- Title: Sunshine Beach
- Series: Ten Beach Road #4
- Author: Wendy Wax
- Genre: Women’s Fiction
- Pages: 432
- Published: June 2016 – Berkley
- Source: Publisher
Description: There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix…
After losing their life savings in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki banded together to make the most of what they’ve got left through determination, ingenuity, guts, and a large dose of elbow grease. It’s Maddie’s daughter Kyra who stumbles across a once glorious oceanfront hotel that has fallen into disrepair. The opportunity to renovate this seaside jewel is too good to pass up—especially when they come up with the idea of shooting their own independent television show about the restoration. What could possibly go wrong?
Everything. With the cameras rolling, Maddie’s second-chance romance with her all-too-famous new boyfriend gets complicated, Avery struggles with grief over the loss of her mother, and Nikki’s reluctance to commit to the man who loves her could leave her to face the biggest challenge of her life. Even the hotel seems to be against them, when their renovation uncovers a decades-old unsolved murder which just might bring their lives tumbling down all over again… (publisher)
My take: If you can’t get to the beach this summer you’ll feel like you’re there when reading Sunshine Beach. Maddie, Avery, Nikki and Kyra are back together looking for a new renovation project. While on a morning walk Kyra comes across a small, partially hidden, falling-down but perfectly situated hotel and just knows it has potential. When the other women agree they assume their roles and get the wheels of renovation turning.
Wendy Wax’s novel hit all the marks I’ve come to appreciate in this series: women’s friendship, perseverance when life gets tough, and the ability to get along even when they didn’t always agree. There’s a mystery to solve along the way and the return appearances of all love interests from the previous novels. I enjoyed it all and recommend it to fans of the series and women’s fiction.
This book can stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order because you’ll get a deeper understanding of the growth in each character. Also, I’m the type of person who can get sucked into a HGTV marathon so I loved reading about the project at the center of each novel.