Best Beach Ever

Best Beach Ever

by Wendy Wax


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ISBN-13: 9780399584411
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: Ten Beach Road Series , #6
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 139,399
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Wendy Wax, a former broadcaster, is the author of numerous novels, including Sunshine Beach, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach, and Ten Beach Road. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband and is doing her best to adjust to the quiet of her recently emptied nest.

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Nicole Grant Giraldi stood in front of a far-too-full-length mirror that hung on a wall of the too-small cottage where she, her husband special agent Joe Giraldi, and their twin daughters currently lived. It exposed two primary reasons women were not designed to give birth at forty-seven: lack of elasticity and surplus gravity. She closed one eye and shifted slightly, but the expanse of flesh did not become easier to contemplate.

Despite all of her fears and doubts, the body she was staring at had performed admirably. It had adapted and stretched to accommodate Sofia and Gemma. Against great odds, it had carried them full term, propelled them into the world nine months ago, and then provided sustenance. What it had not done was snap back into anything that resembled its previous shape.

Her eyes slid away. She forced them back. It was time to accept reality. Her breasts hung lower than seemed anatomically possible. Blue veins streaked across them, no doubt to match the ones that now crisscrossed the legs she'd once been proud of. Stretch marks cut across the stomach that jiggled as she turned. Although she knew it was a mistake, she looked at her rear end, which had grown wider and had somehow been injected with cottage cheese. Most likely while she'd been sleeping. Or confined to bed rest.

"Are you ready?" Joe called.

She sighed and turned her back on the mirror as she wriggled into a jogging bra, slipped her arms into a T-shirt, then began to pull the too-tight spandex up over her thighs. "Almost!"

"I'm going to put the girls in the stroller. We'll be outside."

Nikki tied her hair back into a low ponytail, donned a lightweight running jacket, and laced up her shoes. Careful not to look at herself again, she left the bedroom and made it through the tiny cottage in a matter of seconds.

It was the second day of January. On the west coast of central Florida, that meant a vivid blue sky, butter yellow sun, and a cool salt breeze. She breathed in the crisp air as she stepped onto the concrete path that bisected the Sunshine Hotel property and nearly stumbled at the sight of Joe and the girls waiting for her.

Were they really all hers?

Tamping down a swell of emotion, she moved toward the stroller taking in the pink and white knit hats neatly tied beneath their chins and the streaks of sunscreen slathered over their cheeks. Sofia had her father's dark hair, sparkling brown-black eyes, and sunny temperament, while Gemma was auburn haired and green eyed like Nikki. Where Gemma's oversize lungs and the will to use them had come from was still under debate.

"All present, recently diapered, and accounted for. Requesting permission to move out." Joe shot her a wink and saluted smartly.

Though he was closing in on fifty, Joe remained broad shouldered and hard bodied with a chiseled face and piercing dark eyes that too often saw right through her, a skill she blamed on his FBI training. They'd met when he'd used her to help him catch her younger brother, Malcolm Dyer, whose three-hundred-million-dollar Ponzi scheme had left Nikki and then-strangers Madeline Singer and Avery Lawford with nothing but shared ownership of Bella Flora, a 1920s Mediterranean Revival-style mansion at the south end of the beach.

She saluted back and fell into step beside him. A few doors down they passed the two-bedroom cottage that Madeline Singer and her daughter, Kyra, and grandson, Dustin, had just moved into.

"It'll be great having Maddie here, but it's so strange to think of someone else living in Bella Flora," Nikki said, thinking of the house they'd brought back from the brink of ruin and that had done the same for them. After they'd first renovated Bella Flora, Dustin's famous father, mega movie star Daniel Deranian, had bought it for Dustin and Kyra. It had become home to all of them when they'd needed one most, but Kyra had been forced to rent it out.

"Yeah," Joe agreed as they wheeled past Bitsy Baynard's one-bedroom, which the former heiress had taken in lieu of repayment for the money she'd put into their now-defunct TV show. "When is Bitsy coming back?"

