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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"The sexual magnetism between the bickering Chase and Avery, and a secret that Nicole keeps from her newfound friends, add dramatic tension to Wax's formulaic plot, showcasing three women who rise above their shattered realities with grace, determination, and a little elbow grease." —-Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
The lives of three unlikely strangers converge when Malcolm Dyer disappears with their bank accounts after running a Ponzi scheme in Wax's ninth novel, a fervent tale about overcoming obstacles. After losing the limelight to her more charismatic husband on their home-repair television show, Avery Lawford loses the marriage as well; meanwhile, classy Nicole Grant has lost her successful matchmaking business; and empty-nester Madeline Singer's husband was fired six months ago as a result of investing in Dyer's funds and has rarely left the couch since. The only asset these three have left is a third share each in Dyer's dilapidated Florida Gulf Coast mansion. And together, with the help of Chase Hardin, an irritating but hunky contractor who Avery knew in her youth, they spend the summer getting the estate ready to sell. The sexual magnetism between the bickering Chase and Avery, and a secret that Nicole keeps from her newfound friends, add dramatic tension to Wax's (Magnolia Wednesdays) formulaic plot, showcasing three women who rise above their shattered realities with grace, determination, and a little elbow grease. (May)
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Three strangers discover they share something very bad in common—their financial manager has vanished, along with their life savings. However, he did leave them with Bella Flora, a waterfront vacation home in Florida that needs a lot of work. They decide to band together and make lemonade out of lemons, with unexpected results. Wax (The Accidental Bestseller) keeps the plot twists coming and makes this great escape reading, perfect for the beach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452640112
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Wax

Wendy Wax is the award-winning author of several novels, including Ocean Beach, Magnolia Wednesdays, Ten Beach Road, and Single in Suburbia.

Amy Rubinate has narrated over 140 audiobooks and has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her books have been selected for Booklist's Top 10 Historical Fiction and Booklist Editor's Choice Media 2012.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    The Money Pit Meets The Desperate Housewives!

    What would you do if one day you were looking forward to your empty nest and finally starting a life for yourself after kids. Yet on that day, you get a phone call from the hospital notifying you that your mother-in-law has been taken to the hospital due to a fire in her kitchen. She's OK, but needs to have someone come pick her up. In the process of calling your husband of twenty-five years, you reach his office and find out he no longer works there. In fact, he hasn't worked there in six months. When you confront him, he tells you as an investment banker he has lost all your money due to some bad investments and now you are flat broke. Oh and by the way, can his mom move in forever?

    What if you found yourself a successful matchmaker for millionaires and one day you find out when you call your office that your number has been disconnected and your offices have been cleared out. That all your accounts have been liquidated and the only money you have left is the check you have in your hand from your latest client who is asking you to set him up on a date. What would you do?

    How about being a successful partner in a home improvement series that was inspired by your idea to create a video showcasing your home remodel from start to finish, only to find out that your husband is divorcing you and the show isn't interested in having you be a part of the show any longer?

    Meet the women who are about to be drawn together in an extraordinary way through their linked circumstances that leave them all virtually penniless, yet neither of them are quite willing to admit to one another that they are broke. Keeping their facade up, they all find out they are joint owners of a property on Ten Beach Road. Each is hoping for a quick sale will get them out of their financial jam, until they learn the property is protected as a historical landmark and they can't level it. They also can't sell it in the condition it's in. If they are all willing to put in some sweat equity, they may make more than they dreamed possible and along the way may find more than they ever hoped for.

    I received Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax compliments of TLC book Tours for my honest review and LOVED it! Couldn't put it down til I knew how it would all turn out. This in my opinion is another great summer read and as my hubby calls it a Chick Lit book!! This one rates a true 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to share it with you. This is available in paperback and eBook formats.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Every Challenge is an Opportunity!

    Three families' lives are shattered upon discovering that the money they thought was wisely invested is gone via Matthew Dyer's Ponzi scam. Maddie Singer's husband, Steve, loses his job because he has invested his client's money in Dyer's scam, and Steve simply quits mentally and spends his days wielding the remote control on the living room couch. Maggie is determined to find out if the mysterious "mansion" in Florida on the Gulf side has any potential as their last hope for financial survival.

    Avery Lawford is a co-host on the popular TV home and garden show, "Hammer and Nails." Little by little, her role in that show is reduced to smiling and looking pretty, until the day comes when she is sacked and without any help from her ex-husband host, Trent. She also is absolutely stunned on realizing that what she thought was her nestegg is gone into Matthew Dyer's illegal financial dealings. All she has left, as well, is a share of ownership in this Florida "mansion."

