A REUNION & A DO OVER — REVIEW OF “OCEAN BEACH” — JUNE 15

Madeline, Avery, and Nicole are back!  After renovating Bella Flora, the home they inherited at Ten Beach Road, their efforts have paid off in another way.  They’ve been offered a gig that could further seal their futures in a positive way.

A chance to renovate a home in South Beach for a TV pilot called Do Over.  And if the show is picked up by the network, they could be on their way at last.

Arriving at the designated location, each of them has mixed emotions about the task ahead.  Not only is the house badly in need of a major overhaul, but they see that the network crew is already there, ready to snap their reactions, their every move, almost as if they, not the renovations, are the show.

When it dawns upon them that a reality show is what the network really has in mind, and that their personal lives, with all their warts, is fair game, the ugly truth almost makes them turn and run.

Slogging through the detritus of what was once a lovely example of Streamline Moderne architecture, the women know that the weeks ahead are going to be tough ones.

But little do they know that the task will be the least of it.

What unexpected events will threaten their peace of mind and the project itself?  What mystery from the past will grab their attention and motivate them even more?  And how will another man’s quest for vengeance stun them, with disastrous results?

Each character immediately grabbed me, as if I were reuniting with old friends.  Sometimes they frustrated me, especially Kyra, who seemingly made one bad choice after another.  I rooted for Avery and her mother Deirdre to finally reach a place of forgiveness.  And I couldn’t help but enjoy the growing love matches between a couple of the characters.

As Ocean Beach came to an end, I desperately wanted to see what would happen to the characters next.  I was totally invested in them.  Five stars.

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A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Wendy read voraciously as a child, was a regular at her local library, and became fast friends with Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables. Her love affairs with language and storytelling paid off beginning with her first shift at the campus radio station while studying journalism at the University of Georgia.

After returning to her home state and graduating from the University of South Florida she worked for the Tampa PBS affiliate, WEDU-TV, behind and in front of the camera. Her resume includes on air work, voiceovers and production of a variety of commercial projects and several feature films. She may be best known in the Tampa Bay area as the host of Desperate & Dateless, a radio matchmaking program that aired on WDAE radio, and nationally as host of The Home Front, a magazine format show that aired on PBS affiliates across the country.

For more information, visit her at http://www.authorwendywax.com/

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10 thoughts on “A REUNION & A DO OVER — REVIEW OF “OCEAN BEACH” — JUNE 15

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    • I have been a fan of Wendy since An Accidental Bestseller, soon followed by Magnolia Wednesdays. But my favorites (so far) have been Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach. Thanks for visiting, Sheila, and I hope you enjoy it.

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