"I don't know. She said she was going to stay in Palm Beach until she found someone who knew something about where Bertie is hiding." Nikki grimaced. In her former life as an A-list matchmaker, Nikki had brought Bitsy, heiress to a timber fortune, and her husband together and had counted them as one of her biggest successes. Right up until last January when Bertie disappeared with Bitsy's fortune and an exotic dancer who was pregnant with his child.

When the walkway split they wheeled the stroller toward the low-slung main building, a midcentury gem that they'd renovated for what they'd hoped would be a new season of their TV show, Do Over. The sound of voices and the scrape of furniture reached them from the new rooftop deck, where tables and chairs were being set up. The pool area was quiet. The lifeguard would take his place on the retro lifeguard stand at noon when temperatures had risen and the rooftop grill started cranking out hot dogs and hamburgers.

By the time they wheeled through the opening in the low pink wall and onto the beach, Nikki was feeling slightly winded. Joe was not. Despite the weak morning sun and the breeze off the gulf, he pulled off his T-shirt and tucked one end into the waistband of his running shorts. His chest and abs were hard, his arms and legs muscled. Dark hair smattered with gray dusted his chest and arrowed downward. She considered his body with an unhealthy mixture of admiration and jealousy. And a devout wish that men carried the babies in our species.

"You know we don't have to run," he said when they reached the hard-packed sand near the water's edge. "It's a gorgeous day just to be outside."

"Definitely gorgeous," she agreed, admiring the dip and dance of sunlight on the slightly choppy water's surface. A windsurfer skimmed by as she began to stretch, his brightly colored sail bulging with wind. "But I know you're ready for a run." She had to hold on to his shoulder as she reached back to grab her foot and stretch her quads. "And so am I."

"All right." When she'd finished stretching, he flashed her a smile and opened his arms wide, leaving their direction up to her. "Lead the way."

To their right lay the historic Don CeSar Hotel and the northern half of St. Petersburg Beach. In the other direction . . . she shrugged as if it didn't matter, but she could not deny the tug she felt. Without a word she pivoted left and broke into a slow jog, heading toward the southern tip of Pass-a-Grille. And Bella Flora.

Joe turned the stroller and fell in beside her. For a few heady minutes she simply gave herself up to the fresh air, the wash of water on and off the sand, and the caw of gulls wheeling through the sky. But it wasn't long before her breathing grew uneven and her strides became shorter. She flushed with embarrassment when she realized that he had checked his stride to match hers. Her chin went up and she picked up her pace. She'd recently weaned the girls to formula, and while nursing had helped her drop weight, she was going to have to do more than crawl if she ever hoped to get her body back. "You worry about yourself and the girls," she snapped, careful not to huff or puff. "I'll be fine."

"Okay," he said easily. "You're the boss." His movements remained fluid, but she could still feel him holding back. "There's no shame in taking it easy, Nik. And walking is exercise, too. A walk could be nice."

"Right." Surely that wasn't her breathing that sounded so . . . labored. Or her legs that had turned into lead weights. She pinned a smile on her lips and focused her eyes down the beach. She'd run this distance a thousand times. There was no reason she couldn't do it now. She would do it now. And if she felt a little uncomfortable, well, no one had ever died from discomfort. Otherwise she would have expired early in her pregnancy. She picked up her pace another notch and ignored Joe's look of concern. She was not going to whine or complain, and she most definitely wasn't going to walk. Breathing was overrated. And it was nothing compared to pride.

Shortly before her life imploded, Madeline Singer had decided to refurbish it slightly. Her nest had emptied and sheÕd hit the big five-oh. The time seemed right to take down a few metaphorical walls. Raise a few ceilings. Open things up.

What she'd envisioned as a minor renovation turned into a total gut job when her husband lost everything in Malcolm Dyer's Ponzi scheme. The life she'd only planned to tweak got demoed, blown to bits before her eyes.

There were casualties. Somehow she managed to drag her family clear of the rubble. Ultimately, those who were still standing constructed a new life, one that bore almost no resemblance to the original. Not exactly a "do over," but a chance to do and be more.

Today was January second. The first usable day of a brand-new year and once again her life was under construction. Yesterday she, her daughter Kyra, her four-year-old grandson Dustin, and Dustin's new puppy Max had moved out of Bella Flora into the newly renovated two-bedroom cottage she stood in now. Soon Kyra and Dustin would go to Orlando so that Dustin could play his father's son in Daniel Deranian's directorial debut. At which point Maddie would be completely on her own. A fact that both excited and terrified her.