    Nikki Grant, a professional matchmaker, discovers that the brother she herself raised has turned out to be the man who has duped not only individuals but also charities and other needy institutions out of their principal funds as well as interest. In fact, he has even left his own sister nothing to grasp for living on a day to day basis except for a third of a share this unknown Florida residence, Bella Flora.

    These three woman, plus Avery's mother and Maddie's daughter, slowly arrive to discover their seaside Florida home is nowhere near sellable status. The story begins as they begin the grind of restoring this architectural masterpiece, disguised as a broken-down shack, with the hopes of thus recouping at least a small portion for their financial survival.

    The story evolves with wonderful descriptions of restoring and decorating this beautiful home, with the assistance of many unexpected sources and experts. We share the strengths and weaknesses of these women, who carry unique stories of betrayals and secrets but manage to transcend them to complete the task at hand and forge friendships that are both priceless and eternal.

    The Chinese call every challenge an opportunity, refusing to be daunted by the ferocity or formidable quality of any problem. That attitude becomes the lodestone guiding these women, as well as a sense of thankfulness. When the task is finally very near total completion, more dark revelations and storms threaten it all. That is when we see and come to love the feisty, caring characters of these women forging new lives and refusing to surrender to anything or anyone.

    Funny, heart-breaking, romantic, and so much more, Ten Beach Road is a superb read that depicts all facets of women in distress and woman who exponentially grow as they learn to trust one another and reinvent the rest of their lives. This story about recovery and restoration on so many levels is just delightful!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    8 out of 10 stars!

    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. Bella Flora was once a majestic mansion overlooking the shore and the sunset, but today, its grounds are nothing short of ancient ruins.
    To destroy the house, or to rebuild it are the only options the three women have, so they decide to take the risk and spend one summer making Bella Flora beautiful again.
    Maddie needs to hang on, or else the rest of her family will fall apart. She's got an unemployed and quite depressed husband, an unmarried pregnant daughter, a college dropout son, and a ruthless mother-in-law on her hands. She needs to prevail with Bella Flora; it may be her last chance.
    Avery is famous for her looks as a Vanna White on her ex-husband's home improvement television show -- but she's the one with the architecture degree. Every cent her late father left her is gone, thanks to Dyer's theft, and having been abandoned by her biological mother as a young child, she's not sure where to turn. But suddenly, her mom and a childhood crush are both back in her life to offer help with Bella Flora, though Avery is certain she doesn't need it. Determined to fix the house and fight on her own, just the way she's been her whole life, Avery learns the lessons of forgiveness and honest love, both strong parts of her that could either lift her up or bring her down.
    Nikki's taking the loss the hardest, not only because no money means no more designer dresses and pretty car, but because Malcom Dyer is her brother. How can the man she's raised from a little boy (since their parents' deaths) commit such a monstrous act against her? Her fortune is gone and she is torn, but more importantly, she doesn't know how she'll cope with this ultimate betrayal.
    Ten Beach Road is the perfect summer beach read, but not because it's fluffy and romantic. Ten Beach Road weaves a complicated story that brings the lives of three prominent women together, and changes them forever as well. In each of the characters, Wax depicts expert emotion; she everything, from an adoring mother, to a frightened lover, to a self-conscious "power woman" who knows exactly how to personalize each of her characters.
    Relationships between mother and daughter, old acquaintances, and siblings brings sentiments of the breathtaking human life together, in Wax's novel. While reading, you feel like each of the characters are your own mother, your own sister, your own best friend. And by the end, you wish they actually were.

    Where Stephanie Got It: Directly from publicist via Romancing the Book for review.

    Radical Rating: 8 hearts- Would recommend to lots of really good friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Perfect for the beach!

    Three strangers are united in the most unlikely of ways. Madeline, a wife and stay at home mother, doesn't really have a life of her own and just when she thinks she might follow her own dreams, everything comes crashing down when she finds her financial-planner husband has been laid off after investing all of his clients' money in a Madoff-like fund. He even invested their own money there and lost everything. Avery has lost her job as the host of a cable home renovation show when she divorces her husband after being reduced to a sidekick and being outmaneuvered by her boss with her ex's help. Her father left her an inheritance which was invested in the same Ponzi scheme. Nikki, a matchmaker, also lost all of her money to her brother, the mastermind behind the fraud fund.

