By: Wendy Wax
Published Year: 2018
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shape or form influenced my opinion.
Summary (Provided by Goodreads): In the latest Ten Beach Road novel, Maddie, Nikki, and Avery all move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel—and in this charming new location, begin to pursue daring new dreams.
After giving up their renovation-turned-reality-TV-show Do Over, the ladies of Ten Beach Road move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and turn their beloved Bella Flora over to its wealthy mystery tenant. Now, each woman will be forced to reexamine and redefine her life, relationships, and dreams.
I have read a previous book in this series and it was a very cute, light, read. When I received the offer to read this next one I was excited. The cover is very cute and summery and I could definitely see myself reading this book at the pool.
What I thought
This book brings back all of the characters that I enjoyed in the previous novel. Kyra is back with her son Dustin and is on her way to film a movie with his dad Daniel and Daniel’s wife Tonja, Maddie is going on tour with her rockstar boyfriend Will, Nikki is dealing with the life of being a mom of almost 1 year old twin girls, Avery is in a will they/won’t they relationship again with Chase, and Bitsy is finally ready to find her ex-husband who took off with her money. Kyra is, once again, one of my favorite characters to follow, but I’ve also been enjoying Maddie’s storyline.
I like seeing Kyra deal with Dustin and him not being an angel child. I also like seeing the dynamics between Kyra and Dustin and Daniel in a film setting. The pressure that is being put on Dustin is interesting to see as well. I also have not been reading this book from the beginning, so there are some past storylines that I know nothing about. For example, Troy comes back in this book and I have no past experience with him whatsoever. From what I have gleaned from this novel, he was a camera man on the old reality show and was a bit of an a-hole, but now he is back and apparently a changed man and has a crush on Kyra. I really enjoyed this relationship, and am sure if I had been reading from the beginning, I would be into it even more since I LOVE hate to love tropes.
The storyline with Nikki is easily my least favorite. She has a pretty cush life and just bitches so much. Plus there is a lot of borderline eating disorder behavior and she is continually complimented on the weight she is losing. It all just rubbed me the wrong way. She’s never been one of my favorites and seeing someone who is so privileged complaining about her privilege just isn’t my thing.
Compared to the previous books, this one moves a lot slower. It has probably been the book that has taken me the longest to read this year because it moves so slow. There isn’t much that makes you feel like you need to pick this book up to keep going. I even went on a trip when I was reading this, and didn’t finish it on the plane which is typically what I do. I’m just reading it so slowly for some reason and find myself only able to read it for a certain amount of time before putting it down and wanting to do something else. Honestly, I think if I was more in a summer mood, this would not have happened.