In the kitchen, the lack of counter space forced her to work more efficiently, and in less than fifteen minutes she'd assembled an egg soufflŽ, slid it into the oven, and set the timer. The soufflŽ was of the never-fail variety, guaranteed to pouf in exactly sixty minutes. Unlike life, which came with no guarantees and often "poufed" when you least expected it.

Soon the scent of melting cheese teased her nostrils and began to fill the air. She pictured it wafting down the short hallway to the second bedroom, slipping under the closed door, and crooking its finger. While she waited she put on a pot of coffee and puttered, unpacking and organizing the exceedingly compact kitchen. The cottage felt like a dollhouse after the castle-like Bella Flora, but Maddie felt oddly content. She lacked space and income and her rŽsumŽ consisted only of a brief and excruciatingly public stint on their renovation-turned-reality-TV-show. But the cottage belonged to her. And so did the new life that lay ahead.

A text dinged in and the face of William Hightower, the rock icon formerly known as William the Wild, appeared on the screen. A reminder that the life that lay ahead included a relationship with a man whose poster had once hung on her teenaged bedroom wall.

Mornin' Maddie-fan. Hud and the fish send their regards.

Ha. She had discovered early on that the fish that lived in the Florida Keys had a nasty sense of humor. Despite Will's efforts to teach her how to fly cast, she was no threat to the fish population and they knew it. Catch anything yet?

Nope. But the sun's on the rise and it's so beautiful down here this morning I'm not sure I care.

Liar. Will loved to be out on the flats around Islamorada above all things, but he did not like to be bested by anything covered with scales.

True. And Hud's making me look bad. He and the fish want to know when you're coming to visit.

They're just looking for entertainment. Hudson Power, Will's longtime friend and fishing guide, had taught her to drive a boat and been very patient with her ineptness at fly casting. But she was fairly certain she'd heard the fish laughing at her on more than one occasion.

True, he texted again. But I miss you madly, Maddie-fan.

A warm glow formed in her chest and radiated outward. She did not understand why Will, who had finally won his own personal war on drugs and was once again topping the charts, had chosen her when he could have his pick of younger, prettier, and undoubtedly firmer women, but she'd finally stopped asking. Plus, it was hard to argue with his physical reaction to her. Her cheeks flamed at the thought, and despite her two left thumbs, she was very glad they were texting and not FaceTiming.

When are you coming down to Mermaid Point? They had met when their former network sent Madeline, Kyra, Avery Lawford, and Nicole Grant down to the Keys with instructions to turn Will's private island into a bed-and-breakfast, an idea he did not appreciate in the least.

As soon as Kyra and Dustin leave for Orlando. Kyra, who'd met and fallen for the megastar on her very first film set, was not at all happy about the upcoming film. Or having to spend six weeks on set with Daniel and his equally famous movie star wife, Tonja Kay.

Can u tell me when?

In 2 weeks.

That's 2 weeks 2 long.

She was still smiling when she heard the first sounds of movement from the second bedroom. By the time she'd finished setting the dinette table, pulled the orange juice out of the refrigerator, and cut up a bowl of fruit, there were only a few minutes left on the timer. A woof and the shake of a dog's collar were followed by the creak of a bed frame. Despite the early hour, the soufflé had worked its magic. She poured herself a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Today was the first day of the rest of her life. Now all she had to do was figure out what to do with it.

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions

1. At the beginning of the book, Madeline Singer, Avery Lawford, Nicole Grant, Kyra Singer, and Bitsy Baynard are living at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club. How do they each feel about the fact that Kyra has been forced to rent out Bella Flora? Is it harder on some of the women than others?

2. Madeline is an amazing mother and tends to nurture everyone around her. Is there a Madeline figure in your life? Maybe your own mother or someone you met later in life who offers you sage advice in difficult situations? Madeline often struggles to put her own needs before the needs of others. Do you identify with her feelings of being torn between her loved ones and finding a career path of her own? Do you agree with the choices Madeline makes in the novel?

