Author: Wendy Wax
Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction
Series: Ten Beach Road #1
Publication Date: 3rd May 2011
Book Source: Own purchase
Synopsis: 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.
After recently listening to the audiobook of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey (and loving it) I joined the Wendy Wax fan club and dived straight into her Ten Beach Road series.
The synopsis gives you the gist of things but what I love most about Wendy Wax is she totally gets her characters, female friendships, family dynamics, those mother-daughter relationships that make you feel like you need therapy ... do you know what I mean? She writes in such an intimate way they feel real to you, not just characters in a book.
Even having little in common with Avery, Nikki and Madeline's former lifestyle (I identified with Maddie as an empty-nester) I really could see myself joining them for strawberry daiquiris and cheez doodles (I figure they're a bit like our Aussie cheezels) at sunset. From mutual adversity to unlikely friendship, I liked the bond they shared, their humour and sarcasm, I am woman hear me roar strength, vulnerability, temper, quirks ... I loved it all.
The renovation of Bella Flora was a reno on steroids ... I loved the attention to detail, the blood, sweat and tears, the nitty gritty may not be everyone's cup of tea but it really appealed to me.
I'm following straight on with Ocean Beach (any excuse for another daiquiri) in anticipation of the July 1st release of book 3, The House On Mermaid Point.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri - makes 2 plus a little top up ;)
2 cups ice
30ml (1 oz) strawberry schnapps
60ml (2 oz) light rum
30ml - 60ml (1-2 oz) lime juice ... taste and see
2tsp castor sugar or sugar syrup
approx 1/2 - 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries (I think we used a 250 gm punnet ... cause we're greedy like that haha)
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a strawberry and
guzzle enjoy. Cheers xx