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Publisher's Summary

Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery, and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They've been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.
At least, that's the plan - until the women realize that while having their work broadcast is one thing, having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decades-old mystery - and the hurricane season - looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they'll weather life's storms.
©2012 Wendy Wax (P)2012 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Just the right amount of suspense and drama for a beach [listen]." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By AudioAddict on 12-02-14

Enjoyable, Easy Listen

STORY (chick lit) - First off, the cover art is misleading (one of my pet peeves). The story takes place in South Beach, Florida, but there's no time spent leisurely laying in hammocks at the beach. To the contrary, it's about two mother/daughter duos and a single woman who work their butts off. They previously were successful in renovating a home together where they became dear friends. Now they've been offered a chance to renovate the historic Millicent as a pilot for a possible new TV series called "Do-Over." The women are all financially strapped and jump at the chance but, as things progress, they realize the producers are more interested in making a reality show revolving around their personal baggage than in the renovation of the home itself.

You will enjoy hearing about their daily work and progress with the renovation, which is interspersed with conversations and events happening in their personal lives. They try to preserve their privacy and talk in secret, but the cameramen are relentless. There is marital discord, mother/daughter issues, custody issues, new romance and the search for a missing child. The ending ties everything up neatly so the book stands alone, but not all issues are completely and happily resolved.

PERFORMANCE - Amy Rubinate does a good job, but she doesn't do much in the way of distinguishing between characters other than a Southern accent she gives to Maddie and Kiera.

OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - There's references to sleeping together and a couple short, non-explicit sex scenes. There's very little cursing EXCEPT one really obnoxious character drops like 15 F-bombs in as many seconds each time she appears in the story. (Luckily, that's only about three times.) I'd recommend Ocean Beach for mature females who are looking for an easy listen. You won't have to concentrate to keep up with the story, and you're not going to have your emotions wrenched.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Avid Reader on 01-27-15

Characters you could relate to.

Enjoyed the story and the individual stories within. Leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Just sort of draws you in.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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