3. Avery wonders if she can trust Chase again after his emotional betrayals in the past. Do you understand her reluctance to enter into a relationship with him again? Do you believe people deserve a second chance? Is love between two people enough to overcome any relationship difficulty?

4. Do you agree with Kyra’s decision to let her son Dustin act in his father’s movie? What does Kyra learn about Daniel Deranian’s and Tonja’s parenting skills while she and Dustin live on the movie set? How does Kyra change as a mother throughout the novel? How do her feelings toward Daniel and Tonja change?

5. Nicole is struggling with motherhood. Why do you think she wants to prove she can look after the twins on her own? Does society put pressure on women to be perfect mothers? Do you think Nicole is a perfectionist? What does she learn about mothering in the book? How is it similar to or different from what Kyra discovers about being a parent?

6. Nicole’s body changes after giving birth. Do you understand why she struggles to come to terms with her new shape? Can you identify with her insecurities?

7. Bitsy has the opportunity to get revenge on her husband, who stole her fortune and ran away with another woman. Do you agree with how she punishes him? In the course of the book, Bitsy learns how hard divorce and abandonment can be on women and children. How has Bitsy changed since she lost her fortune?

8. Maddie, Avery, Kyra, Nikki, and Bitsy are a close group of friends who offer each other enormous support throughout the book. Do you have a similar circle of friends or one friend you can always count on? What makes your friendship so strong?

