Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by Joanne DeMaio

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The plot was excellent, the setting and the characters memorable and real. Overall, a satisfying ending to a summer reunion by the beach, a book for any season.
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Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water's edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea.

After years of pursuing a denim design career, Maris Carrington never imagined trading her Chicago studio for a New England shingled cottage. But a forgotten home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer ... One of uncovering family secrets while settling her father's estate, one of inheriting a forlorn German shepherd, one of reconnecting with old friends on a weathered boardwalk, beneath starlit skies on a beach nestled in a crook of the Connecticut coast.

Her design career had become a shell, curving around her like the intricate whorls of a conch, shielding her until now. Until fried clam dinners and carousel rides beckon a lost love. But can Maris ever really go back? Can these beach friends ever be who they were to each other all those summers ago? Now one of her circle is dead; another unemployed and struggling in a tenuous marriage; another regretting a fateful decision; while one is missing a mother, ever seeking a connection she longs for.

To the backdrop of seaside cottages and a boarded-up beach hangout, to the soundtrack of whispering lagoon grasses and a vintage jukebox, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans asks if we can really design our own lives, or if our fate lies somewhere in the stars.
 

About Joanne DeMaio

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Joanne DeMaio is the award-winning author of the bestselling novels BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS and WHOLE LATTE LIFE, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick. Her books have been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.
 
Published March 3, 2013 by Joanne DeMaio. 332 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 0

Dear Author

Good
on Sep 17 2012

...her writing, while unpolished–convoluted sentences, typos galore, some meandering narrative, hard-to-follow dialogue and, as Jane puts it “word jamboree”–has a quality that has you sucked in and flipping pages as quickly as possible.

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IndieReader

Above average
Reviewed by Kathryn E. Livingston on May 09 2013

This ultimately uplifting story of intermingling and connecting friendships, lives, and destinies is a perfect beach read–or anytime read. With her captivating new novel, DeMaio’s fan base is sure to blossom.

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Before It's News

Above average
on May 14 2013

The plot was excellent, the setting and the characters memorable and real. Overall, a satisfying ending to a summer reunion by the beach, a book for any season.

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Book Chick City

Good
Reviewed by Cass on Jun 24 2013

Considering this is Swann’s first try at Dystopian, she has done well. She’s obviously a good writer and her writing impressed me.

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Literary Inklings

Good
on Jun 18 2013

While it is the recipe for a wonderful summer read, it’s also not your average beachside book. Cozy and eloquent, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans is a novel that truly feels like home.

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The Reading Reviewer

Good
Reviewed by Mary Gramlich on Apr 06 2013

Joanne Demaio has written a book that is more than friends recapturing the joys of their youth; it is about the essence of their choices as adults. Ms. Demaio has developed a story line with well-scripted character depth and emotion.

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Excellent
Reviewed by Dollycas on May 02 2013

This is a very moving story that takes you on an emotional roller coaster but is comfortable like your favorite pair of blue jeans. I was sad to reach the last page. I highly recommend this captivating story that will stick with you long after you close the book.

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Suko's Notebook

Good
Reviewed by Suko on Mar 13 2013

She brought the setting to life, and I felt as if I, too, were at the shore, basking in the fresh beach air, taking a barefoot walk in the sand by the edge of the water. More than just a beach read, though, this book is an interesting exploration of many things..

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