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Ten Beach Road

(Ten Beach Road #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,584 ratings  ·  639 reviews
Another perfect beach read from the author of The Accidental Bestseller.

Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to each other, but they have one thing in common. They each wake up one morning to discover their life savings have vanished, along with their trusted financial manager- leaving them with nothing but co-ownership of a ramshackle beachfront house.

Throwing their l
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley Books (first published April 21st 2011)
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Judy Collins
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read! Loved Wendy Wax's Ten Beach Road. (a great new series).

Wow, where do I begin? First and foremost the characters were divine!

Loved the rags to riches and back to being homeless; struggles and challenges…can relate is so many ways, as have been involved with corporate America in whistleblowing and other SEC investment firm scams with companies I have worked for in Atlanta and Florida. Have been defrauded by Atlanta company, and lost everything at one point, so there is always a to
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Three women. One house. Lots of money down the drain. What's a girl--or three--to do? Renovate!!!

This is a delightful read. The characters are vivid and feel like they could be my friends. The writing flows well and grabbed my attention right away. I read this book in one sitting and with over four hundred pages, that's quite an undertaking. As soon as I started the tale, I had to know what would happen next. Ms. Wax kept me guessing throughout. Every time I thought one thing would happen, the
Michal Hope
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm, funny thing. Ponzi scheme is the theme of the culprit in this book and also in the last book I read, Silver Girl. Weird how that happens. Madoff inspired beach reads???
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book

Overall, Ten Beach Road, was the perfect book to go with my "Spring Fever" mentality. Once I got past the whole, "Could that really happen" aspect of these three women getting possession of Ten Beach Road when there were hundreds of others still waiting for their money. The descriptions of the historical mansion was enough to satisfy my daily cravings for house porn and the relationship between the three different women was interesting and unique. I especi
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madeline Singer has mixed feelings about her youngest going off to college. With both children out of the house, she should be feeling the depression of having an empty nest. However, she’s looking forward to the opportunity of doing things she didn’t have time to do before. Things don’t quite work out that way when her mother-in-law unexpectedly moves in and her husband loses all their money in a Ponzi scheme. Now, they have nothing left and her husband seems to have no interest in making thing ...more
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
Wendy Wax understands the most difficult of dilemmas regarding family, secrets, undying passion, and inner turmoil, and that makes her stand out as a writer. Carefully, she identifies three women with three different concerns and takes readers on a journey that highlights not only on how their problems are solved, but also the struggles the three women go through, in order to get there.

A headlining Ponzi scheme involving Malcom Dyer leaves Maddie, Avery, and Nikki (among hundreds of others) abru
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was ok. Another summer read. Not bad. I didn't put it down. I found some characters irritating. Book was lengthy enough, however, that each main character did get sufficient time. Two characters that had irritation with each other was the most annoying part. It's tiresome to read about a guy demeaning a woman over and over again for an immature reason. The book also includes the new popular plot point of the summer (aside from a house where either distant family, friends, or strangers come ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I found the first half to drag on endlessly. The last half, on the other hand, was where the relationships between the characters came together. I enjoyed that part. All in all, it was worth the reading and I'll read some other books by this author.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-usa
Yummy chick lit - for the over 30 crowd or even older. Lots of fun.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, audiobooks
I can't handle books with a grown woman who refuses to ride in a minivan or shop at Costco because someone might see her and it will tarnish her image. So ridiculous.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Madeline, Avery and Nikki are down and out. All three are victims of a Ponzi scam, and they have lost everything. Everything that is except for a third share each to an old beachfront property in Florida. In it’s heyday, Bella Flora was the height of glamour and luxury, but now, the house is run down, ramshackle and perhaps best torn down. The three women are ready to cut their losses, tear down the old house and sell the land, but then a realtor and contractor talk them in to doing the impossib ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'll happily accept a few unbelievable notions for the sake of a good story - but this book was filled with improbabilities, and frankly the storyline wasn't all that exciting.

- A house given as a random payout for those affected by a Ponzi scheme, rather than being sold off and the proceeds going into a fund
- One of the recipients is related to the person at the heart of the scheme, even if the FBI has yet to determine whether she's truly an innocent bystander (and the press has yet to pick up
Dale Harcombe
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
If you can accept the premise of three strangers working together on a dilapidated mansion in an attempt to get their lives back on track and make enough money for them to live on, then you should enjoy this novel. It is a novel about how circumstances do not always turn out as we would like and how friendships spring from unlikely beginnings. I loved how Madeline, the one who had been a stay at home mum for years was the one who proved to be most practical in getting the three woman and the ren ...more
I honestly feel like my review is more like a 3.5 or 3.75 stars but of course I can't choose either of those, and I definitely don't think this book deserves only a 3. It feels like the book took forever to read but it only took 2 days. There is just so much in this book. There was absolutely nothing that annoyed me about this book and I thought the plot was very interesting. The characters were relatable and the book surprised me a couple of times. I can't wait to read the next book!
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book was fun because it brought parts of my everyday life - HGTV, Costco, Sams Club, that sort of thing. I must admit I skimmed some here and there as I often do when the story is light. I did not figure out the ending and thought most of the drama quite realistic. I will probably at some point read the entire series or at least book number two to see what I think.
Kristina Simon
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book definitely isn't as deep as some of the others I have given 5 stars to, but I absolutely loved it. My mom offered it to me and since it takes place at a beach, I thought it would be a good one to read on my own beach vacation so I took it. It didn't work out for me to read it on the beach, but I started reading it on the plane ride home and immediately fell in love.

