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 lots in together, they take on the challenge of restoring the historic property. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, secrets threaten to tear down their trust - and destroy their lives a second time.
©2011 Wendy Wax (P)2012 Tantor
"The sexual magnetism between the bickering Chase and Avery, and a secret that Nicole keeps from her newfound friends, add dramatic tension to Wax's formulaic plot, showcasing three women who rise above their shattered realities with grace, determination, and a little elbow grease." (Publishers Weekly)
At first I wasn't sure, but as I listened, I became more interested in hearing about Avery, Nicole & Madeline. I am familiar with all the locations in the book.
I would like to read more of her books.
Yes, it was interesting!
I could relate to Madeline. I am in the same age group & can relate to her circumstances.
I am only 4 chapters into this book and I don't know if I can go on any more. The narrator sounds like she is thirteen. The story requires a woman, at least from all the woes on top of troubles, layered over life's little set backs that have so far been dealt out to the first of the three main characters. I will update the review if I proceed but it's not sounding good.
This was an amazing display of facing challenges, in friendship, loyalty and love. And finding the newness in ourselves to expand beyond what we think we can.
The other two in this series
Yes and No! There was some bad language is this book. I do not like it!
The friendships developed by the characters in this story. I read the second book before the first so I knew a little bit about the first book. They had to work hard on remodeling the property. At my age I don't know if I could have. Takes me back to the saying 'Where there is a will There is a way".
Yes, because they were all trying to achieve the same goal. Get some of their money back that was stolen from them. All the while trying to keep their family from falling a part.
She did a very good job of making the different characters come alive.
A pretty good read minus language.
Three women from different lives and backgrounds lose everything they have. Together, different though they are, they must band together to protect and rebuild the only asset any of them has. What a journey! Mother Maddie, Worker Avery, and High Flyer Nicole couldn't be more different. What a wonderful adventure to watch them work together as they are joined by other characters to rebuild Bella Flora .... and their own lives.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this selection. I liked how the relationships built between the characters while they were working on restoring the old house. The characters had depth and the storytelling was great. I also loved The Accidental Bestseller, and am eager to try some of the other books by this author.
Wendy Wax - yes!
Amy Rubinate - Never again.
This narrator is stilted and to fast. It was impossible to listen to and a waste of a credit.
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