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Reviewed by Colleen Turner

Malcolm Dyer has become the newest “most hated man” in America after destroying numerous people’s lives with a Ponzi scheme that robbed them of their money. His victims are devastated and many have lost everything they had. Three women have been awarded partial ownership in a beachside home as some recompense for the money they have lost: Madeline Singer, a mother who finally felt ready to live her own life now that her children are grown but who is now left to pick up the pieces of her family when her husband loses his job as well as all of their money, along with that of his clients; Avery Lawford, talented architect turned unwilling trophy partner of her and her ex-husband’s TV show, now left with no job and no inheritance from her father; and Nikki Grant, professional matchmaker who can no longer afford her business or her lifestyle now that all of her savings are gone. Each woman hopes this “beachside mansion” will bring them the money they have lost as well as the new start they all need.

These three strangers meet in beautiful Pass-A-Grille, Florida at Ten Beach Road and discover what they thought would save them is actually a derelict home named Bella Flora. With no other choice but to battle through and repair the home to its former glory in hopes of selling it to the highest bidder, they enlist the services of Chase Hardin, an old family “friend” of Avery’s that agrees to front his services in repairing Bella Flora in exchange for complete control and a percentage of the profits.

As these women work together to repair this home, and their lives, they build a friendship that seems solid. But when a connection between Malcolm and Nikki is revealed and the tumultuous summer weather turns for the worse, their friendship, and all they have worked for, lies in the balance. Will everything these women have worked to accomplish together, and the growth they have experienced individually, help them weather through these storms? What choices do you have when everything you held as given become things you might no longer be able to count on?

Being that I live in the Tampa Bay area, across the bay from where the story takes place, I was instantly drawn to the vivid descriptions of the surroundings of Ten Beach Road. You can almost smell the salty air and hear the sea gulls and surf around you. The various relationships between the main characters as well as the supporting cast were well developed and very realistic. The only downside I found was the ending, which left so many aspects in the air and up to the reader to decide the eventual outcomes. That being said, the challenges and determination of these women is undeniable and each one made for a very compelling heroine.

Rating: 4/5

Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son and pet fish. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.

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