Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beach Breeze by Joanne DeMaio ~ My Thoughts

Beach Breeze

Beach Breeze by Joanne DeMaio 
Print and e-book, 272 pages
Published: March 7th 2017 by Joanne DeMaio

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Blues comes a novel of summers you never forget and friendships that never fade.

After a heartbreaking summer on the Connecticut shore, a group of beach friends is as adrift as an unmoored rowboat. When a dismayed Jason Barlow drives as far away from the sea as he can, leaving behind his wife, Maris, as well as their stately cottage on the bluff, that news hits like a sudden wave. Gathering over an intimate meal in a coastal diner, the friends make a solemn pact to lean on each other and not make any more rash decisions.

Which is all well and good, until each friend wavers--testing relationships, commitments, and especially love in the little beach community of Stony Point. But can the magic of the weathered boardwalk, whispering lagoon grasses, and sweet salt air cure what ails them?

Like a swaying seashell wind chime, Beach Breeze is a book that leaves echoes of summer's sweetness and sadness, long after the last page is turned.


(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Only one year ago, Jason Barlow considered his life fortunate."

I have read each and every one of Joanne DeMaio's books. I love going back to the worlds she has created and catching up with the characters I have come to know and love. 

Beach Breeze starts right where one of her previous books, Beach Blues ends. I loved how I, the reader, just moved from one into the next and was able to continue with the lives of the people who live in Stony Point. 

Tragedy has befallen this close knit group of friends and they are all dealing with their grief in different ways. Some are vowing to stick together, no matter what, while others want to get as far away as they can. For others, their demons try to resurface. Can these friends be all they need to be for each other again? Or will this tear them apart? 

Beach Breeze seemed to take on a more serious tone than Joanne's other stories; things are a little more difficult for everyone and there is a lot for everyone to work through, just like in real life. But that drew me into the story even more, because I wanted everything and everyone to be okay, I just wasn't sure how it was going to happen. 

Joanne's next beach read, Beach Inn, will be published in May 2017 and I am excited to continue with this storyline and to see where it takes me.  

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The Beach Inn ~ coming in May!

I received a copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it.

About the author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Currently at work on her next novel, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

For a complete list of books and to learn more about the author, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.

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