married famous actor that produced a son, and the producers are dead-set on having the baby a feature in the show. Avery's mother Deirdre is also along for the ride, and trying to mend their broken relationship. Deirdre left Avery when she was a young girl to pursue her career, and Avery is unsure she can ever get past that betrayal. Nicole is trying to overcome a scandal her money-hungry brother put her through and get her matchmaking business back on track, and Maddie is trying to save her own marriage. The women invade the house and meet the sweet old man who owns it, Max. Together, the entire group try to put the once lively house back together - but an air of mystery surrounds why Max is so insistent on getting it "ready" for someone from the past.

I will say, I think you need to read Ten Beach Road before Ocean Beach. When I got the book, I didn't realize it was a continuation from a previous novel, but I could easily tell right from the beginning that was clearly the case. I just felt like I had missed a huge chunk of storyline, and that feeling never went away. While I enjoyed the story and the characters, I most definitely recommend you read Ten Beach Road first.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Madeline, Avery, and Nicole are back! After renovating Bella Flora, the home they inherited at Ten Beach Road, their efforts have paid off in another way. They've been offered a gig that could further seal their futures in a positive way.

A chance to renovate a home in South Beach for a TV pilot called Do Over. And if the show is picked up by the network, they could be on their way at last.

Arriving at the designated location, each of them has mixed emotions about the task ahead. Not only is the house badly in need of a major overhaul, but they see that the network crew is already there, ready to snap their reactions, their every move, almost as if they, not the renovations, are the show.

When it dawns upon them that a reality show is what the network really has in mind, and that their personal lives, with all their warts, is fair game, the ugly truth almost makes them turn and run.

Slogging through the detritus of what was once a lovely example of Streamline Moderne architecture, the women know that the weeks ahead are going to be tough ones.

But little do they know that the task will be the least of it.

What unexpected events will threaten their peace of mind and the project itself? What mystery from the past will grab their attention and motivate them even more? And how will another man's quest for vengeance stun them, with disastrous results?

Each character immediately grabbed me, as if I were reuniting with old friends. Sometimes they frustrated me, especially Kyra, who seemingly made one bad choice after another. I rooted for Avery and her mother Deirdre to finally reach a place of forgiveness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this sequel to Ten Beach Road, Madeline, Avery and Nicole arrive in Miami's South Beach neighborhood set to redo a grand home hoping to bring it back to its original splendor. It is all for a new television show called Do Over. Since the last house they remodeled has not sold yet they all need this show to be their big break. Their lives all need a Do Over!

It doesn't take long for these unlikely friends to realize their idea for the show and the network's are as different as night and day. The network wants a reality show with emphasis on personal lives with the home as the background and setting, rather than the makeover being the star of the show.

All their relationships will be tested as they know how important this is to each of them. Plus a mystery from the past changes the whole scope of project and something unexpected happens that can put all of them in danger. The network soon becomes the least of their worries.

Wendy Wax has packed this book with a wonderful characters in an awesome setting and a story that grabs you from the first page. I have not read Ten Beach Road yet but I had absolutely no problem becoming invested in their characters quickly. They are all struggling with something that the reader knows is genuine.

My favorite character was not one of these wonderful women though. It was Max, the homeowner. What a wonderful life he had with his wife. Their lives were far from perfect, they had the share of problems and they were dealt with a terrible emotional blow. His wife Millie has passed on but you can actually feel their love in his stories. He wants the house fixed up because she wanted it done and he made her a very special promise before she passed on. A very extraordinary gentleman.
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