    The three are thrown together when they learn that they are co-owners of a historical mansion in Florida. Each of them make their way and with Avery's connections and knowledge of home and design, they decide to spend the summer there renovating the house in order to make a larger profit. Not only do they rebuild the house, but themselves both emotionally and financially although there are plenty of twist and turns to get to that point. Kyra, Maddie's daughter comes to help out as well, when she finds herself pregnant by a movie star while she is working on one of his films. I think Kyra, even though she is a minor character, became one of my favorite people in the group with her quiet prodding to get the best out of each woman and frame their developing friendship on film. Even though these women start out on shaky ground, they quickly become true friends and learn the value of themselves and friendship.

    I just adored this book and the writing. It is the perfect book for sitting on the beach with something cold to drink and never wanting to get up until you are finished. It is the perfect length to last all day. Each woman offers a different perspective on betrayal. Maddie realizes that she can stand on her own two feet and is much stronger than she thinks. Avery learns that she has more than good looks and can take care of herself as well as that a relationship should be a partnership. Nicole just does the right thing, but I won't tell you what that is, you will have to read the book to find that out. This would also make a wonderful book club selection since there are many dynamics that can be explored. I received this book from the author at no expense in exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Perfect vacation read!

    Review by Stephanie: 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. Bella Flora was once a majestic mansion overlooking the shore and the sunset, but today, its grounds are nothing short of ancient ruins.

    To destroy the house, or to rebuild it are the only options the three women have, so they decide to take the risk and spend one summer making Bella Flora beautiful again.

    Maddie needs to hang on, or else the rest of her family will fall apart. She's got an unemployed and quite depressed husband, an unmarried pregnant daughter, a college dropout son, and a ruthless mother-in-law on her hands. She needs to prevail with Bella Flora; it may be her last chance.

    Avery is famous for her looks as a Vanna White on her ex-husband's home improvement television show -- but she's the one with the architecture degree. Every cent her late father left her is gone, thanks to Dyer's theft, and having been abandoned by her biological mother as a young child, she's not sure where to turn. But suddenly, her mom and a childhood crush are both back in her life to offer help with Bella Flora, though Avery is certain she doesn't need it. Determined to fix the house and fight on her own, just the way she's been her whole life, Avery learns the lessons of forgiveness and honest love, both strong parts of her that could either lift her up or bring her down.

    Nikki's taking the loss the hardest, not only because no money means no more designer dresses and pretty car, but because Malcom Dyer is her brother. How can the man she's raised from a little boy (since their parents' deaths) commit such a monstrous act against her? Her fortune is gone and she is torn, but more importantly, she doesn't know how she'll cope with this ultimate betrayal.

    Ten Beach Road is the perfect summer beach read, but not because it's fluffy and romantic. Ten Beach Road weaves a complicated story that brings the lives of three prominent women together, and changes them forever as well. In each of the characters, Wax depicts expert emotion; she everything, from an adoring mother, to a frightened lover, to a self-conscious "power woman" who knows exactly how to personalize each of her characters.

    Relationships between mother and daughter, old acquaintances, and siblings brings sentiments of the breathtaking human life together, in Wax's novel. While reading, you feel like each of the characters are your own mother, your own sister, your own best friend. And by the end, you wish they actually were.

    Quote: "The words settled over her. [Madeline] hadn't thought in those terms, she'd just been plowing ahead trying to hang on. But Kyra's recognition was like a balm to her soul; one she hadn't realized she needed.
    '[I didn't realize how strong I was, either],' Maddie said. 'You don't really know what you're made of until things fall apart.' "

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    Summer Fun and Fantastic Friends....This is a MUST read!

    Wow! Wendy Wax has earned herself a spot at the top of my awesome authors list! She is a fantabulous author with terrific writing skills. She really blew me away with her characters, her wit, and her plot line. It is wonderful book to get lost in to past a beautiful summer day with!

    Imagine this: life is great. Life is everything you wished it to be, with a few minor bumps along the way. Then you get a phone call. A devastating call that tells you you have absolutely no money left, save for a summer mansion in a remote little Florida town. I could feel myself so totally engrossed in this awesome read, that I felt like I was one of the 3 women who's lives were forever changed by this phone call.

    Maddie, Avery and Nikki all get a terrible phone call saying they have no money, save for this summer mansion I mentioned. What in the world will they do with it?! They meet for the first time at the viewing of this said mansion, and immediately, all are thinking that if they just sell it out right, they'll each make 1/3 of the sales and gain their monies back. But, what happens when, through the forged friendship, they decide to keep it and renovate it???

    As much as I would love to tell you the answer to that, I will not. I want you to grab a copy of this 5 star, humorous, yet fulfilling story of hope and friendship, and become friends with these ladies on your own. You'll lose yourself amongst the pages, and sadly, before you know it, it will be over with and you will be anxious for another fantastic summer beach read from Wendy Wax! Awesome job, Wendy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Great Read

    Three women. One house. Lots of money down the drain. What's a girl--or three--to do? Renovate!!!

