The House on Mermaid Point (Ten Beach Road Series #3)

The House on Mermaid Point (Ten Beach Road Series #3)

by Wendy Wax


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In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . . 
Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . .

Rock-and-roll legend “William the Wild” Hightower may be past his prime, estranged from his family, and creatively blocked, but he’s still worshiped by fans—which is why he guards his privacy on his own island in the Florida Keys. He’s not thrilled about letting this crew turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show . . . though he is intrigued by Maddie. Hard as that is for her to believe as a newly single woman who can barely manage a dog paddle in the dating pool.

But whether it’s an unexpected flirtation with a bona fide rock star, a strained mother-daughter relationship, or a sudden tragedy, these women are in it together. The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped on a houseboat with one bathroom . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425263327
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Ten Beach Road Series , #3
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 305,161
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wendy Wax is the USA Today bestselling author whose contemporary women's fiction includes the highly praised Ten Beach Road, Ocean Beach, The House on Mermaid Point, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, Magnolia Wednesdays, and The Accidental Bestseller. A former broadcaster, she lives in the Atlanta area with her family.

Amy Rubinate has narrated over 140 audiobooks and has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and has won national awards for poetry reading. Amy has also narrated many interactive children's books and provided character voices for toys and video games.

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“A beautiful book about loyalty, courage, and pursuing your dreams with a little help from your friends…A novel to savor!”—New York Times bestselling author Karen White

“A tribute to the transformative power of female friendship....Reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend.”—Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

“[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Heartwarming….A loving tribute to friendship and the power of the female spirit.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal

