REVIEW: THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT, BY WENDY WAX

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The women came together for another renovation, like the ones before. Reminiscent of the very first renovation of the house that was all they had left after the Ponzi scheme had drained them of their finances and needing their own reconstruction, this new project would bring unexpected gifts.

An unlikely group of women, they would become best friends as they worked to recreate a house and their lives.

Nicole’s brother had bilked them of their money, but she earned her place as a friend to the others. In their first and subsequent projects, Avery would be the architect and head of construction, while her mother Deirdre would be the interior designer. Those two would gradually reconnect after a lifetime of estrangement.

Maddie would need to pick up the pieces left after a ruined marriage, with her daughter Kyra and grandson Dustin in tow following her abandonment by Dustin’s celebrity father.

They all came with baggage and learned to rebuild their lives along with the houses.

The show Do Over would be a side effect of the first renovation, but it has somehow turned their lives into a caricature of what they had wanted. Being photographed at every turn does have its downside.

In this newest project, the women convene on Mermaid Point, in the Florida Keys. Like the previous projects, the destination had been a surprise selection by the network executives. William Hightower, the owner of this private island home, a rock star fresh out of rehab, needs a renovation of his interior life as well.

What will happen to this group of people, connected by a series of projects that have become more of a burden than a gift? How will the wear and tear of the renovations, along with the irritations wrought by the network head, bring some issues and feelings to a head?

I loved The House on Mermaid Point and how the author brought back the women, while adding new interesting characters to the mix. In the end, I felt a rush of mixed emotions at the unexpected resolution that came to them all, while throwing wide the windows on a fresh new beginning. 5.0 stars.

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CURL UP WITH NEWS – WENDY WAX BRINGS BACK THE WOMEN!

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THE WOMEN OF TEN BEACH ROAD RETURN IN BESTSELLING NOVELIST WENDY WAX’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT, A BERKLEY TRADE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL ON SALE JULY 1st

 

In Time for Summer Reading, WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY Author Returns to Florida with the “Wonderful Ensemble”* Readers Embraced in TEN BEACH ROAD and OCEAN BEACH

 

“Wax’s Florida titles . . . are terrific for lovers of women’s fiction and family

drama, especially if you enjoy a touch of suspense and romance.”

¾Library Journal Expresson Christmas at the Beach

 

Praise for TEN BEACH ROAD . . .

“If you loved Jennifer Weiner’s Fly Away Home for its wise and witty look at the lives of people grappling with personal setbacks . . . then try Ten Beach Road . . . [a] warm, wry novel.”

Collette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times

 

“[This] dynamic, fast-paced story is a loving tribute to friendship and the power of the female spirit.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

 . . . and OCEAN BEACH

“A well-rounded supporting cast and just the right amount of suspense and drama.“–Publishers Weekly

 

 

“Just when you think you have found the perfect beach read, bestselling author Wendy Wax pens

another fabulous story and, if possible, it is even better.” ¾Single Titles

 

 

“Where shall I begin?  This is a wonderful “ensemble” grouping of characters . . . It’s a terrific book . . .

beautifully written . . . one fantastic read, and I hope you’ll take the time to enjoy it as I did.”

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“Fascinating DIY details and a delightful supporting cast . . . as the women hammer out their problems and shore up their friendship.”Nancy Pate, On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever

 

            Madeline, Avery and Nicole are back in bestselling author Wendy Wax’s THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT on sale July 1st. Readers first met them when the three were deeded ownership of a crumbling historic home on Florida’s Pass-a-Grille Beach in Wax’s Ten Beach Road. At that time, all they dared hope was that renovating and selling it would let them rebuild their lives and the bank accounts drained by a Ponzi scheme.  They had no idea they’d end up living together for the next two summers, hammers in hand, starring in their own reality television show, Do Over. Neither did Wendy until her own enthusiasm for these disparate characters was matched by that of readers and reviewers. When a new story emerged, she couldn’t resist spending more time with her intrepid DIYers. Putting aside her work-in-progress, she took them all to Miami’s South Beach in Ocean Beach to face new challenges.

Following Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road, cited as “one of six books that belong in your beach bag” by USA Today, Wendy enjoyed the U.S. and U.K. success of her novel, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, and of her first ever e-book original, the holiday novella, Christmas at the Beach, before again strapping on her tool belt for THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT.

There have been some big life changes, but her much-loved characters are still friends, still taking life one renovation at a time and, as the book opens, still waiting to hear the details of their next project.  It turns out that they’re taking their hard earned skills and stamina to the Florida Keys where they’re expected to turn Mermaid Point, the private island of aging, down on his luck rock legend William Hightower, into a bed-and-breakfast. Against his wishes, of course.

Soon the island is host to the entire Do Over cast and crew, from Kyra, Dustin and Deirdre to Chase, Joe, Troy and everybody’s favorite, charming network executive Lisa Hogan, who once again claims the element of surprise as her ace in the hole.

There’s drama aplenty. Newly divorced Maddie is trying to figure out what’s next even as she simultaneously flirts with and denies her attraction to Hightower. Nicole is having trouble balancing on the fence she’s straddling in her relationship with Joe.  Avery continues to battle for control of the show she created and of the fledgling, still strained relationship with her formerly estranged mother, Deirdre.  Meanwhile, they have the renovation itself to worry about, fear that the newly debuted first season of Do Over will be a bust, and the ever present question of whether or not they’ll still have a job at the end of the summer, especially since William Hightower really, really doesn’t want to own or run a bed-and-breakfast.

As in all her novels, Wendy brings her distinctive voice, insight and humor to THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT as she explores the importance and joy of friendship, the strength of bonds forged in the face of adversity and the courage required to embrace change and confront the vagaries of life.

 

ABOUT WENDY WAX

            Bestselling author Wendy Wax’s books have been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she “writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations.” Her contemporary women’s fiction has been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal and Woman’s World, and on prominent book sites. Ten Beach Road takes place in her hometown, St. Pete Beach, and was the first to be set in Florida. It has been joined by Ocean Beach, Christmas at the Beach and THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT. Her ten novels also include While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, Magnolia Wednesdays and The Accidental Bestseller. Her work has been sold internationally and her novel, Hostile Makeover, was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.

When not writing, she spends time visiting with readers at bookstores, book clubs, book and author luncheons and book festivals or enjoying time with her family. She has lived in Atlanta for seventeen years.

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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/