Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One Good Thing by Wendy Wax

In her fifth and most exciting book yet, Wax returns to her Ten Beach Road series with ONE GOOD THING (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; April 25, 2017; $16). Picking up where Sunshine Beach left off, fans of the series will delight in catching up with familiar beloved characters and new readers will have no problem sinking into this witty and heartwarming story about loyalty, friendship and the secrets that test those bonds.   

Sure to resonate with readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green, ONE GOOD THING is a warm and insightful look at love and the bonds of true friendship.

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, nor can she trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

My Thoughts…

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.  

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Praise for the novels of Wendy Wax:

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

“If you’re a sucker for plucky women who rise to the occasion, this is for you.”—USA Today

“Wax offers her trademark form of fiction, the beach read with substance.”—Booklist

“Wax really knows how to make a cast of characters come alive.”—RT Book Reviews

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