Sunshine Beach

Ten Beach Road, Book #4

By Wendy Wax

ISBN: 9780425274484

4/5 stars


sunshine-beachBrought to you by OBS reviewer Una


In this brand-new summer read by the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point, three women join forces to bring a historic seaside hotel back to life…
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… (Goodreads)


This was my first book by Wendy Wax but after reading Sunshine Beach I know it won’t be the last. Although I learned that it is part of a series I did not find this a detriment but rather this book stood well on its own and the fact that I know it is now part of a series makes me keen to read the other books to get more character and plot development.

The story follows Maddie, Avery, Nikki and Kyra who are friends as well as being independent and successful women as they find and rebuild a run-down Beach resort to produce a self-directed TV design show. The reader, through good storytelling gets immersed in the lives and relationships of the girls as well as entangled in the mystery and intrigue surrounding the hotel itself.

Throw in the sun and sand of a Florida Beach Paradise and you have the ingredients of a great summer read:  a bit of romance, a mystery to be solved, lasting friendships, and a setting to immerse yourself in.

Curl yourself up in a chair, pour yourself a cold drink, and lose yourself in the Florida sun. Kudos to Wendy Wax for a delightfully written book and I know I will be on the lookout for the other books written by this author.