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

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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