Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Berkley TradeIn this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . .
Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . .
Rock-and-roll legend “William the Wild” Hightower may be past his prime, estranged from his family, and creatively blocked, but he’s still worshiped by fans—which is why he guards his privacy on his own island in the Florida Keys. He’s not thrilled about letting this crew turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show . . . though he is intrigued by Maddie. Hard as that is for her to believe as a newly single woman who can barely manage a dog paddle in the dating pool.
But whether it’s an unexpected flirtation with a bona fide rock star, a strained mother-daughter relationship, or a sudden tragedy, these women are in it together. The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped on a houseboat with one bathroom . .
My thoughts: I've read the two previous books, Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, with these characters and loved them. Reading The House on Mermaid Point was like visiting with old friends after too long an absence. So much fun to catch up with the ladies and see what new antics they are up to with their latest adventure! Wax is so adept at creating a sense of place. I could feel the heat from the Florida sun and sense the calm of the surroundings. With some changes made in character status, already I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Highly recommended for fans of contemporary fiction and women's stories. 4****
Wendy Wax can be found on her website, Goodreads and on Facebook.
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by in exchange for my honest opinion.
Now for the fabulous news; through the generosity of Berkley, one giveaway copy of the book is available to US residents. Just leave a comment saying WHY you would like to be entered in the giveaway. Be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment.
Deadline to enter is July 25th at 6:00 PM