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The House on Mermaid Point 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The third book in this series is a great sequel to the first two stories about women with large disappointments in their recent past. Instead of letting obstacles making them give up on life, they make their problems into opportunities. They each have unique talents and skills in home building and decor. The House on Mermaid Point has the women in the Florida Keys to redo a reclusive rock legend's home against his will, but at the insistence of his son. The story is fun, interesting and poignant. The characters find out that happiness may find you where and when you did not expect nor want it. The descriptions of their work, triumphs, and high hurdles keep the reader turning those pages and asking, "Now what will happen?" I really liked this book about my home state and its eventual return to my hometown. I recommend all three books in this series.
CupcakeCG More than 1 year ago
I did not expect to read this as fast as I did. It was funny, great story line and very entertaining. Have since read another Wendy Wax book.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Wendy Wax is the Queen of Do Over! As you can see by my reviews—have read every book in this incredible Ten Beach Road series and each, A 5-Star Winner; however, I believe THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT is my favorite thus far! From the stunning front cover (hats off to the designer) to the last page— these characters grab you by the heart and do not let go-for a page-turner. A group of kick ass, talented, and smart women, you will grow to love, for a must read series. Wendy Wax has found her calling! Humor, wit, interior design, architecture, reality TV, renovations, fun girl time, celebrities, sexy tropical locations, beautiful homes, hot men, good food and drink, and juicy love connections (what is not to love)? A well written, much loved series of transformations and peeling back of the layers of not only homes, and mansions, but the personal lives of those involved. Even though I love all the women, Maddie is very special woman, at age 51, many readers will relate with her, as I did. The self-confidence and image factor, in an age of dating when compared to younger women, especially when they have given their life to their former husband, now divorced, having spent their life raising a family. Was super glad THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT offered Maddie some limelight, and happiness, as she is the rock of the crew and her relationship with Hot William was dynamite (please let this couple continue), as they are not done—they sizzle! Wow, William was such an interesting powerful and sexy character (former rock star musician) and loved seeing his transformation. His relationship with his son Tommy was very similar to the parent-child dynamic between Deirdre and Avery. A story of redemption, loss, and love—priceless! Do Over is the show at the core of the story; however, each of the women’s lives (Kyra, Nichole, Avery, Deirdre, and Maddie) have been on a long journey filled with obstacles, and frustrations, as well as bonding and a great sense of accomplishment. Each of these women from their twenties to sixties, have faced challenges which have led to self-discovery as they have grown in so many ways. And oh, the banter between sweet little Dustin and William, melts your heart! Wendy, please do not the series end! Rooting for Hot William and Maddie to continue on. Islamorada was a perfect setting for this book and the surprise ending, as one of my favorite spots in the Florida Keys! Readers will love revisiting with Bella Flora, Chase, Joe, and of course the nightly chardonnay and cheese doodles! Yes, it was that good!
Maertel More than 1 year ago
Super plot! When reprinted, please include maps of the island, house, and Florida locale. We also hope for 2/3 less baby talk to translate and never reading the words "slippy cup" again. Also, please enlist a non-stereotyped African American woman to reluctantly join the crew...she should have high class tastes, so the tacky coral/seashell/rock fireplace is never duplicated...maybe they would just happen to meet her at a coffee shop or bar where she was exclaiming over the out-of-place fireplace that she saw while on duty as head social worker at Hightower's new "camp." Lots of fun possibilities here. Plot confusion: how come Daniel's wife never reacted to the photo of Daniel and Kyra? Sure hope Troy stakes a major claim - maybe when he is falsely accused of releasing incriminating photos? Hope this develops in nice thick novels...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in this series and found them enjoyable reads. I didn't like the ending of the last 2 books. It left me feeling sad. Not the way you want a fun summer read to end. With that being said, I hope the series will continue. I really love these characters. I hope Maddie and Will get together. There are too many unanswered questions to let this series end. Please give us more!!!!
annieNC More than 1 year ago
Found this series of books while looking for "summer" read books! Excellent just wish there would be sequels to these three by Wendy Wax!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite If you like women's fiction, you'll love the latest from Wendy Wax. It's entitled The House on Mermaid Point and it takes off from Wax's previous novel, Ten Beach Road. It also stands alone in development, plot and in comprehension. Most of the characters from the last book are prominent in this book and they are absolutely delightful women. I started out detesting William Hightower, a former rock star who is drug-addicted and down on his luck. William's son convinces William that the only way he can make ends meet is to turn over his house to a team of female decorators who host a television show called Do Over. Maddie is divorced and she is failing to find her way as a single woman. Her bond with Deirdre, Avery and Nicki is touching and it speaks well to the support women offer one another in times of heartbreak and vulnerability. There are several wonderful subplots in The House on Mermaid Point. Although Maddie and William have divergent opinions on topics such as male and female roles, decorating and relationships, the interaction of the two is a lesson in give and take, honesty and respect. Nicki has lost all her assets due to a Ponzi scheme and she needs to take a good look at priorities and goals.  Deirdre and her daughter Avery still have a lot to work out as mother and daughter, but they beautifully demonstrate what a little flexibility will do for a relationship. I loved the way author Wax developed the relationship between William and Maddie. Each has lessons to learn and it's up to the reader to decide the success of their choices. Add to that the stunning descriptions of the Florida Keys, and the reader has a bountiful supply of treats in store!
