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Sunshine Beach

(Ten Beach Road #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,893 ratings  ·  197 reviews
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 have banded together to make the most of what they
Paperback, 420 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Berkley
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Sunshine Beach is the fourth book in the series. We get to meet up with the ladies as they plan the next steps in the next do over in their home renovation TV show. With hearts and family on the line, we get an intimate look at all of the behind the scenes issues with the renovation as well as an unsolved murder that keeps the intrigue high.

With deep insight into the ladies lives, we are once again entertained by the good friends and co workers as they work on their life issues and business too.
Judy Collins
Top 50 Books of 2016!

Talented Southern storyteller, Wendy Wax returns with my favorite gals and summer series, following the last wild renovation adventure, The House on Mermaid Point (2014) with her fourth installment of the Ten Beach Road series: SUNSHINE BEACH.

This time around, the gals, are on to the next exciting boutique hotel renovation project while stumbling upon a mysterious past.

A quaint 1952 Gulf Coast historic seaside , Old Florida family owned hotel with plenty of dark mysterio
Susan Wyno
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read the first three of the Ten Beach Road series and was eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. It did not disappoint. I was torn between wanting to binge read the entire book, and forcing myself to slow down to make it last longer. I think its best if you read them in order, otherwise you won't know the history these 4 women have built and the other characters that come back into their lives again in this book. My only negative is that now I have to wait for the next book in the s ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax is an entertaining continuation of a beach series revolving around a group of very talented women who restore derelict properties. Sunshine Beach hotel suffered from a major disaster, murder/disappearing suspect, in the mid-twentieth century. Fortunately our gifted group has the expertise and willing to put in the elbow grease to bring the lovely Florida gulf coast property back to life. And, to solve the mystery! I'm a big fan of Ms. Wax characters: Maddie, Kyra, Ave ...more
I enjoyed #4 in the series, although this was less about renovation and more about the ongoing relationships that everyone has. And an old unsolved mystery of a murder. I would have liked a little bit more resolution at the end, but that's just me!

Narration of the book was excellent.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grown women acting like teens. Kinda fun as chick lit, but several of the women were idiots. Editor needs to do a word-count check on "skitter."
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Sunshine Beach is #4 in the series and it is a little different from the previous books. While there is a renovation project happening, sort of, this is more about the women's growing personal relationships. I am cheering wildly for Maddie and just want to shake some sense into Nicole, but that's just the 50+ woman and mother in me. This was a good read and I look forward to the next book.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Laura Rash
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
As always with any Wendy Wax book, you feel like you're revisiting old friends. I enjoy this series & its characters.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
SUNSHINE BEACH No Idyll for the Idle

Audiofile provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

This is light fiction — perfect for vacations or stay-cations — with several stories running through it and, I suspect, story-line continuations from the first three books. I didn't even realize this was a series at first; it's pretty complete on its own, but there are a few things I felt
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is time to catch up with the ladies of Ten Beach Road. This series started with book one Ten Beach Road. Four ladies found one another: Avery, Nicki, Maddie, and Kyra in a Ponzi scheme. Their story continues in this next book four Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax.
Kyra and Dustin have a home at the Ten Beach Road house. Stephanie is finally starting over since the divorce with Will the rocker. Avery is still grieving over the loss of her mother Deirdre the interior designer. Nicki and FBI
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As our old friends gather once again to plan another renovation, I was all set to curl up and enjoy the adventures in Sunshine Beach. The characters have tentatively landed a renovation of an old mid-century beach hotel.

I loved reviving old friendships with the characters while they planned the new project. They settle in at Bella Flora, the home Kyra, Maddie’s daughter, now owns, thanks to her son’s father. As usual, Avery is all set with her construction crew; Kyra is ready to film, and eager
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you can’t get to the beach this summer you’ll feel like you’re there when reading Sunshine Beach. Maddie, Avery, Nikki and Kyra are back together looking for a new renovation project. While on a morning walk Kyra comes across a small, partially hidden, falling-down but perfectly situated hotel and just knows it has potential. When the other women agree they assume their roles and get the wheels of renovation turning.

Wendy Wax’s novel hit all the marks I’ve come to appreciate in this series:
Linda Zagon
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
First of all, I would like to thank First to Read and Penquin for providing an advance copy of this book to read.
Before reading "Sunshine Beach" by Wendy Wax, I thought the novel would be an easy summer read with friendship and some adventure in restoring "a historic seaside hotel back to life"(as indicated in the description.) I didn't realize that there are several books in a series with the same characters.These characters have "history" and previous events that seem to predate the current r
Dottie Legatos
This was a Goodreads giveaway win, and #4 in a series. Although it was ok to follow all of the characters, it would have helped with the often mentioned back stories to have read this series from the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this tale of strong independent women trying to keep their home rehab business/reality TV show afloat after disasters from the past books. I especially enjoy books that take place in beachy locales such as this in St. Pete Beach. I'll definitely have to go ba ...more
Carolyn F.

I didn't give this audiobook much of a chance but it felt so much like the movie (not the book which I enjoyed) The First Wives Club that I stopped listening to it. Privileged women and their unrealistic romances just doesn't do anything for me. Next!
Bonnie Gonzales
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a great read with real interesting characters and a few love stories all going on at once.
More than just the sand sparkled in this romantic page turner, there was one laugh out loud moment and a few times the intrigue was in high gear.
All in all this is a book I would recommend to friends, and I would love to see it made into a movie.

Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh... I have read the others in this series, and this one just seemed uninspired. A lot of the story is "to be continued ", and most of the work on the project is not even included. Not sure I will continue with this series.
Karen Wright
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC to review and will do so when I get to a real computer and not my phone. I absolutely loved this book and could not stop reading until I finished! I sincerely hope there are more books to follow and now I have to read Mermaid Point, the previous book in the series.
Nicole Nastasi
This was obviously just a "filler" book in this series. I didn't enjoy it at all. It didn't do anything but stretch the soap opera lines into another book.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Another cute installment of the series. The reason I keep reading these is for the 4 women's stories- not the renovation project that they're doing. That was especially true in this one. I had no interest in the hotel they were renovating and the mystery involved with that. I thought it was uninteresting and underdeveloped and really just felt like something the author threw in because that's what these women do, but she wanted us to be emotionally invested in the homeowners and their story as w ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The excessive whining over money and finances was a drawback in this book, I understand that the women needed to find backing for their next home renovation project, but it was a bit too much. There is a great deal of rehashing of the prior books in this series. The reader is reminded on a couple of occasions of the Ponzi scheme that had gotten the women into their current situation and Nikki’s reluctance to have any further contact with her brother. There is a bit of forward movement with this ...more
Ili Pika
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, our plucky heroines from the first three books in this series all seem to have not only had lobotomies between books three and four, but personality transplants, too. Suddenly not one of the four of them is able to think clearly, act decisively or utter an assertive word on their own behalf. Gah!

There is enough whimpering, trembling, hand-wringing, whining and -- wait for it -- fainting in this blook to make me begin to dislike these ladies immensely. Up to this point they have inspired me
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Technically, I read an ARC of this book, though I just read it, well after the 5th in the series was out to the public. Still, I'll say that this was an honest review, no matter how I got it. And any type-os are going to be overlooked because of it's status.

I really like this series. I didn't start reading it until I began working at a local book store a few months ago. This author does frequent events there, so I figured I should be familiar with her work. It's generally not my type of thing, b
Cathy Klein
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Although this story was fine and kept me occupied while I was cleaning and such, I did not enjoy it as much as Ten Beach Road. Part of that reason could be my fault as I thought this was number 2 and not number 4.

The story just didn't keep me as interested as the first one and there were just way too many cheese doodles. I got to the point where I hoped there were no more anywhere in the book because I just didn't want to hear "cheese doodles" anymore.

The ladies in the book were the same charact
Erika Daniels
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Ten Beach Road series is just fabulous. Maddie, Avery, and Nikki lost everything when their financial advisor turned out to be running a Ponzi scheme. Through some twists and turns in the first book (and the addition of Maddie's daughter Kyra), they get back on their feet by renovating a historic old home and form a deep friendship. It is definitely better to read this series from the beginning because the arc of their friendship and the evolution of each woman is part of what makes this so ...more
Lisa Beckelhimer
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just really love this series! In fact, this might be my favorite book yet in the series. I became hooked on Ten Beach Road because I was drawn to the women - all different ages, with different personalities and life circumstances, in different phase of life - but who banded together to survive and even thrive in a really bad situation. I continued to build a bond with the characters in subsequent books. But for some reason, they really resonated with me in this book. I felt that their problems ...more
Rachel N.
When I picked this up I didn't realize it was the fourth book in a series. The book works as a standalone but I think would have been better if I'd read the previous books. Maddie, Avery and Nikki quit their reality renovation show and are now looking for a property to renovate to make their own show. Maddie and Nikki deal with relationship problems and Avery is dealing with the loss of a loved one. They find the Sunshine Beach Club a run down property from the 1950's but have to convince two si ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago, I read my first Wendy Wax book , the Accidental Bestseller. I started searching for her novels after that and this was the next one I found. Unfortunately, I did not realize that it was number 4 in the series. There is somewhat of a story arc that caused me to look back and question whether I missed something, but overall, I wasn't too lost. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the references to things I can relate to. Wendy mentions the Milliondollar Matchmaker and some DIY sho ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
1) you do not need a TV show to make money. if you have a resume and a reputation, you can advertise to update/rebuild/refurbish properties for the well-to-do. 2) if you want a TV show, you can make your own film and then sell it to the highest bidder; this takes away the problem of "they are hard to work with". 3) when someone is murdered and another person has disappeared, i'm sure the local police would not notice that there was obvious disturbed earth where someone might have been buried. i' ...more
Alexandria Blaelock
I wasn't sure if this was going to be romance, renovation or murder and it turns out to be all of them, but not very deeply. The entwined stories of the three main characters don't help.

Sometimes when I get to the end of a book, I'm so caught up in it that I ask "and then what happened?" Sunshine Beach is clearly the answer fans of the Ten Beach Road series are looking for. It's definitely one you need to start with the first; there is so much that doesn't make sense without the history.

But whi
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I write novels that explore friendship, self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I'm proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my "Ten Beach Road" titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach Road and The House on Mermaid Point, and for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.

I was born in St.Petersburg, Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach wi

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Ten Beach Road (8 books)
  • Ten Beach Road (Ten Beach Road, #1)
  • Ocean Beach (Ten Beach Road, #2)
  • Christmas at the Beach (Ten Beach Road #2.5)
  • The House on Mermaid Point (Ten Beach Road, #3)
  • One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road, #5)
  • A Bella Flora Christmas (Ten Beach Road, #5.5)
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