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Praise for the novels of  the USA Today bestselling Wendy Wax
“Wise and witty...A beautiful book about loyalty, courage, and pursuing your dreams with a little help from your friends. I loved this book!”— Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone

“Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend.”—Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Time Flies

“A terrific story brimming with wit, warmth, and good humor. I loved it!”—Jane Porter, author of The Good Wife

“Quite a clever, fun little novel.”—USA Today

“Great escape reading, perfect for the beach.”—Library Journal

"Fun . . . heartwarming. . . . A loving tribute to friendship and the power of the female spirit.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal“[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About the Author

Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyThe House on Mermaid Point, and Ocean Beach. The mother of two college-age sons, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, and is doing her best to adjust to the quiet of her recently emptied nest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042524086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240861
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three women from very different circumstances have one thing in common. They have all suffered financial ruin at the hands of a financial manager, and they all now share ownership in a ramshackle beachfront property in Florida.

When they meet to assess their property, they come to a seemingly untenable decision. They will restore the historic home back to its original beauty, and then sell it. But they must achieve this in a record amount of time and by doing the work themselves, under the guidance of a local contractor.

The journey brings out all the strengths they weren't sure they had and forges friendships that will bring more than they could have bargained for. What happens during the course of this amazing journey will be totally unexpected, with some sad and some victorious moments.

Avery, Nicole, and Madeline will end up with something else they hadn't expected. They will discover untapped resources inside themselves that they will carry with them into the future. But what disasters and obstacles will befall them before they've reached their goal? And what will sustain them in the days, weeks, and months ahead?

Each character was someone I could relate to, even though none of them had experiences I'd enjoyed. Avery, an architect who had been reduced to a "Vanna White-like" role on the HGTV show she co-hosted with her ex-husband, is frustrated and full of anger; Nicole has a very successful matchmaking business to high-end clients, but something is missing from her life; and Madeline has been a homemaker all of her life, but her current empty nest has her seeking something new to do with her life.

In many ways, they are each ripe for the picking when fate throws them a few curves.
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Blurb: On the brink of ruin, three very different women discover themselves where they least expect...at Ten Beach Road.

Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to one another, but they have one thing in common. They each wake up one morning to discover their life savings have vanished, along with their trusted financial manager... leaving them with nothing but co-ownership of a ramshackle beachfront house.

Madeline Singer is a homemaker coping with empty-nest syndrome and an unemployed husband. Avery Lawford is an architect -- or was, until she somehow became the sidekick on her ex-husband's TV show. And professional matchmaker Nikki Grant is trying to recover from her biggest mistake...

No one is going to save them but themselves. Determined to fight back, they throw their lots together and take on the challenge of restoring the historic beach house to its former glory. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, their secrets threaten to tear down their trust, and destroy their lives a second time.

Review: Wendy Wax understands the most difficult of dilemmas regarding family, secrets, undying passion, and inner turmoil, and that makes her stand out as a writer. Carefully, she identifies three women with three different concerns and takes readers on a journey that highlights not only on how their problems are solved, but also the struggles the three women go through, in order to get there.

A headlining Ponzi scheme involving Malcom Dyer leaves Maddie, Avery, and Nikki (among hundreds of others) abruptly penniless; they each now only have a beach house -- actually not even, since they each own a third of the beach house -- to their name.
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I bought this book for three reasons....a friend recommended it, it was cheaper by paperback than by Kindle and it is set on St Pete Beach where I live. The sadder part is I bought four books by this author to get "free" shipping.

The plot is three women who come from different backgrounds with nothing in common but a financial disaster and come to share ownership of a beachfront mansion.

From the start you know how it will turn out - the three will bring their unique skill set to the situation and the three will outshine the weak / stupid / greedy men in their lives. It reminds me of a Judy Garland / Mickey Rooney picture - she has a barn, he has a piano ....

Still, this out of date feminist stand could be a good read, if it were well wirtten. But it is not - each sentence is predicable, and I swear I could finish writing the book myself after the thrid chapter - no surprises - some laughs - but mostly nausea, as the "housewife" clips coupons and finds the best buys, the social-lite does manual labor in designer clothes and the smart one takes the reigns on remodling / decorating.

I still like reading about the streets and hotels and beaches here in St Pete - Wax does get that much right - she does capture Beach Life and sunsets (including the large population of senior citizens :=)
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Could have been better. The plot was really unlikely. How did just these three investors receive a settlement and wouldn't the property have been sold by the court and the money divided? Also, they were all destitute to the point of selling their clothes, but once they got to the house they had money for food and cocktails and wine. Not very logical.
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