One Good Thing by Wendy Wax

One Good Thing

Wendy Wax

A group of four friends find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships, trying to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

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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 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.

Advance Galley Reviews

Wendy Wax writes a novel and I'm reading it. 4.0/5

Great Chick-Lit book! I have quickly fallen in love with Wendy Wax's writing style. I loved this book and can't wait to read more from her!

Absolutely delightful! Wendy Wax just has to be one of the best “Chic Lit” authors around. I’ve read the other books in this series, but this one can be read as a stand-alone easily. Loved the characters and their story. I highly recommend this. Thank you for my ARC!

Life can be complicated. So it is for these four friends. The title is perfect, One Good Thing, as surely when bad things happen, something good can be found. This is the kind of book that one totes along on vacation. Easy and fun to read. I haven't read the prior books, but now I want to

It has everything I seek in a "women's fiction" book, friendship, romance, laughter and tears. I was glued to it from start to finish. However, before I started it, I discovered it was book #5 in a series I never read. Happily, I had book #1 in my tbr and quickly read it. That was a great help in learning all the background necessary to follow all the drama confronting me. This is the perfect beach read.

Lately, I’ve ended up with books that are pretty late in the series. So, I was kind of worried that I might have some trouble following the story since One Good Thing by Wendy Wax is the fifth book in the series. Luckily, that wasn’t the case, and I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. One Good Thing was very much a story about love, loss, endings, and new beginnings. And guys, it was pretty fantastic. One Good Thing is definitely one of those books that is driven by the characters. That’s what the book was primarily about but it does it in such a hopeful yet bittersweet way, and I found that completely compelling. Wax took such seemingly ordinary characters and expertly put them into situations that illustrated the potential highs and lows of life. The issues that many of the characters faced were done pretty well and gave a highly emotional aspect to the plot. It was more than easy to get into the story. I actually enjoy multiple points of view in books, and this is just another good example of why it does work. There were a lot of characters that had their own perspectives, but honestly, I didn’t even mind. I liked reading from so many viewpoints and getting to see the different experiences and sides of the story, despite the characters being in the same environment. Each character had their own unique voice and I never felt like I was reading from the perspective of characters that were carbon copies of each other. Despite getting such a late start in the series, I’m glad that I went ahead and read One Good Thing anyway, because it was a great story. This copy of the book was provided by First to Read (Publisher) for this review, thank you!

Although I haven't read the other books in this series, I was able to enjoy this book and follow the characters that Wendy Wax so richly develops. I think would a great book to read while at the beach -- fun, quick-paced read! Definitely would recommend and will have to read the other books in the series now!

I love this series! With each book I remember how much I feel like I'm friends with Avery, Nikki, Maddie, Kyra and their supporting cast of characters. With this book, the author is moving away from a new renovation project each time and more into the characters' backgrounds which is a nice change. However, things like Nikki not being sure about being a mom or a wife are getting dragged out longer and longer and there seem to be more and more scenes where she's agonizing over her life. Also I hope at some point these women will make money of their own and prove to everyone that they can do it!

I really enjoy Wendy's stories, but unfortunately I just didnt get the time to finish this one before the review is needed. I hope that I can pick up this one on a later date. Thanks for the opportunity.

I really enjoyed this light and upbeat read. The story is about a group of women friends who support each other through good times and bad. I did not realize that this book was #5 in a series about this group of friends, however it was easy to establish that they had a long running relationship. As a stand alone story, it flowed well. I would like to go back and read the entire series to see how their relationships grew and developed to the point of this book. All in all, a great read!

I didn't know this was part of a series when I requested it. Despite this I was able to follow along and pick up the back stories of these characters. I liked most of the characters from what I saw of them in this book and may go back and read some of the earlier installments.

I really enjoy this series and was happy to know there would be another addition! I honestly can't get enough of these women. I find myself smiling and laughing with them. This is a wonderful series and can't wait to see if there is another one.

This book was hard for me to get into, because I didn't realize it was part of a series. The characters clearly has all kinds of backstories and connections. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I might have been the wrong target audience for this book.

This novel really sucked you in from the very beginning. I did not realize this book was a part of a series. I will have to get the rest of the series so I can understand some of the references the author made. This was a good fast entertaining read and I really enjoyed the women's friendship and how they support each other through all of their trials and tribulations.

I really enjoyed the storyline! The booked pulled me in right away, and I didn't want to put it down. What I didn't realize prior to reading this book is this was #5 in a series so there were several references within the book that I didn't understand, having not read any others in the series.