Maddie Singer is looking forward to having an empty nest and starting the next phase of her life by doing all the things
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really thought I would like this book. The setting is a lovely beach on the Florida Gulf Coast, which was the best thing about this book. I liked the idea of a home restoration, but I didn't like the way it was done in this book. I didn't like the characters either. Some of them were quite childish; the others were quite obnoxious.
Lori Wilen
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think Wendy Wax is fast becoming a favorite author. Her characters are believable and every book has one person that each of us can relate to. Her scenarios are not too far-fetched and her stories make for compelling reading. I could hardly put this book down and can't wait to start book 2 and see what happens to my favorites. She has certainly left me guessing.
Teri Pre
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
First time reading this author, but it won't be the last!
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh dear, another series with interesting characters, setting and story line! And an old house to renovate , on the beach! I'll be reading more.
I thought the book was pretty enjoyable. Though I took my time reading it, that was only because of real life stuff getting in the way. But it was an easy read and I got through it quickly, whenever I did get the chance to pick it up. If I were a beach person this would be a good book to take there with me. Occasionally the story felt like it could be predictable, although not necessarily in a bad way. Although I was not expecting a (view spoiler) appearance later on.

Romancing the Book
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
What Stephanie Thought: Wendy Wax understands the most difficult of dilemmas regarding family, secrets, undying passion, and inner turmoil, and that makes her stand out as a writer. Carefully, she identifies three women with three different concerns and takes readers on a journey that highlights not only on how their problems are solved, but also the struggles the three women go through, in order to get there.

A headlining Ponzi scheme involving Malcom Dyer leaves Maddie, Avery, and Nikki (among
Colleen Turner
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Malcolm Dyer has become the newest “most hated man” in America after destroying numerous people’s lives with a Ponzi scheme that robbed them of their money. His victims are devastated and many have lost everything they had. Three women have been awarded partial ownership in a beachside home as some recompense for the money they have lost: Madeline Singer, a mother who finally felt ready to live her own life now that her children are grown but who is now
Suzanne Moore
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
It may be the perfect book to read for those who are trying to get in one more beach vacation before the winter comes. It is also a great book to read for those who are involved in renovation projects. This story is about a group of eclectic women who met under unique circumstances and decide to restore a beach mansion named Bela Flora, located as you might guess … on 10 Beach Road.

You may wonder about this unusual set-up for a beach read type novel. The back-story on these women is their commo
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Madeline Singer is tried and needs a break. Unfortunately, Madeline’s life is about to get shook upside down very, quickly. First Madeline receives a shocking surprise, when she learns that her husband was laid off from his job…six months ago. Than Madeline’s daughter, Kyra returns home, only to inform her that she is pregnant. Lastly, Madeline’s husband tells her that they are broke. He invested all their extra money with a man named Malcolm Dyer. Malcolm ends up becoming a Bernie Madoff and le ...more
4.5 stars

After recently listening to the audiobook of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey (and loving it) I joined the Wendy Wax fan club and dived straight into her Ten Beach Road series.

The synopsis gives you the gist of things but what I love most about Wendy Wax is she totally gets her characters, female friendships, family dynamics, those mother-daughter relationships that make you feel like you need therapy ... do you know what I mean? She writes in such an intimate way they feel real to
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wendy Wax has an excellent beach read with substance in Ten Beach Road for those of you looking for an end of summer winner. Ripped from the headlines, these three women find that their only remaining asset is a rundown beach house (Bella Flora) in Florida after Malcolm Dyer — aka Bernie Madoff — stole their life savings. Madeline’s life has been flipped upside down when she realizes her investment advising husband not only lost his clients’ money in a giant Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Dyer, but ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-buy-authors
3.5 stars. I liked this book but I don't think its the best of its genre. This is a women's fiction about 3 women who were all duped by a financial manager that basically embezzled all their money and ran. The only thing he left them with was shared ownership of a run down beach house in Florida, so they all come together to decide what to do with it and the story goes from there.

So the ladies toy with the idea of knocking down the house and selling it for the land, but its a hi
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this story! A part of the 5 stars is that it is so close to home... so close, in fact, some friends actually have a condo in what may be the location of Bella Flora on Pass-a-grille Beach. The other reason is I am a sucker for stories with strong women characters and their bonding stories. Great summer read at any time of year!

Thanks Cathy for the recommendation - we need to get Kate to read this story!
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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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