Friday, June 15, 2018

Review: Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax

Women’s Fiction



Release Date:
May 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to each other, 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.

Throwing their lots in together, they take on the challenge of restoring the historic property. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, secrets threaten to tear down their trust-and destroy their lives a second time.

My Review

Madeline Singer has mixed feelings about her youngest going off to college. With both children out of the house, she should be feeling the depression of having an empty nest. However, she’s looking forward to the opportunity of doing things she didn’t have time to do before. Things don’t quite work out that way when her mother-in-law unexpectedly moves in and her husband loses all their money in a Ponzi scheme. Now, they have nothing left and her husband seems to have no interest in making things right. It’s up to her to save her family.

Avery Lawford, an experienced architect, stars in a home improvement TV show with her ex-husband, Trent. Unfortunately, the producers don’t care about her experience and prefer her ex’s inexperience, but good looks instead. After making Avery look like nothing more than Trent’s pretty assistant, she’s dropped from the show. To add insult to injury, Avery learns that all the money her father left in his will was invested with Malcom Dyer, which turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. Avery is now left with nothing.

Nicole Grant is founder of a successful dating service. Everything is going very well until her company is suddenly shut down. The bank informs her all her funds are gone. Nicole had invested everything with Malcom Dyer, but discovers it was all a Ponzi scheme. Her bank account is now empty.

The three women are informed the only thing they have is a co-ownership of an abandoned, dilapidated beach house. They can’t sell it in its current condition, but they don’t have the money to renovate it either. It’s a challenging task for three strangers to come together for one goal.  Somehow they manage to work together despite their own personal heartaches.

This is the story of betrayal, faith, and hope. There are times I wanted to shake some sense into each woman, but overall, I admired their strength and determination. I have wanted to start this series for a long time.  It was well worth the wait.  Ten Beach Road is the perfect book to read at this time of year. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2018

Disclosure: I borrowed the e-book from my library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I haven't read this author before but I should. I love books that take place at the beach.

  2. I love ensemble type books and this looks really great. I love this premise and this sounds like a great pretty.

  3. It sounds like this book tugs at the heartstrings!


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