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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ten Beach Road Revisited and Giveaway!

Ten Beach Road
Wendy Wax

Release Date: May 3rd, 2011 (April 2012 mass market paperback release!)
Publisher: Berkley (Penguin)
Page Count: 432
Source: Deb Tobias at Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

On the brink of ruin, three very different women discover themselves where they least expect... at Ten Beach Road.

Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to one another, 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.

Madeline Singer is a homemaker coping with empty-nest syndrome and an unemployed husband. Avery Lawford is an architect—or was, until she somehow became the sidekick on her ex-husband's TV show. And professional matchmaker Nikki Grant is trying to recover from her biggest mistake...

No one is going to save them but themselves. Determined to fight back, they throw their lots together and take on the challenge of restoring the historic beach house to its former glory. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, their secrets threaten to tear down their trust, and destroy their lives a second time.
Last year, I had the opportunity to review Ten Beach Road at Romancing the Book (you can find my first-read thoughts here!), so I was thrilled when its publicist contacted me about the new mass market paperback release and word of a sequel, Ocean Beach, which came out last week, and whose review was posted at Books à la Mode yesterday (you can check that out here).

I was surprised that even after a year, Ten Beach Road's characters flowed back to me as smoothly and wonderfully as they did the first time around. I guess that's the magic of such lovable characters—no matter how, when, or where you read them, they'll always feel like family. Coming back to this book was both nostalgic and illuminating. Picking up its pages once again made me feel like I was home, as strange and delightful of an experience that is, and I noticed small sentiments I hadn't before.

Wendy Wax's writing is vivid and brimming with sensory images. I absolutely love her style and found it to be one of the best aspects of this book. That, and her true-to-life characters.

Maybe I just noticed this because I also read Ocean Beach, but Ten Beach Road is heavy on the emotional pain and physical labor of Bella Flora's reconstruction—the grueling efforts and teeth-gritting vexations are what fuel the plot and heal the hearts of each of the involved characters. Ocean Beach, on the other hand, focuses mainly on the emotional dilemmas and situational complications. Both techniques appeal to me in different ways, which made my reading of the two books dynamic and varietal, rather than boring. The two books are similar in mood, but individual in flesh, and that's what I love about the saga as a whole. 

Check out these links!

My original review of Ten Beach Road.
Ocean Beach review and giveaway.


Because I love these books so much, I've opportunities for you to try BOTH books with fantastic giveaways!!!  Thanks to the publicist, Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting, today, there is ONE print copy of Ten Beach Road up for grabs! Be sure to enter my giveaway which was posted yesterday for Ocean Beach, its dazzling sequel, as well. To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
Giveaway runs through July 18th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (EST).
Open to US and CAN readers only!
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!