9. Which woman’s challenges—Avery’s, Kyra’s, Maddie’s, Nikki’s, or Bitsy’s—resonate most with you? Why?

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Best Beach Ever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've throughly enjoyed this series!! I hope there a still a few more installments to come. Wendy Wax is the best!!
gaele More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to this series, I loved Wendy Wax’s ability to create nuanced characters with relationships that felt plausible and possible, and she’s managed to carry that into this story, making the women compelling, intriguing and most of all, people you want to know. As the sixth in the series, I did expect that some of the background events may play into finding the friendships and progression difficult, but Wax gives just enough background to the characters, along with their own fully realized characters to bring an understanding and curiosity about earlier titles, not just holes where ‘something should have been’. Complex, confused and curiously empathetic, even when they weren’t always ‘at their best, the relationships between the women, all at different stages in their lives with their own particular hurdles to overcome show just how affirming and necessary friendships and acceptance are to them all, and how the security of being in that group helps to shore up their own personal courage and face their fears. From losing baby weight and being a good mum, to allowing forgiveness, struggling with direction and purpose to recouping losses and more, the ladies share concerns, struggles, solutions and laughs in this fun, fast-paced but surprisingly complex read. My only questions came with trying to see just how far each character had come from their early friendships – but fortunately I can catch up by reading the earlier titles in this series. I’m sure readers familiar with this series have this in their beach bag, I’ll have all 6 as I think this is the perfect series to take on that summer vacation to truly escape it all – and revel in friendships and support that everyone seems to need. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The sixth book in the series and this book is different from the rest of the series. This is the first book where there isn't a formal house renovation and instead the book solely focuses on the characters and what is going on in their lives beyond a home renovation. The thing that I loved most from the previous books was the characters, so I was excited to read a book that didn't focus on the drama of a home renovation as that felt like it had been done a few times in this series; instead this book is all about the women. Although this book felt a little disjointed because the women were in and out of each other's lives, it made the book feel fresh and new. Wendy Wax did a great job of giving each woman a moment or more in the book for their stories to progress.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This book just did not connect with me. I was looking for a light fun beach read and I was disappointed. One problem was that I had not read the previous books. I did not really like the characters and I found them to be superficial. The story was predictable and there were no surprises. I found it rather disturbing that these supposedly good friends are so caught in themselves that they failed to see the struggles others are having. They placed more importance on a house than each other. I struggled to finish the book. This series should be read in order.
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mkdmom More than 1 year ago
I have read this series from the beginning, and I have to say that this book was one of my favorites. I loved how the author makes us feel like we are visiting with old friends. I feel like I am practically on the beach with them toasting the sunset with "one good thing". The challenges the ladies face are all things most women face; relationships, motherhood, financial difficulties, empty nesting, etc. While I see a little of myself in each of the characters, I most relate to Maddie, the mother hen, of the group. Oh to have a rock star boyfriend! I really feel like we have been on a full journey with these characters. The way the book ends, it seems as if the author might be feeling the same way. Loose storylines were wrapped up beautifully and the characters fought hard to get their good things. However, I do see a possible plot line that could be turned into book 7!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Individual characters could have been more interesting, too much of the same. I think wendy is bored with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as all of the others.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second novel in Orphan Train series. Our journey begins in 1858 in New York City where Marianne Neumann has taken a job with the Children’s Aid Society. While Marianne could life a life of luxury since her sister married Thornton Quincy, she is determined to find her sister, Sophie. Marianne will be embarking on her first tour the next day, and the other agent who will be accompanying her is Andrew “Drew” Brady. Drew is a former schoolteacher who is good with children. He has a way of making things fun and entertaining for them. Drew, though, has secrets from his own past that continue to haunt him. The pair journey across Illinois finding homes for their children in their charge. They get to know each other and grow closer on the tour. Then an unfortunate tragedy occurs that will change the future they had planned. Will they be able to overcome this tremendous obstacle? Hop on for trip into the past in Together Forever. Together Forever is well-written and an engaging novel. The book has a gentle pacing, good flow and smooth transitions between sections. While it is the second book in the series, Together Forever can be read alone. With You Always is summarized in this installment in the Orphan Train series. However, I recommend reading the series in order. You get to see the characters mature. Marianne has changed and regrets her actions in With You Always. It was interesting to find out more about the orphan trains and how they operated. What these children suffered is just heartbreaking (living on the streets, being abandoned, having no food, abusive homes). As Marianne soon discovers, you can only pray that God will deliver them into good Christian homes and that the children will not be harmed or used for free labor. I appreciated that we get to see a variety of people in the story. Farmers, shopkeepers, housewives, business people, and children. Many of them are wholesome Christians, but there are a couple of bad seeds. They are realistic characters with flaws, issues, and concerns. It was pleasurable to catch up with Elise and Reinhold. There are good and valuable life lessons in the story (keeping Faith, importance of prayers, violence is wrong, forgiving yourself as well as others). Together Forever is a heartwarming, Christian novel. It is an emotional book that will tug at your heartstrings. I am curious to read Sophie’s story and look forward to the release of Searching for You.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are real with real life concerns. I love each character and hope she writes many more adventurous
