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ARC Review – One Good Thing by Wendy Wax

ARC Review – One Good Thing by Wendy WaxOne Good Thing by Wendy Wax
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Published by Berkley on April 25th 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 360
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


From the USA Today bestselling author of Sunshine Beach, a story of four women trying to rebuild more than their lives...

Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down...

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and deal with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached…

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

Maddie, Avery, Nikki and Kyra are back in this fifth book. The remodel of the hotel is done. They are fighting with the network to get to be able to use their show again and it’s not looking good. Maddie is working on her relationship with rocketing back to fame rockstar Will. She’s doing this while taking care of everybody else and is trying to find balance. Nikki is about to have twins with Joe and she is terrified. Kyra gets into a disagreement with daniel Dustin’s dad while keeping from everyone the loan she took out on Bella Flora. Avery is working on her relationship with Chase which is being tried by his son Jason who is going on a rebellious streak. Everyone has their problems but Maddie insists every night at sunset that they talk about One good thing. It’s hard for them to find it sometime but they work at it.

In ” an Oyster Shell – A heartwarming women’s fiction that I highly suggest.

The Pearls – The title absolutely fits the book. The women are looking for one good thing at the end of the night. They all have a lot going on and it can be challenging but they do it. I think it’s a good life lesson to look for that what good thing in your life at any given moment. It was inspiring. I haven’t read anything from this author before. This is book five in the series and read great as a stand alone. I signed up for her mailing list so I can be the first to hear about the next book. It was that good.

The concept was interesting following the lives of these four women. The friendships they have developed what I assume is through the series is now a well-seasoned relationship. The characterization was strong for each of the leading women. There was a lot of depth to their characters and you could tell that a lot of it was defined in backstory which I found out were actually other books in the series.

I appreciate the setting because I was born in Florida. I liked reading about the gulf of Mexico. I wanted to be there at Bella Flora with all those women. In a way, I kind of was there. The author draws you into the story and you get lost in it.

The Sand – She depicted white sand on the Gulf of Mexico. sounded breathtaking. The book was good as is.

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Wendy Wax

I write novels that explore friendship, self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I’m proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my “Ten Beach Road” titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach Road and The House on Mermaid Point, and for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.

I was born in St.Petersburg, Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. I went, appropriately enough, to Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil.

It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid back environment, but I managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read BEFORE you showed up for school, I forced a neighbor friend to teach me to read at the age of five. I’ve been reading ever since.

Books, in all forms, are one of my greatest pleasures and best forms of escape. And they’ve had a major impact on my life.

I went to the University of Georgia after reading Gone with the Wind one too many times. For a while I re-read Margaret Mitchell’s classic yearly, saw the movie whenever it played within twenty miles, and could quote large passages from memory. Today I have a growing GWTW collection, and the time I spoke at he Margaret Mitchell House was an incredible thrill.last

After college I worked in radio, television, and film. Like Olivia in 7 DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS, I’ve done live talk radio. I hosted a show in the eighties called Desperate & Dateless, and while I was never locked in an apartment for a week with a webcam rolling as she was, I did fall in love. Happily, the man who swept me off my feet consults with financial types and understands the bottom line. Unlike Olivia’s nemesis, Matt Ransom, my husband has never, to my knowledge, advised anyone to ‘love the one they’re with.’ We live in Atlanta with our two sons.

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