Title: Ten Beach Road Author: Wendy Wax Published: May 3rd 2011 by Berkley Format: Paperback, Pgs 432 Genre: Women's Fiction Series: Ten Beach Road #1
Four women, who are each coming to terms with rejection, set out on a path that they had never expected. Having been left financially destitute after falling victims to a Ponzi scheme, Madeline, Avery and Nikki find themselves awarded a beachfront home. It is now up to them to decide on both their futures and that of the home.
With very few resources, they set out to do the work needed to both make the home sellable and to rebuild their lives. If they can make this work, it will be the answer that they are looking for. Unfortunately, one of the women is keeping a very damning secret and when family members make their lives even more challenging, each is questioning the full worth of what they are undertaking.
With bright spots to counteract the complications, together the woman forge through only to be devastated yet again. How will they make it? In the end, a single phone call puts the women on a path that they could never have seen coming and together they will create their own future and independence.
Though there are men that are part of the equation, I loved the fact that Wendy Wax did not resort to the typical man swoops in to save the day scenario that too many authors rely on. Yes, there are budding romances and yes, you can see where they might go, but they are not front and center. The author is allowing the reader to build up as much or as little as they would like.
As part of a series, I look forward to seeing where the author will take each woman and to see how their families will either work with them or against them. All I know is that these ladies are not finished with what they have started and seeing where they go will be an adventure for all.