Christmas at the Beach
A Ten Beach Road Novella
by Wendy Wax
Literature and Fiction: Women's Fiction
October 15, 2013
Available in: e-Book
A TEN BEACH ROAD NOVELLA
Wendy Wax captured the imaginations of readers with Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach. Now, the ladies of Bella Flora are back in an all-new holiday novella.
When Madeline Singer, Avery Lawford and Nicole Grant were deeded ownership of a crumbling historic home on Pass-a-Grille Beach, all they dared hope was that renovating and selling it would let them rebuild their lives and the bank accounts drained by a Ponzi scheme. Together, they returned the house, Bella Flora, to its earlier glory. Along the way, they forged friendships, discovered unexpected truths about themselves and each other, and gave birth to a DIY reality television show, Do Over.
Now, gathered for their first and last Christmas at the newly sold beachfront property, they’re celebrating more than the holidays. Do Over is going into a second season, family rifts are healing, and it’s Dustin’s first Christmas.
Dustin is the child of Madeline’s daughter Kyra and of married—not to her—uperstar actor Daniel Deranian. Kyra’s hope that the visit will include respite from the paparazzi that hound them is quickly dashed, but Bella Flora nonetheless provides a haven. It’s going to be a wonderful holiday. Or it would be if a string of bad news hadn’t begun trickling in. And if they hadn’t learned that their beloved Bella Flora’s buyer is the absolutely last person who should ever own her.
I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. I went, appropriately enough, to Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil.
It's hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid back environment, but I managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read BEFORE you showed up for school, I forced a neighbor friend to teach me to read at the age of five. I've been reading ever since.
Books, in all forms, are one of my greatest pleasures and best forms of escape. And they've had a major impact on my life.
I went to the University of Georgia after reading Gone with the Wind one too many times. For a while I re-read Margaret Mitchell's classic yearly, saw the movie whenever it played within twenty miles, and could quote large passages from memory. Today I have a growing GWTW collection, and one of my sons is reading my original copy.
After college I worked in radio, television, and film. I've done live talk radio. I hosted a show in the eighties called Desperate & Dateless. I fell in love and happily, the man who swept me off my feet consults with financial types and understands the bottom line. We live in Atlanta with our two sons.
I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's always great to hear from readers.