Book Review: Ocean Beach

June 20, 2013 3.5 stars, audible, audio, beach, book review, Miami Beach, Wendy Wax 1

Written By:  Wendy Wax

Narration by: Amy Rubinate

Published By: Tantor Audio

Length: 11 hours and 50 minutes

Source:  Purchased from Audible

Wendy Wax, author of the “warm [and] wry” (St. Petersburg TimesTen Beach Road, returns with a novel of three women in need of a second chance…or is it a third?

Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They’ve been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.

At least, that’s the plan – until the women realize that having their work broadcast is one thing, having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decades-old mystery—and the hurricane season—looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms.(goodreads)

My Thoughts–
I didn’t realize when I bought this audio it was a sequel but I’m not sure much was lost in that.  The women were mostly likeable and I was able to quickly get up to speed on how they had lost their money, had previously remodeled a run down home and were doing it yet again, for a possible TV show.  One of the best characters in the book is Max, elderly former comedian widower who is living in this ancient run down mansion in Miami Beach.  

Tensions are running high for several reasons, two of the women are there with their mothers helping, money is an issue and the film crew from Lifetime TV is very much in their face, all the time.  There are a few mysteries thrown in along with problems renovating the old home.  The foreshadowing seemed a bit obvious, but I kept listening, somewhat tired of some of the arguments and wanting to slap a couple of the women a few times.  

The narration was very good, Ms. Rubinate was able to change her voice and dialect to indicate different women and her pacing was very nice.  

In all the audio was pleasant, not earth shattering, but good.  The characters learn to rely on each other, and to trust.  They help someone else, which always makes a person feel good.  I’ve given this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars, a nice beach read or listen, and certainly good for a few laughs.  Wendy Wax has several other books, and you can learn more on her website. 

One Response to “Book Review: Ocean Beach”

  1. Michelle Shannon

    This sounds like one of those harmless books that won’t help you learn something new, force you to self-reflect, or even expose you to a new way of thinking but will keep you entertained. We all need these types of books every once in a while. It does sound like a great summer beach read.

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