Title: Ocean Beach Author: Wendy Wax Published: June 26th 2012 by Berkley Format: Paperback, 448 pages Genre: Women's Fiction Series: Ten Beach Road #2
It is so refreshing to read a book where the main characters do not expect a man to rush in and save the day for them. Granted, in the first book, they agreed to let Chase lend financial assistance on getting their remodel project off the ground when a hurricane had destroyed Bella Flora, but that was only a minor setback and now the women are moving forward with the Millicent - a glorious art deco home on South Beach owned by Max Golden (if you are old enough, think George Burns of Burns and Allen fame).
There have been some upsets when it comes to keeping their show “Do-Over” on the air since the network wants to turn it into a sensationalized reality show instead of the home remodeling program that it was intended to be. A literal do-over, not only for the house, but also for their own survival. The paparazzi are still making their lives unbearable due to Daniel Deranian suddenly deciding that he wants to be more active in his son’s life; and each woman - Madeline, Avery and Nicole, seems to be at a crossroads.
Helping Max to fulfill Millie’s dying wish of fixing up the Millicent so their missing son can always have a home, the women befriend Max and together they turn the Millicent into a dream home and help Max to heal his broken heart and to shore up their own lives.
With this book, you will find a little romance, but not so much that you will roll your eyes, pasts are revealed, a new secret or two, a bit of amateur detective work, and more than a few strained domestic relationships. Overall, Wendy Wax pulls this delightful beach read together without going over the top and all the while leaving the reader wondering what these women can get up to next. Maybe the third time will be the charm.