Review: Ocean Beach
Madeline, Kyra, Deidre, Avery, and Nicole were successful in renovating one old home so they decide to take on another. This time they’re going to restore The Millicent, a historic home, that belongs to movie legend Max Golden, in Miami’s South Beach area. The stakes are high this time because they could get a reality show out of it. Each one of them is desperate for it to be a success for a different reason.
I was excited to read Ocean Beach, by Wendy Wax, because I think she’s a wonderful person. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the book the way I had hoped to. I thought it was cute, and liked it okay, but I didn’t love it. I think it’s probably because I didn’t read the previous book, Ten Beach Road.
With five female renovators, one baby, two Lifetime employees, an aging movie star, and a few others, there were a lot of characters to keep track of. I was a little confused by all of the women at first and finally had to make myself a little cheat sheet to keep track of them. Of course, some of the characters played bigger roles than others, but several of them weren’t that well developed. Again, I might have known the characters better if I’d read the first book.
I found the plot of Ocean Beach to be somewhat predictable and even a little silly at times. The book was light and fun, though, and a fairly quick read for a book that’s over 400 pages long. Still, I would recommend reading Ten Beach Road before reading this one.