Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is another book in the Ten Beach Road Series, One Good Thing, by Wendy Wax, a story of four women trying to rebuild more than their lives…

Beginning:  (Prologue)

Midlife crises come in all shapes and sizes.  They can manifest in the form of a shiny red sports car, a distant mountain peak demanding to be scaled, a new head of hair, or a plastic bottle of little blue pills.  Bertrand Baynard’s starred an exotic dancer named Delilah with whom he fell in love, fathered a child, and ran away.


56:  “No.  I said I don’t believe in forcing things.  That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with making someone so comfortable they want to share what’s bothering them.”


Synopsis:  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 dealing 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.


I love this series, so I’m excited to begin another “episode” in the lives of four women trying to make over their lives.  What do you think?



    1. Thanks,Kathryn, I have loved this series from the very beginning…women whose lives are overturned by a “Madoff-type scheme” who are trying to rebuild by making over houses…and then they have a TV show that is fun until it isn’t.


  1. Hi Lorraine,

    If this one was more contained as a ‘one off’ story, then it might appeal to me a bit more, as I actually quite like the sound of the premise. However, as it so obviously needs to be read as an episode of an ongoing series, then I’ll probably give it a miss!

    Thanks for sharing though and I did chuckle a little at Wendy’s description of a mid-life crisis – I can so relate 🙂


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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, and I think it is possible to pick up these later books as “stand-alones,” as the author fills us in on some of the backstory in each new episode.

      But yes, to fully enjoy….starting from the beginning is the most satisfying. Thanks for stopping by.


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