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Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax – Book Review

*Happy pub day, Wendy Wax!*

Goodreads synopsis:

In the latest Ten Beach Road novel, Maddie, Nikki, and Avery all move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel—and in this charming new location, begin to pursue daring new dreams.
After giving up their renovation-turned-reality-TV-show Do Over, the ladies of Ten Beach Road move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and turn their beloved Bella Flora over to its wealthy mystery tenant. Now, each woman will be forced to reexamine and redefine her life, relationships, and dreams.

This book is the 6th book in the Ten Beach Road series, and while I do certainly believe that you can read it as a standalone (mostly because, well, I read it as a standalone!), I would certainly recommend reading the earlier books because I believe it will make the characters come to life-they deserve more backstory than one novel could provide.  To be completely honest, this was my first novel by Wendy Wax, but her style was so engaging and captivating, and I can’t wait to start from the beginning of the series!  Seriously, check my TBR list on Goodreads… all previous books are present and accounted for!

I truly adore books that focus on female friendships (side note: can’t wait to read Campaign Widows #ShamelesslyPluggingTaylorsPostDGAF) because so many stories, movies, etc are pitting women against each other shamelessly.  I really enjoyed getting to know the ladies of Ten Beach Road.  They were so real, so relatable, struggling with balancing life, love, family, and careers, and I honestly wanted to be best friends with them all.  I related to their struggles, and they were so well crafted that I felt so many emotions for them.

More than likely, I will be revising my Goodreads rating (which is currently 3.5, rounded up to 4 stars) once I read the rest of the series.  I’ve already ordered the first novel from my local bookshop, so my opinions will hopefully come sooner than later!  If you’ve read the series, let me know your thoughts!

Overall, I highly recommended grabbing your copy before your next beach vacay.  Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinions!  It’s a privilege to share my thoughts with you all.



163926About the author:

I write novels that explore friendship, self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I’m proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my “Ten Beach Road” titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach Road and The House on Mermaid Point, and for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.

I was born in St.Petersburg, Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. I went, appropriately enough, to Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil.

It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid back environment, but I managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read BEFORE you showed up for school, I forced a neighbor friend to teach me to read at the age of five. I’ve been reading ever since.

Books, in all forms, are one of my greatest pleasures and best forms of escape. And they’ve had a major impact on my life.

I went to the University of Georgia after reading Gone with the Wind one too many times. For a while I re-read Margaret Mitchell’s classic yearly, saw the movie whenever it played within twenty miles, and could quote large passages from memory. Today I have a growing GWTW collection, and the time I spoke at he Margaret Mitchell House was an incredible thrill.last

After college I worked in radio, television, and film. Like Olivia in 7 DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS, I’ve done live talk radio. I hosted a show in the eighties called Desperate & Dateless, and while I was never locked in an apartment for a week with a webcam rolling as she was, I did fall in love. Happily, the man who swept me off my feet consults with financial types and understands the bottom line. Unlike Olivia’s nemesis, Matt Ransom, my husband has never, to my knowledge, advised anyone to ‘love the one they’re with.’ We live in Atlanta with our two sons.

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