    This is a delightful read. The characters are vivid and feel like they could be my friends. The writing flows well and grabbed my attention right away. I read this book in one sitting and with over four hundred pages, that's quite an undertaking. As soon as I started the tale, I had to know what would happen next. Ms. Wax kept me guessing throughout. Every time I thought one thing would happen, the book took a different course I didn't expect but loved. This book, while cute, is complex as well. There are a couple interwoven storylines that are both gutwrenching and sweet. Really, it's a must read.

    There's quite a bit of character in this book as well as a lot of characters. Nikki is the princess, but she was relatable. I could see why she acted the way she did and even when I wasn't terribly fond of her, I still respected her. Avery was a tough nut to crack. I enjoyed reading about her, but there were moments I wanted her to just come out and say what she felt. Then again, her reluctance was what really made her believeable. Then there's Maddie. Of the three, she was my favorite and the one I wanted to smack. I got the most emotionally involved with her portion of the story. I loved her strength. Give the woman kudos for finding and displaying her backbone. I also really got into the emotional play between her and Steve as well as her and Kyra. I could totally see myself in her shoes and reacting in the same manner. Oh, and give her additional props for doing all that window glazing...tought stuff she handled with grace.

    If you want a great beach read, this book should do the trick. It's got warm and fuzzy moments, moments to make you laugh, and moments of introspection. All in all a great read.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    This Is a Great Book.I am new to Wendy Wax but i now have three

    This Is a Great Book.I am new to Wendy Wax but i now have three of her books and plan to have them all.Does anyone know if Christmas At The Beach will be in paperback? I do not have Nook and have to know how it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Great read

    Imaginative and interesting. Filled with great architectural details and well developed characters. Love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    So happy to have discovered Wendy Wax!!

    Loved While We Were Watching Downton Abbey so thought I would try another of her books. Was NOT disappointed! Loved this one as well. She is now one of my favorite authors!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    One of my favotites

    I love this book. I have read it 3 times. Loved the 2nd book and have preordered the 3rd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Engaging and enjoyable.

    Loved the characters and the setting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Great

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    : I

    It sucked...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Fun Book

    This was a very entertaining book. Loved the dynamics between the different characters and how each of them were dealing with their own issues while trying to solve the mess that their lives had become. I loved how they came together to do what needed to be done instead of just throwing in the towel.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    very good book,easy read, keeps your interest

    good book, easy read, keeps your interset, good story lines

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    A great read!

    Loved Ten Beach Road in so many ways!!! Wow, where do I begin. First and foremost the characters were divine! Loved the rags to riches and back to being homeless; struggles and challenges…can relate is so many ways, as have been involved with corporate America in whistleblowing and other SEC investment firm scams with companies I have worked for in Atlanta and Florida. Have been defrauded by Atlanta company, and lost everything at one point, so there is always a tough climb back! Story was so realistic and loved the humor, and the good times – dynamite strong women!

    In addition, being a former interior designer have been involved with many showcase designer homes and all the work which it entails and the highs and low; the Mediterranean Revival and Art Deco periods – involved with properties in West Palm Beach from 1920s-1948 in restoring these in downtown historic area for luxury inn and cottages and marketing them, so enjoyed this part.

    Loved the Palm Beach, FL parts since I live in the area, as well as spent many vacations in St Pete, Clearwater, Indian Rock Beach, Johns Pass, Treasure Island, Don Ce Sars, office in Tampa, and have cycled up and down Gulf Blvd…quaint area and lots of memories with some great beach cottages like Colonial Court Inn. Lots of good laughs with this read and looking forward to reading Ocean Beach (setting in South Beach), which I love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Cover is deceiving, no relaxing at Ten Beach Road

    As a former TV Producer, I was curious to read this book, since I enjoyed her previous book The Accidental Bestseller too. There was much more grit, hard work and depth to this book than the cover implies. These women who are all destitute except for their shared ownership of a beach mansion on the gulf coast of Florida, never get to relax on the beach as the woman on the cover is doing. They all have to roll up their sleeves and join forces to resurrect the age old glory of this beach mansion. In the process they get to know each other better, and regain their personal self-images as well. I would have been overwhelmed by the daunting hard work, but by the end I wanted to be behind the camera seeing their progress and the end result! You'll cheer for this women and wish you could be part of their shared friendships!

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    not worth it

    I had to read this for book club. It's a formula book, very predictable.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Great read

    Enjoyed this book quite a bit! It makes you laugh and cry, characters were real and story line made you woder what you woud do in sme situation-good read

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