Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review: The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax

About the Book:

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:

I love this series!  After reading the newest, not yet released, novel in the Ten Beach Road series, I had to go back to read this one.  Although I would suggest that you read these books in order (this is number 3), it is not vital.  Wendy Wax brings you up to date on what is happening and offers brief explanations as to certain occurrences without dragging down the flow of the story.

This book was of particular interest to me since the setting takes place right here where I live in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.  It may be a work of fiction, but it all seemed so real!!  

Our group of ladies is once again performing a Do Over, renovating a beachfront home on an island which is owned by a former rock star who does not particularly want them there.  Relationships change, grow and dissipate, and the ladies again show their individual strengths as obstacle after obstacle is thrown in front of them.   A closer mother-daughter relationship grows between Avery and Dierdra after years of conflict and Maddie overcomes her shyness with her self image and realizes that a 51 year old woman can and is very desirable.  She shows her strength and character again and again.

Wendy Wax has really found her calling in this series.  The way she sets a scene and the way she gets the reader to know each character is phenomenal!   There is humor and also moments my eyes filled with tears.  She is now on my short list of favorite authors!

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