Saturday, January 16, 2021

Back to the Beach Cottage by Joanne DeMaio ~ My Thoughts #BackToTheBeachCottage

Back to the Beach Cottage by Joanne DeMaio
Print and e-book, 118 pages
Published January 6th 2021 by Joanne DeMaio

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes the much-anticipated sequel to The Beach Cottage.

Winding to the sea is a nearly hidden dirt road. Acres of wooded forest engulf it. Reaching skyward alongside that road are towering trees, their branches gloved in icy white. In the middle of winter, few turn onto this tucked-away Connecticut road. Truthfully, most wouldn't know it leads to a secluded beach community.

Mack Martinelli sure does, though. He fell even more in love with his wife Avery there.

As Mack steers his pickup down the frost-heaved road, night settles in. Salt air presses close. It's been a long time, but he's finally ready to come Back to the Beach Cottage.


My thoughts about Back to the Beach 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 lines—"A lone pickup truck drives along the main drag. The night is still, and the wispy clouds pass in front of a crescent moon. There's a coldness, too, that settles like a fog on everything."

I loved going back to the beach house and catching up with Mack and Avery. The current pandemic affects everyone, including this young couple. Spending time at the beach cottage is restorative for them, their relationship, and actually for me too. Joanne's books are always so descriptive that I feel that I am there—on the beach, taking in the salt air, and in the case of this book, feeling the cold, enjoying the snow and the fireplace. 

Back to the Beach Cottage was a nice, surprise release that I quickly devoured. Joanne's books are always filled with caring, kind people, and set in beautiful, relaxing places. I always feel like I am taking a mini-vacation when I lose myself in one of her books. 

I received a copy of Back to the Beach Cottage from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Beach Cottage
Book #1


You can read my thoughts here

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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.

Joanne’s books include the New York Times Bestseller Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, the first in her ongoing and groundbreaking Seaside Saga. These eleven (and counting) novels journey with a group of beach friends, much the way a TV series does, continuing with the same cast of characters and their storylines from book-to-book.

Joanne’s winter novels have also received much acclaim. These heartwarming standalones are set in the same snowy New England town. Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes became a USA Today Bestseller, and has been featured in national magazines and Six Flags theme parks.

In addition, Joanne’s debut novel, Whole Latte Life, won first place in a competition at BookExpo America and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. Her other novels have appeared in Redbook, First for Women magazine, Southern Living, USA Today and more. ~ Author's website

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  1. It's crazy to think that pandemic books are already being published!

    1. I heard of one author who got blasted for writing a book set in current times (written way before COVID because, you know, publishing take a long time) and did not have her characters social distancing. Seriously? It's fiction!


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