Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax

In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . . 

Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . .

Rock-and-roll legend “William the Wild” Hightower may be past his prime, estranged from his family, and creatively blocked, but he’s still worshiped by fans—which is why he guards his privacy on his own island in the Florida Keys. He’s not thrilled about letting this crew turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show . . . though he is intrigued by Maddie. Hard as that is for her to believe as a newly single woman who can barely manage a dog paddle in the dating pool.

But whether it’s an unexpected flirtation with a bona fide rock star, a strained mother-daughter relationship, or a sudden tragedy, these women are in it together. The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped on a houseboat with one bathroom . . .

My thoughts...This is the third book in the series. I've read Ocean Beach, but had not read Ten Beach Road. I believe you can read the books alone, but I would recommend starting with the first book. I find the characters haven't stuck with me and I think if I had started with the first book they would. Not to say this makes or breaks the novel.

The House on Mermaid Point centers a little more on Maddie. Maddie is a 51 year old newly divorcee who is part of a team of woman working on a do-over house for an aging rock star in the Florida Keys. Maddie is my favorite character and I loved getting a deeper look into her in this book. I love how the series isn't just about these woman working on a television show do-over, but it's about them doing life over. I love how Wendy keeps bringing these ladies back showing us how they are still working on themselves, their stories haven't wrapped up in a single book because they are works in progress. The House on Mermaid Point has be wanting even more! I am hoping Wendy has more in store for us! Recommending you finish your summer reading with The House on Mermaid Point!

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