One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road Series #5)

One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road Series #5)

by Wendy Wax

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ISBN-13: 9780451488619
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Ten Beach Road Series , #5
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 144,689
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 thirteen 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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Discussion Questions


1. When the book opens, Bitsy Baynard is dealing with the fact that her husband stole all of her money and ran away with another woman. Do you think Bitsy should have made Bertrand sign a prenup? Do you believe in prenups?

2. Bitsy and Bertrand were initially introduced by Nicole Grant of Heart Inc., who worked as a matchmaker. Do you think matchmakers can be a successful way to find love? Would you ever hire a matchmaker?

3. William Hightower could have any woman he wants. Why do you think he is attracted to Madeline Singer? Will asks Maddie to go on tour with him, and Maddie is reluctant to do so. Do you understand her reluctance? Why do you think women often have such a hard time putting their needs first?

4. Nicole is terrified that Joe no longer wants to marry her, that something will go wrong during her pregnancy, and that she’ll fall short as a mother. Why do you think Nikki feels this way? Have you ever been in a situation where you knew your fear wasn’t warranted, but you were terrified anyway? How did you handle it?

5. Avery Lawford is an architect and licensed contractor who finds the aromas surrounding construction relaxing. She attributes this to spending time on her father’s construction sites as a child. What is your stress buster? When and how did you discover it?

6. Chase and his son Jason are at odds for most of the book, and Avery finds herself caught between them. Do you think she handles the situation well? How do you feel about Chase’s behavior? Why is he so tough on Avery?

7. What do you think Bella Flora symbolizes for Maddie, Nicole, Avery, and Kyra? Is there a family home or a place like Mermaid Point that holds particular significance for you? Why? Would you risk losing it for the chance to achieve a lifelong dream or goal?

8. Kyra has to decide whether or not to let her son, Dustin, star in a move with his father. What do you think she should do? Would you let your child star in a movie? Is that kind of pressure and attention good or bad for a child?

9. What do you think of the tiny house movement? Would you want to live in a tiny house? How many square feet would you need to feel comfortable?

10. At the end of each day, Maddie, Nicole, Avery, and Kyra share one good thing to toast at sunset. What—or who—is your one good thing today? Wendy Wax would love to know, so be sure to share your #OneGoodThing on Twitter or Instagram, or on Wendy’s Facebook wall!

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One Good Thing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner for wendy wax
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good continuation of the series. I'm wanting the girls to finally get one over on the TV network.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve so enjoyed this series and look forward to more. Need to find out who rented Bella Flora.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings nother installment in this series and although I still haven't read book one or two, I absolutely adore this series, these characters and the mischief they get into! This book starts just right where the last ends and there are quite a few series you can read and enjoy out of order or can skip a book or two, I would say you need to start at square one or book one in this series. The characters story build from book to book so it is best to just start at the very beginning.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Wendy Wax delivers yet another vibrant read in her latest title, One Good Thing. Maddie, Avery, Nikki and Kyra were well on their way to getting their respective lives in order. Maddie’s love, William Hightower, has made a tremendous comeback with his music and is going on tour. Much to Will’s chagrin, Maddie can’t seem to pry herself away from the notion she is responsible for everyone else first before it is her turn. Nikki is pregnant with Joe’s twins; yet, Joe stopped asking for her hand in marriage after not one, two, but three definitive ‘no’s’ from her. In due time, perhaps. Avery has her own struggles with paramour Chase. While it’s abundantly clear their feelings for each other are true and deep-seeded, it would seem his teenaged son Jason has other plans for their happily ever after. To compound the friction, Chase seems quite comfortable when it comes to reminding Avery she is not a parental figure when it comes to raising his children. Kyra has her own tangled web to unweave. When baby (and somewhat absent) daddy, movie star Daniel decides he would like to play a more active role in his son’s life, Kyra isn’t so sure she likes what he has in mind. And last but certainly not least, when Bitsy Baynard arrives unannounced it’s more than strange that her hubby Bertrand is nowhere to be seen. After the crash of Do Over (a cable do-it-yourself makeover show) and renovations of the Sunset Beach property, the ladies have quite the mountain to climb toward solvency. Condo’s aren’t’ moving and time share sales are non-existent. There is also that loan that Kyra took out (leveraging Bella Flora) that is about to become due and not only does she not have the balloon payment, but Maddie, Avery and Nikki have no idea they could potentially lose the property. Fortunately for all the ladies, there are the nightly spectacular sunsets on the Gulf and the commitment to share ‘one good thing’ about the day before the sun kisses it good-night. In perfect Wendy Wax style, she has delivered yet another engaging and captivating beach read just in time for summer. Her characters continue to intrigue her audience and Ms. Wax is not at a loss throughout for the perfect teasers of drama to complement the wonderfully delicious flow of this novel. Her dialogue is believable and having read Sunset Beach, it was a wonderful treat to revisit with the women of Bella Flora. I applaud Ms. Wax for keeping her storyline ‘real’ within the premise of ‘fiction.’ It makes the story that much more enjoyable. I look forward to her next novel and (hopefully) the next chapter of the life and times of the women of Bella Flora. Well done Ms. Wax! I thoroughly enjoyed One Good Thing. Quill says: One Good Thing is a delicious novel one can take along on vacation, sink down into a comfy chair, and enjoy the art of turning the pages of a truly terrific read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Wendy Waxs books, especially this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have loved this whole series. I am hoping there will be more to come because I do want to know where the ladies go from here.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A worthy successor to the previous books. Great characters! True, they did not solve their problems in this book but the gals did move ahead. Looking forward to the next installment and their next project.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
The women are amazing in this book. Their friendship, support, and love are more family like than friends. Without a question they accept each other’s faults and problems. They worked together to help each other out of the problems they were each experiencing. My only struggle with the book is that this was the 5th book in the series and I had not read the first 4. Throughout the entire book I felt like I was missing a piece of the story. I wanted to know the background, the history, and the reasoning that each character was acting the way they were. Wendy Wax did her best to catch the reader up without spending a ton of time and words on it but I was still missing some parts of the story. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and it was sometimes confusing. Overall this is a fun beach story. One Good Thing is an easy read that I enjoyed. I do recommend reading the first books in the Ten Beach Road series. Thank you to Danielle Dill at Berkley/NAL and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Wendy Wax's novels. Her last book is nothing new. Same old story line. No real plot to the story. I hope this is the last installment of this series