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy are still licking their wounds and trying to recover from the aftermath of the implosion of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over. To compound the disaster of the show, the ladies are forced to move into the cottages at the Sunshine Hotel after Kyra’s plunder of leveraging Bella Flora. Maddie has done her job. Her children are grown. Her ex is back on his feet and she can honestly admit she doesn’t loathe him anymore. Sparks have grown into a decent and long-burning fire between her and revived Rock Star Will Hightower. Yep, she has the world on her platter and can’t figure out why she’s so apprehensive to dive into the deep end and savor every moment. Nikki finally said yes (even if the babies came first) and FBI hotty Joe is more than her dream come true. Granted, she had no idea becoming a mother would be such a monumental task. Take that role and multiply it by two bundles of joy and the recipe is one for overwhelm overload most days. Once again, Joe to the rescue. With the reality of him having to travel more, he decides it’s time Nikki accepts some helping hands. Nikki has other designs on just how much help she will accept from the new nanny and it isn’t necessary to bother Joe with all the details of her decisions on this front. Avery and Chase are on again. This is to say, at least all cylinders are firing in the bedroom. It was a tough call for Avery to make after virtually being kicked out of Chase’s life thanks to the shenanigans of his son. No matter, the sex was great, and it wasn’t like she was ever going to marry him, but did Chase feel the same way? Having nearly lost Bella Flora, Kyra had no choice but to rent her beloved property to the mysterious (and obviously wealthy) tenant. Besides, she and Dustin would soon be on set near Disney World which meant she wouldn’t have to face the errors of her ways living in the same town as the stranger who occupied Bella Flora. She hated the idea of exposing four-year-old Dustin to the uncertain and harsh elements of Hollywood glam. She didn’t have much of a choice. How is it that every time Baby Daddy (and hunky movie star) Daniel Deranian beckoned, Kyra forgot how to say the word ‘no.’ Wendy Wax has delivered a fantastic continuation of the ongoing saga of the women of Ten Beach Road. Having read a few of the books in this series, it’s a fact that Ms. Wax has done this series justice once again. The divine characters she’s developed in Maddie, Avery, Kyra, Nikki and Bitsy are superb and she has maintained their unique and diverse personas. Ms. Wax is the master mixer of blending two parts big happy family with (sometimes) one-part dysfunction and the outcome is a masterpiece of exceptionally unique and strong women. She has built a solid foundation with her ‘beach’ family and setting and with each tower she adds to this magnificent collection of beach castle novels, she manages over the top enjoyment and anticipation for the next from her audience. I was already a fan and simply ask: may I have another, please? Well done Wendy Wax! Quill says: Best Beach Ever arrives just in time for kick off to summer. This is a must have for your summer beach reads this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story! Looking forward to the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and hope there is more to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Believable and so easy to get lost in!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this new book in the series. Past problems in their lives are being fixed but thankfully there is promise of more to come.Couldn't put this book down. Read it all in one day and will reread it as I have done the others in this series.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Best Beach Ever is the 6th entry in the Ten Beach Road series by Wendy Wax. According to Goodreads: “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.” I enjoy beach reads and was looking forward to this one. However, in the first chapter there were so many characters and references to places and things in the past that I was a bit confused and not sure I would ever get them straight and started to make a list; not a good sign. Things did pick up quickly, though, and the story moved along smoothly. This was my first introduction to this author and series. I am sure this will be a good read for those who have started with book one, but for me there were obviously so many unknown backstories that it was hard to become engaged or feel connected to any of the characters. Behavior that likely had a valid explanation in a previous book just looked like an unpleasant personality trait without the benefit of hindsight. There was a lot of detail about buildings and scenery; about the cast of characters, not so much. I learned more about Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, Bitsy and the rest from a blog post than from the book itself, and it took a while to realize that when they said they were going to the Sunshine they meant a hotel and not just outside. The author writes well, and there were many interesting characters. The plot moved smoothly and quickly. I usually like to start at the beginning of a series, but if I do read a book somewhere in the middle and it reveals characters I want to know better, I will go back and start at the beginning. However, with Best Beach Ever this was not the case. Even though the storyline was more or less wrapped up by the end, it felt like I had just dropped in and that the ending was just priming the reader for the next book. Other series do this of course, notably J. D. Robb and the Eve Dallas In Death series. But even though you would miss a lot of good history and interaction you can read any book standalone and fully understand the characters, plot and setting. As already noted, I might have felt more engaged with or sympathetic to these characters if I knew more about them and didn’t feel so much like I was eavesdropping. The location descriptions are beautiful and spot on. I am familiar with the area and have family that vacations on Pass-a-Grille each year and I felt like I was there. This story has good pacing, good smooth writing, and I could feel the pain, strong friendship and support from all the characters, as well as laugh at the many humorous moments. I recommend this book for those readers who are current with the series. Thanks to the publisher Penguin Random House/Berkley Pub for providing an ARC for me to read.