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Maddie, Avery, Nicki and other characters are back to renovate another broken-down home, this time in the Florida Keys.  William Hightower, a former rock star known as “William the Wild” is a recovering alcoholic who is forced by his son to agree to this renovation as there isn’t a penny left from all Will’s years of being a star.  What does one do with life when the fame, the booze and drugs aren’t there as one’s foundation? Avery and her mother Deirdre are still at war with each other, payback for all the years in which Deirdre ran off and left her daughter alone.  Maddie is newly divorced from Steve who lost his job and his pride but who never allowed Maddie to have her own life and falsely believed she could not function without him. Is he in for a surprise!  With her daughter Kyra and her grandson Dustin, they say their goodbyes to what was their home for years, uncertain about what the future will bring. Nicki, the former owner of a dating agency, like so many others who were bankrupted by a Ponzi scam, is also wondering how this latest venture will give her both security and some ideas for the future.  She also is bound for a life-changing point of view. William is not exactly the most endearing of characters, that is until he meets Maddie.  But both are intriguing characters as they slowly warm up to each other and yet also have some major misunderstandings about their stereotypical ideas about romance and the roles of men and women.  All this occurs while they are doing back-breaking but marvelous work recreating William’s home into something that will indeed breed new life for many in future years! Add to that the glorious descriptions of magnificent flora, fauna, ocean views, houseboats, architecture and the reader will relish this book as a sequel to Ten Beach Road but also as a stand-alone lovely novel. Nicely done again, Wendy Wax!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, loved these books, the characters. Please continue the series. I would love to know what happens with Kyera, will she end up with Daniel or the camera guy? And what about Nicole and Joe?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, not as good as the first
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A third in a series and before you read on in the review - know that I had no clue this was #3 until a few chapters in and went looking thinking that I was missing some backstory!  So with that said, I wish I had read Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach before I read this one.  I was missing out on the "inside" jokes and would probably have loved it even more after reading the first two, so they are officially on my TBR.
mimiJG More than 1 year ago
No deep thinking involved with this read! Good strong women characters. Plot wanders a bit but it doesn't go completely off track. Wish there was a better ending. Almost sets it up as a sequel. Fun summer book though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series, I hope there will be another. The book is very much a womans book. It's easy reading, sometimes fun as well as dramatic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Summer Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool story-came up with it in ur sleep? Thats funny lol:) creative sleeper haha. Care to continue? Cuz ive got no guess as to where its going, but id luke to know! And nice name;) 3rdkid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello! And welcome to the girst part of a book i came up with in my sleep. Awesome right? So, part two at next res. Comments to Hope, please. Now for the story! Dun dun dun!! ~~~ Admiral Jacob paced thd dock angrily. "They shouldve been here by now. Whats taking them so dang long." He grumbled and looked out to sea to see if he could see the ship that was supposed to arive with the yearly supplies. Jacob looked like your average teenage boy with curly brown hair tucked under a Roman styled helmet. He had a sword tucked into his belt along with a silver dagger. "Hey Jacob! Any sign of them yet?" Came a voice from above. Jacob turned around and smiled warmly. "Not yet Rachael. Man she looks hot." He muttered the last part as a gust of wind from the ocean picked up her long curly red hair and the sun caught her eyes just perfectly. Her dark blue skirt fluttered in the wind and she had to push it down with perfectly tan hands. Jacob shook his head to listen to Rachael as she spoke. "I wonder whos that on the raft?" She said as she grabbed a vine and slid down the cliff to the beach. Jacob wheeled around, drawing his sword halfway as he caught a glimce of the small raft. It was a shaggy thing. Roughly made and was springing small leaks here and there. "She looks hurt." Rachael said as she pulled out a spyglass and looked through it. "Hey thats mine." Jacob raised an eyebrow. "She looks younger then me." Rachael added ignoring him. "About twelve or thirteen." Jacob nodded and watched as the small figure on the raft rushed around plugging up holes and leaks. "Ill go get a tent set up." Rachael put the spyglass back in her pocket. "What makes you think shes staying?" Jacob asked. "Because she will die if she doesnt. And i will make you let her stay." She added. Jacob needed no further conviencing. "Okay. Okay. Ill send her up there if she doesnt pass out." "And if she does you will send her up anyway." "And i will then." Rachael smiled and ran to the row of vines. She tugged on one it three times and was hoisted up by Bob at the top of the cliff. "Thanks Bob." Rachael flashed him a bright smile and ran off to the tent crafting office. Meanwhile, Jacob was helping a small girl onto the docks before her raft sunk. She had long black hair with a dark blue ribbon in it. Her eyes were sea green and her skin almost pale. "T-Thank you." She stuttered, shivering in her tanktop and shorts. "Dont mention it. And here." Jacob took off his red cloak and put it on the small girl. She nodded her thanks and wrapped it tightly around her. "Come on." Jacob said kindly. "Lets go up to the village." She nodded and looked up the cliff. "W-Where am i?" Jacob put an arm around her. "This is the Island of Hope. Home of the legendary Oglot orcs." "Oglot orcs?" The girls eyes widened. She remembered tales of the evil and dreadful Oglot orcs. She looked around in fear as if one would appearout of the sand and attacking them. "Its okay." Jacob smiled. "Theyre confined to the other side of the island. Away from us." The girl sighed in relief. "So, whats youre name?"Jacob asked as he put the girl in the crate. It was surprising she could fit so well. "I-I can climb." She tried to get out of the crate but it was lifted slowly up by Bob. "Whats your name?" Jacob repeated and he climbed the vine beside her. "Im Aquamarine Glasscrown." Jacob nodded. "Okay Aqua. Okay if i call you that?" She nodded and he continued. "My name is Jacob. Admiral Jacob Roberts." ~~ DONE! ~BY Hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the books in this series and have enjoyed them. I like the characters and the story but don't care for the tragic ending that she seems to need to put into the books. Spoiler Alert - I wasn't real happy with the way she ended Ocean Beach, didn't think that Max needed to go, but at least he wasn't a main character. I was really disappointed with what she did with Deidre in this one. I liked Deidre's character and am not happy she won't be in future stories. If not for that I would've given it 5 stars. It makes me unsure if I"ll continue with the series if this is how she's going to end future stories as well by just doing in another character again. Does she really have to keep taking a fun summer read and ending it with a funeral?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in.