Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax


Madeline, Avery, and Nicole have not had the easiest road for the direction of their lives.  When an offer comes up for the three women to restore a house off the Miami Beach that may turn into a new tv show called “Do-Over”, they can hardly believe their luck.  This could be the chance that Madeleine needed to keep her family together, a kick in the career for Avery, and financial success for Nikki.  The only thing that is odd is that their requests to see blueprints of the property or see pictures have been declined.

Upon arrival at the beach property they suddenly see what had been left out of the agreement.  The show “Do-Over” will be a live cast reality show and the camera’s are rolling before they even have the shocked look off their faces.  While uninterested in having their every move televised, the women do all need this job and are all looking forward to their own personal do-over.



What a fun read!  I loved the storyline centered around a reality show.  The female lead characters were interesting, although I did not have a strong sense of knowing any of them.  They were likable enough, but more like the girls you see at an event from afar and you think, “they look fun,” but you never really know them.  I think, as I later discovered, this may be because our protagonists are actually introduced in a previous book by Wendy Wax, Ten Beach Road, which I have not read.  I am not sure how I missed that this was a follow-up book, but I did.  Perhaps having read the other book first would have made up for the disconnected feeling I was having towards our leading ladies.

Ocean Beach is just the kind of fun lighter read I needed for this beautiful warm fall week.  It made it feel like summer was hanging on just a while longer and I am always all for anything that can keep that feeling going.

I listened to this book on audio, narrator Amy Rubinate handled all the different voices very well, I believe this being my first time I have had her as a narrator.


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Fun note:  My first ever read by this author was for our book club and it was her book entitled Leave It To Cleavage.  I had ordered the book through our local book store and was embarrassed when I went in to pick it up and say the title out loud and then the author’s name.  At the time… it felt as though I was really requesting something dirty; which turned out to be just a fun crazy read by an author whose name would someday become recognizable.  ~Sheila



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 11 hours and 50 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2012


11 thoughts on “Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax

  1. I too love the series (I’ve read them in order and love seeing how the women gain strength and support from one another). I’ll note Leave it to Cleavage!

  2. So glad to hear you enjoyed this one! It’s a fun series and I have loved getting to know the group of women and how they rely on each other.

    I’ve listened to Amy Rubinate a few times and really enjoy her narrations.

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