Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Castaway Cottage by Joanne DeMaio ~ My Thoughts


Castaway Cottage

Castaway Cottage
 by Joanne DeMaio

Print and e-book, 408 pages
Published: May 15th 2018 by Joanne DeMaio

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes a novel that knocks on a shabby cottage door, opening to an unforgettable summer.

Every cottage tells a story. It's a saying Jason Barlow returns to as an architect designing New England beach homes. The latest cottage story he hopes to tell rises from the Stony Point sand: the last-standing cottage on the beach. It's the sole survivor--something Jason can relate to--as surrounding cottages washed out to sea in long-ago hurricanes.

The owners aren't budging, though, keeping Jason's proposed renovation at bay. But with some help from the beach friends, the tide turns for Jason's new venture. Problem is, that weathered cottage on the beach? It holds secrets darker than its gray seaworn shingles. And secrets don't stay buried in this little Connecticut beach town; they wash ashore or get dug up from the sand.

Castaway Cottage reunites the beloved Stony Point crew for a surprising summer by the sea, one that will leave you wanting more with the friends by the shore.


My thoughts about Castaway Cottage ~~

(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—"The beach is empty tonight. Beneath a heavy rising moon, all Jason Barlow sees are shadows. From the boardwalk, he looks out at the water to the idle swim raft."

I just love Joanne's stories and I especially love the ones set in Stony Point. This is a place that is full of sun, beaches, wonderful friends, and great stories. It's such a joy to visit there again and catch up with all the warm and friendly people who live in this community. I've come to know them so well that I feel like I am visiting old friends whenever Joanne takes me back there. 

The story in Castaway Cottage is focused on the lonely cottage on the beach, a place that has a tale all it's own. As the cottage reveals it's past, the residents of Stony Point go on with their lives and discover how closely their lives intertwine with the cottage and it's history. 

The ending definitely left me wanting more and I can't wait to see how the lives of the residents—my friends—turn out and where life is going to take them next.  


About the author

Joanne DeMaio

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 She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.

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