I thought this book was a fun and positive story about female friendship. I wish I had known it was part of a series. It would have made some of the decisions Wendy Wax made in telling the story make more sense. As a standalone novel, it does pretty ok, though you'll spend the first third trying to remember the character's names. I would read more work by this author.

This is a story about great friends and how they help each other solve problems that life keeps throwing us. Although an easy read it does have a lot of thought provoking solutions to those problems. I enjoyed visiting with these four women once again & am missing them now that I have finished the book. Looking forward to hearing about Bitsy & her search for Bertie and also hope that Troy returns For all women who enjoy wine, friendships, sunsets & cheese doodles.

I received an advanced copy of One Good Thing by Wendy Wax from First to Read for an honest review. Until I read some of the other reviews I didn't realize that this was the fifth book in a series. Now knowing that it makes sense as to why I kept getting all the characters confused and how they were involved in each others lives. Once I got further into the book and was able to figure out who was who, I did really enjoy reading their story and seeing how they were all connected. They faced fears & joys that so many us face in our lives and seeing how their friendships help them through it all.

One Good Thing by Wendy Wax is the fifth novel in a series. I have not read the previous four. I think it is alright to read as a stand alone but my experience probably would have been improved if I had read the previous novels in the series to be familiar with the characters and their backgrounds. This novel is easily read and enjoyable. There are four main characters, Maddie, Nikki, Kyra, and Avery. There is another main character, Bitsy, but I get the feeling she is not part of the core group. This novel focuses on the ladies potentially losing their home, Bella Flora. The other main focus is Nikki's pregnancy and impending birth. Besides the two core issues of the novel there are various personal problems with each lady experiencing her own unique challenges. Thank you to the Penguin First program and the author for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel

This is one of my favorite series. I really enjoyed them all being back at Bella Flora and the new and exciting events taking place in their lives. I hope there will be more to come with these wonderful ladies and their close friendship.

The Ten Beach Road series has become one of my favorites. It's a great beach read. I love the friendship with Maddie, Avery, and Nicole. Starting as strangers, with only one thing in common, to building close friendships that would last a life time. It seemed a little sad to me that this could be that last book in the series, but I hope not. Something's weren't really finished with some of the characters. Wendy Wax has been added to my favorite author list.

I loved the continuing story of a group of friends who face adversity as lives begin and end and change against a beautiful beach backdrop. New mom Nikki is afraid the to perfect life she seems to have at the moment will crumble any second, Avery is unsure of her future, and Kyra must find a way to save them all. A warm and witty story of friends and the ties that bring us together and make us a family. A great book for a summer get away or a book group.

I had a hard time following all of the characters in this story. I didn’t know this was part of a series and I hadn’t read any of the other books. I’m sure I would have loved it, if I had read all of the books in order.

Maybe I was at a disadvantage because I had never read any of the other books, but I just couldn't finish this book. There were so many characters that it was hard to follow and not enough background to understand the back stories that I'm sure came in the previous 4 books. That said I may find myself picking up book 1 this summer, so I can start from the beginning.

Having read all the previous books in this series I was excited to be chosen to read this advance copy. One Good Thing continues to follow the group of women as they are embroiled in legal issues with their tv series Do Over. Having just finished the renovations on the Sunshine Hotel they are dealing with personal issues, relationships, a pregnancy, and having to come up with a way to sell apartments at the Sunshine Hotel to keep Bella Flora. Once again the friends pull together to show the meaning of friendship. I love this series and can't wait for the next book!

One Good Thing continues the stories and romances of the women in Sunshine Beach. I had forgotten there was another coming out and was pleasantly surprised to be reunited with these characters. I thought this story was good, but a little weaker. It relied a lot on Nicki's pregnancy for complaints and suffering everyone sort of got tired of especially the reader. The problem of the loan by Kyra was not really a problem, when two of the women are involved at some level with men with plenty of funds. I love the characters, but it seems like the problems they encounter could have been resolved in one good conversation with their love interests and the women without much ado. It was a good light beach read, but I hope the next one has some deeper more involved problems. Bitsy's problems were more interesting and maybe that should have been pursued a little more. If you have read the other books in this series, then, you will probably like this one, if not then start with the first in the series.

iI really enjoyed it, but I didn't realize that this was the 5th book in a series. I am usually pretty hard core about reading books in order. that said, I enjoyed this book but felt like I was missing something because I didn't know the history of the women and the events that had taken place prior to this book. I've already purchased 10 Beach Road so I can meet these characters for the first time. I'd never read anything by Wendy Wax and this was a perfect introduction to her books. Looking forward to reading more by her.