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I could have sworn that I read part of the "Ten Beach Road" series before this book. However, when I checked it out, I had not. Apparently, these characters are so well written that I felt comfortable with them right away which just gave me the impression I had spent time with them before. There is lots going on in this book which focuses on a group of five friends who have lots of problems that they help each other with and through. There are a lot of obstacles along the way which include a Hollywood leading man, a lying, thieving husband and a rehabilitated aging rock star who's making a comeback. I loved the evenings when they get together to watch the sunset and take turns saying something good about their day. I think that's a great idea and hope to include at least the saying something good part in my future days. I enjoyed spending time with these characters and wish that I had started with book one in the series. Not because this could not be read as a standalone, but because I would have liked to have been with them during earlier times and issues that were mentioned in this book. It is definitely a series that is going on my TBR list. Thanks to Berkley Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
The gals are back again!!! (However, this can be read as a stand alone novel.) They’ve got new challenges to enthrall us! Bella Flora has been rented out to a former nemesis of Kyra, Troy, who now is claiming that he has always loved her. But Kyra is definitely not buying it and we will have to see where this goes – but don’t be so sure you can predict everything. Kyra meanwhile has agreed to let her son, Dustin, be in his father Daniel’s new movie. Daniel is now trying to be a director and not just an actor. Kyra has huge reservations about Dustin being with Daniel and his new wife, troubling fears that turn out to be a mother’s gut feelings that are spot on and trustworthy. Then we have Nicki who has had twins and is trying to get back to her svelte, former form. She’s also finding the care of twins to be overwhelming and her husband Joe advises her to hire some help while he’s away on business. The woman they hire is endearing to the twins and readers as well, perhaps too much so for Nicki’s liking. Niki will change because of this experience as well, in a frustrating but heart-warming series of events. Bitsy has been cheated out of a fortune but is about to serve her own brand of justice on her lying, cheating husband! Maddie as always is the imparter of hard-earned wisdom, learned after her own trials and divorce. Still she learns that she’s entitled to her own life with its pleasures with her new romance. But she also learns that she doesn’t have to anyone’s “first” but instead be her own person first. Let the chips fall where they may! This is the conclusion of this series and readers will want to read the previous five novels. Wendy Wax is a seasoned author who knows how to craft a realistic story with ups and downs that leave the reader challenged and entertained!!! Highly recommended contemporary fiction!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Best Beach Ever” by Wendy Wax Berkely Publishing Group Publishing Date: May 22, 2018 Author Wendy Wax , “Best Beach Ever” has written an enjoyable, heartwarming, emotional and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline of this story is mostly in the present only going back a few years when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. There are other books in this series by Wendy Wax, but this can be read as a stand-alone. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated and confused. Most are likable, and many are very close friends and relatives. Each of the main characters seems to have a decision to make, and at times set-backs before they can move forward. Kyra and the other characters are forced to rent out their beloved Bella Flora, in order to keep it. Maddie, Nikki, Avery, and Bitsy move into the cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club , not certain of the future. Each of the characters has their own set of problems . I appreciate the way the author shows the importance of emotional support of family, friends, and neighbors. I would like to thank NetGalley for a copy of this ARC for my honest review. I would recommend this book to readers of Women’s Fiction. Happy Reading! Edit PUBLISHED BY LINDASBOOKOBSESSION
Cyndy G S More than 1 year ago
The Do-Over ladies are back and I was so happy to receive this ARC from Wendy Wax. I dove right in and thoroughly savored every bit of this book. I will tell you why I think that this installment is my favorite so far. We really get in-depth with the ladies and their issues The focus is on the ladies in this book and I really felt like I got to know each of them a bit better by the end of the book I loved the multiple story-lines of their lives Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy seem so real to me and with each book in this series the ladies have developed in character so much I feel as if I actually know them! Their friendship has grown immensely since the first book in this series and I love to see these women cheering each other on rather than resenting each other. The ladies are now living in cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club and feeling relief that their troubles have come to an end, financially that is , except for Bitsy who is broke due to her horrible low life husband Bertrand who disappeared with a stripper and all of Bitsy’s money! Each of the ladies is sttruggling with their new reality life rather than a reality show. Nikki is trying to do everything for her twins on her own and is exhausted but feeling like she needs something more than just being a wife and mother. I could definitely relate to Nikki. Avery keeps pushing Chase away but at the same time wants him all to herself. Maddie still is feeling unworthy of her mega famous rock star Will’s love and is still wondering why her out of all the women that Will could have. I just love Will and Maddie together and their romance is probably my favorite one in this book. Maddie struggles to fit into Will’s life on the road but seems to find a niche for herself with the tour. Now Kyra is the one that I wanted to shake and say wakeup!! Daniel the famous movie star is a shallow, self serving and egotistical jerk. I was rooting for Kyra and Troy to get together but Kyra is just still so drawn to Daniel. Bitsy I think really finds herself in this installment , she finds out about people that really have nothing in life and realizes that yes while she has lost all of her money she still has a roof over her head and a strong support group with the women. I am putting this book at the top of my favorite books that I have read so far this year. This book is my favorite beach read of 2018. I look forward to next year to see what Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy are up to and how they are doing.