Nicole Says… Read This Book by Wendy Wax

By Nicole McManus

Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax

Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax
Ocean Beach
by Wendy Wax

Four friends – Maddie, Nicole, Avery and Kyra – are looking forward to putting their pasts behind them by focusing on their next home renovation project. The new house should be the avenue to brighten each of their futures. However, when they arrive they are greeted by cameramen, and the women quickly learn their self-cleansing mission has been turned into a reality television show. Will these women be able to stand together to realize their dreams or will this be a disaster from day one?

Ocean Beach is the second book in the Ten Beach Road Series. Although it refers to the events in the previous book, readers won’t be lost if they start with this story. There are plenty of characters, each desperate to start over and rid themselves of upsetting pasts. The shifting points-of-view allows readers an inside look at the inner turmoil each of the characters are facing. The fresh, salt air of Miami works wonders on the women’s souls as they bring new life into an aging building. Wendy Wax does a beautiful job showing readers the depth of friendship, and how far friends go to help each during dark times.

Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing… Spring Cleaning! There is something revitalizing about opening up the house, letting in all the fresh air and completing a thorough scrubbing of everything, while removing all the unused items cluttering up the space. What better book to read than one based on a home renovation, where each of the characters is burdened with a tumultuous past? This book had been sitting in my To-Read stack for a while, and as I am sorting through boxes deciding what to donate or put in a yard sale, I found the premise of a home renovation promising. I enjoyed the author’s strong female characters, who felt very real, and I have a feeling this won’t be the last book, I read by Wendy Wax.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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