This was my first time reading a book by Wendy Wax, and her voice is ver distinct and thoroughly enjoyable. I didn't realize that this was a series, however, and it was difficult to feel invested in this story without having read the prior books. So for those who have read books 1-4, you will probably love #5. But if you haven't, don't expect to stay awake turning pages. That said, Wendy Wax is a fabulous author with a gift for writing lyrical, well-crafted stories and I look forward to reading her books in the future.

Wendy Wax is one of my favorite authors and this is such a great series. This is book #5 and it's the best yet. I have to say that the last book in the series left me a little disappointed but this one came back with a bang. The show "Do Over" seems to be at an end so the book focuses more on the four ladies and their relationships. I actually loved the fact that this books steered away from the same story different location. Maybe that's why the last book fell flat. The one fear that I have loving these books as I do is it kind of felt like the end of the series which would make me so very sad. Great beach read, great book championing women and girfl power. Loved it. Thank you to Penguin Random House and the firsttoread program for the opportunity!

The title of this book is a good reminder to all of us. The family in this book is something we can all strive for. I will admit that initially it was a bit confusing as there were several families to keep straight but, as the story progressed the family connections and storylines started to make more sense. Soon I found myself, as the reader, being pulled along on their adventures, cheering for some characters to figure out their complications so they could clear their paths for love and wanting to shake others for being so stubborn. A whole gamut of emotions ran through me while reading this book. I'm hoping there ends up being a next book to follow the stories that developed in this one. The writing style makes you feel like you know each character, and I am all for families that sit, at the end of every day, and ask each other to share one good thing. A lesson of being family to aspire and start to practice. Read this - I can promise you will enjoy it.

I didn't realize this was part of a series when I started reading it, but I could tell that I needed more information on the characters. Once I looked it up and realized it was #5 of a series, it made more sense, but I hate to read books out of order. Other than that, it was an okay book. It jumped to one POV to another pretty quickly, which was a little confusing sometimes since it wasn't always clearly marked in the e-reader edition I had. Everything wraps up neatly so I'd consider it classic angst with fairy tale ending.

A trip to the beach and some interesting ladies make a for a fun read. While I haven't read the others in this series, I could still enjoy it. It take me awhile to sort everyone out but once I did it came together nicely and I enjoyed the read. I may look into reading the earlier books as it seems like a fun series and I enjoyed the women it's based on.

I didn't realize this book was part of a series so I had a hard time getting into it and knowing who was who. Once I had a handle on the characters I enjoyed the book and will probably go back and read the others in the series.

I really like this series, it's like revisiting old friends. Couldn't they at least catch a break every now and then?! I'm wondering where this series is headed next or if that was it?

One Good Thing was not my favorite book of the series but it was great to have some closure with the characters lives. If you have read all the other books in the series then I would recommend reading this one as well

I really couldn't get into this one. I was assaulted by a flood of characters and back stories that seemed to pick up in the middle. Maybe it would have been better if I had read the previous books in the series, but that really shouldn't be necessary.

I read all the books in the beach series. This one took a different spin. No house to renovate. This one focused on the relationships of the women. The ending seemed anticlimactic. There are many unanswered questions to be resolved. I love all of Wendy Wax's books and this wasn't an exception.

Wendy Wax comes thru like always. A continuation of the women from Ten Beach Road I couldn't wait to read this book. It did not let me down. The ending is possibly the ending but still could be expanded. I guess we will wait and see, there are still unanswered questions. Ms Wax is one of my favorite authors reminding me of Nancy Thayer and Dorothea Benton Brown. I love beachy books and this one is right up there. I am so thankful to First To Read to give me a chance to read this book in advance. Keep them coming.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from First To Read/Penguin Random House. Book description - "A group of four friends find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships, trying to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling." I SO enjoyed this book! It is a story of friendship and family and the strength of the bond between women. This would make an excellent beach read. The only drawback is that because there are five main women characters, there are five main stories in addition to the story that ties the characters together. It was a bit much at times to try to keep up with. Over all there were LOTS of characters. Still they were fleshed out enough that that I could picture them in my mind, even if I it took me a minute to figure out how they belonged every time they popped up in the story. Beyond this slight annoyance, the book was easy to read and quite interesting. It was a bit of a different take on friendship/kinship between women.


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